Large dogs do not belong in a small apartment. They need room to walk around without bumping into furniture.
There are many breeds of small dogs that are perfect for small apartment dwellers.Chihuahua, Maltese, Pugs, and Poodles are just a few.
Before you decide on what type to get there are a few things one must take into consideration.
Pet size and weight
pet deposit fee
Remember apartment living does not mean just you or your family. You may have immediate next door, upstairs and downstairs neighbors as well. You do not want a pet that will bark or whine constantly if you leave, or if other residents walk past your open front door.
Pet Size and Weight
Many apartments have a set weight and size they will take, as well as a list of breeds they will not accept. If you have a Service dog which is larger than the limit allowed, you may still be allowed to have it. Be sure to read up on how the Fair Housing Act affects people with service dogs.
Pet Deposit Fee
Most apartments charge a pet deposit fee. This can range from $250.00 to $500.00.
Some complexes also require a Certificate of Good Health from a vet, as well as proof of license where the pet currently resides, and a picture of your dog for identification purposes..
Is the dog you are considering skittish or hyper? Does it run, jump on people, or bark if you cough? Is it a breed that gets along well with children, or is it more of a one person type dog? You may want to consider having it spayed or neutered.
Dogs need exercise just as we do. Do you have the time to walk it daily and take it out when it needs to relieve him or herself? How does it get along with other dogs or cats? Dog Parks are are a great place to go and walk your pet.
Lastly, what about you? Dogs no matter the size or breed, do need and will naturally want attention. Do you have the time, energy, and capability you need to give to a pet?
Do you travel, or go out a lot? Are you going to have neighbors, or family come in and tend to it, or put it up in a doggie board and care?
You also need to take into consideration any potential allergies, not just yours but also your family’s. Some dogs no matter how cute, shed hair everywhere they go.
Dogs can get very expensive, depending on the pet. You need to make sure you will be financially able to take care of your new animal. Many local Animal Shelters offer shots and micro-chipping at discounted prices. Local Vets and Pet Stores often team up and do Wellness Clinics.
These are all important things to think about before making that final decision. Remember, dogs are capable of giving us unconditional love. What are you willing to give them in return?