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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in Seattle

Seattle Woman with her Cavalier King Charles SpanielAre you a dog lover? Then you know that life is always better when you have a furry friend at home. But, sadly, for Seattle renters, owning a dog often becomes a challenge. Renters don’t only encounter size or breed restrictions, pet fees, and the like, but you also face risks of your dog injuring someone, damaging property, or even worse. It helps to choose a dog breed that fits your rental home and lifestyle so you can minimize these risks. There are dog breeds that have been found to be the most ideal pets for renters. Considering what you look for in a furry companion, here are seven breeds that are 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 could be because Boston terriers are very smart and social dogs that respond well to training. They are usually small at about 25 pounds and are known to be friendly to both people and other dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also one of the few breeds of lapdogs suitable for renters. These dogs bond very well with their favorite human, making them easy to train and eager to please. These dogs are 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.


Among the “Toy” class of small dogs, the pug is one breed that would be a good choice for renters. Pugs are generally emotionally sensitive and are easy to train. They, however, tend to be anxious when they are left alone for long periods of time. Pugs are best for renters who can spend quality time with their furry friends.

Bichon Frise

It’s hard to find breeds that can compete for cuteness with 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 also loyal and are quick to respond to positive reinforcement during training. They need exercise, but because they have short little legs, this can often mean just quick and easy walks.


Although small in size, Chihuahuas are big on energy and sass! Being very intelligent, Chihuahuas seem to be fully aware of their extreme cuteness. This means you have to train them properly while they are still young. Fail to do this and your Chihuahua could end up as the one in charge of your house.

Knowing the top breeds for renters, you can now select which dog best fits your personality, lifestyle, and rental situation. Whichever dog breed you choose, you will surely find a loving and loyal companion for many years to come.

Give Real Property Management Eclipse 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 425-209-0252.

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