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Jul 8, 2014 8:36PM

Hedgehogs are the best they don't make any loud noise. Since they aren't in the rodent family they don't smell like Hamsters Rats or Mice. They are fun pets.

Jul 8, 2014 3:00PM
The only pet I would want in an apartment is IMAGINARY! 
Jul 8, 2014 2:12PM

I love my Bulldog to death, but I feel this article is leaving an important part about owning a bulldog( he is the only pet Ive owned so cant say anything about other breed or pets)

Before I got my dog I had read and read about them but they all missed the fact that they shed a lot, no matter how much grooming which is not an easy task, you will find hair all over your clothes, living room, rugs etc... I have learned to live with it and love my dog. Had I known this before, not a chance of owning one.

Jul 8, 2014 2:09PM
What about bichons? They don't shed, need minimal exercise and love to be where their people are. Great disposition, sweet and funny-you gotta love them!
Jul 8, 2014 7:04AM
I grew up in NYC, so my favorite little pets have always been roaches.LOL
Jul 6, 2014 6:32PM
P.S.  While I am a cat owner, I am not really a cat person, per se - my cat thinks it's a dog, likes other dogs and hates other cats.  This being said, I would say that nearly all cats that don't tear your apartment to  shreds would be fine.  However...from personal experience - and I live in a pretty big house - I would NOT go with a calico.  Several calico owners, myself included have all said that they are notorious for not burying their poop in the litter box and, if you have bath mats with the rubber lining on the back, they will pee on them.  Very "funny" breed...
Jul 6, 2014 6:18PM
Uh, yeah...The article said "pets" not "dog breeds".  The best pets we had when I lived in a small apartment with a friend were a mouse, fish and believe it or not, bunnies.  You just have to make sure that you clean out the cage frequently and watch them when you let them out to run - they will chew electrical cords if given the access and opportunity and the last thing you want is a fried bun bun.  We actually liven in a "no pets" apartment, but our manager let us get away with it because they didn't bark and we kept them really clean.  In fact, every time we went on vacation, he would let them out and bring them baby carrots!  They were so spoiled!!
Jul 6, 2014 6:05PM
Someone needs to take her bachelors degree away from her. This article is ridiculously stupid. I'm sure she just picked animals that were pets of her closest girlfriends and co-workers. No research, No Facts, and No substance. Shows to go ya.....Anyone can buy a degree!
Jul 6, 2014 5:56PM
I am prejudiced.  I owned and trained large dogs for years.  Now my companion is a 13 lb. dachshund female.  She barks, but her offspring do not.  A live radio turned on keeps her calm when I am gone.  She does need exercise, but that is my way of staying young, walking her.  And, she is a hound, so lizards and squirrels, LOOK OUT!  A leash solves that and she gets super excited when I get it out.  And, best part, she is super loving.  She will go lay down when I ask her if I am busy.  But, if I sit down or lay down, she is there with a hug and keeps me company.  She travels with me in my truck and RV.  And, is 100% house broken and usually manageable about timing on that issue.  I have seen her go 10 hours on a bladder refresh.  The best dog I HAVE EVER lived with!
Jul 6, 2014 5:42PM

dogs ? Not Me I love my little Parakeets , easy to care for

 and easy to train

Jul 6, 2014 5:11PM

Adp[t don't buy. Plenty of breed specific rescue groups, too.  Help save dogs on death row at kill shelters. Thanks.


Jul 6, 2014 5:03PM
The post about Greyhounds is half right.  They make great small quarters dogs but they do NOT need a lot of exercise.  Our girl is 9, retired and rescued by us at age 4 following a foot injury.  One 15 minute, very slow walk a day is more than enough for her.  Definitely the most low maintenance (aside from lots of belly rubs), animal it has ever been my pleasure to own.  She doesn't bark, chew things or play much but she does understand more about retirement than anyone in Arizona or Florida.  
Jul 6, 2014 4:54PM
i will take the one on the left of the top of page "header" picture
Jul 6, 2014 4:28PM
I used to do the apartment thing.  The noise, mess, and smell from dogs was a nightmare.  Never again.  One complex had a giant public area for bbqs or other gatherings and it was always littered with piles of dog mess.  Where are the fish and chinchillas on the list?  Dogs?  Really?
Jul 6, 2014 3:53PM

We have two Dachshund's. I think a lot of people don't realize they are a member of the 'Hound Family', which includes Beagles and Bloodhounds. If they aren't run hard at least 3-4 times a week they get crazy. We take ours to a giant off leash dog park so they can run, dig up gopher holes etc...

They need to run off that energy......just like we humans like to go out on weekends or whenever to blow off steam.

Jul 6, 2014 2:48PM
My parents have two mixed breed dogs. One is a Shih Tzu/Maltese, and the other is a Dachshund/Chihuahua. Shih Tzus and Dachshunds may have been on this list as good breeds, but I can tell you from personal experience that these mixes are terrible for apartments. They're also not all that great for older individuals with limited mobility, either. Both dogs whine and bark at every little thing, and they're both super loud. That may be okay if you live in a house, but that's bad for apartments, condos, and the like. And, both of my parents' dogs are very high energy. They've gained weight over the years because my parents can't play with them now as much as they once did. I take them out and play with them whenever I visit. (Helps keep their barking down to a minimum.) Despite their age and the fact that they're a bit out of shape, it still takes A LOT to wear them out. And, after a quick nap, they're ready to go again. My advice? If you want a dog but don't want to do your research, or if you're dead-set on a specific breed, adopt an older dog. Older dogs don't require as much activity, and they're usually among the least likely to be adopted because most people want a puppy or young adult.

Also, it seemed a bit silly to list a few specific cat breeds here. If you can deal with having a litter box in a small space, cats are generally good pets for apartment dwellers. With the exception of a few breeds, they're all mostly pretty laid back and can take care of themselves. Just make sure they have a clean box, plenty of food and water, a few small toys, and maybe a perch or cat tree next to a window, and they're good to go.
Jul 6, 2014 2:18PM
I have a boston terrier best bred ever.
Jul 6, 2014 2:12PM
If you are in a small apartment, think carefully before bringing home a high maintenance pet. Remember that dogs are very needy. They evolved alongside Humans, and they need your care, all day. But here is a suggestion: Each workday, leave your dog at a pet daycare center, such as Petsmart. They'll keep doggie happy, fed, watered, and exercised for you. Simple. Problem solved. Some offices allow employees to bring their dogs to work--I wish more did so.
Jul 6, 2014 1:20PM
The best pets for small apartments are NO PETS...

Jul 6, 2014 1:07PM
Dogs are not a low maintenance pet and if you're never home a dog is not going to be a good choice.  The walls are paper thin and ANY barking or whining is going to be heard loudly.  In a study a THIRD of dog owners admitted they seldom to never walk their dog-another recipe for problems.  If you're not willing to make a 10-20  YEAR commitment of getting off your tired a$$ after a long day at work to walk your dog then don't get one and get pissy when the neighbors complain about the noise from your bored, lonely, neglected pet.   A cat is a much better choice but only if it's spayed or neutered-the neighbors don't want to listen to your cat yowling in heat either.
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