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    Most popular house-friendly dogs

    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.

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    #43. Cesky Terrier

    Full grown height: 10-13 inches

    Full grown weight: 14-24 pounds

    Traits: Tenacious, Trainable

    Though somewhat active, the ceskies (derived from the word “Czech”) are playful, curious little dogs who are more easily trained than your average terrier.

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    #42. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    Full grown height: 8-11 inches

    Full grown weight: 18-24 pounds

    Traits: Independent, Proud, Smart, Affectionate, Bold, Tenacious

    These pups may be on the smaller side, but they act like big dogs—not in that they’re dominant or aggressive, but that they are proud and confident. At home, they’re affectionate and only require a few good walks to stay satisfied.

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    #41. Finnish Lapphund

    Full grown height: 18-21 inches (male), 16-19 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 33-53 pounds

    Traits: Reserved, Calm, Friendly, Courageous

    These agile Nordic dogs are not particularly outgoing around strangers, but are nonetheless friendly and eager to please at home.

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    #40. Skye Terrier

    Full grown height: 10 inches (male), 9.5 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 35-45 pounds (male), slightly less for females

    Traits: Dignified, Calm, Stubborn, Loyal, Devoted

    The famously loyal and calm Skye terriers are lovely couch companions who are not particularly active, but do benefit from a long, leisurely walk.

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    #39. Sussex Spaniel

    Full grown height: 13-15 inches

    Full grown weight: 35-45 pounds

    Traits: Friendly

    Though not particularly tall, Sussex spaniels are strong, low-built dogs that are cheerful (in the classic spaniel way), but not as active as others in the breed group. Walking around a bit is enough to keep a Sussex happy.

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    #38. Glen Of Imaal Terrier

    Full grown height: 12-14 inches

    Full grown weight: 32-40 pounds

    Traits: Bold, Spirited

    These scruffy, cute terriers aren’t pretentious or fancy-looking—their history as working farm dogs lends them a curious, exploratory nature that is not too excitable but refreshingly spirited.

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    #37. Sealyham Terrier

    Full grown height: 10.5 inches

    Full grown weight: 23-24 pounds (male), slightly less for females

    Traits: Alert, Outgoing, Tempered

    The Sealyham terrier is what the AKC describes as a “substantial small dog” with the build of an NFL running back (“powerful, built low to the ground”), but still is a tempered, dolice pet to keep at home.

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    #36. Affenpinscher

    Full grown height: 9-11.5 inches

    Full grown weight: 7-10 pounds

    Traits: Loyal, Curious, Fearless

    These funny-looking “ape terriers,” as some have called them, are confident, curious and playful. Their notoriously silly nature will keep you smiling around the house.

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    #35. Field Spaniel

    Full grown height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 35-50 pounds

    Traits: Sweet, Fun, Loving, Smart

    Somewhat larger than your average cocker spaniel, the field spaniel stands about 17-18 inches at the shoulder. They’re known for being smart, mild-tempered companions who love to please their humans.

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    #34. Xoloitzcuintli (Toy, Mini, Standard)

    Full grown height: 8-14 inches (toy), 14-23 inches (miniature), 18-23 inches (standard)

    Full grown weight: 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)

    Traits: Loyal, Alert, Calm, Trainable, Watchdog

    One of the oldest breeds, Xoloitzcuintli dogs were historically thought to ward off evil spirits and intruders at home. Today, they make great watchdogs; they’re alert but stay calm as they protect their domains.

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    #33. Clumber Spaniel

    Full grown height: 18-20 inches (male), 17-19 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 70-85 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)

    Traits: Mellow, Dignified

    These stocky, small-yet-heavy dogs are mellow and proud, but have their silly moments. Clumbers are great indoors, but also love a good long walk, and in many cases, even a swim.

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    #32. Manchester Terrier (Standard, Toy)

    Full grown height: 15-16 inches (standard), 10-12 inches (toy)

    Full grown weight: 12-22 pounds (standard), under 12 pounds (toy)

    Traits: Spirited, Bright, Loyal, Independent

    Manchester terriers (toy or standard) are fiercely loyal and smart, and though they are fine hanging out indoors, their athleticism will really shine when taken outside. They’re fast, and can really get going and enjoy themselves when they are given room to run.

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    #31. English Toy Spaniel

    Full grown height: 9-10 inches

    Full grown weight: 8-14 pounds

    Traits: Affectionate, Alert

    This snub-nosed pup with its famous silky coat is curious and well-behaved, almost never barks, and is a happy presence around the house.

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    #30. Kerry Blue Terrier

    Full grown height: 18-19.5 inches (male), 17.5-19 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 33-40 pounds (male), slightly less for females

    Traits: Smart, Alert, Oriented

    Naturally inclined to explore, the Kerry blue terrier is vivacious, smart and lively. They love to romp around the house, and are allergy-friendly because they shed very rarely.

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    #29. American Hairless Terrier

    Full grown height: 12-16 inches

    Full grown weight: 12-16 pounds

    Traits: Inquisitive, Playful

    Those allergic to dogs love the American hairless terrier, whose lack of coat and affectionate nature make it a wonderful, mess-free companion. They’re good watchdogs, but also get along with other pets—cats included!

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    #28. Welsh Terrier

    Full grown height: 15 inches (male), proportionally smaller (female)

    Full grown weight: 20 pounds, proportionally smaller (female)

    Traits: Alert, Spirited

    A bit larger than your average terrier (but smaller than the Airedale), Welsh terriers are calmer than many in the terrier family but still have an upbeat personality. They’re great with children and can interact with other dogs under moderate supervision.

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    #27. Japanese Chin

    Full grown height: 8-11 inches

    Full grown weight: 7-11 pounds

    Traits: Charming, Loving, Reserved

    This intelligent breed lives for its companions, but like a true aristocrat, is reserved until it gets to know you. Japanese Chins are almost cat-like with their loving yet coy personalities.

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    #26. Brussels Griffon

    Full grown height: 7-10 inches

    Full grown weight: 8-10 pounds

    Traits: Alert, Curious, Loyal

    Much like a terrier, the smart Brussels Griffon is a happy pup that can be an obedient, trainable watchdog for your home. This breed is also known for its almost human-like expressions.

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    #25. Norwegian Elkhound

    Full grown height: 20.5 inches (male), 19.5 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 55 pounds (male), 48 pounds (female)

    Traits: Confident, Dignified, Friendly

    The Norwegian elkhound is has hunting in its DNA, so while these dependable dogs are happy to keep you company at home, they thrive on a bit of exercise when taken outside. These dogs are also known to carry themselves in a dignified manner, but are friendly nonetheless.

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    #24. Pekingese

    Full grown height: 6-9 inches

    Full grown weight: up to 14 pounds

    Traits: Affectionate, Loyal

    Historically owned by Chinese royalty (the name “Pekingese” derived from “Peking,” or the ancient name of Beijing), Pekingese conduct themselves in a regal manner, but are happy to be around their owners. They’re not very active, so they’re okay to go on a few walks and play indoors.

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    #23. Keeshond

    Full grown height: 18 inches (male), 17 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 35-45 pounds

    Traits: Outgoing, Lively, Friendly

    Sharing similar traits to other Northern breeds, the Keeshond is a fuzzy, sturdy companion who is welcoming to anyone it meets, and even enjoys making new friends.

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    #22. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

    Full grown height: 14-16 inches

    Full grown weight: 28-38 pounds (male), 24-34 pounds (female)

    Traits: Brave, Tenacious, Stubborn, Gentle, Playful, Clever

    These dogs are not particularly tall, but back a whole lot of muscle into a small package. Staffies can be stubborn but are playful and intelligent. Although they enjoy their time inside, they need to be able to run around and get exercise when it’s time for a walk.

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    #21. Coton De Tulear

    Full grown height: 10-11 inches (male), 9-10 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 9-15 pounds (male), 8-13 pounds (female)

    Traits: Bright, Happy, Charming, Loved

    These French dogs live for giving and receiving affection from their owners, and will be happy simply following you around your home.

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    #20. Chinese Crested

    Full grown height: 11-13 inches

    Full grown weight: 8-12 pounds

    Traits: Lively, Alert, Affectionate

    Chinese crested are people pleasers who are almost cat-like in their homebody tendencies. If not curled up on an armrest or chair, they get their exercise following their owners around the apartment.

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    #19. Lhasa Apso

    Full grown height: 10-11 inches (male), slightly smaller for females

    Full grown weight: 12-18 pounds

    Traits: Smart, Confident, Aloof

    Known for its long, luscious coat, the Lhasa Apso has a balanced temperament that mixes humor and aloofness. Usually this breed is fun-loving around the house, but more careful around strangers.

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    #18. Chow Chow

    Full grown height: 17-20 inches

    Full grown weight: 45-70 pounds

    Traits: Dignified, Bright, Aloof

    These little lions have a mostly serious demeanor, but are bright, loving, and not very active. They’re not big barkers and are just fine living in small spaces.

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    #17. Italian Greyhound

    Full grown height: 13-15 inches

    Full grown weight: 7-14 pounds

    Traits: Alert, Playful, Affectionate

    Not as tall as their racetrack relatives, Italian greyhounds are good companions who easily adapt to city life. They are dainty and affectionate.

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    #16. Chinese Shar-Pei

    Full grown height: 18-20 inches

    Full grown weight: 45-60 pounds

    Traits: Devoted, Loved

    The Chinese Shar-Pei doesn’t need a busy lifestyle—this breed is content with a walk and a good belly scratch. Shar-Peis are very devoted to their owners, but take on a dignified and aloof air when around new people.

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    #15. Whippet

    Full grown height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 25-40 pounds

    Traits: Calm, Affectionate, Playful

    Many would think that the whippet wouldn’t be suited for a stay-at-home lifestyle, as it can sprint up to 35 miles per hour—the fastest domesticated animal of its height. But after a good walk or energy-filled moment outside, this pup is quiet and lazy when it gets back home.

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    #14. Scottish Terrier

    Full grown height: 10 inches

    Full grown weight: 19-22 pounds (male), 18-21 pounds (female)

    Traits: Independent, Confident, Shy, Spirited, Dignified

    Scotties are a dignified, confident breed who aren’t shy and love to explore. They are very loyal and spirited, however, and are great with children.

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    #13. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

    Full grown height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 35-40 pounds (male), 30-35 pounds (female)

    Traits: Happy, Friendly, Devoted, Stubborn

    Unlike other wiry terriers, the soft-coated Wheaten terriers are known for their silky fur. They are joyful and friendly, and love being around families—although they’re stubborn as well, like many terriers. They exhibit a special jumping habit when they’re especially happy (“the Wheaten greeting”).

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    #12. Basset Hound

    Full grown height: 12-15 inches (male), 11-14 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 40-65 pounds

    Traits: Patient, Stubborn, Charming

    Above all else, basset hounds are patient—around children and strangers alike. They are stubborn but charming, easy to train, and somewhat low-energy.

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    #11. Border Collie

    Full grown height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)

    Full grown weight: 30-45 pounds (male), 27-42 pounds (female)

    Traits: Smart

    These herding dogs are agile and athletic, with an intelligence that, when put all together, creates a highly trainable pet.

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    #10. Maltese

    Full grown height: 8-10 inches

    Full grown weight: 6-8 pounds

    Traits: Gentle, Playful, Affectionate, Fearless, Charming

    These toy dogs are charming and elegant—and have been for over three millennia. They’re classic lap dogs, but still like to play outside when on a walk.

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    #9. Chihuahua

    Full grown height: 6-9 inches

    Full grown weight: 3-6 pounds

    Traits: Charming

    Chihuahuas are known apartment-friendly dogs who like to play at home and revel in their territory. They are smart, so they don’t need to be trained for very long, and their signature petite size means they don’t demand a lot of space.

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    #8. Pug

    Full grown height: 10-13 inches

    Full grown weight: 14-18 pounds

    Traits: Tempered, Charming, Loving

    Pugs make great companions, as they are even-tempered and loving. They’re not extremely athletic, but still like long walks where they get to feed their natural curiosity.

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    #7. Havanese

    Full grown height: 8.5-11.5 inches

    Full grown weight: 7-13 pounds

    Traits: Outgoing, Intelligent

    The happy Havanese don’t require much exercise, and love hanging around the house entertaining their owners. Their soft coats are either left short to keep from having to deal with frequent grooming, or corded in a similar way to the Puli.

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    #6. Pomeranian

    Full grown height: 6-7 inches

    Full grown weight: 3-7 pounds

    Traits: Lively, Bold, Inquisitive

    These little extroverts are definitely playful, but their love of attention means the lapdog lifestyle suits them well. Many Pomeranians are trained to be competitive show dogs.

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    #5. Boston Terrier

    Full grown height: 15-17 inches

    Full grown weight: 10-25 pounds

    Traits: Friendly, Bright

    The tuxedo-wearing Boston terriers are charming and adapt to most environments—especially apartments and in-home living. They are kind-natured and sharp.

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    #4. Shih Tzu

    Full grown height: 8-11 inches

    Full grown weight: 9-16 pounds

    Traits: Outgoing, Affectionate, Playful, Charming

    Shih Tzus may be small, but their famously silky coats attract big attention. They are the consummate house pet, as they are outgoing and friendly but love nothing more to relax in a chair.

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    #3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Full grown height: 12-13 inches

    Full grown weight: 13-18 pounds

    Traits: Affectionate, Gentle

    The trainable, affectionate Cavalier is a favorite among UK families, as they are good with children and other pets. They enjoy a good walk but don’t need much exercise beyond that.

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    #2. Bulldog

    Full grown height: 14-15 inches

    Full grown weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)

    Traits: Calm, Courageous, Friendly, Dignified

    Though bulldogs are bigger and stockier than conventional lap dogs, they aspire to be curled up with you nonetheless. They’re therefore a popular breed among those looking for an indoor pet, as they require little exercise, are low-maintenance, and carry a gentle disposition.

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    #1. French Bulldog

    Full grown height: 11-13 inches

    Full grown weight: 20-28 pounds (male), 16-24 pounds (female)

    Traits: Playful, Smart

    These fun-loving dogs are not very athletic, so a short walk will keep them healthy and happy. Frenchies are low-maintenance and loyal. Some are a bit stubborn during training but eventually just want to please their owners.

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