25 of the Best Dog Breeds for Suburban Dwellers

Some dogs need long walks, hours of exercise and strenuous play every day to stay happy and healthy. However, not all dog lovers have the time to care for high maintenance hounds.

Although all dogs needs daily exercise and mental stimulation, not all breeds need a huge expanse of countryside or a big garden to stay fit and well. According to the American Kennel Club, some are suited to city or suburban life, too—and are happy with a daily walk and playtime in a park.


Although Dachshunds are small, they do need regular exercise to stay fit and build strong muscles to support and protect their backs. The AKC recommends two walks every day of moderate length.

Two dogs at a Best Dressed Dachshund competition in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019 Scott Barbour/Getty Images


Greyhounds are known for reaching top speeds, but at heart they are quite lazy. While they are happy to lounge around the house, greyhounds do need regular exercise time and the opportunity to run at full speed. Luckily many cities and suburban areas have fenced-off dog parks to let pets run safely.

Greyhounds are known for their speed, but are quite sedentary dogs Richard Stabler/Getty Images


Whippets love to relax for hours and enjoy the company of their owners. Although they prefer a fenced yard to run in, they can be apartment dogs too as long as they are walked properly and allowed to run safely. Whippets tend not to bark too much, which is another bonus for apartment dwellers.

Whippets are a sighthound breed Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

French Bulldog

A short walk or outdoor play session with their owner each day should provide enough exercise to keep the Frenchie happy and healthy.

French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are a popular small dog breed monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images


These tiny dogs are happy to run and play but only need a small space to do so, according to the AKC. Short, slow walks will help keep your dog healthy.

Chihuahuas are tiny, making them ideal apartment dogs Koichi Kamoshida/Getty


Once favoured by Chinese emperors, these aristocratic dogs are friendly and docile but still enjoy a relaxed walk.

Their small size makes Pekingeses a good choice for apartment life DevidDO/Getty Images

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier was bred to be a lap dog and they are more than happy to spend time with their owners at home. However, the AKC states they are descended from sporting dogs and still require moderate exercise.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are chilled out dogs that are happy to be at home TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels Griffon

Griffs need to be walked for at least half an hour a day, making them well-suited to suburban dwellers who are not bothered by long walks. They also love to play and are happiest when doing activities with their humans.

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A Brussels Griffon at a dog show in New York City in 2014 Andrew Burton/Getty Images/Getty

West Highland White Terrier

Westies love to play and they are entertaining to watch when chasing a ball around. These cheeky little dogs enjoy walks and can go on longer treks, but they are happy with a couple of shorter walks a day and a run around in a safe area.

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Westies are happy-go-lucky dogs that require moderate exercise every day Mark Kolbe/Getty Images


Although these dogs are giants, they have relatively low exercise needs and only need to be walked a couple of miles a day, the AKC advises.

Mastiffs are very large dogs but are known to be gentle, affectionate and lethargic TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Boston Terrier

Some Boston Terriers are content with shorter walks, while others prefer to run and chase toys to let off steam. You'll need to engage these little dogs with play to exercise them properly.

Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers are affectionate companions with tuxedo-like markings Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Basset Hound

Although they are known for being lazy, Basset Hounds actually require moderate exercise and daily exercise to prevent them from becoming overweight. These dogs also love to play too.

Basset Hound
Basset Hounds are a laidback breed. Matt Cardy/Getty

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibbies love to run and play in a fenced-off area but they are also happy to lounge around at home too, making them fairly low maintenance pets.

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Tibetan Spaniels are a social breed that needs regular contact with their humans Mario Tama/Getty Images

Border Terrier

Although these dogs were bred to be in the countryside, they are happy to live in cities or suburban areas as long as they get enough exercise. A fast walk for half an hour should be enough to keep them happy and healthy, the AKC states.

The Border Terrier is a gentle dog
The Border Terrier is known as a gentle dog breed Tim Graham / Contributor/Getty


These laptops actually have quite a lot of energy, but only require occasional exercise to stay healthy. A daily walk or a run around a safe garden can be enough.

Maltese dogs only need a moderate amount of exercise Craig Allen/Getty Images


Pugs will happily spend much of the day lying around the house and eating, but this means the breed is at risk of obesity. These dogs can be playful and energetic, so require daily walks and play.

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Maltese dogs are happy to at home with their owners Timothy Clary/AFP via Getty Images


The ultimate lap dog, Pomeranians enjoy relaxing with their owners. However, they also need some exercise and like to run, play and go for walks.

Pomeranians are tiny lap dogs Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images/Getty


Papillons can be well-suited to apartments but they still need regular exercise as they are active. These dogs love to run, play fetch and chase, so it's important that they are exercised in a safe area.

Papillons need regular exercise but are good apartment dogs Christopher Furlong/Getty


Havanese need a brisk daily walk or a fun play session with their owner in a back garden, but it's important not to over-exercise these dogs.

Havanese were originally bred as a companion dog to the Cuban aristocracy Joe Kohen/WireImage

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers require regular daily exercise to prevent boredom and stay physically fit. However, their energy levels aren't too high and they are happy with walks and some playtime.

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Miniature Schnauzers need daily exercise for mental stimulation Matthew Eisman / Contributor/Getty

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds, known as Iggies, are an active breed and need regular exercise. They love to play and enjoy walks, but the AKC warns they should be kept on a lead to prevent them getting distracted and running into danger.

Italian greyhound
Italian greyhounds needs up to an hour of exercise a day OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images


These little dogs are happy to live in apartments, but they do need regular exercise. A good walk can keep them healthy, but they also love indoor play too.

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An affenpinscher seen at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images

Bernese Mountain Dogs

Although these dogs are large, they don't need hours and hours of exercise every day to stay happy and fit. According to the AKC, Bernese Mountain Dogs need at least a half-hour of moderate exercise every day but they are happy to be at home.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs are large but make good family pets Matt Cardy/Getty Images/Getty

Shi Tzu

These dogs were bred to keep royalty company inside palaces and they adapt well to apartment living - and are happy to be a lap dog. However, they still require daily walks and exercise for mental stimulation.

Shi Tzu
A Shi Tzu requires two walks a day of up to 30 minutes each George Best/Getty Images

English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniels are moderately active and enjoy playing, but at home they are relaxed. The AKC states they are easy-going dogs who make good companions for city dwellers in small apartments, as long as they can provide daily walks on a lead.

English Toy Spaniels
English Toy Spaniels are a separate breed to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Gary Gershoff/WireImage