Although there are plenty of restrictions that apply and factors you have to take into consideration when you adopt a pet in a crowded urban area, including the size of your apartment, the size of the breed, whether or not your landlord will allow pets, what sort of pet restrictions apply, among a host of other factors, this does not preclude you from having to live your life without a friendly dog friend. Included in this list are just a few city-friendly dog breeds that you should consider adopting.
This small breed hails from China, where they were often bred as lapdogs for royal courts. Pekingese are small and relatively quiet dogs, although they do need plenty of exercise, as they tend to get a bit overweight when they are not walked. Not only is this the case, but they are extremely affectionate pets that can work well with children and other pets in a small apartment in an urban area.
The English bulldog is a medium sized pooch with a very distinct face. While not the most affectionate dogs in the world, they are very passive and do not tend to become aggressive, despite the hustle and bustle of a busy city life. These dogs do not require an abundance of exercise as, believe it or not, they are simply a naturally lazy breed! They do, however, require a daily walk schedule which you should adhere to.
Sure, these dogs have almost boundless energy. However, they are so tiny that they could run around all day and not disturb your apartment – or even those that live below you. Due to their energy level, they do require several walks per day and should perhaps not be left alone for significant amounts of time.
Like the Pekingese, this dog was bred as a lapdog in ancient China and, much like the Pekingese, you will be hard pressed to find a dog more affectionate and loving than a shih tzu. Shih tzus are relatively quiet dogs, which are important if you're going to have a dog in a city apartment, but they do bark quite aggressively when strangers enter their territory, which makes them great guard dogs. Shih tzus are also a relatively small breed, so they won't take up much space in your apartment.
This information should help you when looking for a dog at pet adoptions at a local shelter.