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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in California

California Woman with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

All dog breeds can indeed make ideal pets, but not all of them are the right decision for renters. Picking a dog that your California property manager approves of can be toilsome. Not only do renters constantly confront size or breed restrictions, pet fees, and so on, but on top of that, you especially risk your dog injuring someone, damaging the property, or worse. One way to be able to minimize these risks is to choose a dog breed that fits your rental home and your lifestyle. Founded on what you are trying to look for in a furry companion, the following seven breeds are usually noted as the best dog breeds for renters.

Boston Terrier

As a rule, Boston terriers are very cautious, smart, and social dogs who respond well to training. They are, as well, on the small side, typically about 25 pounds, and are usually known as friendly to both people and other dogs. This is exactly why they are conventionally a top choice for renters since they get along well in many different areas.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you are in search of a lap dog, a few breeds are better suited for it than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs bond well with their favorite human, making them easy to train and eager to please. They, over and above that, are very patient and good with children.


Also known as professional couch potatoes, few dogs are better suited to an easy-going lifestyle than the bulldog. These dogs are consistently very quiet and love to sleep all day but do need regular exercise to stay healthy. The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed that generally weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. This breed is acknowledged for being gentle, loyal, and courageous. Bulldogs are a bit easy to train and make very fine family pets.


The Affenpinscher is a small, compact dog that, in general, weighs between seven and 10 pounds. This breed is known for being energetic, playful, and affectionate. Affenpinschers are, as well, fairly low maintenance, as they do not entail a good deal of exercise and can be elated living in a small space.

Bichon Frise

Only a handful of dog breeds can top the cuteness of these fluffy little bundles of big personalities. The Bichon Frise is a small breed that weighs between eight and 12 pounds. This breed is notable for being jovial, playful, and loving. Bichon Frises are very easy to train and make very nice companion dogs. They, at the same time, do not require much exercise, making them the right fit for city living.


Another contender in the cuteness category is the dachshund. This breed is technically a hound dog, which makes them quite the sniffers. On top of that, they are loyal and quite quick to respond to positive reinforcement throughout the time of training. While it is true that they do entail exercise, those short little legs can only go so far, making your walks together short and simple.


Don’t let their small size fool you – Chihuahuas are big on energy and sass! As a breed, Chihuahuas are intelligent and seem fully aware of their ultimate cuteness, which makes it vital to train them properly when they’re young. Otherwise, your Chihuahua could become in charge of your house.

Now that you know exactly the top breeds for renters, it is up to you to decide for yourself which dog best fits your personality, lifestyle, and rental situation. But regardless of which dog breed you decide on, you are certain to get a loving and loyal companion to share your life with for many years to come.


Give Real Property Management Gold a call if you’re endeavoring to find a pet-friendly California rental for you and your current or future dog. You can browse our listings online.

Originally Published on August 28, 2020

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