How to tell if a dog is right for your apartment
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost 40% of all U.S. households own a dog. Many of those dog owners live in apartments, which leads to the subject of our blog - is it unfair to your four legged friend to keep them in an apartment?
The simple answer is no, it is not irresponsible - with a few caveats. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if owning a dog is right for you in your current living situation:
Research dog breeds closely and don't make an impulsive decision on which dog to adopt! There are many breeds of dog, such as a Basset Hound or a Cocker Spaniel, which are very well suited to close quarters and are just as happy to curl up on the couch with their owner as they would be running around the park. However, there are many more that would not be as happy in an apartment (and would make your neighbors unhappy as well) - breeds such as a Siberian Husky and German Shepherd should be avoided until you have more space for them to enjoy.
How much time and energy do you have to dedicate to them? Do you have a demanding career that takes you out of your apartment frequently? Sometimes the idea of adopting a dog is more fun than actually owning one. Buying a dog is a commitment of at least 8 years, and often longer - if you have a job with long hours, coming home to a dog that has a day's worth of pent up energy that you aren't able to match isn't the right fit for you or the dog. Evaluate how much time you can dedicate to your canine companion, as well as how energetic particular dog breeds are, before committing.
Do you have the ability to get them involved in a local doggy daycare? The primary commitment on your end will be financial, but can be well worth the money even if you only take them once or twice a week. Doggy daycare helps by satisfying their social needs, as well as their physical and mental energy.
To recap - yes! You can comfortably own a dog while living in an apartment, just make sure that you evaluate your lifestyle, research your dog breeds, and can commit financially to giving your pup the lifestyle they deserve.