Three Things To Take Into Consideration If You Live In An Apartment & Want To Purchase A Dog

Posted on: 8 April 2016


If you plan on being a long-term renter (from renters such as Uptown Rental Properties), you need to take into consideration the regulations that most rental companies have in place before you purchase a dog. You also need to take into consideration the needs and temperament of the dog that you purchase.

Apartment Regulations

The first thing you need to do is find out what your apartment regulations are concerning pets. You can find this out by talking to your apartment managers. You should also call a few of the larger property management companies in your area and find out what their pet policies are. By being aware of your apartments specific pet policies, as well as the pet policies in the same general area, you will be able to make a smarter pet choice.

Many apartment complexes limit dogs to a certain weight. For example, some only allow small dogs that are under 20 pounds, whereas others allow larger dogs, as long as they are under 50 pounds.

Many apartment complexes also restrict the breeds of dogs that you can have on their premise. For example, many apartment complexes do not allow specific breeds, such as Rottweilers, Dobermans or pit bulls on their property due to the perceived liability risk associated with these dog breeds.  

Dog's Temperament

The second thing that you need to take into consideration is the dog's temperament and space needs. For example, if you are going to be gone most of the day, you need to purchase a dog that is comfortable being left alone for a long period of time. You also need to purchase a dog that will be able to get the exercise it needs just by walking around your apartment during the day while you are gone.

For example, pugs are comfortable being alone for extended periods of time. They like to lounge around a lot. Although you will still need to take them out for exercise when you get home, they can stay at home without getting too antsy. On the other hand, although they are small and could fit size wise into an apartment, Pomeranians have a lot of energy and also tend to be yappy, which may annoy your neighbors when you are not home.

Surrounding Environment

The final thing that you need to take into consideration is the surrounding environment near your apartment. Is there a community yard where you can take your dog to play? Are there nearby walking paths or neighborhoods where you can take your dog for a walk? Are there dog parks nearby? 

If you purchase a dog that needs a lot of exercise, you need to make sure that your apartment's environment provides the space that your dog needs.