Smaller dog breeds with gentle temperaments that are suitable for apartment dwellers include bulldogs, cavalier King Charles spaniels and greyhounds. People living in apartments who want a small but playful breed should consider the shih tzu, French bulldog or Maltese.
In addition to size, apartment dwellers may want to consider other dog breed characteristics such as whether the dog barks frequently or whether it behaves well when meeting other people. Additionally, apartment residents aren't necessarily limited to smaller dog breeds. Large dogs with low energy levels, such as the mastiff, are often content to lounge in a small apartment as long as they are given a daily walk.