What Dog Breeds Make The Best House Dogs?

House dogs are great companions for just about everyone. Small dog breeds are usually considered to make the best house dogs. They are great for apartment living. Most small dog breeds do not require as much exercise and large dog breeds.


House dogs are great companions for the elderly and people who do not get out much.  Small dogs are very good for apartments and homes with small yards.  Small dogs usually do not require much exercise and because of their small size, they usually do not need a lot of room.

When you chose a dog for indoor living, you must find out if the dog is very active and will adapt to being confined to a house.  Some indoor dogs will need an hour of outdoor exercise every day.  There are some dogs that will not require much outdoor exercise if any.

Basset hounds are a mellow and quiet dog that usually is very well suited for indoor living.  They do enjoy a daily walk but their short legs cannot handle a lot of walking.  They are happier just laying around the house and spending time with their family, which they are very devoted to.

They are hounds and they can do a lot of barking which can be annoying.  They are shorthaired but they will still shed and should be brushed every day.

The English bulldog usually makes a great indoor dog but they do enjoy going for short walks.  They are mellow, calm and very friendly.  They can grow to weigh 60 pounds so they are not what you can call a small dog but they are still well suited for indoor living.

The Chinese Crested is a very unusual dog that should always be kept indoors.  They are very popular as apartment dogs and city living.  They like to chase a ball and play indoors.  If you do take your Chinese Crested outside make sure he is wearing a jacket or sunscreen and they cannot take the sun.  They can get sunburned and skin cancer because of their hairless appearance.  They also will not tolerate cold weather very well.

Shih Tzu’s are great family dogs and are perfect for indoor living.  They make loving companions for people of all ages.  They will need very little exercise but they will enjoy chasing a laser pointer or a ball around the house.  They love to sit on your lap for hours but they do enjoy going for an occasional walk.

Yorkshire terriers are great indoor dogs and are one of the most popular house-dog.  They do like to play indoors chasing a ball or some other toy.  They do not like the cold weather and they will need to wear a sweater if they go out when it is cold.  Yorkshire terriers can be litter box trained and this is what many people do.

Any of these dog breeds will make excellent dogs for indoor living.  There are also many other breeds that are good indoor dogs so the choice is yours.

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  1. h20ho

    On June 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This is very good information, thank you

  2. Rarity HIll

    On June 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Hhi! I was hoping you’d say something about Labradors or Golden Retrievers because I have one at home.

  3. norlaw

    On June 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks h20ho for your comment. I appreciate it.

  4. norlaw

    On June 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I prefer large dogs to small dogs. There are some Labradors and Golden Retievers that make great apartment and house dogs. Large dogs seem to be less demanding than small dogs.

  5. jennifer eiffel01

    On August 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    My last chihuahua was a house dog. She only went outside in the summer and she went to the bathroom in a litter box for dogs in the kitchen all year.

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