World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark

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A new apartment building located in the Frederikssund Municipality in northern Zealand, Denmark will be filled exclusively with dog owners. Not surprisingly, it’s called “Hundehuset” or “The Dog House”. This is the world’s first dog centric apartment house – in Denmark.

Many potential homeowners looking for an apartment building that allows furry companions, know how difficult it may be.  Sellers of apartments at Hundehuset, however is faced with a new demographic of customers: dog owners. This apartment building was made specifically with dog owners in mind.

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World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark
Entrepreneur Niels Martin Viuff (57) came up with the idea of a dog-centric building from conversations with local people

World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark
The three-story complex, about 45km from Copenhagen, should be finished within the next 12 months and its 18 rented flats will be reserved only for tenants with dogs.  Entrepreneur Niels Martin Viuff (57) came up with the idea of a dog-centric building from conversations with local people, so there is, in fact, a market for this.

“There is demand from some dog owners who are tired of there being so many places where dogs are not allowed. We want to meet the needs of dog owners. Many are very lonely,” Viuff said.

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World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark
This apartment building is made specifically with dog owners in mind

Advise from the Danish Kennel Club
In putting the project together, Viuff consulted the Danish Kennel Klub. An advisory group helped decide on dog-friendly features like tough flooring and a dog-bathing area in the building’s gardens.

However, there is a catch. Only dogs weighing just under 100 pounds (45 kilograms) can live in the apartment building. Owners with bigger dogs still may need to keep looking. Owners with multiple small dogs are welcomed though.

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World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark
In putting the project together, entrepreneur Viuff consulted the Danish Kennel Klub

Innovative housing development
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Lise Lotte Christensen, a behavioral consultant at the Danish Kennel club, the country’s largest association for dog owners, told a Danish paper. “It’s super exciting, it’s innovative, and we look forward to following the project as it evolves.”

A building devoted to cats is also “on the drawing board,” which we imagine will be significantly quieter.

World’s First Dog Centric Apartment House – in Denmark, written by Tor Kjolberg

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