Perks and Quirks of Common Indoor Dogs

There is a dog breed for every lifestyle. Some households need an energetic critter to fit their active lifestyle. Some are looking for a mellow creature to relax at home with.

Just like people need different kinds of pets, different pets need different kinds of homes. Some need the comfort of companionship throughout the day. Some need special grooming and exercise. The perfect match will meet the needs of both the people and the dog.

Shih Tzu
Perk: Social
Quirk: Needs grooming

This cuddly breed can be easily socialized to get along with everyone, from people to kids to other dogs. The little creatures require little exercise and are perfectly content in small spaces. They make great party guests and love to meet new people. Their coats take a little extra work to maintain, but shih tzu fans everywhere swear that it’s more than worth it.

Bichon Frise
Perk: Sheds very little
Quirk: Needs daily exercise

This little critter has a lot of energy, but it won’t be knocking over your furniture like a great dane. An active dog like the bichon frise can be quite entertaining to have dashing around at home, but they also need time outside. The critter needs daily exercise: preferably a chance to run around outdoors.

Perk: Easygoing
Quirk: Commonly has health issues

These gentle creatures love to sleep in and relax. They are the perfect close-quarters companion. Aside from a short walk each day, a bulldog is content to settle in at home. A bulldog can be very affectionate and good with children. The breed’s health, however, will always be a concern. They require special care and attention in order to stay healthy.

Perk: Barkless
Quirk: Naughty

A basenji is the perfect companion for close quarters with the neighbors. The little creature reaches a maximum size of about 25 pounds. What makes the breed stand out among the rest is that it does not bark, meaning the owners are spared complaints from the neighbors. However, basenjis are not well suited to being left alone all day. When bored and left unattended, they may get into mischief.

Brussels Griffon
Perk: Snuggly
Quirk: Needs companionship

The Brussels griffon is a little dog with a big personality. The breed is known for being extremely affectionate. They love a quiet life with loved ones. It can be hard for them to see their humans go, meaning they do best with someone always at home. However, they may feel perfectly comfortable at home alone with another pet to keep them company.

Shiba Inu
Perk: Independent
Quirk: Needs daily exercise

What makes the shiba inu an ideal indoor pet is that the breed generally does not mind spending the day alone. The breed can be very affectionate, but it also does fine entertaining itself. One thing a shiba inu does need is rigorous exercise. The critter loves to come along on jogs and hiking trips, and will need to stretch its legs at least once a day.


Calm or energetic, cuddly or independent, there is a dog for every household and every lifestyle. In the search for the perfect dog for your home, there is no right answer. There is just the question of which dog might be happiest sharing a home with you.

Does your home have a place for dogs to run around? Check out the spacious, nature-filled dog park in the Artesia Apartments gallery.

Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards - your pick with Silver Lake right next door.

The Most Beautiful Lakes in Western Washington

The perfect spots for swimming, hiking, fishing, and your favorite water activities. Some are secluded in natural areas while others are close to civilization. All of these lakes are within a reasonable day travel distance of the Artesia Apartments.

Silver Lake

Man paddle boarding on foggy lake

In  your backyard at Artesia Aprtments, Silver Lake is the crown jewel. Large families gather at Hauge Homestead Park to enjoy a barbecue and get their feet wet. Parents take their children to Thorton A. Sullivan Park across the way to enjoy the massive play set. Some enjoy having a house on the water and waking up with a gorgeous view every day. Other smart shoppers rent an apartment just a block away and enjoy the same perks. Fishing is promising year-round for rainbow trout, rock bass, and yellow perch. For dinner, Emory’s on the Lake is an absolute must.

Lake Crescent

Image of Lake Crescent

A short drive from Port Angeles, a glistening lake sits between the trees. Lake Crescent is 11.8 miles long, wrapping around the mountains in its quiet seclusion. Daring adventurers can hike into the mountains for an overhead view of the beautiful lake. The Marnes Creek Trail takes hikers to Marymere Falls for an unforgettable view. Picnickers settle around Bovee’s Meadow for a slice of nature with their sandwiches. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at Lake Crescent Lodge to take visitors out on the water.

Mountain Lake at Moran State Park

Mountain Lake Moran State Park

On the beautiful Orcas Island, there is a lake isolated by trees. Twin Lakes Trail passes overhead, giving hikers an unforgettable view. Mt. Construction Road leads directly to the lake by car, leading visitors to a recreational area with everything they need including campgrounds and a boat launch for kayaks and canoes. Mountain Lake is gorgeous yet its seclusion on Orcas Island keeps it from being overrun with tourists.

Pearrygin Lake

Photo of Pearrygin Lake

On the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, there is a desert jewel a short drive from Winthrop. The fishing is best from mid-April to June, with another little window in September. On the open plains, Perrygin Lake offers an uninterrupted view of the Cascade Mountains. The town of Winthrop is a great place to stay with a charming western theme and a full calendar of entertainment.

Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom

Ten miles long and stretched along the secluded city of Bellingham, Lake Whatcom is a gorgeous and lively place to visit. Hikers can enjoy a gentle path down Hertz Trail or a more rigorous hike along Chanterelle Trail. Lake Whatcom is a great area to bring a bike and enjoy the scenery while getting exercise. The small town of Sudden Valley is nestled at the heart of Lake Whatcom and offers an elaborate and scenic golf course. In a more secluded part of Lake Whatcom is Blue Canyon with an unforgettable view of the great, blue lake.

No two lakes are the same. The water may be pure and blue, but the surroundings are everything. Lake Crescent, Perrygin Lake, and Mountain Lake are out in nature with few signs of civilization to interrupt the view. Silver Lake and Lake Whatcom are tucked away in quieter parts of cities, with wonderful restaurants and things to do. Each lake has its own incredible view.