There are a lot of benefits to owning a dog. Firstly, those who own a dog generally have higher fitness levels because they have to go out to walk the dogs. You will also find yourself more sociable as you start to run into other dog owners. Having a dog is also very healthy. In studies, it has been shown that dog owners are less stressed and have a higher sense of wellbeing.
However, dogs take a lot of work and require space and attention. Unfortunately, many of us live in small apartments or other properties without an outdoor space, and we have to go out to work. So what are the pros and cons of having a dog in such a property? Do the pros outweigh the cons? And what type of dog should you consider getting?
Dogs have to be taken out for a walk at least three times a day, regardless of their size. Hence, if you are away at work during the day, you may have a problem. Dogs also need regular exercise, which they may struggle to get in a small apartment. As a result, they may become destructive, which is actually a sign of boredom or a sign of unspent energy.
The reality is that a dog really doesn’t care about the size of the apartment. This is why they just as happily live in a kennel, so long as they get the right amount of physical exercise. There are quite literally millions of dogs that live in apartments and it is all about what you, as a responsible dog owner, can do with your dog. So long as you are home with your dog regularly, you will always know what it is up to, which is certainly an advantage.
There are also a number of pros from the perspective of a dog:
• There is no need for them to go up and down stairs, which is particularly good for dogs with short legs
• The environment is quite dog friendly
What Dog to Get
The reality is that you have to first determine whether or not your life is ready to include a dog. Are you home sufficiently in order to make sure the dog gets sufficient time to walk, run and generally exercise? If you can answer yes to that, then the pros by far outweigh the cons, particularly considering the health benefits for the entire family that we have mentioned previously.
It is, however, best to get a dog that is particularly suitable for small living. Some examples include:
• The Boston Terrier, or American Gentleman. Polite, quiet, loyal and, perhaps most importantly, small.
• The English Bulldog, one of the laziest dog breeds on the planet.
• The French Bulldog, slightly less lazy than its English cousin, but much, much smaller.
• The Chihuahua, a real fashionable dog that will happily sit in your bag and get carried around.
• The Dachshund, small, cute and good with kids. It does, however, need slightly more exercise as it is a playful dog.
• The Great Dane, one of the world’s largest dogs. It is suitable for apartments because it has a tendency not to move too much due to its huge size. However, it does need strong exercise in order to stay healthy, so you have to take out a good hour or two each day to make it run around.
• The Greyhound, another surprising choice. Although one of the fastest dogs, which is why it is used in racing, it is actually a very quiet and relaxed breed.
These are but a few of the options available. It is important to look at your own family makeup as well. For instance, the Yorkshire Terrier is a great apartment dog, but perhaps not if you have children, as it has a tendency to nip. Most importantly of all, remember that a dog is for life.