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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in California

California Woman with her Cavalier King Charles SpanielFor dog lovers, life is always better when you have a furry friend at home. However, some California renters find that owning a dog often becomes a challenge. Renters often encounter size or breed restrictions, and pet fees. Aside from that, there is also the risk of your dog injuring others, damaging the property, or worse. To help minimize these risks, you can choose a dog breed that fits both your rental home and your lifestyle. Given that all dog breeds can be great pets, there are still some that appear to be the best options for renters. Considering what you are looking for in a furry companion, these seven breeds are usually considered the best dog breeds for renters.

Boston Terrier

The American Kennel Club puts the Boston Terrier at the top of the list of the best dogs for renters. This is primarily because Boston terriers are very smart and social dogs. They also respond well to training. Weighing only about 25 pounds, these small dogs are known to be friendly to both people and other dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Lapdogs are some of the most popular breeds. One of these is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs bond very well with their favorite human, making them easy to train and eager to please. They are also good with children and are very patient.


There are few dogs that are professional couch potatoes and are best suited to an easy-going lifestyle. At the top of that list is the bulldog. They are calm and love to sleep all day. However, these dogs do need regular exercise to stay healthy.


The pug is one of the breeds of small dogs in the “Toy” class that is suitable for renters. Generally emotionally sensitive, pugs are easy to train. They also get anxious when left alone for long periods of time, so pugs are great for renters who can spend quality time with their furry friends.

Bichon Frise

Only a few breeds can top the cuteness of these fluffy little bundles of big personality. Bichon Frise dogs are excitable and, at the same time, sweet, friendly, and eager to play!


The dachshund is another contender in the cuteness category. Technically hound dogs, dogs of this breed are eager sniffers. They are loyal, as well, and quickly respond to positive reinforcement during training. Because they have short little legs, exercise time usually comprises quick and easy walks together.


Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are big on energy and sass! Chihuahuas are intelligent and seem to be fully aware of their extreme cuteness. This makes it imperative to train them properly while they’re young. Otherwise, your Chihuahua could end up being the one in charge of your house.

Keeping in mind this list of top breeds for renters, it is up to you to determine which dog best fits your personality, lifestyle, and rental situation. With any of these dog breeds, you will surely find a loving and loyal companion to share your years with.

Give Real Property Management Gold 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 301-392-2172.

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