Can A Pitbull Terrier Live In An Apartment [The Truth+11 Tips]


Some dogs require more space and demand more attention than others, and it is safe to say that a Pitbull Terrier is one of those dogs.

While a highly desired dog breed to adopt, the Pitbull Terrier is often overlooked as an apartment living dog because most people believe it is not a good idea.

While I must agree that raising a Pitbull in an apartment is not the best idea or the most straightforward task, I will tell you that it is entirely possible to do so.

I have been raising a Terrier for the past 3 years.

I understand the concern but I can also have a close family friend raising a Pitbull Terrier in a medium-sized apartment.

Hence, I know it is 100% doable.

To give you a quick answer, it is this simple.

A Pitbull Terrier can live in an apartment. A Pitbull can live in an apartment if provided daily exercise, a safe home, and plenty of love and attention. Additionally, Pitbulls need discipline, training, and socialization to live in an apartment.

With that being the case, I want to point out that some things that make raising a Pitbull Terrier more difficult in an apartment.

On the flip side, you have options and things you can do to make it possible to raise your Pitbull Terrier with more ease in an apartment.

That is what the rest of this discussion is going to cover.

How and what do you need to do to have the ability to adapt and raise a Pitbull Terrier if you are currently living in a small space or an apartment.

Here is how I intend to lay it out for you today.



Why A Pitbull Terrier Does Not Make For A Good Apartment Dog

The reasons why a Pitbull Terrier does not necessarily make the best fit for an apartment can go on and on.

The primary thing to understand is that a Pitbull Terrier has unique needs compared to other dog breeds, impacting how well they can adjust to apartment-style or tiny living.

I want to start with some of the basic and some of the most important reasons why it does not always create the best situation to have a Pitbull living in a small space.

Don’t worry; when I’m done going through this list, I will present solutions and alternatives you can consider ensuring you can adjust a Pitbull Terrier to apartment living.

I know some of you are dead set on adopting a Pitbull Terrier if you’re reading this, so I figured it’s better to present the problems but then give you an option to fix the problem and allow the adoption to take place.

Let’s kick it off.



#1-High Energy and Exercise Needs

One of the most significant concerns you will deal with when having a Pitbull Terrier inside of an apartment or small living space is their high energy.

And, of course, their high exercise demands.

Apartments do not typically provide good-sized yards for your Pitbull to roam around.

They can cause your Pitbull to become bored or restless relatively quickly.

Not to mention, the apartment itself is not going to provide a ton of space to run around or even play with you as the owner.

We will touch on how to remedy this situation in a few minutes.


#2-Training and Socialization Can’t Be Ignored

Apartment living for a Pitbull Terrier makes it very plausible that your Pitbull will need to encounter different people often.

Walking in and out of the building is one example.

Not to mention, many apartment complexes have shared spaces such as parks or playgrounds for kids so your Pitbull Terrier will also be exposed to this situation often.

Training and socialization become even more critical in these situations.

Especially when it comes to items such as nipping and biting.

Not to mention potty training to ensure you get your security deposit back when you do finally move out of your apartment.


#3-People Don’t Always Like Dogs In Apartments, Especially Large Dogs

Another issue you can run into when you’re trying to adopt a Pitbull Terrier living in an apartment is the mere fact that Pitbulls are often regarded as an intimidating dog breed.

While this is not true, and I understand that Pitbull’s make for extremely affectionate dogs, it still does not change public perception.

Some individuals may not be comfortable with a large, muscular dog such as a Pitbull living in the same complex as them.

Especially when young and small children are involved in the matter.

This leads me to another critical issue you may encounter.


#4-Your Apartment Complex May Have Restrictions On Dogs Or Pitbull’s

One more of the most important things you need to keep in mind is that your apartment complex may not even allow your Pitbull Terrier to be in the complex.

Some apartment buildings have restrictions on all pets, and some have more specific rules on the kind of pet or even the breed of the dog.

While we all know that Pitbull Terriers are kindhearted and excellent dogs, it doesn’t mean that some apartment complex owners agree.

Be sure that before just assuming it’s okay, you check with the rules and regulations of your apartment to ensure you can even have a dog in the apartment without being fined, evicted, or having other issues.


9 Ways A Pitbull Can Make A Good Apartment Dog

Now that we have discussed some of the potential problems you will encounter when you try to live with a Pitbull Terrier in an apartment, I want to discuss how you can flip the script.

This will solve most of the problems we presented and give you a chance to live with your Pitbull Terrier in an apartment without issues.


#1-Start With Training, Discipline, And Socialization Immediately

This is one of my keys to success with any dog, and the Pitbull Terrier is no different.

You need to ensure you are providing socialization right away.

From the day you arrive home, this should begin.

The same applies to discipline and training.

This all becomes even more important when you begin discussing the idea of living in an apartment with your Pitbull Terrier.

The reason is simple.

Too many social situations and different circumstances are going to arise raising a Pitbull Terrier in an apartment.

They need to learn right from wrong and interact with people in a calm and collected demeanor.

These 3 essential tips alone make it much more possible to consider raising a Pitbull Terrier in an apartment.

Hands down.


#2-Keep The Apartment Clean And Safe For Your Pitbull

I think we can all admit that Pitbull puppies or dogs, in general, have a way of finding trouble and getting into troublesome situations.

Sometimes it can be chewing items in the apartment or even getting loose and potentially running away.

This becomes an issue with a small space such as an apartment when you are not careful about keeping things safe for your dog.

Make sure that you are puppy-proofing the apartment and giving your Pitbull Terrier plenty of safe areas to interact, even if it is inside of an apartment or a small space.

The last thing you want to do is accidentally cause harm to your dog or the building itself.

Put in the most straightforward fashion possible, plan for fewer headaches and issues and do some proofing.


#3-Do Your Best To Provide Enough Space

I get it, and it kind of defeats the purpose of the entire conversation, but even though you are in a small space or apartment, you need to find a way to provide an area just for your Pitbull Terrier.

Maybe this is just an area in the living room where toys are located for your dog, or perhaps a spare bedroom with a crate is the room you choose.

Sometimes dogs such as the Pitbull can get anxious.

Having a space, they feel safe and as if it’s their own is essential and can help them be more relaxed and calmer with the small living situation.


#4-Always Have Plenty Of Toys For Your Pitbull To Use

Next up on my list for effectively bringing a Pitbull Terrier into your home is always ensuring you have plenty of chew toys on standby.

I also find it imperative to teach your Pitbull to enjoy these toys and learn to use them to have fun and pass the time.

Especially when you are not home or need to leave for work.

A Pitbull becoming interested in toys and willing to play with them instead of destroying property or bothering you nonstop is a win and a significant benefit you can enjoy when you begin your journey with your Pitbull.


#5-Find A Way To Provide Exercise Needs Daily For Your Pitbull Terrier

I would probably rank this as perhaps the most important thing you will need to do raising a Pitbull in an apartment.

Exercise is critical for this dog breed.

They have the energy that needs to be released and they need the ability to get out and about and moving around.

Be sure that if you plan to raise your Pitbull Terrier in the apartment, you are dedicating 30-60 minutes a day to get your Pitbull out on walks and release some of that energy.

It will make a dramatic difference in their behavior and make them happier and healthy overall.

It’s the only option, in all honesty, if you want to embark on the journey of apartment living with your dog.


#6-Respect Your Neighbors And Keep Odors Eliminated

Don’t forget that a new Pitbull puppy will have accidents such as pee and poop in the beginning.

While a Pitbull Terrier is not necessarily difficult to potty train, it is essential to know that potty mistakes now may be magnified even more living in an apartment.

Don’t allow these mistakes to cause an odor in your building.

If they happen, you need to be diligent about cleanup to avoid issues with neighbors in the apartment complex, and you need to make sure your potty-training efforts are even more diligent.

If necessary, consider investing in grooming services to keep your Pitbull clean and healthy.

Consider carpet cleaning professionals coming into your apartment once every few months to perform a steam cleaning.

Steps like this can help eliminate odor in your apartment and in the building.

Keeping you, your Pitbull, and all of the neighbors happy.


#7-Provide Plenty Of Love and Affection For Your Pitbull

While exercise is essential and all the other things on this list are critical, love and affection go further than just about anything possible with a Pitbull Terrier.

In a small space where they are often close to you as the owner and pack leader, be sure to always shower your Pitbull with love and affection.


#8-Utilize Friends and Family To Help Check-In When Necessary

In an apartment, boredom will not be your Pitbull’s best friend.

I can promise you that.

If you anticipate being gone for a long time or suppose you need to work a double shift, it would be in your best interest to have a friend or family matter check in on your Pitbull.

Have someone you trust to take your dog for a quick walk.

This allows them to potty outside, keeps up with your potty-training routines, and allows for some exercise and time to stretch out.


#9-Do Your Best and Forget The Rest

No one knows your ability to raise a Pitbull Terrier in an apartment better than you.

We are all just looking from the sidelines making judgments on something that is your business only.

If you know, it’s permitted in your apartment complex and have a Pitbull you desperately want to adopt, go for it and forget about the naysayers.

If you can implement the tips we have laid out today and provide love, safety, and affection, you will be in great shape and have a new companion for life.


While Not Perfectly Suitable, A Pitbull Terrier Can Adjust To Apartment Living

As you can probably tell by now, it may not be 100% recommended to have a Pitbull living in an apartment, but it is 100% possible to do so.

Will it be some additional work on your end to make it work correctly?

Absolutely but is it worth it to do so?

Definitely.

I’ve been raising a Terrier for the past 3 years and can tell you firsthand how rewarding it can be.

Nonetheless, it can be a challenge in the beginning.

Luna and I certainly believe with some effort and training, you and a Pitbull can effectively co-exist in an apartment without issue.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Pitbull Terrier and the journey you have ahead of you.


Have You Raised And Owned A Pitbull Terrier While Living In An Apartment?

What other tips and advice can you share with the readers and community about raising a Pitbull Terrier in an apartment?

Anything else that could help a new Pitbull owner adjust to apartment living?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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