As humans, we tend to consider cats indoor pets and dogs outdoor pets. Surprise! Some dogs love being inside. Each feline and canine breed has a different environmental preference—generally speaking. Of course, an animal’s unique history and personality will tell you much more about what they need to be happy and healthy. But breed tendencies can help prospective dog owners decide which pup is best.
For the most part, indoor dogs require less exercise or need less space to effectively blow off steam (aka, no long-distance running or intense games of fetch). Dogs with low prey drive do better indoors than their high prey drive counterparts who love nothing more than tracking a scent as far as it’ll take them. Indoor dogs are also easily entertained, can entertain themselves or really don’t care for entertainment at all.
Now, do not confuse the word “indoor” with “low-maintenance” or “calm.” Indoor dogs are simply predisposed to enjoy being inside; this doesn’t mean you can ignore socializing them with other animals and people. Nor does it mean you will never have to take your dog on a walk! Homebodies eager for a couch potato partner in crime need to remember that dogs are dogs. Your lifestyle should still have plenty of room for training, playing and paying attention to your pet.
Finally, what does “indoor” mean, exactly? For city dwellers, it’s imperative to choose a smaller breed or a dog well-suited for apartment living. Having a big home with extra bedrooms opens up the possibility of adopting larger breeds who enjoy indoor lifestyles. At the end of the day, you and your dog should be able to thrive in the environment.