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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in Shaw

Shaw Woman with her Cavalier King Charles SpanielDog lovers love having a furry friend at home. Sadly, for Shaw renters, having a dog can turn out to be a challenge. Renters often encounter size or breed restrictions, and pet fees. Aside from that, there is also the risk of your dog injuring others, damaging the property, or worse. One way to mitigate these risks is to choose a dog breed that suits not just your rental home but your lifestyle as well. All dog breeds can make great pets, however, not all of them are suitable for renters. Considering what you are looking for in a furry companion, these seven breeds are usually considered the best dog breeds for renters.

Boston Terrier

The American Kennel Club lists the Boston terrier at the top of the list of the best dogs for renters. This is primarily because Boston terriers are very smart and social dogs. They also respond well to training. They are also small, usually about 25 pounds, and are generally friendly to both people and other dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Lapdogs are some of the most popular breeds. One of these is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs bond very well with their favorite human, making them easy to train and eager to please. They are also patient and good with children.


Few dogs can be called professional couch potatoes. There aren’t many dogs that are suited to an easy-going lifestyle like the bulldog. These dogs are quite calm and love to sleep all day. They also need regular exercise to stay healthy.


The pug is one of the breeds of small dogs in the “Toy” class that is suitable for renters. Pugs are generally emotionally sensitive and are easy to train. This also means they could get anxious when left alone for long periods of time. Pugs are best for renters who can spend quality time with their furry friends.

Bichon Frise

Only a few dog breeds can top the cuteness of these fluffy little bundles of big personality. Although Bichon Frise dogs can sometimes be excitable, they are generally sweet, friendly, and eager to play.


Another contender in the cuteness category is the dachshund. This breed is a hound dog, which means they are eager sniffers. They are loyal and quick to respond to positive reinforcement during training. With their short little legs, exercise usually means quick and easy walks.


Big on energy and sass, Chihuahuas pack a lot into their small size! Chihuahuas are very intelligent and seem to be fully aware of their extreme cuteness. This is why it is vital to train them properly while they are young. Otherwise, your Chihuahua could end up being the one in charge of your house.

Considering this list of top breeds for renters, you can now decide which dog best fits your personality, lifestyle, and rental situation.No matter which dog breed you pick, you will definitely find a loving and loyal companion for many years.

Give Real Property Management DC Metro a call if you’re looking to find a pet-friendly rental for you and your current or future dog. You can browse our listings online or give us a call at 202-269-0303.

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