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size can be misleading

If you are thinking of getting a dog for your apartment, the most important consideration is to understand their energy and noise levels. It is true that some smaller dogs, such as the Pekingese, were bred specifically to be pampered indoor pets, but many small breeds have endless energy and need a lot of attention and exercise. Some dogs – such as Jack Russell Terriers – can also be quite vocal and may not be well suited to apartment living.

Many people firmly believe that it’s impossible to have a large dog without a huge backyard, which is simply not true. Consider dogs that are kept for breeding, racing and other purposes – they’re generally housed in kennels with runs. These facilities are usually quite limited in space and the dogs, if managed correctly, do perfectly well living in such conditions. Bear in mind though that large and giant breeds of dogs will require more food, will cost more to feed and will produce much more waste.

Smaller dogs can be easier to handle in the city, especially if they’re a size that can be easily carried. People generally seem to be less intimidated by a dog that’s being carried. Being able to pick up your dog and carry it through a foyer and into a lift can be an advantage for high-rise apartment dwellers.