Dog Breeds not suitable for apartment living and the nail care hack for these dogs if you struggle to trim their nails!

Dog Breeds not suitable for apartment living and the nail care hack for these dogs if you struggle to trim their nails!

Dog Breeds not suitable for apartment living and the nail care hack for these dogs if you struggle to trim their nails!

There are several dog breeds suitable for apartment living.    
However, just as there are breeds that adapt well to living in a confined area such as an apartment, there are a number of dog breeds that are NOT suitable. They are breeds that have high energy, need regular mental stimulation and need a lot of space to run in.

Here are TEN dog breeds that are not suitable for living in apartments and space-restricted accommodation as explained in the following article in greater detail: 10 High-Energy Dog Breeds Not Suitable for Apartment Living (

1. Border Collie

Border Collies stand as the epitome of high-energy breeds, renowned for their intelligence, agility, and insatiable need for physical and mental engagement. Originally bred for herding sheep in open, rugged terrains, they possess a natural drive to work that doesn’t wane in confined spaces.

2. Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are vibrant and work-oriented, with a deep-rooted desire for physical activity and mental challenges. Much like the Border Collie, they were bred for herding and thrive in environments where they can exercise both their bodies and minds. 

3. Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are known for their endurance and zest for life, traits that make them less than ideal for apartment dwellers. Bred to pull sleds over vast icy terrains, they possess a remarkable energy reserve that needs to be expended regularly.

4. Dalmatian

Dalmatians are not only known for their distinctive spots but also for their boundless energy and stamina. Originally bred to run alongside carriages, they require significant daily exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy.

5. Jack Russell Terrier

Despite their small size, Jack Russell Terriers are bursting with energy and have a high prey drive, traits that make apartment living a tough match. They were bred for fox hunting, requiring sharp intelligence, agility, and the ability to make independent decisions.

6. Weimaraner

Weimaraners, often referred to as the “Grey Ghost” for their distinctive coat, are a high-energy breed that requires a lot of exercises to remain happy and healthy. Originally bred as hunting dogs, they possess a strong prey drive and an inclination for vigorous physical activity. 

7. Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a working breed known for its intelligence, high energy, and need for constant engagement. Bred for demanding tasks such as police work, herding, and protection, they are not content with idle living. 

8. Vizsla

Vizslas are affectionate, high-energy dogs that thrive on attention, exercise, and engagement. Known as “Velcro dogs” for their desire to be close to their owners, they require substantial physical activity and emotional connection. The constrained environment of an apartment can lead to frustration and behavioral issues for a Vizsla.

9. Labrador Retriever

While Labrador Retrievers are known for their friendly and adaptable nature, they are also highly energetic and require plenty of exercise. Originally bred as fishing and hunting dogs, they have a significant need for physical activity to maintain their health and happiness.

10. Boxer

Boxers are playful, energetic dogs that require ample space to run and play. Known for their muscular build and boundless energy, they were originally bred for work that requires strength, agility, and endurance.

Other dog breeds such as the lovable Beagle, may not be suitable for apartment living because of their tendency to howl. The occupants of other apartments may not be too happy about the noise.
And of course, the really big dog breeds may not enjoy bumping into the furniture in a restricted space.

As an owner of a large, active breed such as the breeds mentioned, you might assume that your dog’s nails will get worn down during your daily walks or as your dog plays in the garden. However, unfortunately, this may not be the case. Many active dogs still need their nails trimmed and in particular,
their front nails. The nails on front paws tend to grow faster and get less worn down during a dog’s movement.

Nail Trimming made easy with the Digger Dog Nail File! Designed specifically for the dog's more problematic front nails.

The Digger Dog Nail File is a unique nail-trimming device that makes the trimming of your dog’s more problematic front nails easy and fun for both your dog and you – the owner. The nails on the front paws tend to grow faster than the ones on the rear paws and they also get less worn down during the dog's movement.

The major difference from other dog nail-trimming devices is that your dog does its own nail trimming, instead of being subjected to the often-stressful procedure.

  • The Digger Dog Nail File is a clever alternative dog nail trimming tool for dogs who don’t tolerate nail grinders or clippers.
  • We use the best possible components, including stainless steel plates that will not rust and could possibly last for a few generations of dogs.
  • The Digger Dog Nail File is proudly invented, designed and made in Australia.

How does the Digger Dog Nail File work?

The owner places a treat inside the food compartment. The dog quickly gets the idea and digs on the surface to get at the treat. It will soon understand the ‘game’ and will be eager to participate.

A repeat of this simple action on the rough surface of the Digger Dog Nail File is all it takes to trim the dog’s nails. Nail trimming will now change from a stressful task to a fun game, which you and your dog will look forward to.

All you need is a little bit of patience and a quiet environment to teach your dog how to use the Digger Dog Nail File.

The file is recommended by several Professional Dog Trainers world-wide as well as Veterinarians.

Dr Kate Lindsey from 'Kalmpets' Dog Care & Training Perth - Kalmpets is a Behavioural Veterinarian who regularly recommends the Digger Dog Nail File to her clients. Her Blog post Manicure madness! ⋆ Kalmpets has more information about this unique dog grooming tool.

The Digger Dog Nail File is an Australian invention - the first of its kind in the world - and is Made in Melbourne, Australia.

You can find out more about this unique dog nail scratch board /dog nail file on 

The Original Dog Nail File by DiggerDog – DiggerDog Nail File