6 Canine Breeds For Metropolis-Dwellers

What are the best dog breeds for owners who live in the city? While finding the perfect four-legged friend can be tricky for city-dwellers, there are many breeds that will be just at home in the city as in the countryside.

Before you adopt one, always assess whether you are able to provide a dog with enough care, attention and exercise — especially if you don’t have a garden. “All dogs need their daily exercise and stimulation, so it is crucial city dogs have access to green spaces like parks on a daily basis,” Bill Lambert, head of health and welfare at the Kennel Club, tells Country Living.

“Anyone looking for a dog should remember that a dog’s behaviour and attitude always depend on its training, socialisation and individual personality.”

Take a look at the best breeds for city-dwellers below…

1. Schnauzer

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“The Schnauzer makes a great pet for those residing in a city,” Bill tells CL. “They have a big and kind personality and are known for being amazing companions. They need a moderate amount of exercise and would benefit from access to a garden, but will be equally content with long walks in a park.”

2. Tibetan Terrier

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Are you looking to adopt at Tibetan Terrier? Bill says: “They are outgoing, medium-sized dogs that make a great four-legged friend for city-dwellers with access to a garden or green space. They are lively and loyal companions that enjoy their daily exercise followed by a rest somewhere cosy.”

3. Maltese

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“Easily recognised by their luxurious silky white coat, Maltese are sweet-tempered little dogs that are could be well-suited for living in a smaller home,” explains Bill. “They need around half an hour of exercise a day and enjoy sharing quiet time with their owners.”

4. Löwchen

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“Also known as the ‘Little Lion Dog’, the Löwchen is a great choice for anyone looking for a dog to share a city apartment with. They are energetic and intelligent dogs that require an average amount of exercise, but also love relaxing and showing their owners affection.”

5. Schipperke

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Schipperkes are small dogs originating from Belgium, where they were historically used as watchdogs,” says Bill. “They are active, small dogs that make a good companion for anyone living in an apartment with access to green space. They require up to one hour of exercise a day but will happily live in a city with owners who can give them the activity and mental stimulation they need.”

6. Shih Tzu

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“The Shih Tzu is a small, independent breed of dog originating from China. Their long coat requires frequent grooming, but they are otherwise low-maintenance and independent dogs, and can make a great four-legged friend for anyone living in a city and looking for a loyal and furry flatmate,” concludes Bill.

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KONG – Tires – Durable Rubber Chew Toy and Treat Dispenser for Power Chewers – For Medium/Large Dogs

KONG
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£14.42

This tyre-shaped chew toy has been made from durable rubber, so it’s perfect for determined chewers. It also gives owners the chance to fill the inside with tasty treats, too. Available in two sizes for you to choose the best for your breed. 

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Nylabone Power Chew Textured Dog Chew Ring Toy Flavor Medley Flavor X-Large/Souper - 50+ lbs.

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Nylabone Power Chew Textured Dog Chew Ring Toy Flavor Medley Flavor X-Large/Souper – 50+ lbs.

Nylabone
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US$10.49

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Made from durable nylon, this long-lasting chew toy challenges the most aggressive chewers. Your pup is certain to love the tasty flavour, too. 

Dragon with Chew Guard Technology

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Dragon with Chew Guard Technology

Moonmoon
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£18.09

As well as being cosy to cuddle, this sweet dragon toy features chew guard technology with a durable layer.

Kong Ring Dog Toy

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Kong Ring Dog Toy

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£8.50

Built for durability, this bright red dog toy will offer your four-legged friend mental and physical stimulation. And at just £8.50, it’s a real steal buy. 

Wild Knots Bear

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Wild Knots Bear

KONG
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£12.79

Soft yet durable, this cute grey bear has minimal stuffing and an internal knotted rope skeleton. 

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Planet Ball Blue

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Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Planet Ball Blue

Planet Dog
amazon.co.uk

£14.13

One of the toughest dog balls on the market, this sweet ‘planet’ design has been made with award-winning Orbee Tuff material. Certain to provide hours of fun… 

West Paw Design Zogoflex Jive Dog Toy

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West Paw Design Zogoflex Jive Dog Toy

Zogoflex
amazon.co.uk

£14.99

Does your pup love to play fetch? Well, this dog toy is one of the most durable styles around — and will aim to stand the test of time, no matter how much it is used. 

Ruffwear Dog Toy with Rope Handle

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Ruffwear Dog Toy with Rope Handle

RUFFWEAR
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£21.95

Ideal for dogs who love to swim, this floating fabric toy has a handle and is designed with abrasion-resistant materials for increased durability. Make sure not to forget it on your next beach trip. 

JW Pet Company Megalast Ball Dog Toy, Large

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JW Pet Company Megalast Ball Dog Toy, Large

JW Pet
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US$11.39

Want to treat your pup to a long-lasting toy? This floating ball has been constructed from thermo plastic rubber and is also infused with vanilla extract. 

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Squeak

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Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Squeak

Planet Dog
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£15.23

This is no ordinary ball: made with aggressive chewers in mind, it’s perfect for pups who need something firm to hold onto. It is 100% non-toxic, has a fun squeak sound and is infused with a natural mint oil. 

Pet-Fun Medium Mango - Safe Fun Durable Rubber Dog Chew Toy for Boredom, Virtually Indestructible Treat Dispenser, Long-Lasting Slow Feeder, Tough Strong Teething Toy for Medium/Small Dogs

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Pet-Fun Medium Mango – Safe Fun Durable Rubber Dog Chew Toy for Boredom, Virtually Indestructible Treat Dispenser, Long-Lasting Slow Feeder, Tough Strong Teething Toy for Medium/Small Dogs

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£12.99

This durable rubber mango toy — which can be filled with dog treats — is sure to provide hours of chewing fun. Perfect for small and medium dog breeds. 

Ruffer and Tuffer Tug Of War Rope and Chew Dog Toy

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Ruffer and Tuffer Tug Of War Rope and Chew Dog Toy

Keep your dog entertained for hours with this colourful chew toy on a durable rope. The makers explain: “Ruffer and Tuffer is specially designed to be stronger than the average, with a unique construction that delivers added durability with superior strength.”

Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers

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Dog Chew Toys for Aggressive Chewers

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Nero Ball Ultra TM - Dog Training Ball On A Rope - Exercise and Reward Toy for Dogs

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Nero Ball Ultra TM – Dog Training Ball On A Rope – Exercise and Reward Toy for Dogs

The Nero Ball
amazon.co.uk

£49.06

Thanks to the built-in rope, owners can throw this ball further for their pups to chase. It is used by the K-9 police as well as the Military Working Dog Teams, so it’s both tough and durable. Brilliant if you want to train and motivate your dog. 

Go Quackers Duck Dog Toy

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Go Quackers Duck Dog Toy

Joules
notinthedoghouse.co.uk

£8.00

Give your pup a reason to have some fun with this adorable duck toy. Hardwearing and well-crafted, it has a hidden squeaker to keep your pet entertained. 

Idepet Dog Toy Ball, Nontoxic Bite Resistant Dog Chew Ball Food Treat Feeder Tooth Cleaning Exercise Game Ball

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Idepet Dog Toy Ball, Nontoxic Bite Resistant Dog Chew Ball Food Treat Feeder Tooth Cleaning Exercise Game Ball

Idepet
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US$9.29

Perfect for fetch and interaction with your dog, this ball has been made with extra-tough rubber to stand the test of time. Thanks to its soft and unique surface, the ball will also keep your dog’s gums healthy. 

Kong Airdog® Squeaker Football Dog Toy

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Kong Airdog® Squeaker Football Dog Toy

KONG
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£4.45

Let the fun commence with this long-lasting squeaker football dog toy. Perfect for keeping your dog entertained in the garden. 

Ruffer and Tuffer Mighty Wheel Dog Toy

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Ruffer and Tuffer Mighty Wheel Dog Toy

Ruffer and Tuffer
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£4.00

This strong wheel dog toy is perfect for aggressive pulling and tugging. The specially developed soft rubber design helps to clean their teeth and massage their gums, while its engaging shape will provide hours of fun. 

Chewable Stick Coffee Tree Wood Small

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GoodWood
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This durable wooden stick is great for dogs who love to chew regularly. While keeping your dog occupied for hours, it’s also great for their dental hygiene.  

Kong Airdog® Squeaker Donut Dog Toy

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Kong Airdog® Squeaker Donut Dog Toy

KONG
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Built to last, this fun donut dog toy has been made from high-quality material will not wear down dogs’ teeth.

Interactive Fetch Dog Toy with Tennis Ball

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KONG
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Nylabone Dura Chew Plus, Chicken, Medium

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Nylabone Dura Chew Plus, Chicken, Medium

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This chew toy encourages healthy, non-destructive chewing habits with dogs. 

Nylabone Gentle Puppy Dog Teething Bone

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Nylabone Gentle Puppy Dog Teething Bone

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Great for young puppies, this gentle bone will help teething pups who have not yet formed any adult teeth. 

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Pet-Fun Large Indestructible Pineapple –

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KONG Jump n Jack Dog Toy

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KONG Jump n Jack Dog Toy

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£13.35

We love this unique toy, which is great for chew sessions and endless fun. Top tip: fill with peanut butter to extend playtime and satisfy chewing instincts.

Petface Latex Onion Large Dog Toy

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Petface Latex Onion Large Dog Toy

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Pet Qwerks REAL BACON Infused BarkBone

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Pet Qwerks REAL BACON Infused BarkBone

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KONG – Extreme Flyer – Durable Rubber

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£14.49

Looking for a durable rubber frisbee? Well, look no further, as this red style from KONG is perfect for keeping your four-legged friends fit and healthy. 

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