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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in Alexandria

Alexandria Woman with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Though all dog breeds can make great pets, not all of them are a good decision for renters. Singling out a dog that your Alexandria property manager approves of can be laborious. Not only do renters, many times, face size or breed restrictions, pet fees, and so on, but really, you additionally risk your dog injuring someone, damaging the property, or worse. One way to let you minimize these risks is to choose a dog breed that fits your rental home and your lifestyle. Depending on what you are watching out for in a furry companion, the following seven breeds are widely believed to be the best dog breeds for renters.

Boston Terrier

As a rule, Boston terriers are very wise and social dogs who respond well to training. They are, over and above that, on the small side, ordinarily about 25 pounds, and are oftentimes known as friendly to both people and other dogs. In light of this, they are typically a top choice for renters since they get along well in many various circumstances.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you are attempting to find a lap dog, a few breeds are better suited for it than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs bond well enough with their favorite human, making them easy to train and eager to please. They also turn out to be very patient and good with children.


Also known as professional couch potatoes, few dogs are better suited to an easy-going lifestyle than the bulldog. These dogs are frequently fairly quiet and love to sleep all day but do need regular exercise to stay healthy. The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed that conventionally weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. This breed is popular for being gentle, loyal, and courageous. Bulldogs are fairly easy to train and make wonderful family pets.


The Affenpinscher is a small, compact dog that often weighs between seven and 10 pounds. This breed is well known for being perceptive, playful, and affectionate. Affenpinschers are similarly mostly low maintenance, as they do not require a lot of exercise and can be comfortable living in a small space.

Bichon Frise

Only a handful of dog breeds can top the cuteness of these fluffy little bundles of big personalities. The Bichon Frise is a small breed that weighs between eight and 12 pounds. This breed is famed for being cheerful, playful, and amiable. Bichon Frises are rather easy to train and make one of the best companion dogs. They especially do not need much exercise, making them well-fitted for city living.


Another contender in the cuteness category is the dachshund. This breed is technically a hound dog, which makes them energetic sniffers. Then again they are also very loyal and swift to respond to positive reinforcement along the length of training. Allowing that they do require exercise, those short little legs can only go so far, making your walks together rather quick and easy.


Don’t let their small size fool you – Chihuahuas are big on energy and sass! As a breed, Chihuahuas are intelligent and seem fully aware of their supreme cuteness, which makes it integral to train them properly when they’re young. Otherwise, your Chihuahua could turn out to be in charge of your house.

Now that you are aware of the top breeds for renters, it is up to you to select which dog best fits your personality, lifestyle, and rental situation. But it doesn’t matter which dog breed you single out, you are sure to get a loving and loyal companion to share your life with for many years to come.


Give Real Property Management Optimum a call if you’re seriously seeking to find a pet-friendly Alexandria rental for you and your current or future dog. You can browse our listings online.


Originally Published on August 28, 2020

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