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Top 5 ESA dogs For Apartment Dwellers 

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are pets that help their handlers or human companions cope with their mental difficulties and disabilities by just being around them. Having a pet animal around helps such people lower their blood pressure, lowers their anxiety levels, and also make them calmer by reducing stress-reducing hormones. It is, therefore, necessary for these individuals that they have their support animals with them at all times. 

Dogs are the most common ESAs and fit the ESA requirement well. With an ESA letter, you can have a pet support dog that stays with you at all times: in-flight and at home. 

Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) the ESA is allowed to accompany its handler in-flight in the passenger cabin. While the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows the ESA to live indoors in the rental living space. Both ACAA and FHA makes sure that the person suffering from mental difficulty doesn’t suffer by being away from the support of his/her support animal. These federal laws, moreover, doesn’t allow the authorities and the owners to charge any ‘pet-fees’.

To get the Emotional Support Animal Letter for your current or prospective pet dog, all you have to do is to go through an assessment done by a mental health specialist either in person or online. You will get the ESA letter If the licensed specialist comes to the conclusion that you have a mental disability and having a support animal will help you control your condition.

Apartment lifestyle

Overpopulating urban areas means that many people are living in apartments. The chances thus of people requiring ESAs who live in the apartments are high. Not every dog type and breed is suited to become an apartment pet; apartment living requires a pet that is naturally comfortable with living in a closed space with no direct access to the outside, such as a yard. Moreover, the dogs that are suited to the apartments have lower energy compared to other dogs. They are satisfied with indoor activities as well as occasional outdoor activities such as walks and strolls. 

Pet dogs suitable for apartment living

Bichon Frise

These fluffy animals are the perfect apartment dweller as they weigh less than 5 kgs and are small in size. They are the perfect lap dogs and their low shedding coat makes them perfect couch surfers. You can fulfill their daily exercise requirements by routine walks.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier is a low shedding dog that is ideal for people with allergies. This dog breed is suitable for apartment living as it is small in size, weighing around 3 kgs, and requires less exercise, which you can fulfill through indoor activities.


Pugs love to have a human companion around even if it means watching them go around their business while it lolls around its bed. Pugs don’t need a lot of grooming and don’t require routine exercise making it perfect for people who love to stay at home. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier is very friendly and brings a lot of playful energy into the household. They are happy to apartment dwellers but are always delighted to go outdoors. They love to please their household members and love to play with them. They are also great around outside people and are suited for homes that have various people over. If you want to register your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you should know about an emotional support dog letter.


The Dachshund thrives in a household with lots of members. They are especially good with small children and also get along with other pets in the household. Moreover, their short legs mean that they don’t require lots of exercise and are satisfied with walks.

Related Resources :

See Whether You Qualify To Have An Emotional Support Animal?

A Guide To Emotional Support Animals(ESAs) For Pet Owners

Ownership Of An ESA Dog For Busy Pet-Parents

Getting Your Emotional Support Pet Dog