Sometimes it’s not enough to want a dog. You may have the funds to buy one, know a pet sitter at the ready, have no qualms with waking up at 6 A.M. to walk it, or have enough toys and doggy beds to outfit an entire home. Often, it’s a lack of space that makes wannabe dog owners feel hesitant to adopt. This is a real challenge—many dogs require open spaces to run around and play, like a backyard or even a large living room. And if they bark, you don’t want your neighbors coming over to complain. Apartment owners in big cities or people in smaller homes don’t necessarily have these luxuries. Luckily, there are a good amount of dog breeds who are perfectly suited for an in-home lifestyle.
Stacker combed through the American Kennel Club’s directory of over 190 registered breeds, analyzing the list based on the following criteria to identify breeds that make for the best homebodies:
—Removed all breeds classified as “very active”
—Removed breeds classified as having “frequent shedding” or “lots of shedding” while including breeds that only need occasional grooming
—Chose breeds that classified as "quiet" or "barks when necessary"
—Chose breeds that are 25 inches or less when fully grown
Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, the resulting list includes 43 dog breeds ranked by 2017 popularity that will likely be quite comfortable with a relaxed, in-home lifestyle.