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The Best Large Dogs for Apartment Living

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Among the best large dogs for apartment living are the Greyhound, Malamute, Mastiff, and St. Bernard.  Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you need to rule out having a dog, or even a large dog.  It does mean you need to do a little research to make sure your pet will be as happy with their living arrangements as you are.  This informative article from the Washington DC  Apartment Living website addresses the best large dogs for apartment living.

Apartment Pet Policy Restrictions

Breed – Many apartment complexes that do allow apartment dogs, have restrictions on the breeds they accept. Breeds with menacing reputations, whether warranted or not, will not be allowed: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans and Chows. Most apartment managers err on the side of caution. So, if you have a mixed breed dog that looks like a German Shepard, it will be considered one, for all intents and purposes.

Number – Apartment complexes that allow dogs usually allow two at most. You’ll need to look into renting a single-family house or townhouse if you have more than 2 dogs.

Weight – Dog-friendly complexes also have weight limits. Some as little as 15 lbs, excluding all large dog breeds. Be sure to inquire about weight restrictions during your apartment search.

When choosing a dog to adopt or buy from a reputable breeder, it’s not enough to consider the breeds, you also must take into account the type of lifestyle you lead. If you’re an extremely active person, a large dog requiring a lot of exercise is not out of the question for you. Make an informed decision when choosing your big apartment dog and most importantly, give it all the love and attention it deserves!

In the blog comments, an owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog reports successful apartment living, including plenty of exercise.  What breeds have you found to be the best large dogs for apartment living?

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