Which big dog breeds — or mixes of large dog breeds — make good apartment dogs? Size is but one factor*. Energy level, intensity, barking and adaptability are likewise important. After all, an apartment dog must live quietly and comfortably in the individual apartment, but also peacefully co-exist with other people and animals in the common areas, too. These large dog breeds may surprise you with their apartment suitability.

*Some apartments have rules limiting dog sizes or prohibiting certain breeds. Check your building or landlord’s regulations before adopting or buying a breed and see if your renter’s insurance will cover large dogs, too. 



Mastiffs are among the big dog breeds that make good apartment dogs. Photography courtesy Giselle Nevada.

I was developed to work in ancient militaries, guarding and fighting alongside my humans. These days, I’m a diplomatic, rather quiet family dog. I’m naturally a watchdog (and a heckuva deterrent with my size!), but I’m not disposed to needless barking. Although I weigh some 150 pounds, I don’t need a huge yard or living space. In fact, my exercise requirements are generally satisfied with daily walks. I’m inclined to snooze much of the day; either a large or small living space will do. And since I don’t ruffle easily around other people or animals, we’ll certainly meet new friends in the apartment complex. Perhaps keep some slobber towels handy; we’ll make more friends if you keep my drool mopped up!

Clumber Spaniel

A Clumber Spaniel.

Clumber Spaniels do well in apartment settings. Photography via Philip Watts, flickr.com/photos/funnyhatphotos. Some modifications made to fit specifications of the site.

We’re a rather large spaniel, weighing some 70 pounds or so. Developed in England as a gundog, I was named for the Duke of Newcastle’s estate, Clumber Park, in Nottinghamshire. Gentle and affectionate, I’m purposeful when I’m working (fetch or field work!?) but calm indoors. I’ll thrive with outings, but I’m also confident with some solo-snoozing hours while you’re at work. I’m also relatively quiet, unless you’re bothered by snores. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll confess I’m an enthusiastic shedder. Keep your full-size vacuum if and when you move to smaller quarters.

Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherds are larger, gentler versions of German Shepherd Dogs and make for good apartment dogs. Photography by iStock.

Sometimes weighing in at 100 pounds, we’re a new breed, developed in a New York kennel by Tina Barber in the 1990s. Barber wanted a larger, gentler variety of the more intense German Shepherd Dog. Our temperaments are often softer than the GSDs, and we’re not employed in serious protection work. While we use up space in small apartments, we won’t use up your patience nagging you for constant play. In fact, indoors, we’re rather calm and low maintenance. Outdoors, my coat protects me in just about any weather, so let’s keep walks on the schedule. Naps are on the schedule, too. While I have a working background, I sure don’t want to work all day!



Bullmastiffs may be big — but they make the best apartment dogs. Photography courtesy Shari and Tom Lowell.

We were bred from Bulldogs and Mastiffs to protect game on estates from poachers. My forefathers needed the strong temperament to threaten thieves, but the kind temperaments to live with their families. We’re generally quiet, since silence was a virtue when guarding estates. Today, we’re calm companions in the home, whether large or small. We relax most of the day, so although we take up space (I’m about 100 pounds!), we aren’t demanding. We require daily exercise, but not all-day workouts. And while we look tough, we’re not tough about warm weather. We may overheat exercising on hot days, so crank the air-conditioning up in the morning, and wait until sunset for our walks.

Standard Poodle

Bill Wright.

Standard Poodle. Photography courtesy Bill Wright, wrightworld.com.

Originally bred in Germany as working water retrievers, I’m smart, sporty and not nearly as stylish as you may imagine. In fact, my popular coat trim was designed for function, not flair. My trim allows me to move easily through water; the longer patches guard my vital organs and joints. Today, I’m a wonderful, adaptable companion. I also won’t shed all over your apartment! As long as you exercise my mind and body, I’ll comfortably reside in any size apartment. In fact, I’d rather live in a small home and have adventures with you than have alone time in a big house or yard. I’ll take you up on walks or park time, but I also excel in formal dog sports such as obedience, agility and rally. If we live near a dog park, you’ll find I’m generally social with both new dogs and people.

Tell us: In your experience, what large breeds make good apartment dogs?

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Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Bowls, Feeders, and Treat Jars

Gobble gobble, nom nom nom! It’s every pup’s favorite category: dining! From raised feeders to treat jars, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite food and treat accessories for the hungry hounds on your list. Bark appétit!

[Feature Image] 1. Ceramic Treat Jars and Bowls from Prunkhund 2. Highline Feeder from Doca Pet 3. Helen Levi Ceramic Dog Bowls from LoveThyBeast 4. Clay Dog Bowls from Recreation Center 5. Miski Lunch Bowl from Hello Pets 6. Elevated Bowls and Stands from Benji + Moon 7. Gloss Ceramic Bowl and Treat Jar Set from Waggo 8. Double Smorgasboard Feeder from Doca Pet 9. Brass and Steel Feeders from M3LD 10. Modern Raised Feeders from Howl & Home

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Bowls, Feeders, and Treat Jars

1. Black & White Bowls and Jars from Crate and Barrel 2. Loft Bowl from Hello Pets 3. BTW Ceramics Doodle Dog Bowl from Shop Dog & Co. 4. Lucky Dog Bowl Set from ORE Pet 5. Bowls and Stands from Mr. Dog 6. Self-Cooling Slow Feeders and Bowls from Magisso 7. Ceramic Long-Eared Dog Bowl from Benji + Moon 8. Too Hot Two Handle Bowl and Jar Set from Waggo 9. Raised Oak or Walnut Feeders from Working Dog Supply Co. 10. Enamelware Bowls from Harry Barker

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Relatively recent advances have determined that dogs may be safely sterilized as early as six to eight weeks old. Whether you have a female dog who is not spayed, or you’re just curious about dog gestation, we’re here to address the basics of dog pregnancy. One of the most common questions is, “How long are dogs pregnant?” Let’s talk about dog pregnancy and the dog gestation period.

Newborn Golden Retriever puppies with their mom.

How long are dogs pregnant before they give birth to puppies? Photography by stock photo mania / Shutterstock.

How long are dogs pregnant?

Intact female dogs tend to go into heat, or estrus, twice each year. Every six to eight months throughout their lives, female dogs prime themselves for the rigors of child rearing. While their reproductive cycles might become erratic or less regular as they reach advanced age, unlike humans, dogs do not experience menopause, remaining fertile well into seniority.

They spend about three weeks in heat, and the last two of those weeks are prime for egg fertilization. Though there can be minor variations, depending on breeds and sizes of dog, on the whole the dog gestation period is right around two months, or roughly 60 to 65 days from conception to birth. Based on our research, the average dog pregnancy seems to be right around nine weeks, or 63 days.

Signs of dog pregnancy

Since dog pregnancy is such a relatively rapid phenomenon, it can certainly sneak up on an unsuspecting dog owner. Tracking dog pregnancy symptoms requires a keen and observant eye, since a dog at the onset of fertility looks very much like she would at several weeks pregnant. The most frequently cited sign of pregnancy in dogs is red, enlarged or swelled nipples, which also happen when a dog is in heat. Over the course of the dog gestation period, the teats will grow even larger as she begins to produce milk for forthcoming puppies.

In answering “how long are dogs pregnant,” it’s important to remember that, for larger dogs especially, the swollen abdomen that we notice in humans might not present until the last three weeks of pregnancy. For the first couple of weeks of a dog’s pregnancy, she may lose her appetite and become lethargic. Vomiting, which we associate with morning sickness in humans, may occur, but is one of the less common dog pregnancy symptoms. Along with the changes in the size of her teats, markedly lower energy and appetite levels may be the best early indicators for dog owners unacquainted with the process.

Dog gestation period — a breakdown

For the first two to three weeks of a dog’s pregnancy, she may experience changes in mood, attitude, and appetite. Her energy will decrease and she will be less keen for food. She may become more affectionate when you are with her, or more withdrawn and isolated. The range of changes in a dog may shift depending on her overall circumstances, health, and diet. The research shows that by the end of the fourth week, right around day 28, a veterinarian can confirm dog pregnancy with an ultrasound. An estimated due date can allow you to prepare the dog and your home for the arrival of puppies.

In weeks four through six, with a renewed appetite, a pregnant dog should begin to put on weight as her puppies develop. You may think about feeding her smaller but more frequent meals. Her abdomen will start to firm up and her teats will grow even larger as milk production continues. From weeks seven to nine, pregnant dogs should be noticeably larger, and in the last two, you should be able to feel the puppies when you touch her abdomen. Prepare a comfortable whelping box or closet, lined with newspapers, old quilts, blankets, or towels for the pregnant dog to nest in as she gears up for delivery. When whelping is imminent, she will lose her appetite again and prepare for labor.

Spay and neuter your dogs!

Spaying and neutering dogs is vital to preventing unexpected litters of puppies. With so many dogs waiting in shelters for adoption, it is better in the long run to sterilize your pet. Not only does a spayed or neutered dog avoid untimely pregnancies, but also diseases of the reproductive system associated with advanced age. In the 1940s and ’50s, it became traditional wisdom that dogs shouldn’t be sterilized until they were at least six months old. With current technology and veterinary medicine, spaying and neutering can be safely done at six to eight weeks of age.

If your dog is not spayed, it is even more important that you make sure she is vaccinated. Vaccination boosts not only the dog’s immunity to common diseases, but can improve the immunity of her puppies. It can also limit the virulence of any germs, viruses, or bacteria that newborn puppies may be exposed to during or after birth. The better care you take of your dog, the more likely it is that her pregnancy will be successful, and six to eight weeks after whelping, her puppies will be ready for adoption!

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Who can forget the scene-stealing Rottweiler, Snots, who wreaked havoc in the 1989 classic film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? In the span of a few short days, Snots strews garbage throughout the kitchen, interrupts the Griswold family’s Christmas dinner by “yackin’ on a bone” under the table, and chases a rogue squirrel around the house, leaving a trail of destruction in his path. “I smell some yum-yums!” This holiday season, don’t let your dog be a Snots. With a little forethought and preparation, you can keep your home safe for dogs during the holidays:

1. Put a lid on the trash

A dog begging for food at the holiday part table.

Make sure your dog doesn’t steal food from the table — or the trash. Photography ©Rasulovs | Thinkstock.

Cooked turkey bones, rich, fatty food scraps, and chocolate are just some of the dangers lurking on counters or in your garbage before and after a holiday meal. If your dog gets into these, you could be spending Christmas Eve at the emergency vet. Not very jolly! “Another mistake people make is allowing too many treats during the holidays,” said Floridian Kristen Levine, pet living expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Kristen Levine Pet Living blog. “Discourage your guests from feeding pets from the table.” Too many goodies can lead to barfing, holiday diarrhea or worse. Resist those pleading eyes!

2. Make sure your Christmas tree is safe for dogs

Woman, dog and Christmas tree.

Ensure you have a dog-safe Christmas tree. Photography by Zivica Kerkez / Shutterstock.

Christmas trees can be too tempting. Erin Mudry of Mission Viejo, California, said her naughty Labrador Retriever, Gracie, made it her mission to chew up all the ornaments on her Christmas tree. “I actually had to move it outdoors to keep her away from it!” Erin said. Not all dogs are as determined as Gracie, though. You can try blocking access to the tree with a baby gate or only decorating the high branches out of your dog’s reach. Take special note: Salt dough ornaments — the kind you make with your kids using flour, salt, and water — are deadly to dogs if ingested.

3. Protect your holiday goodies

Dog with Christmas or holiday cookies.

Cookies are for Santa, not your pooch! Photography ©JasonOndreicka | Thinkstock.

Never underestimate a hungry dog’s determination. “Our first dog, a Dachshund named Liebchen, ate everything in his path,” said Ernie Slone of Orange, California. “One Christmas, my wife made two lemon meringue pies to take to a family gathering. She put them on the dining room table to cool. But when we went to leave we realized one of the pies was missing.” Sneaky little Liebchen figured out how to push a chair out so he could climb up onto the table. He ate an entire lemon meringue pie! “When we found him he looked like a python that had swallowed a pig,” Ernie said. Thankfully, Liebchen made it through that incident without any lasting issues … apparently he had an iron-clad stomach!

4. Know when to skip the Santa photos

Dog in santa hat by Shutterstock.

Does your dog really want to wear that Santa hat? Photography by Julia Ortay / Shutterstock.

“Pets are part of the family and, as such, we want them to take part in the fun with us,” said Andrea Arden, founder of Andrea Arden Dog Training in New York City. “But, what is safe, appropriate, and fun for us is not always for our animals.” Make sure your dog is happy and comfortable with holiday festivities, whether it’s photos with Santa, wearing a holiday costume, traveling to far destinations or hanging out at your New Year’s Eve party. If your dog seems nervous or unhappy, consider skipping some things.

5. Schedule potty breaks

A dog holiday a Santa Claus hat.

Make sure your pet has access to a bathroom if you’re traveling for the holidays. Photography ©Anna-av| Thinkstock.

Add this one to the list of “I never knew that could happen!” Kristen’s dog, Chilly, once got a urinary-tract infection when they took a long road trip to a family holiday gathering. “The vet told us that he likely got it because he wasn’t urinating frequently enough during the trip,” she said. “If your holiday celebration includes travel, be sure your pet has frequent opportunities to go potty.”

6. Create a holiday safe zone

A man and his dog dressed in holiday / Christmas gear.

Guy and his dog posed around holiday decor. Photography by Anchiy / Shutterstock.

“Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, so when routines change, new people come and go, and festivities ‘invade,’ pets can become stressed,” Kristen said.

Whether you’re at home or visiting friends or family, assess the situation and determine what you can do to help set your pets up for success. “This might include controlling access to specific areas of the home or providing pets with a safe, quiet area to rest in while festivities are occurring,” Andrea said.

Visitors in the home can be challenging for some pets. “Even the friendliest animals can be underwhelmed and overstimulated by guests who may not always be as respectful of an animal’s boundaries as they should be, especially if celebrating with a drink or two,” Andrea said. If your dog seems stressed, put him in a safe, quiet place. You’re not excluding him, you’re protecting him from potential stress.

“Allow him plenty of alone time to relax,” Kristen said. “I recommend making a ‘chill zone’ available so he can get away from the commotion.” If your dog is crate trained, give him time to relax in his crate. “Place the crate in a quiet area of the home, and leave the door open, so he can come and go as he pleases,” Kristen said.

Cost of the holidays

According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, its members spent more than $27 million on medical conditions commonly associated with the holiday season in 2014. These were the top injuries and average costs per pet for each:

  1. $1,740 — Tinsel or ribbon ingestion (intestinal foreign body)
  2. $649 — Raisin or nut toxicity
  3. $607 — Electrical shock from holiday lights
  4. $527 — Rosemary or mistletoe toxicity
  5. $525 — Alcohol toxicity
  6. $382 — Chocolate toxicity
  7. $329 — Laceration from ornaments

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Between busy work schedules and family responsibilities, it’s hard to keep up with daily dog exercise needs. Let’s review dog activity suggestions based on your pup’s breed and age, and how to exercise your dog even if you’re short on time.

How to Fit in Dog Exercise — Even If You Have Time Constraints

A man doing pushups exercises with his dog.

Finding your own time to exercise is difficult — so how do you fit in dog exercise, too? Photography ©grki | Thinkstock.

When life becomes hectic, it’s hard to squeeze in extra playtime for your pup. Fortunately, there are plenty of time-saving options available for busy pet parents:

  • Investing in a dog walker is a great way to ensure that your pup gets the midday exercise he needs. About 20-30 minutes of walking around the neighborhood will keep him active and healthy.
  • Dog toys such as squeaky toys and food puzzle toys are excellent sources of fun for dogs who love loud noises, mysteries and yummy surprises.
  • Doggie daycare is a great option for dogs who love to socialize and enjoy playtime outside of the house.

How Much Exercise a Dog Needs a Day Based on Age

From puppyhood to adulthood, dog exercise and activity levels change over time with age.

How much exercise do puppies need?

As puppies grow into their bodies and their bladders, it’s vital for them to get enough outdoor playtime and potty time.

According to the U.K. Kennel Club, “A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes of exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is full grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.”

Swimming, short games of fetch with small exercise balls and short walks are all great forms of puppy exercise!

How much exercise do adult dogs need?

Adult dogs generally don’t require as much attention as puppies, but most still require at least 30 minutes to 2 hours of exercise daily. Hiking, relay-race games and play dates with doggy friends are exciting, fulfilling activities that will leave you and your pup snoozing on the couch by the end of the day!

How much exercise do senior dogs need?

As we age, we often aren’t able to maintain the pace we once enjoyed. The same is true with our furry friends as they get older. While walks should still be an important part of a senior dog’s life, these walks should shorten in length and be taken at a slower pace.

Swimming is a great exercise alternative for senior dogs, as well. Taking your dog for a swim in the pool or a lake (while wearing a flotation device!) allows him to stay active without putting further stress on his joints.

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How Much Exercise a Dog Needs a Day Based on Breed

Dr. Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University veterinarian and assistant professor of clinical sciences, tells Science Daily, “A blanket recommendation for exercise time amounts can’t be given as exercise needs vary vastly between individuals, and factors such as age, breed, weather and general health all influence the amounts of exercise your dog needs.”

Just as every person is different, every dog breed is also unique and special in its own way. Research your dog’s breed (or breeds for mixed-breed dogs!) to get more information on how much exercise he might need.

  • Flat-nosed Breeds: Flat-nosed breeds, which include Bulldogs, Pugs and Shih Tzus, are brachycephalic dogs. This means they suffer from breathing and respiratory issues that cause them to slow down and live a more sedentary lifestyle.
  • Active Breeds: Active breeds, on the other hand, thrive under plenty of exercise and action. This includes Terriers, Retrievers, Scent Hounds and Shepherds. Typically, these breeds should be getting roughly 60-90 minutes of daily exercise to maintain their health.

Spaces and Places for Fitting in Dog Exercise

A dog out walking with his tongue out.

Add some variety to your dog’s exercise (and your own!) by checking out new spots. Photography ©Raquel Pedrosa Perez | Thinkstock.

As the saying goes, “An active dog is a good dog.” No matter the size, breed or age of your pup, keeping him busy and energized will help him live a long, happy life! Even if you’re an apartment-dweller who is cramped for space, there are plenty of fun, exciting options for you and your best friend.

  • Make walk time less monotonous by taking your pup to the local park, dog park, beach or national forest. These special outings will give him the opportunity to explore new surroundings and enjoy lots of exercise.
  • Dog parks are another perfect, cheap option for dogs who enjoy the outdoors and plenty of playmates.
  • Outdoor adventures are a great time to start a new routine! If the area is safely enclosed and dogs are permitted off leash, allow your furry friend the chance to sniff around and chart new territory.

We all want our pups to thrive and live life to the fullest. Even during the busiest of times, you can provide your dog with the exercise and activity they need by hiring outside help or supplying him with toys and treats during the workday.

When you do have free time, treat your pup to a walk in the park or a play date with his doggy friends. It takes only the smallest token of affection to receive a lifetime of love from your best friend!

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Can dogs eat tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, corn and other vegetables? This is a question — like “can dogs eat apples, grapes, strawberries and other fruits?” — that I’ve often asked myself while strolling through the local farmers’ market or the produce section of the grocery store. Here at Dogster, we’ve got you covered on if it’s safe for dogs to eat tomatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers and other vegetables:

Can dogs eat tomatoes?

An English bulldog puppy with tomatoes.

Are tomatoes safe for dogs to eat? The answer is it’s complicated. Photography by Tatiana Katsai / Shutterstock.

Are tomatoes safe for dogs to eat? Sort of — and be careful. Large quantities of tomato should not be fed to dogs; ingested in great enough volumes, naturally occurring chemicals in the fruit can cause heart and nervous system problems.

However, this may cause some consternation, but in small quantities, the tomato fruit is okay for dogs. There has long been debate on dogs and tomatoes, but the worst a little bit of ripe tomato will do to a dog is cause some stomach upset.

The green parts of the tomato plant — the vine, leaves, stems, and unripe fruit — are another matter altogether. Solanine is a chemical found in high concentrations in these parts. One of the tomato’s natural defenses, solanine is found throughout the nightshade family, including the tomato and potato. If you have tomatoes in your garden, you’re better off keeping the dog out.

Can dogs eat carrots?

A French bulldog puppy eating a carrot.

Can dogs eat carrots? 

Your dog is safe with carrots, preferably cut up into smaller sticks or pieces that they can easily chew on.

Can dogs eat celery?

Interestingly enough, too much celery can cause dogs to urinate a great deal more than usual. But cut into small, chewable, digestible pieces — with the leaves removed — celery is okay for dogs in limited amounts.

Can dogs eat cucumbers?

A dog on the grass eating a cucumber.

Cucumbers are safe for dogs to eat. Look at this tiny gentleman gnawing on one! Photography by Little Moon / Shutterstock.

Especially if it’s peeled and given in chewable portions, cucumber is fine for dogs. As for pickles, the excess of vinegar and salt in pickles may be a bit more than your dog’s digestive system would appreciate.

Can dogs eat avocado?

All parts of the avocado tree and fruit contain a natural antifungal agent called persin, which is hazardous to dogs when consumed in great enough quantities. Needless to say the pit or seed of an avocado should not be given to a dog; aside from the natural toxins it contains, it can cause intestinal blockages. The answer here is no.

Can dogs eat corn? Can dogs eat popcorn?

A Havanese dog holding a cob of corn.

Is corn okay for dogs to eat? What about popcorn for dogs?Photography by Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock.

While the kernels of ripe corn are okay for dogs, the cob itself is a bit more dangerous. Ingested by a dog, even small pieces of corn cob can tear at and cause damage to the walls of a dog’s digestive tract. As for popcorn, take common sense precautions. Plain and unadorned — that is to say, air popped, with neither salt nor butter — popcorn can be a nice treat for a dog. Bottom line: served in an appropriate manner, both corn and popcorn are safe for dogs to eat.

Can dogs eat broccoli?

In very small amounts, the head of broccoli should not present any issues for your dog, but only in very small amounts. Received wisdom across multiple sources suggests that if it accounts for no more than five to 10 percent of a dog’s daily food intake, broccoli is all right for dogs. More than that and you can have a dog with a severely upset stomach. Therefore, broccoli is another yes and no affair; use your best judgement.

Can dogs eat potatoes? Can dogs eat sweet potatoes?

A puppy with a basket of potatoes.

Are potatoes safe for dogs to eat? Photography by

As with tomatoes, the leaves, stems and unripened fruit of potato plants contain solanine, which is toxic to dogs. Even ripe, a potato is not a good idea for dog nutrition. Peeled, and then cooked or mashed, on the other hand, your dog may enjoy a bit of potato. Observe the same caution you would with popcorn, and make sure there’s no salt or butter present. The same — no additives — goes for sweet potatoes, even though they are fundamentally different plants.

Can dogs eat onions?

Eaten by dogs, onions cause red blood cells to break down, a condition called hemolytic anemia. The breakdown of red blood cells means that the dog gets less oxygen. The more concentrated the onion, the more quickly it works. Your dog should avoid garlic as well for the same reason. If you’re like me and enjoy onion in your guacamole, it’s even more a reason to keep that avocado dip you find delicious well away from your dog. The answer here is definitely no.

Can dogs eat asparagus?

As long as the amount is small and reasonable, asparagus presents no problems for dogs.

Can dogs eat green beans?

Green beans, in moderation, are fine for dogs. Raw or cooked, as long as you avoid salt and other additives, your dog may enjoy some green beans.

Can dogs eat peas?

If you dog has a taste for peas, then by all means, let them have a few! This is a yes.

In 1816, Richard Lawrence wrote that “parsnips, carrots, cabbages, and, indeed all vegetable matter, will feed dogs sufficiently well for the purposes of their existence.” Fortunately, we know better now to steer our dogs clear of avocado and onion, as well as to keep them from many unripened vegetable plants in the garden.

Tell us: What kinds of vegetables do your dogs seem to enjoy? Have you ever offered a carrot stick to your dog, only to be met with a blank stare? Let us know about your dog’s experiences with veggies in the comments!

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I’m sure it’s occurred to you to wonder, what fruits can dogs eat? Can dogs eat apples? And can dogs eat grapes, strawberries, mangoes, pears and raspberries…? Dogster has the lowdown on some of the most popular fruits and whether things like apples, grapes, strawberries, mangoes, pears, raspberries and other fruits are safe for dogs to have at snack, treat or mealtime.

Can dogs eat grapes?

Two dogs in a grape barrel.

Can dogs eat grapes? Photography by Artem Kursin / Shutterstock.

This is one of the most common dog-fruit questions out there, and for good reason. For reasons that remain almost completely obscured to science, dogs experience violent adverse effects when they eat either grapes or their shriveled cousins, raisins. Purple or green, seeded or seedless, it doesn’t seem to matter. Within mere hours of ingesting grapes or raisins, dogs have been observed to begin having fits of vomiting and excessive urination. Within just a few days, dogs have experienced kidney failure, lapsed into comas, and died from eating grapes.

If you see your dog eat some grapes, the best course of action is to proceed directly to a veterinarian, who will induce vomiting. Not all dogs react in this way to grapes or raisins, but is it really worth taking the chance? Since the cause of dogs’ reaction to grapes is unknown, it is best to keep grapes, raisins, or any of their products or byproducts completely away from all dogs.

Can dogs eat apples?

Wondering if apples are safe for dogs? With many fruits, seeds, cores, stems or pits often contain chemicals that are toxic to dogs. Dogs may not particularly care for the outer skin of an apple, but as long as the seeds are removed, apples are safe for dogs to eat.

Can dogs eat strawberries?

A dog with his tongue out next to a bowl of strawberries.

Can dogs eat strawberries? Photography by duxx/shutterstock.

Are strawberries safe for dogs to eat? You should probably remove the leaves and any stem that remains on top of the strawberry, but strawberries should be okay for your dog to eat.

Can dogs eat mangoes?

Mango is one of those fruits with a pit large enough to cause digestive blockages and with toxic contents. Peel the thick mango skin and remove the pit, and your dog may enjoy a bit of tender mango flesh.

Can dogs eat pears?

Same as above with apples, with all the associated warnings about seeds and cores.

Can dogs eat raspberries?

Dogs aren’t accustomed to the sugar content even of normal, non-canned fruits, so as long as it’s a special treat and not the entire meal, these berries are okay by dogs.

Can dogs eat bananas?

Bananas aren’t a typical dog food, but they’re safe for dogs in small amounts. Photography by Nancy Dressel / Shutterstock.

If your dog has the desire and a taste for a nice, peeled banana, then feel free to allow your dog to eat it in moderation.

Can dogs eat oranges?

Oranges, peeled and de-seeded are fine for dogs. Aside from the reactions that many of us have in eating lemons and limes, which dogs share, even the sourest citrus fruit seems to work okay for dogs, if they’re so inclined.

Can dogs eat peaches?

The flesh of a peach is delicious, no one questions that. However, the pit of a peach contains cyanide, which is deadly to pretty much everyone. Cynaide may seep out from the pit into the tender peach meat that is closest to the center. The same can be said of plums and other fruits with a solid, centralized core or seed at the center. The risk to a dog’s digestive tract is also high with pitted fruits. Aside from the natural poison in the core, that seed is large enough to obstruct or block the intestines of your dog. Thinking of canned peaches? Probably better to avoid store-bought canned fruits and fruit-cups, too, which often contain way more sugar than a dog is normally accustomed to processing.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Dog eating watermelon.

Is watermelon safe for dogs to eat? Photography by Anna Hoychuk / Shutterstock.

It is advised that you remove the seeds before giving your dog a taste of watermelon. Better safe than sorry.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

I wouldn’t recommend giving your dog a whole bowl of them, but a few here and there are more than acceptable, as long as the dog likes them!

Can dogs eat pineapple?

Pineapples are fine for dogs, provided, of course, you’ve removed the prickly outer husk of this island favorite.

Can dogs eat coconut?

A puppy dog biting a coconut.

Is coconut good for dogs? Photography by DAE Photo / Shutterstock.

Both the coconut meat and milk are all right for dogs, as long as they don’t have too much of either. Coconut oil for dogs is actually great for a variety of things — coconut oil can help a dog’s itchy skin and coconut oil is good in recipes for dogs, too.

Does your dog eat fruit?

One caveat, of course, even for the fruits that are safe for dogs, is everything in moderation. In John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, one thing that still sticks in my mind is that eating too much fruit — in the absence of other foods during the Great Depression — often gave characters recurring bouts of “the skitters.”

Tell us: Does your dog eat fruit? What fruits do your dogs seem to enjoy the most, if any? Are there fruits aside from those mentioned above that you’re curious about? Starfruit, perhaps? Or are you a “we call it dog food because it is food for dogs” traditionalist? Share your dog’s favored fruits in the comments!

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