If you’re feeling the ever-increasing social pressure to get a dog, you’re not alone. In the past few decades, dog ownership in the United States has increased some 56 percent, and we’re inclined to believe that more and more people are going to get a pup of their own in the coming years. Are you someone that’s interested in getting a dog?

The truth is, taking care of a dog as a college student can be a bit of a challenge. Your dog deserves all the time and attention in the world, but as someone who spends a lot of time on Kent State University’s campus, you can’t just bring them along with you. What’s a dog-wanting college student to do?

Pet-Friendly (And Dog-Friendly!) Student Apartments In Kent, Ohio

Whether you choose to room with us at the Summit Hill Apartments, the Whitehall Terrace Apartments, or the Hickory Mills Apartments, the good news is that Kent’s Best Apartments is a pet-friendly environment. To help aid your search for low-maintenance, apartment-friendly dog breeds to look out for when you go to an upcoming adoption event (that’s right — “adopt, don’t shop!”), we’ll be covering eight different dog breeds that are more suitable for your busy, hectic lifestyle as a college student.

The Dachshund

As the smallest of the hound dogs, Dachshunds are wonderful apartment dogs because their tiny legs make them great candidates for indoor exercise. A run around the living room is like a big dog visiting a dog park! Dachshunds are cute, lively, and cuddly, and definitely worth considering for an apartment set-up.

The Basenji

Never heard of the Basenji? Well, you’ll never hear your Basenji bark, either, because this breed is known to be “barkless,” making them a great option for an apartment space. The Basenji also rarely gets above 25 pounds, so you’ll save money on food costs. Make sure to come back to your student apartment for lunch and throughout the day, however, as Basenjis are known to cause trouble if left unattended for long periods of time.

The French Bulldog

With a compact size and relatively low activity needs, a French Bulldog is a worthy competitor for an apartment dog. They’re fun to play with, but French Bulldogs also thrive on contact with their owners, so you might want to study from your apartment more often should you decide on this particular breed.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Don’t let this expensive-sounding dog breed name fool you, as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes for a wonderful apartment dog. Known for being total “lap dogs,” the C.K. Charles Spaniel craves human attention like the French Bulldog, so you’ll also want to be home with them more often than not. It’s worth noting that this breed is known for experiencing trouble when housetraining, but with a little patience and time spent outside, you’ll quickly become best buds.

The Chihuahua

Some love Chihuahuas, and others harbor a vehement dislike against them. Whatever your preference is, the reality is that Chihuahuas are a great breed for small living spaces. They’re loyal, and require minimum exercise so you don’t have to take them on walks very often. Of course, as most people know, Chihuahuas are known to be quite untrusting of strangers, and consequently bark…often. For the courtesy of neighbors around you, try to get professional training for your Chihuahua to minimize their barking tendencies.

The Boston Terrier

Rarely growing taller than a foot or a foot and a half, the Boston Terrier is a wonderful option for the apartment dweller, so long as you’re a relatively active apartment dweller. Of all of the breeds we’ve mentioned thus far, Boston Terriers are arguably the most hyper and energetic, and they’ll need a good amount of daily exercise to help curb their manic personality. So long as you can go on more than just a short walk every day, you’ll find your Boston Terrier to be quite the lovely apartment pet.

The Shih Tzu

One of the most giggle-worthy dog breeds also makes one of the better apartment dog breeds. If you’re a fan of the toy dog-type look, a Shih Tzu will certainly deliver on those tastes. They’re also affectionate, playful, and pretty outgoing, so you’ll have a small dog that loves having guests over. Similar toy dog breeds include the Bichon Frise, Biewer Terrier, Bolognese, Chinese Crested, Havanese, Maltese, Russian Toy, and the Yorkshire Terrier.

The Greyhound

This breed may surprise you given that Greyhounds are significantly larger than the other dog breeds listed above. Despite the size and perceived high-energy of Greyhounds, they’re actually fairly calm and mild-mannered. A brisk, daily walk is about all that it takes to get their energy out, and so long as you’re committed to walking with them, you’ll have a fairly chill apartment dog at your feet. Greyhounds are also ideal candidates for dog parks as they can keep up with the bigger dogs.

Cat Or Dog, Our Pet-Friendly Student Apartments Are Here For You!

As a busy college student, you’ll want to give your pet the best quality of life possible, and that starts with finding the right breed of dog (or cat!) that’s flexible with your busy schedule. Whether you’re looking into getting your first pet or you’re bringing along a long-time family pet from your hometown to Kent, know that Kent’s Best Apartments is more than happy to accommodate your furry friend.

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