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10 breeds to consider (continued)

whippet

 Whippet

size
44–56 cm, 11–21 kg

personality
Intelligent, lively, affectionate, sweet, docile, sensitive, quiet and adaptable.

coat care
Smooth coated with average shedding. Brush or wipe down and bath only when necessary.

health care
Generally hardy. Intolerant of cold weather.

best for
Adults, families with gentle children or active elderly people. Gets along well with most other dogs; tolerant  of cats if socialised at a young age. Responds well to training.

in small spaces
The Whippet is small and quiet, with low activity levels inside, but can be very active outdoors. Requires a daily medium-length walk and enjoys safe off-lead running.

french bulldog

       

French Bulldog

size
30 cm, 10–13 kg

personality
Courageous, comical, vivacious, affectionate, intelligent, curious and alert.

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. Intolerant of very hot or cold weather. Prominent eyes are susceptible to injury. Eyes and skin folds around muzzle must be cleaned frequently. Snoring and snorting is not uncommon.

best for
Adults, families with older children and elderly people. Thrives on companionship so prefers not to be left alone. Gets along well with other pets. Quiet and responsive to consistent training.

in small spaces
The compact French Bulldog is quiet, with low to medium activity inside and outdoors. Requires a daily short walk.

greyhound

   

Greyhound

size
68–76 cm, 27–32 kg

personality
Intelligent, gentle, affectionate, even tempered, elegant, sensitive and friendly.

coat care
Smooth coated with average shedding. Brush or wipe down and bath only when necessary.
health care
Intolerant of cold weather.

best for
Adults or families with gentle children. Tolerant of other quiet dogs, although a few will tend to chase cats or small pets. Placid and responds well to gentle training.

in small spaces
For a large dog, the Greyhound is notably quiet and gentle inside, with low activity levels, although very active outdoors. Requires a daily medium-length walk and enjoys safe off-lead running. Laws regarding Greyhounds off-leash can vary, so check with your local council.

poodle

 
Poodle
size
standard over 38 cm, 20–31 kg
miniature 25–38 cm, 7–8 kg
toy under 25 cm, 3–4 kg

personality
Active, intelligent, cheerful, lively and sensitive; Standard Poodles may be more sedate than the smaller varieties.

coat care
Longhaired with very low shedding. Clip every 6 weeks and bath regularly. May be preferred by people with allergies.
health care
Eyes should be wiped frequently. Ears should be checked for wax or excess hair. Poodles are prone to several genetic conditions that may be screened for by breeders.

best for
Singles, families and elderly people. Will often bond to a single person in the household. Tolerant with other pets and gentle children. Highly intelligent and very trainable, the Poodle needs good socialisation to avoid nervousness, especially for Toy Poodles. Poodles are dedicated watchdogs.

in small spaces 
With moderate to high levels of activity (Toy Poodles are the most energetic), the Poodle is also quiet inside and outdoors. Its low-shedding coat is an advantage for indoor living. Requires a daily medium-length walk (Standard and Miniature) or short walk (Toy).

pug

   
Pug
size
25–28 cm, 6–9 kg.

personality
Quiet, alert, affectionate, patient, sturdy, devotedand playful.

coat care
Smooth coated with average and seasonally heavy shedding. Brush and bath only as necessary.
health care
Prone to weight gain; do not overfeed. Short muzzle may cause breathing problems that are worsened by overexertion or heat. Intolerant of very hot or cold weather. Prominent eyes are susceptible to injury. Eyes and skin folds around muzzle must be cleaned frequently. This breed is known for its snoring and snorting.

best for
Adults, families with children and elderly people. Gets along well with other pets. Not a great barker but quite a vocal dog. Firm but gentle training is needed.

in small spaces
The Pug is a small, quiet dog with low activity levels inside. It is best suited to an indoor life. Requires a daily short walk.

 

other breeds to consider

With the Australian National Kennel Council recognising almost 200 breed standards for purebred dogs in Australia, there is certainly a multitude of dog breeds worthy of consideration for city living.

 

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.