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10 breeds to consider

 australian terrier

 


Australian Terrier

size
23–28 cm, 4–6 kg

personality

Cheeky, energetic, loyal, intelligent, amusing, feisty and self-confident.

coat care
Wirehaired with low shedding. Brush weekly; bath monthly. Trim around eyes and ears if necessary.
health care
Generally hardy.

best for
Adults or families with older children. Tolerant with other pets but may have a tendency to chase small pets.  A good watchdog and may bark if bored. Consistent training and socialisation brings out the Australian Terrier’s best.

in small spaces
A small dog with moderate to high levels of activity, the Australian Terrier suits apartment living with a daily short walk. Its low-shedding coat is an advantage for indoor living.

bichon frise

       

Bichon

size
23–31 cm, 3–6 kg

personality

Lively, alert, independent, affectionate, bold, cheerful and sociable.

coat care
Longhaired with very low shedding. Brush once or twice weekly, clip/groom every 4 weeks and bath monthly. May be preferred by people with allergies.
health care
Eyes should be wiped frequently. May be prone to genetic diseases that can be screened for by breeders.

best for
Adults, families with children and elderly people. Placid and easily trained, although persistence with housetraining is often needed. Some are good watchdogs while others are quiet.

in small spaces
Quite active inside and moderately active outdoors, the Bichon Frise is small enough to burn off some energy indoors but requires a daily short walk. It is a companion dog and enjoys the indoor life where its low-shedding coat is an advantage.

boston terrier

   

Boston Terrier

size
38–43 cm, 4–11kg

personality
Friendly, lively, tolerant, intelligent, companionable, loyal and gentle.

coat care
Smooth coated with average shedding. Brush and bath only as necessary.
health care
Short muzzle may cause breathing problems that are worsened by overexertion or heat. Prominent eyes are susceptible to injury. This breed is known for its snorting and snoring.

best for
Adults, families with children and elderly people. Gets along well with other pets. Usually barks only when necessary. Responsive to firm and consistent training, although persistence with housetraining may be needed.

In small spaces
The Boston Terrier prefers the indoor life, which suits its low activity. It is moderately active outdoors. A daily short walk is recommended.

cavalier king charles spaniel

 
cavalier king charles size
30–33 cm, 5–8 kg

personality
Sporting, affectionate, fearless, friendly, tolerant and companionable.

coat care
Longhaired with average shedding. Brush weekly, trim feet occasionally and bath as necessary.
health care
Prone to weight gain; do not overfeed. Intolerant of very hot weather. This breed is known for its snoring and may be prone to genetic diseases that can be screened for by breeders.

best for
Adults, families with children and elderly people. Confident with strangers and gets along well with other pets. Quiet and readily trained.

in small spaces
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel prefers indoor living, where it is quiet, with low to medium activity. A daily short walk is recommended.

chihuahua

   
Chihuahua size
15–23 cm, 1–3 kg

personality
Alert, spirited, lively, bold,
strong-willed and playful.

coat care
Smooth coated or longhaired with average shedding. Groom or wipe down smooth coat occasionally and groom long coat daily. Bath monthly.
health care
Intolerant of cold weather. Prominent eyes are susceptible to injury. Eyes should be wiped regularly.

best for
Adults and elderly people. Fragile and easily dropped, so may not be ideal as a pet for children or in a household with large, boisterous animals. Often devoted to a single person, the Chihuahua can be timid with strangers or other animals but has a surprisingly loud bark and makes an attentive watchdog. Consistent, patient training and good socialisation can reduce nervousness. May need persistence with housetraining.

 

The breeds listed here are suggestions only, developed in close consultation with dog experts. They have been selected as being better suited to living in apartments and townhouses. Please note, however, that the selections are based on Australian city lifestyles and the selected breeds are a guide only. Your fi nal selection of a pet should only be made after consultation with breeders or shelter staff, and your own careful assessment of the pet’s suitability for your lifestyle. We undertake no liability and give no warranty in relation to the selected breed.