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Typically the most important issue to consider when having a dog in an apartment is whether or not the dog will be happy. There are many different factors that contribute to your dog’s happiness, and ultimately they should all be considered. To start however, the first major concern is your apartment.

Your lease agreement

Make sure you understand all stipulations about pet ownership in the context of your lease. Some leases specify sizes and types of pets, others note changes in the actual contract due to pet ownership. It will be best for you and all involved parties if you are sure that your landlord allows your pet.

Your dog's happiness

It is obviously impossible to truly gauge a dog’s happiness in a certain environment; however, there are some general traits that you can predict rather easily such as energy. If you have a small apartment avoid energetic dogs who need more exercise. However, your lifestyle will also help to dictate some of your dog’s traits. If you are active and home a lot an energetic dog may be right for you.

Low energy dogs
Low energy dogs need moderate amounts of exercise and can usually attain it in a small apartment. Some examples of low energy dogs include: Cocker Spaniels, Shetland Sheepdogs, Basset Hounds, Beagles, Dachshunds, most Terriers, Norwegian Elkhounds, and most Bulldogs.

High energy dogs
If you are an energetic person and wish to give your dog an intensive workout every day then a high energy dog might suit you even if you live in an apartment. High energy dogs include: Dalmatians, Siberian Huskies, Border Collies, Retrievers, Setters, Pointers, Foxhounds and Coonhounds.

Other factors

As an apartment owner you will also have to face other problems such as training and noise. Make sure you train your dog well as you will probably be away for most of the day, also, try and get a dog who doesn’t bark too much as your neighbors are also a consideration.

Don’t let your living situation dictate the relationship you have with your pet, however, keep in mind that owning a pet is a great deal of extra responsibility and work. The better prepared you are the easier it will be to make a successful relationship.