Dog lovers typically fall into one of two camps - those that love big dogs and those that love small dogs. And when it comes to dogs in condos, many have an opinion on what is better.
The big dog owners will tell you that it’s the little dogs that are the bigger nuisance because they are high strung and ‘yap’ all the time in a high pitch that carries through the building.
The small dog owners will tell you it’s the big dogs that crowd the elevators and hallways and put fear into other owners.
Many condos that have dog restrictions have an outright ban on any pets or a restriction on the number and/or a restriction on the size (based on weight). When the restriction is based on weight, I usually see the max weight to be anywhere from 30-65 lbs.
What are the some of the best and worst breeds for a condo?
Some of the best breeds for a condo might surprise you. Here are a few from smallest to largest:
- Maltese - The silky coat with no undercoat that sheds very little, makes cleaning easier. They are also quiet dogs that mostly want to be where their owner is.
- French Bulldog - A smaller dog with traits of a larger dog. They are calm and quiet and suitable for any living space.
- English Bulldog - The larger cousin of the French Bulldog can weigh up to 80 lbs. Not the most mobile dog, they seem to prefer the couch to the dog park.
- Greyhound - This might be a surprising choice to some, but a retired racer often prefers a more sedentary lifestyle.
- Great Dane - This huge dog might not seem like a good fit for a condo, but they are natural loafers. Their calm demeanor, trainability, friendliness and quiet nature make them an excellent choice.
Some of the worst breeds for condo living include:
- German Shepherd - This large, intelligent breed needs more exercise and stimulation than a small condo can provide. Plus, its territorial nature can make it risky in elevators and hallways.
- Yorkshire Terrier - These little dogs might seem ideal for a small space, but they can’t help yapping whenever they hear a sound.
- Labradors - Labs are some of the friendliest dogs around, but they are high energy and need lots of exercise and engagement.
- Chihuahua - These little guys fail at condo living due to its anxiety and frequent barking.
- Border Collie - These working dogs are meant to herd, meaning they are alert to noises and need lots of activity. A border collie will go crazy if cooped up in a condo all day.
What is your opinion of Big Dogs vs Small Dogs? Let me know below.