10 Best Dog Breeds for City Life

10 Best Dog Breeds for City Life

While many people assume living in a city isn’t compatible with dog ownership, just the opposite is true.
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In fact, many dogs are happier in the hustle and bustle of city life than they are in a rural setting. Here, the 10 best dog breeds for living in a city will be discussed.


This tiny dog breed is ideal for living in a city because it adapts well to small spaces. Additionally, Chihuahuas can be easily carried in a purse or carrier, making it easy to utilize dog-friendly public transit.  


Like the Chihuahua, the Dachshund does not need a yard to be happy. Dachshunds simply enjoy spending time with their favorite humans, wherever that may be!


The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a lovable, affable dog that has few needs. The traits that make Corgis most suited to city life are their adaptability to small spaces, trainability, and alert-dog tendencies.  

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are great dogs for city living because of their low-maintenance nature. They have minimal space, exercise, and grooming requirements, making them excellent for apartment life. Yorkies can also be easily carried onto public transportation in a pet-safe carrier.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most adaptable dog breeds, provided it can always be near a human. No matter your lifestyle, a Cavalier will enjoy spending time with you wherever you are.


Pugs enjoy the city life because of their playful, people-loving personalities. This breed loves nothing more than to soak up attention on a people-filled sidewalk and does well living in smaller homes and apartments without yards.

Boston Terrier

Like the Pug, the Boston Terrier is a people-friendly dog. This breed has few exercise requirements, can comfortably fit into a carrier, and adapts well to the hustle and bustle of the city.

French Bulldog

Like the other breeds on this list, French Bulldogs are affectionate, sociable, and easy-going. This breed has few exercise requirements and loves every person it meets, making the French Bulldog a perfect city companion.

English Bulldog

Although the English Bulldog may be intimidating in appearance, it is a gentle giant. Known for its extreme love of children and exercise intolerance, the English Bulldog is happiest when sitting on the couch with a favorite human or taking a short stroll around the block.

Chinese Crested Dog

Finally, the dog breed happiest with city life might be the Chinese Crested Dog. This hairless breed is highly adaptable, able to thrive living solely indoors due to its ability to be potty-pad trained. The Chinese Crested Dog travels easily in a dog carrier, as well.

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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