Will my dog adapt to living in an apartment?
(Q) Would a German Shepherd adapt to living in an apartment?
(A) Breeds expert Andrew Brace says: This is a difficult question, as it isn't so much where a German Shepherd lives but what lifestyle will accompany it. The GSD is one of the most intelligent of all breeds, and one of the most active, so he needs to occupy his mind and body most of the day.
If the plan is to leave a GSD at home in an apartment on a nine-to-five basis, then you shouldn't be considering any dog, let alone this breed. However, I have known many dogs of athletic, intelligent breeds that have lived happily into old age in apartments when they have had owners that walked them, at least three times a day, and gave them plenty of opportunity for free running.