What are the best dogs for an apartment? - The Charles at Bexley
What are the best dogs for an apartment?

What are the best dogs for an apartment?

January 11, 2021

An exciting reality of living on your own is you can finally adopt a dog. Taking on this additional responsibility should be done carefully and only after you’ve thought everything through. If you think you’re ready to become a dog parent in the near future, it’s important to filter your apartment search for pet-friendly complexes with accommodating amenities.

Because not all complexes allow pets, be sure to inquire about pet policies in the initial touring phases of finding your new apartment. Be sure to include questions about pet deposits, monthly rent, and any other policy guidelines that will enhance your new fur baby’s quality of life.

This article highlights key factors for both current and potential dog owners to consider as you find the best apartment for you and your 4-legged roommate.

Best Dogs for Apartment Living

The best dogs for an apartment are friendly breeds that do well with new faces. If you’re walking your dog, you don’t want to be nervous if you run into a neighbor who also happens to be walking their dog or small children running up to you asking to pet your dog.

Smaller breeds tend to do better in apartments due to the size of the dog and the square footage of your living space. The American Kennel Club suggests the following as suitable dog breeds for an apartment:

  • American Eskimo
  • Basenji
  • Bichon Frise
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • French Bulldog
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Whippet

This doesn’t mean going outside of these breeds is a bad thing. More often than not if you’re adopting a dog you don’t have a choice over the breed. While most complexes have breed restrictions, some do not. If you’re moving into The Charles at Bexley, we do not discriminate against breeds, but do require a “paw shake” prior to you moving in to ensure the dog does well with new faces and can handle unfamiliar surroundings without becoming aggressive.

If you’re planning to adopt or purchase a new dog as a renter, do your research and make sure the newest addition to your household will thrive in an apartment environment.

Understanding Pet Deposits, Damages, and Monthly Pet Rent

In the consideration phase of getting a dog, ask yourself if you’re able to afford the expenses that come with being a pet owner and renter. Most complexes require a pet deposit or non-refundable pet fee prior to officially bringing your dog home. The deposit or fee goes toward the inevitable wear and tear that comes with owning a pet.

Consider this scenario: you’re preparing to move out and notice several stains from your dog having accidents on the carpet. You notify your landlord accordingly. If you didn’t put down a pet deposit, your landlord would have to replace the carpet out of pocket, rather than using funds from a pet deposit to repair and prep the apartment to be rerented. The validity of a pet deposit or non-refundable pet fee is simply to cover any immediate wear and tear costs from a pet being in the apartment.

Pet rent differentiates between each complex or landlord. Most complexes charge anywhere from $50-$100 per month per pet. Charles residents enjoy a much lower rate of $20 per month.

When it comes to the price of having a pet in a rented apartment, be prepared to put down a deposit or a non-refundable fee prior to moving in. Also, be ready to pay monthly pet rent. Discussing these items with your leasing professional ahead of time helps them find the best apartment for you as a dog owner.

Pet-Friendly Amenities to Look For

If you’re moving into an apartment complex that allows pets, keep an eye out for pet-friendly amenities such as a dog park, walking trails, or community areas that are fit for dogs. In our 40-acre, luxury community our residents enjoy not only a private dog park but also eight courtyards equipped with doggie waste bins. We also partner with our local veterinarian to offer residents a one-time discount so your pup has access to top-of-the-line veterinary care.

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. Give your dog the best life possible with a spacious apartment and growing community. Our leasing professionals are available to discuss your new dog and how to properly onboard them into The Charles. Talk to us today and learn about how you can get some of the lowest pet rental rates in the Columbus area and would love the opportunity to welcome both you and your new dog home.


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