I love big dogs because you can give them bear hugs. I had a crazy golden retriever while I was living in an apt. She had the energy of 10 dogs. I'd take her to the dog park in the morning, and she'd run and play for a couple of hours. When we got home, she would collapse and sleep all day. We'd go again at 5 pm and she'd do the same. Yes, you can have a big dog in an apartment.