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7 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Woman with her Cavalier King Charles SpanielFor dog lovers, life is always better when you have a furry friend at home. However, some Kalamazoo renters find that owning a dog often becomes a challenge. Most rental homes have size or breed restrictions and pet fees. Renters also run the risk of their dog injuring others, damaging property, or worse. To help minimize these risks, you can choose a dog breed that fits both your rental home and your lifestyle. All dog breeds make great pets. However, there are those that are best suited for renters. Here are seven breeds you can consider when choosing a furry companion. These are some of the best dog breeds for renters.

Boston Terrier

At the top of the list of best dogs for renters of the American Kennel Club is the Boston terrier. Broadly speaking, Boston terriers respond well to training and are very smart and social dogs. They are usually small at about 25 pounds and are known to be friendly to both people and other dogs.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Looking for a lapdog? One of the best breeds for renters 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.


Among the “Toy” class, the pug is a breed of small dogs that go really well with renters. Pugs are usually emotionally sensitive, which makes them easy to train. However, pugs become anxious when left alone for long periods of time, so they are best suited 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 get excitable at times, although they are usually sweet, friendly, and eager to play with you.


Another contender in the cuteness category is the dachshund. Technically hound dogs, dogs of this breed are eager sniffers. They are loyal and are quick to respond to positive reinforcement during training. Exercise is also a breeze as those short little legs can only go so far, making for quick and easy walks.


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. If you don’t, your Chihuahua might be 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. Pick any of these dog breeds and you will surely find a loving and loyal companion for the years to come.

Give Real Property Management Investment Solutions 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 616-419-4578.

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