TOP TEN CONDO DOGS
Many people living in an apartment or condo may delay adopting a dog, with the fear that their pet will not get enough exercise without a backyard to play in. But there are many dogs made just for an indoor lifestyle, and the following is a list of the top ten. The primary considerations while compiling this list were the dog’s energy levels, exercise requirements, and playfulness. The lower the requirement, the higher up the dog will place on the list. To a lesser degree, a dog’s resistance to the elements (i.e. heat and cold) were also considered. The lower the resistance, the higher the dog will place on the list.
Number one on the list of best indoor dogs is the devoted Pekingese. The Pekingese enjoys a leisurely walk outdoors, but is equally happy with a romp inside. It is very sensitive to hot weather, and can easily die of heat prostration. Therefore, it is recommended that your home be air conditioned if you decide to adopt this breed. It can spend time outdoors in cool weather, but should sleep inside. The Pekingese is the ideal condo dog.
#2: Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is one of the most good natured and easygoing of breeds. They do need daily exercise to keep fit, but this requirement can be satisfied with a short walk or indoor game. Do keep in mind though, that the Basset would rather be relaxing!
#3: English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel (and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) enjoys a life of leisure! It is the perfect lapdog, but still playful and attentive. Although it enjoys a nice walk on a leash or a fun game in the house, the English is not overly active and its exercise requirements can be met with minimal effort.
The Bulldog is among the most docile and mellow of dogs. They appreciate a daily outing, but cannot tolerate hot humid weather. Your Bulldog should not be expected to walk or jog great distances, or to jump from any heights.
#5: Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is well mannered indoors, but saucy and playful whenever the chance arises. Most of its exercise requirements can be met with a short daily walk, but keep in mind the Boston is especially intolerant to heat. Some of these dogs tend to bark a lot.
#6: Lhasa Apso
Despite its lapdog appearance, the Lhasa Apso is a tough character! It is independent, stubborn, and bold. Although it is eager for a romp or game, its exercise requirements can easily be met indoors. The Lhasa is another breed not suited to outdoor living.
The spunky Shih Tzu is both a gentle lapdog and a vivacious companion. They do need daily exercise, but indoor games or a short walk outside can easily meet its requirements. A Shih Tzu should never be expected to live outdoors.
#8: Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested is devoted to its family and willing to please; it is also good with other dogs, pets, and strangers. They don’t mind a short walk every day, but not in the cold. In fact, the hairless variety will need a sweater for cold weather outings. Vigorous indoor games can provide sufficient exercise for this breed.
#9: Toy Manchester Terrier
The Toy Manchester is playful with its family, although somewhat reserved with strangers. It enjoys a romp outdoors, but it hates the cold. Indoors, it loves a soft, warm bed.
#10: Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies can easily exercise themselves within the home, but you should also try to interact with them in the form of games. They only require a short walk in a familiar area, once per day. This is definitely a dog that is comfortable living indoors.
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