Introducing a new dog into your life takes preparation. Whether you’re bringing home a new puppy, adult dog or senior dog, you should make sure the type of dog you bring home fits in with your lifestyle!

Small Dog Laying On Ground

Living In An Apartment

When it comes to apartment living, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Pugs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are great options. You can also check out your local shelter and find a dog who has the perfect mix of breeds and is a good size for apartment living. The Bulldog breed is known to be very laid back and low maintenance. If you have a busy workday, a Bulldog or a Bulldog mix would be a great dog to consider. Their activity level is low and in their free time, you’ll catch them snoozing.

In an apartment it can be better to have a smaller or medium size dog. Larger dogs need a lot more exercise and room to roam. Unfortunately, a lot of apartment complexes also have a weight limit on dogs. A small/medium dog would be about 25-30 pounds. A medium/large dog would be 55-60lbs however, it all depends on who you ask! If you adopt from your local shelter, make sure that your new furry friend fits into the weight limits of your apartment complex.

Large Dog Laying In Dog Bed

Living In A House

If your living space is a bit larger, you could consider a larger dog. A house with a large backyard is perfect for a Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever, St. Bernard or even a Siberian Husky. Larger dogs tend to need a lot of activity, so having a large fenced-in space is a large pup’s dream come true!

You can visit websites such as to find a large breed or large breed mix at your local shelters. When you create a Pet Finder profile, they have you answer a few short questions about your lifestyle. Once you answer the questions, they send you profiles of local dogs in shelters that will fit perfectly in your home.

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