Many people think the biggest downside of living in the city is the inability to have pets. However, some dogs are especially suited to apartment-style lifestyles (and wouldn’t do well in the country). The most important thing is to get the right breed of dog. My retired greyhound, Olive, was the best apartment dog. She snoozed most of the day and only needed two 15-20 minute walks a day.
Greyhounds are clean, shed little, and don’t smell like a lot of other dogs. It is easy to share your cramped quarters with them. They are super sweet, gentle dogs, and many of them are fine on their own during the day while you’re at work. Because they are larger dogs, they have bigger bladders so don’t need to pee as frequently as tiny dogs. Greyhounds also live a long time, 10-14 years, unlike other big dogs. Whippets are also a good choice, which are bit smaller, and have a similar personality to greyhounds. Italian greyhounds are smaller, but need a lot more people attention than greyhounds.
If you do get a dog, you need to make sure that you’re not away for more than 5-6 hours at a time. A dog-walker is the perfect solution for those of us who work a normal 9-5. Another option is to have two dogs to keep each other company. I also recommend working from home a few days a week and on the weekends, taking your dog with you on your adventures. Their single desire is to spend as much time with you and your food as possible.
If you live in an apartment with no backyard, you should live next to a park or some greenspace. This is essential for all those potty-breaks and quick walks in the rain! Greyhounds do not like cold or wet. They also need to wear coats and pjs in the winter because they have little body fat and get cold easily.
Greyhound adoption in New Zealand (they match your personality with the right dog — it is like a dating service!). There is also a lot of info on the breed here too. Sonja and Irene can answer all your questions and provide super friendly advice. Highly recommended.Follow their blog too.