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Before we can determine if Chihuahuas are good apartment dogs, we need to determine what is an apartment dog, or more accurately, what characteristics or traits would make a dog a good candidate for apartment life.
First, what makes a dog a good fit for an apartment?
You might think the most important answer to this is size, but actually, there is a much more important trait than size….activity level. Living in an apartment can oftentimes mean less activity for a dog each day than a dog who has access to a backyard. This means, it doesn’t matter if you have a Great Dane or a Chihuahua, if they are high energy it may be difficult for them to adjust to apartment life.
Does that mean size doesn’t matter?
No. If you are living on the second (or higher) floor of your apartment building, having a small dog can mean a lot less noise for your neighbors. Also, many apartments have regulations against having large breeds, but it is much less common to have restrictions against having a small dog.
Not to mention, having a small dog in a small(er) space means it is easier to exercise them. After all, that ten foot area in the living room is a race track when you are only eight inches tall! Remember, one of the biggest issues dogs have that make them incompatible to apartment life is their activity level, so the ability to give them activity in a small(er) space is a big plus!
Other important things to consider:
Barking. We all know Chihuahuas love to sing the song of their people. This can be a problem for apartment living, as your neighbors may not appreciate hearing those little Chi voices all day. However, this behavior can be a problem in any breed, so it is important to be prepared to train them to be quiet at home and perhaps plan ways to help drown out noises that stimulate barking by leaving the TV on while you are away.
Companionship. Dogs don’t want to be left alone all day while you are at work. Yes, they will survive if they are only dogs, but it is much healthier for them to have friends. So, if you have to leave for long hours, it is much easier to have two little dogs in an apartment than two big dogs.
Big dogs can hold longer, BUT you won’t have the convenience of using Potty Pads with a big dog. Having the ability to set-up an indoor “potty zone” is a big perk!