One of the most common reasons I hear for why people don’t get a dog is “I live in an apartment, it’s not enough room for a dog.” While I totally appreciate their caution and awareness for the dog’s comfort, I want people to know: apartments can be perfectly fine for a dog!
Two Grad Students and a Pittie brought this point up on my post yesterday. Yes, apartments have less square footage. But there are tons of dogs that are extremely quiet and calm indoors, and who don’t need a lot of space. This goes without being said for the little guys – Maltese, Pomeranians, Miniature Poodles, etc. – but there are also bigger dogs that would be perfectly fine in a smaller space as well, as long as they are getting the proper exercise outdoors.
Baxter, for example, would thrive in an apartment setting. He likes being close to his person, so a smaller living space would probably make him happy. To keep him out of mischief, we crate him while we’re not home anyway – so it’s not like he needs “the run of the house” ever. In fact, when we’re home he generally sticks to the living room and kitchen areas, which are easily smaller than an apartment. Also, when we’re home all he does is sleep anyway.
Take my current set up, for example. Literally just took this picture (I sit on the floor with him because I want to hang out with him but he’s not allowed on the couch in case his future adopters don’t want him up there).
Baxter is happiest just hanging out next to me. It’s not like he likes to walk laps around the house to be comfortable. In fact, I’m pretty sure if you suggested that to him he would laugh in your face. Plus, he would rather go outside with you anyway than by himself. Who needs a big yard when you prefer going on walks?
So I hope there is no one out there who is in love with him but won’t speak up because they live in an apartment. Apartment, house, straw hut…. I’m sure Bax would like it all!