Skip to Content

you don't have to have the same breed of dog you had as a child

The dog breeds that were common a couple of decades ago were often larger than those that are popular today and are now sometimes rarely seen. It’s natural to want the same breed you’ve favoured in the past but if that breed isn’t suitable for higher density living, you should be looking for a more suitable dog with similar traits.

It’s a simple fact that some breeds of dogs and cats are more likely than others to suit our new and busy inner-city lifestyles. The Golden Retriever or Kelpie Cross that we grew up with is often not the most viable choice for apartment living.


Just because the breed of dog you had as a child may not be suitable for inner-city living, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a breed that has similar traits but is more appropriate. And importantly, living in high-density surrounds doesn’t necessarily restrict you to small dogs – many of the larger breeds are quiet, calm, require little exercise and are actually well suited to homes with limited outdoor areas.

But keep in mind that there is no breed of dog that should be purchased for the purpose of waiting in your apartment all day, day after day, while you go to work and go out. Any dog that is left alone for very long periods is likely to be unhappy and bored, probably resulting in damage to your apartment or garden. Never buy a dog if it will not be an important part of your or your family’s life and activities.

Most purebred dogs were originally selectively bred to perform specialised tasks, and their temperament, behaviour and often their appearance reflects this. Some dogs were bred for hunting so they possess a strong drive to follow scent and/or dig to catch prey. Some of the working breeds were developed to herd livestock, and consequently have a strong urge to chase and bark or nip. Other breeds have been developed for guarding and are protective, while others have been bred simply to be quiet companions or lap dogs.