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Dogs for apartments and small spaces

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It's a mistake many apartment dwellers make. They decide they simply must have dog, and they go out and buy a Golden Retriever or a Siberian Husky. Without a yard or lots (and lots) of exercise, many breeds then turn their homes and their lives upside down. Here are a few ideas of dogs that work best in apartments, from small to medium.

• Italian Greyhound -- The toy version of this dog weighs about 10 pounds. While they enjoy a burst of speed a few times a day, they're not generally hyper dogs.

• Dachshund -- This breed and the toy version are social, medium energy dogs when young and lower energy after two or three years. They need little space, but still enjoy walks to explore.

• Corgi -- This dog averages 25 pounds, is intelligent and needs a moderate amount of daily exercise, but nothing as strenuous as a job. They're affectionate and like to keep you company.

• English or French Bulldog -- As long as there are no long flights of stairs to climb, he'll be a snoozey cuddler who will enjoy keeping you company.

• Basset Hound -- Some Bassets have a tendency to bark or howl, but if you can find a well-mannered one, they make very loving pets.

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