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The best dog of course is the one you have and love, however, if you're thinking about getting a dog... there are ones that are quite content in small places and don't need a lot of exercise outdoors. See what adorable furry friends might just fit your needs.

According to Cyndy Bolte, a senior scientist at Nestlé Purina PetCare, 
"Many apartment dogs are born and bred homebodies, happy to lounge around at home, Certain breeds are also known for not being big barkers—a godsend for your neighbors. So before you give up on your dream of owning a dog, check out this list of (hot) dog breeds that are perfectly suited for urban living".
This list focuses on purebreds because they display reliable personality traits, but it's worth noting that mixed-breed mutts often display the best qualities of their various lines and that far more are available for adoption.  Here is a quick list of best breeds to consider for apartment living!
Toy poodle- a dog's big personality in a small package that gets pretty much all the exercise it needs running around your little place and big bonus... no shedding!
Mastiff- despite its gargantuan size, it doesn't require much exercise. Its size, in fact, is the cause of its low energy.
Shit Tzu- bred to be a companion -- it has no hunting genes so its happy staying indoors.
English Bulldog- big, wrinkly couch potatoes and great for human homebodies!
Great Dane - really? big but on the quiet side.
Cavalier King Charles spaniel- (image above) adapts to your energy level!
Borkie- combination of two great apartment breeds: a bichon and a Yorkie and don't require much grooming or exercise.
Happy hunting for your new best friend and enjoy many years of being LOVED!

Charlottesville is the happiest place in the country to retire - that's according to a new ranking by Washington, D.C., based publisher Kiplinger.

The 2019 list points out Charlottesville's natural beauty and outdoor experiences as top contributors to the number one ranking.

Kiplinger also calls the city tax-friendly for retirees and notes more than 10% of the population is made up of people over the age of 65. Representatives from The Center in Charlottesville agree with the ranking.
"Charlottesville is a great place to live at any age, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's a great place also to retire. It's got the great benefits of being a college town - big town amenities with a small-town feel - lots to do culturally, athletically, indoor recreation, outdoor recreation, festivals, and great community centers like The Center," said Peter Thompson, executive director of The Center.
Ann Arbor, Michigan and Portland, Maine round out the top three places to retire.