The Best City Dog Breeds Dog Breeds that Will Thrive in City Life

The Best City Dog Breeds

Cities can be noisy, crowded, and sometimes dangerous places for dogs. You'll want to choose a doggie companion who can thrive in your exciting environment as well as you do.

Living in the city can be challenging for humans. Itโ€™s crowded, itโ€™s noisy, and there are lots of cars, sometimes driving too fast. The city can be a challenging place for dogs as well. Like people, dogs come with all sorts of personalities. Personality, in the end, will determine whoโ€™s a good city dweller, and whoโ€™s not. Generally speaking, with enough outdoor time, and plenty of exercise, most dogs will be happiest wherever thereโ€™s ample love, moderate comfort, and regular meals.

That said, some breeds of dogs are great city companions while others are best left to the more wide open spaces.

Best Breeds for City Dwellers

A couple of factors go into making a certain type of dog well suited to city life. If youโ€™re living in an apartment or other small space, and youโ€™re out of the apartment most hours of the day, youโ€™ll need a dog that wonโ€™t go crazy spending a lot of their time indoors, alone, with no place to run.

Also, since your city dog might be getting most of their exercise in the park or on the busy sidewalks, he or she should be good with strangers and with other dogs.

Shih Tzu

For a dog that falls into the first camp, the Shih Tzu can hardly be beat. These tiny dogs are relatively low energy and will happily spend hours laying around snoozing. A quick walk around the block, mornings and evenings, can satisfy the Shih Tzuโ€™s exercise needs.




The Chihuahua is another dog that doesnโ€™t need much space to run and can be quite happy living in an apartment. In fact, this breed can be so laid back that obesity is a common problem in Chihuahuas, so be sure to get your little guy or girl to the park as often as you can. One drawback to the breed is that they can be feisty with other dogs or with strangers if not properly socialized early in life.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

For a breed that loves to play in the park and is easygoing with other dogs, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is ideal. These friendly, joyful dogs are great with city dwelling kids too.



Golden Retriever

One larger dog that can be perfectly happy with an urban lifestyle is the Golden Retriever. Not only is the Golden a happy, sociable dog, they are also highly intelligent and easy to train, which is why they are often used as service dogs. Assuming you can provide them with some daily walks, life in an apartment is just another thing these dogs excell at.



Pound Puppies

Dogs who have been rescued or adopted from being previously homeless or abandoned have had a less than luxurious early life. They will often adapt to any new lifestyle where thereโ€™s love, food, warmth, and comfort regularly dispensed.

Breeds Not Recommended for City Dwellers

At the top of the list for dogs not well suited to the city are those that tend to be aggressive to other dogs or to people they encounter on the street.


The Dalmatian is a dog that can be less than ideal for the city dweller. These dogs can be shy around people and other pets, which may lead to sudden outbursts of aggression. They can be high strung as well, and the noise and bustle of the city might cause the Dalmatian stress.

Australian Shepherd

This Shepherd might be better off in the country. The fact is, working dogs not only require constant exercise and space to run, they also need a job to do (shepherds were bred to herd) and can become restless and destructive without enough of either. A bored Australian Shepherd can resort to destructive chewing, running off, and chasing cars. Certainly the last is bad news in the urban landscape. All this said, if youโ€™re able to get your Aussie to the dog park for hours of play, and can supplement regular bathroom breaks with extra walks, it is possible to keep a happy Australian Shepherd in the city.

Alaskan Malamute

Finally, although the Alaskan Malamute is very affectionate with their owners, this dog tends to lose patience with smaller animals, including other dogs. Bred to pull sleds in the Arctic, the Malamute needs plenty of space to run off leash, which can be tough to find in the city. Also, given their very thick coat, the Malamute might find life in some cities a bit too hot for their liking.

The Best Dog Breeds for Older People 


Dogs bring love and joy to any household, and none more than the retiree. If youโ€™ve left the workforce, and will be spending more time at home, it might be a great time to adopt a dog. Studies have shown that dogs lower the blood pressure of older adults, and increase lifespan. Dogs also provide companionship for older folks, who might be living on their own. Finally, dogs can give the retiree a sense of security, especially those breeds well known as watchdogs.

Which breeds are best for retirees? Well, before you ponder breeds, it is important also to consider where the dog is in their life cycle. An older dog may be more subdued and relaxed than a younger dog, making them a better fit for an older family. That said, with an older dog also comes some other considerations, such as medication, like Rimadyl (or Carprofen) for their arthritis.

After weighing the pros and cons of adopting a mature dog, now you can think about what breed would be the best fit. This will of course depend on your lifestyle and energy level. In general, small dogs with lower exercise and play needs are great for elderly owners. Breeds that love to sit in the lap for many hours a day can be an excellent choice if youโ€™re fairly inactive. Smaller dogs are easier to walk -- even if they pull on their leash, theyโ€™re easy to handle because of their light weight. Also, dogs that don't shed are always a plus when it comes to the elderly.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a relatively low energy dog that can happily spend an afternoon snuggled up on their ownerโ€™s lap. Yorkshires tend to bond very strongly with one person, so the retiree living on his or her own will find an excellent companion in this breed.

Shih Tzu

The diminutive Shih Tzu is another lap dog that is ideal for the older person. These dogs are calm and affectionate, and love spending time with their owners. The long coat of the Shih Tzu will require frequent grooming, but given the dogโ€™s patience and small stature, this can be a pleasant routine for the retiree.

Scottish Terrier

The lively Scottie is a good dog for a retired person who can give this breed frequent walks around the neighborhood. Scottish Terriers are both affectionate and protective of their owners and will provide a sense of security.



Perhaps contrary to many peopleโ€™s idea of this breed, the Greyhound is a dog that requires only moderate exercise. They also do not require a great deal of room to run around in and will be content living in a smaller home, apartment, or condominium. The somewhat smaller Whippet is another dog that is known, like the Greyhound, for their sweet, docile, and even couch-potato-like nature.


Cocker Spaniel or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Spaniels are lively, medium sized dogs that will require frequent walks and romps in the park or backyard. These dogs are favored by many retirees, however, for their easy going nature. Spaniels tend to like other people and other dogs, making them a nice addition to the family, although Cockers do need strong boundaries. They can get cranky, and at times exhibit dominant behavior, without a strong leader.


The Pomeranian is a lively little dog that can bring cheer and affection to an older personโ€™s home. These dogs like to play but need only a small area in which to run. In fact, the space available in an apartment is usually enough to keep these dogs happy and healthy.

One other consideration that the retiree should take into account is the age of the dog he or she will adopt. Puppies are cute and playful but will need a lot more care and attention, especially during their first year. Puppies need frequent trips to the vet for shots and other medical needs and will require a great deal of training.

Older dogs are generally calmer and are sometimes already housetrained. If they were well cared for in their younger years, the middle-aged dog will need only yearly or bi-yearly trips to the vet. While purebreds are wonderful and can be predictable in nature and temperament, adopting an older dog can be the way to go.

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