Adopt a new puppy · Choosing a puppy based on your lifestyle

Choosing a puppy based on your lifestyle

A 2-3 months old puppy basically can live in any type of home. But unfortunately some owner forget that this puppy will grow up into a mature dog, that might need certain kind of environment for them to thrive.

The most ideal environment for dogs in general are a place where they can wonder around quite freely, either it’s indoor or outdoor (safely fenced of course).

If you have a place like this as your home, basically your options are wide. You can adopt a puppy without too much things to consider. But of course, not everyone have a house like that. Some of us live in an apartment, some live in residential area where one house and the next are exactly side by side. For us who happen to live in this type of environment, we need to be more selective when it comes to choosing the most suitable dog breed.


A working dog might not be suitable for you if you live in an apartment and you spend most of your time outside. They can live comfortably in apartment as long as you give them enough exercise. Being an energetic breed and don’t get enough exercise to spend all of those energy can lead to destructive behavior.

I happen to be live in a residential area where the houses are exactly side by side one another. There was this one day, I have to go out from morning until it’s dark. It was just me and Cleo back then. I left after making sure Cleo has his food and drink. Everything was neat and fine. But when I got home, there were pieces of plastic bags and tissue all over the floor. Apparently Cleo got bored and decide to do some indoor exercise while making an abstract mosaic masterpiece.

For people that live in an apartment, I think the most important point is to get a dog that don’t bark too much. Otherwise you’ll have to be ready to get a lot of complaints from your neighbor.  If you live in an apartment but you still have time to walk your dog properly, you might want to consider this type of breed, for they are known to be a breed that only bark when it’s necessary:

  • Bloodhound
  • Golden Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Akita

You might wonder, all of those dogs are considered as medium size or even large, while apartment only have limited space. True. But the bottom line here is, they are quiet and calm as long as they get enough exercise.

How about if you live in a house on a high density area. You don’t have too much time to walk your dog, but doesn’t mind having them indoor. Small breed dog will be a perfect answer for you. But remember, always learn about the breed you choose first before you adopt a puppy. I’d recommend American Kennel Club website if you need information about any type of dog breed.


Small breed dog can have their exercise by running around playing inside your house. So you don’t have to worry too much if you don’t have enough time to jog with them on daily basis. And even though they bark a lot like Beagle, Toy Poodle, or Pomeranian, as long as you don’t mind, the neighbor should be fine as well, because you kept them indoor. Having a vocal dog and keep outdoor might result in some complain from your neighbor.

Below are some of the breed that have a tendency to bark a lot.

  • Irish setter
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Shetland Sheepdog (also known as Sheltie, the miniature version of Rough Collie)
  • Boston, Silky, Yorkshire, Cairn, West Highland White, and Fox Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Miniature and Toy Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Beagle

Remember, only get a large breed dog if you are sure you can provide them enough exercise.

If you live in an apartment, want a large breed dog, spend most of your time outside, too tired to walk them when you got home and don’t feel like paying a pet sitter or pet care service, don’t worry. There’s always an option. For example, you can open google playstore on your smartphone and download a virtual pet apps, or buy a a tamagotchi. *wink*

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