The Top 10 Best Large Dog Breeds For Apartment Living!

The Top 10 Best Large Dog Breeds For Apartment Living!
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Big dogs for apartments can easily adjust to life in an apartment and believe me, the number one dog breed on this list will very much surprise you. It’s often thought that only small dogs are ideal for living in an apartment, but is that true? Of course, it isn’t! And there are some specific characteristics of big dogs, such as physical inactivity, tenderness, and calmness that makes them an excellent choice for living in smaller spaces like apartments or small houses.

Let’s take a look at the list of the TOP 10 best large dog breeds for the apartment living:

10_ The Newfoundland.

Newfoundland Dogs are gentle giants. They are large and sturdy dogs with an extremely gentle temperament. Newfoundland Dogs are: friendly, intelligent, considerate, loyal and peaceful. They love children and families, want to please their owners, and they’re great with other dogs and strangers. They require a lot of attention and brushing three times per week. They’re not overly active and they don’t have too much energy, but they still need daily physical activity.

9_ The Bernese Dog.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large working dog from the Swiss farms that, aside from great working dog traits, is well suited to living in both houses and apartments. Bernese Mountain Dogs are: intelligent, gentle, loyal and dependable. They are big, strong dogs that tend to be rather friendly and relaxed. However, they can shed a lot, are prone to barking and they need to be physically active every day. These traits place them on the ninth spot of this list.

8_ The English Mastiff. 

The English Mastiff is a fairly large and heavy dog breed. On the other hand, they tend to be calm and good household pets. English Mastiffs are: protective, dignified, good-natured, kind, calm and brave. Some characteristics that make them good pets are, aside from their calmness, their decreased level of activity and their extremely weak tendency to bark, even though they are very protective dogs. The only problem with English Mastiffs living in apartments is their big size and weight. Why?

Their sheer massiveness can be a hindrance if you live on higher floors of buildings without an elevator. For example, would you be able to carry this big dog down the stairs if he got sick? So be careful and consider multiple factors if you’re thinking of getting a big dog.

7_ The Great Dane.

The Great Dane is a large, sensitive, friendly and remarkably gentle giant. Owners who keep them inside their houses state they are in love with these dogs. Seeing a Great Dane sleeping next to their owner is not a rare occurrence, why? They simply love having their owner’s attention and they get along really well with dogs, people, and other animals. Great Danes are: friendly, self-confident, elegant, careful, gentle and loyal. Their weak points are their desire for physical activity and tendency to bark a lot. If you can handle these characteristics, then these gentle giants may just be a perfect fit for you.

6_ The Greyhound.

The English Greyhound is known far and wide for its great speed and outstanding racing characteristics. These dogs can still easily adapt to living in apartments and smaller spaces though. How? Greyhounds are: intelligent, aloof, polite, athletic, gentle, quiet. Although Greyhounds are among the very best racing dogs out there, they do not require much physical activity. Why? Dog races consist of sprinting, not endurance. This means your Greyhound doesn’t need to keep very active to remain satisfied, and they even like to have a nap in the meantime. Along with that, they are extremely friendly and dislike barking.

5_ The Boxer.

The German Boxer is a dog breed that gets extremely attached, and they are fearless when it comes to protecting their owners. Still, they are inherently good and friendly dogs. German Boxers are: self-confident, intelligent, fearless, energetic, brave, faithful, happy and calm. These dogs possess average characteristics when it comes to adapting to life indoors. Their only big drawback is their exceptionally high demand for physical activity. They necessitate a lot of activities such as walks, running and daily playing.

4_ The Bullmastiff.

The Bullmastiff is a fearless guardian of their family. They like thinking with their heads, yet adore their families. Bullmastiffs are: protective, dependable, loyal, attentive, brave, strong, gentle, calm and devoted. What makes them a great choice for apartment living is that they shed very little, don’t care too much for keeping physically active, and have a friendly disposition toward all members of the family.

3_ The Clumber Spaniel.

Clumber Spaniels are dogs with very desirable traits for living in apartments and smaller houses. So what are they? This is a dog breed that is going to adapt to you. Clumber Spaniels are: dignified, calm, faithful and gentle. Perfect for first-time owners, they are very sensitive and slow, quiet workers. They have next to no tendency to bark and they demand very little in the way of physical activity. The only problem with these dogs is shedding. They require daily brushing to reduce the amount of hair they leave around the house. If you believe this fact would bother you, I would recommend considering another dog breed.

2_ The Dogue De Bordeaux.

The Bordeauxdog, or the French Mastiff, is an exceptionally large and muscular dog breed that can haul heavy objects with relative ease. On the other hand, they usually dislike openly showing their strength. Dogues de Bordeaux are wonderful dogs for indoor living due to their calmness, tendency to not bark, reduced demand for physical activity, and the love and adoration they show their owners. Dogues de Bordeaux are: sociable, devoted, careful, faithful and courageous. Do be careful if your friends tend to visit you often since these dogs don’t always react to strangers and other dogs in the best of ways. 

1_ The Afghan Hound.

The Afghan Hound is an extraordinarily beautiful, dignified and independent dog breed. When at home, they tend to enjoy simply lounging around in peace, which makes them outstanding pets for living in houses and apartments. Afghan Hounds are: dignified, reserved, independent and happy. Although they are very relaxed at home, they love walking and running. Despite that, they don’t have great endurance, so they do not require a huge amount of physical activity.

What about some other traits that make them the best big dogs for your apartment? They love all members of their household, they don’t drool, they don’t bark much and they are very good at adapting to smaller spaces. All these things add up to make them amazing pets for your house or apartment.

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