Brachycephalic dogs often have multiple health problems because they cannot breathe properly. English bulldogs can have that problem and others as well. Not the best idea for a first time dog owner.Well, I didn’t recommend them because they are all brachycephalic, although it’s true they all are. I chose them because
Although it’s true that they wouldn’t be good with stairs, your typical apartment would have maximum one flight of stairs, which honestly isn’t that bad, so I think that would be fine.
- They are small and medium breeds
- They don’t bark that much
- They tend to like to cuddle
- I think they are pretty good in apartments
And also, I recommended getting them from a rescue or a shelter, and those guys need to be adopted anyways, and you aren’t encouraging breeding their flat faces, so it works out well in the end.
There's no breed that "don't tent to bark that much" or that "likes to cuddle". It is entirely dependent on the individual dog, that dog's particular breeding and genetics, and how that dog has been trained, conditioned, and treated. You cannot ascribe those characteristics to a breed in general, because doing so is not going to be accurate. For instance I have known excessively barky French bulldogs and pugs. Barking is a matter of training for the most part. Almost any dog can be trained not to be barky.
I also agree with Joanne that typical apartment buildings are more than one story or two in height, even up to 20 or 30, so it might be that the OP lives many floors up.