Having an apartment is great, but sometimes it can get a little lonely. While having a roommate might not be the best option for you, getting a dog might be exactly what you’re looking for. Naturally there are some rules you’ll have to follow for your apartment home, but provided you follow all the rules, here are ways to find the right dog for you.
Before you choose a dog, it’s important to ask the following questions:
- Exercise: Would you prefer a lapdog or one that matches your active lifestyle?
- Shedding: How much dog hair are you willing to vacuum?
- Neighbors: Do you often see your neighbors and want a dog that’s ok with strangers?
- Schedule: Are you away from home most of the day and need a dog that can be alone?
- Barking: What’s your apartment setup, and how soundproof are your walls?
Types of Dogs
Pugs, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, Lhasa Apso
Benefits of Small Dogs: On average, most small dogs live longer than large dogs, too. It’s not unusual for dogs of many small breeds to live between 12-15 years, or longer, though this will vary from one breed to another and from dog to dog. So when you get a small dog, you’re getting a friend for longer than you think, which is a good thing. Small dogs are also accepted at many more apartment communities than larger dogs. Many communities won’t accept dogs that weigh more than 20-30 pounds.
Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, Corgi, Daschshund
Benefits of Medium Dogs: Medium dog breeds are often adaptable and can make good apartment dogs. They often require more exercise than small dogs but, if you are willing to take them for walks and find a place for them to exercise with a good run now and then, they are usually happy to live in the city. Your apartment community is close to several large parks which make it a great way for you to get exercise while the dog gets some exercise in as well.
Large dogs are great, but chances are if you have a large dog, you might go over the weight limit of this community. Still, if you have questions regarding the dog, then please speak to the leasing agent at the front office and let’s see what we can do for you.
In San Antonio there are plenty of dog-friendly spaces for you and your furry friend to frequent. The SA Current has a great article on 29 spots you must visit with your pup. We hope to see you around!