Dogs can bring so much energy and love into a home, but it's critical to choose the right pup for your lifestyle. That said, you don't have to live in a sprawling house on acres of land in order to have a happy dog. Learning about the best dog breed to get based on your apartment size is important, because some are better suited to smaller quarters than others. An intense breed that requires a lot of exercise, for instance, might drive you and all the neighbors bonkers.
The traits that make a good apartment dog might be a little surprising. In fact, you aren't just limited to the tiniest dogs imaginable, because it's really more about energy level than size. Dogs that have lower activity levels will be happy to chill on the apartment couch much of the time, as noted by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Super high-energy dogs tend to do better with lots of space to run around. Friendliness is another consideration as well. For the most part, a dog that won't bark too much and can politely meet strangers will adapt well to apartment life, as further noted by the AKC.
Whatever dog you choose, consider adopting from a shelter or breed rescue. Chat with the people who work there to get a sense of that particular dog's personality, temperament, and needs. Chances are, the rescue workers will be more than happy to place you with a dog that's perfect for the apartment-dwelling lifestyle.