So, you’ve decided to adopt a dog. Congratulations! While every home can benefit from a four-legged friend, there is a difference to raising a dog in an apartment than a house. With less space and more neighbors, there are some things you should consider before bringing your new puppy home.
Talk to your landlordBefore anything, you should first discuss your plans with your landlord. Most apartment complexes have some sort of pet policy that can include everything from breed restrictions to additional fees. Your rent could possibly increase, or extra security deposit fees may be required, so make sure that you can afford the extra cost before adopting your new dog.
Pick the right breedUnless your landlord has size restrictions, the breed of your pup will matter a lot more than their size for how happy they’ll be living in an apartment. In general, you’ll want a breed that is more relaxed and quieter rather than hyperactive and loud. There are also breed restrictions to consider. While every apartment complex is different, there are breeds that are commonly banned such as:
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Siberian Huskies
- Doberman Pinschers
- German Shepherds
- Great Danes
- Wolf Hybrids