7 Dog Breeds That Thrive Indoors


The Affenpinscher feels more like a toy than a real dog because it is small, cute, and always interested in new things. If you live in a small room, this is great.

American Eskimo Dog

There is no way this breed will enjoy being left out in the yard all day. It needs to be active and mentally stimulating. Most Eskies become even more of a stay-at-home dog when they hit middle age. 

Australian Terrier

The Australian terrier is a very small dog with a lot of personality. It will do well as an indoor dog as long as there are no other dogs around to chase. It likes to have you all to itself. 


It will enjoy some downtime inside as long as its exercise needs are met. Since its paws are webbed, swimming will be an added bonus to long walks. 


People call it Africa's "barkless dog," which makes it a great pet for places where noise is a problem, like an apartment building. 

Basset Hound

Even though it's small, the cute basset dog is very strong and durable. It can be stubborn on the trail (its nose is said to be second only to the bloodhound's), but at home it's calm and friendly. 


It needs regular, light exercise, but it also does well with lots of time spent inside, especially when it's hot and muggy outside and an air-conditioned room can help its short head feel better.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The elegant Cavalier King Charles spaniel is one of the few dog types that can adapt to its owner's way of life, whether they like to be active or just couch potatoes. 

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