Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: In a California Ghost Town
Large dogs who can live well in apartments are Great Danes, Newfies, St. Bernards, and other couch potato types. Most breeds have rescue groups, so please look in shelters for dogs that are crossbreeds of these types, or purebreds that have been surrendered to a pure breed rescue. These giants will not be bouncing off the walls and driving you nuts the way lots of smaller, seemingly apartment sized dogs can do. I know a St. Bernard-German Shepherd mix, a couple of Newfies, and a Great Dane who all live in tiny homes and are very happy and well adjusted dogs.
But the best thing is to adopt a Greyhound who can't race anymore. They are total couch potatoes, and are quite accustomed to being kept in crates all their miserable racing lives. They are so sick of racing that all they want to do is sleep on a nice, warm, cozy couch. You can hardly even get them to run if you take them to the dog park and let 'em loose. They are sweet, loving dogs, and are killed when they cannot race anymore. I've known several, and the rescue groups that save them are staffed with knowledgeable people who will be able to help you. And if you only want one dog, an ex-racer, many of whom are not socialized with other dogs at all, will be happy to have the apartment all to him or herself.