Are you looking for a dog that’s more snuggling up and watching Netflix than running in an open field?
If you live in an urban area, a small apartment, or an extreme climate, you probably will want a pooch that will happily enjoy an indoor life.
To make your search for the perfect pup or dog easier, we’ve selected the best 15 indoor dog breeds.
Pugs are compact, sturdy, and great indoor family dogs. Why do Pugs looks like they’re always smiling? Because they’re happy all day, every day! Pugs aren’t just small, they also have calm and gentle temperaments which makes them a great choice for apartment pups. This indoor dog breed is happy to lie on the cool tile for a long nap or curl up next to you on the sofa. (Don’t forget to check out the Retro Pug–these Pugs sport a longer muzzle, reducing some of the health issues regular Pugs need to experience).
Boston Terriers are black-and-white and adorable all over! This petite pooch looks dressed to impress in a tuxedo patterned coat. These dogs often prefer the company of their people to getting their paws muddy. These dogs are anything but dainty but will happily nap on your lap as you catch up on your favorite shows.
Snoopy may have lived in an outdoor dog house, but most Beagle prefer the comfort of the indoors. Beagles often strike the perfect balance of relaxed and spunky. They love lounging with their owners and snoozing the day away just to wake up and trot along for an evening walk. Known for their incredible noses and appetites, you will want to Beagle-proof your kitchen pantry.
The Daschund is loving, sweet, and energetic. Their exercise needs are pretty straightforward, often being quite content with just some playtime in the house. Plus, since they’re so low to the ground, they’re great at keeping the floors clean (just kidding!).
The attractive and regal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is even keeled when it comes to their personalities and energy levels. They make excellent pets for families with kids since they love to engage in a bit of active play, but also enjoy some r-and-r with the entire family. This dog makes a great indoor companion for those that embrace the excitement of the moment and appreciate the calmer moments as well.
This tenacious breed has a big personality in a small package. Frenchies are known for snoring, snoozing, and skateboarding. They love taking in the A/C after a brief walk and have a knack for making their owners laugh. If you want an indoor dog that will fill your home with laughter, the Frenchie is it!
7. Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is foxy and fun. Its small size makes it a great choice for urban households. It does enjoy a bit of exercise, though. So, if you live an active lifestyle in the city, this is a great dog for you. If you love to run, jog, or walk, it’s happy to keep up and keep you motivated as you go.
This breed is ideal for indoor-living since it doesn’t take up more room than the average toaster. These cute dogs are as friendly and goofy as they are attractive. They enjoy going on walks but don’t go stir crazy in apartments.
Maltese are a long-time favorite for apartment dwellers. These petite dogs are classy, sassy, and full of spirit. If you are looking for a lapdog with a loyal heart and pristine coat, this breed may be your new best friend.
10. Poodle (All sizes)
Poodles are the perfect pick-a-size dog breed that does well indoors. Teacup, Mini, and Standard-sized Poodles all love to curl up and relax at the end of the day. Poodles also love to let loose and have some fun when the occasion calls for it. While they do need to be groomed, Poodles barely shed, making them a great breed for spending time inside.
11. Basset Hound
No matter how old a Basset Hound gets, they always maintain their puppy eyes. These expressive and sweet-natured dogs have extremely low exercise needs. Sleeping is a Basset Hound’s favorite past-time, so if you decide this low-energy dog is an excellent choice for you, be sure you invest in a comfy dog bed.
This thick-coated beauty loves lounging around the house and watching all the excitement taking place outside. The Chow Chow is a bright dog with a bold and loving personality that is happy to live out its life in the comfort of your home. Chow Chows are a great choice for people who want an indoor dog that’s neither petite or huge.
You may have raised an eyebrow when you read this speedy-devil breed. No, we are not pulling your leg. Greyhounds make amazing indoor dogs. While greyhounds are fast, they don’t actually have the best endurance and tend to tire pretty easily. They also are the quintessential couch potato dog. And their short coat makes cleaning up just a bit easier.
14. Great Dane
Great Danes make great indoor dogs. They love napping, relaxing, and of course cuddling. These massive and inquisitive dogs often don’t realize their size and prefer their owners’ laps to their dog beds. When it comes to Great Danes, bigger is better. These lumbering giants prove that indoor dogs don’t have to be tiny!
These large and lovable dogs are impossible not to adore. Mastiffs love being part of the family and hanging out with the kids. They also don’t mind downtime.
In fact, many Mastiff owners find themselves having to convince these big babies to join them for walks. If you have the space in your home and heart, Mastiffs’ sweet temperament and sleepy disposition make them a wonderful indoor breed.
What else do you need to know about owning an indoor dog?
When it comes to choosing your new best friend, consider adopting from a shelter. Any variant of the breeds listed above should do pretty well as an indoor dog. Shelter workers and volunteers will also be happy to help navigate you in the direction of your next furry best friend.
Indoor dog breeds, even those with the lowest exercise needs still need regular walks. All dogs benefit form exercise. Exercise helps indoor dogs stretch their legs, burn some calories and energy, and engage their brains. Providing your dog with chew toys, outdoor activities, and attention can help reduce destructive behaviors.
The biggest factor in a dog’s success adapting to living in your home is giving them the training they need. Puppies will need to be housebroken and more frequent potty breaks, while some of the breeds on our list will need reminders that furniture is meant for people.
Of course, almost all of these dogs will gladly curl up on the sofa with you if you left them.
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