Lort Smith Animal Hospital’s best dogs for apartments

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Even the more typical offerings have sniffed out ways to provide more space, inside and out, to get tails wagging.

Developments across the country are increasingly being built with the needs of residents with pets in mind, according to Mirvac general manager of design, marketing and sales Diana Sarcasmo.

“Across Australia, in all our new projects, we are aiming to allow for pets wherever possible,” Ms Sarcasmo said.

“For many people, their dog or cat is as much a part of the family as their children and you wouldn’t want to exclude them.”

But do apartments suit the dogs?

So long as there’s still somewhere to bury a bone.

So long as there’s still somewhere to bury a bone.Source:Supplied

Lort Smith Animal Hospital chief executive David Herman said so long as they were pet safe and didn’t get too hot during the day, apartments were the perfect kennel for several breeds.

“Dogs can lead perfectly fulfilling lives in an apartment as long as they are properly cared for and their needs are met,” Mr Herman said.

He added that adopting a dog from a shelter had benefits for apartment living, with most already house trained and many already conditioned for indoor living.

“It’s worth considering adopting an older dog — they may be less energetic, more relaxed, and already trained,” Mr Herman added.

While apartment life might be a bit ruff for more energetic canines such as kelpies, border collies, huskies and other working dogs, Lort Smith did recommend several breeds.

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Affectionate and quiet, this breed prefers indoor living with a daily walk.

Though it is important to consider that a building without a lift might present a challenge for any dog that needs to go outside multiple times in the day to go to the bathroom.

Bonus points for being completely adorable. Picture: Alex Coppel.

Bonus points for being completely adorable. Picture: Alex Coppel.Source:News Corp Australia

These sociable, small dogs tend to be quiet and are easily trained.

While chihuahua’s might suit apartment living due to their small size, smaller isn’t always better. Mr Herman said puppies were best avoided in an apartment environment as they would need constant attention and could be quite noisy as they adjusted to a new home.

Even the smallest apartment would look big to this petite pooch. Picture: Ian Currie

Even the smallest apartment would look big to this petite pooch. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

Intelligent and trainable with a low shedding coat, the Australian terrier just needs a short daily walk for exercise.

For any apartment dog, good training is important as a dog that makes too much noise while you’re away will quickly anger neighbours, and potentially your landlord or owner’s corporation.

An Australian terrier for an Australian apartment. Makes sense.

An Australian terrier for an Australian apartment. Makes sense.Source:Supplied

A smaller version of a greyhound, the whippet is a surprisingly good house pet.

Quiet and with low activity levels, this breed responds well to training. However it does need a good active walk or run each day.

I say whippet. Whippet good.

I say whippet. Whippet good.Source:Supplied

Famed for its racing pedigree, the greyhound needs a good walk or run every day, but most are generally happy to spend the rest of their time lazing around. Ideal in an apartment environment.

If you work long hours, you might need to hire a dog walker to ensure the dog gets its required activity. Pet day care options might also be appropriate for some breeds.

Admit it, you’re planning to race out and get one right now, aren’t you?

Admit it, you’re planning to race out and get one right now, aren’t you?Source:istock

Not that these are the only dogs that could collar a kennel in the sky.

Lisa Daniel and partner Claire Jackson bought an apartment at Piccolo Developments’ Elwood House in 2017.

But not before confirming the development would be suitable for their three pugs.

“It would have been a ‘no way’ to buy in without the dogs,” Ms Daniel said.

She added that good developers were listening to the demands of potential buyers and finding ways to accommodate many lifestyles — including ones that revolve around fur babies.

Their home at Elwood House comes with a large deck to provide the dogs with an outdoor space upstairs, while nearby parks cover a daily walk.

Elwood House by Piccolo Developments has enough space for three pugs.

Elwood House by Piccolo Developments has enough space for three pugs.Source:Supplied

But most of the time, they preferred to be settled in their owners laps.

“They are very lazy and don’t have a lot of energy for running around,” Ms Daniel said. “They just want to be with you, and they aren’t very yappy either.”

The only thing to give the adaptable breed paws was getting used to the ups and downs.

“The dogs have had to get used to being in the lift, but they are really adaptable to change,” Ms Daniel added.

“Getting them used to living in the smaller space was quite easy.”

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http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/dogfriendly-apartments-get-lick-of-approval-but-which-breed-is-best/news-story/35ba8cad7e8ef882c729b189c964a280