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  • - [Narrator] Nearly 100 million Americans

  • have a canine companion at home and it's no wonder.

  • Owning a dog has been shown

  • to lower blood pressure and cholesterol,

  • reduce the risk of asthma and allergies in kids,

  • and lower stress levels.

  • Now you might think the size of your home

  • should determine the size of your ideal dog,

  • but that's not always true.

  • Turns out, tiny dogs, like the Yorkshire Terrier,

  • tend to have a big set of pipes

  • with an even bigger attitude.

  • - A lot of small dogs, they're naturally

  • really good alert dogs,

  • they're good little watch dogs,

  • and they're going to bark

  • when they hear people walking down the hall

  • or talking in the lobby passageways.

  • - [Narrator] Not a great attribute if your neighbors

  • live a few feet away.

  • So what should you look for

  • in an apartment-friendly pooch?

  • - Dogs sleep about 16, 17 hours a day

  • and as long as you can provide a dog

  • with the right amount of mental and physical

  • stimulation and exercise,

  • even a big dog can be happy in a small place.

  • - [Narrator] For starters, you want a dog

  • who's not a big barker,

  • is sociable with new humans and other dogs,

  • and is comfortable with loud noises and crowded streets.

  • Mixed breeds can make an amazing apartment pet,

  • but if you're looking for purebreds,

  • here are the blue ribbon winners for apartment living

  • according to the American Kennel Club.

  • First up is the Greyhound.

  • That's right.

  • They may be the world's fastest canine

  • but these guys often spend

  • 16 to 18 hours sleeping every day.

  • Just make sure, in addition to regular exercise,

  • they have the chance to sprint

  • two to three times a week.

  • Next is the Bolonka.

  • You may have never heard of it,

  • but these guys were actually bred

  • to be the ultimate apartment pet.

  • They don't need hours of daily exercise.

  • In fact, the American Kennel Club

  • suggests a long walk a few times a week

  • in addition to their daily routine.

  • They're also excellent at learning new tricks,

  • but they do like to alert their owners

  • of goings-on in the neighborhood

  • so it's best to teach them proper barking manners early on.

  • Now if you had your heart set on a Yorkie,

  • you might want to try a Biewer instead.

  • They were bred from Yorkshire Terriers.

  • They're more mellow and easy going.

  • They enjoy the outdoors,

  • but will also play catch inside

  • and are easy to teach new tricks.

  • Next up is an especially popular breed

  • among city dwellers: the French Bulldog.

  • Despite it's name, this breed actually came from England.

  • A short daily walk is typically sufficient

  • to keep them in shape.

  • They also enjoy canine sports,

  • like obedience and agility,

  • but the flat-faced breed often has difficulty breathing.

  • So make sure your Frenchie doesn't overexert itself in the hot weather

  • Last but no least is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

  • That flashy title isn't a coincidence.

  • These guys were the breed of choice

  • for 17th century British nobility.

  • They're known for their smarts,

  • they're easy to train,

  • and readily adapt to new people and environments.

  • Now it's important to note that breed

  • doesn't guarantee anything.

  • - Each individual dog within a breed

  • is going to have its own temperament,

  • its own personality.

  • A good owner spends time with their dog

  • and figures out what makes their individual dog most happy.

  • - [Narrator] And if your looking for more than just a walk around the block,

  • places like the American Kennel Club

  • offer local activities.

  • - [Gail] One's called scent work.

  • It's an event type that just tests a dog's natural ability to use it's nose,

  • and we have a whole series of events and competitions

  • where you're just training your dog to find scents

  • that are hidden in different areas.

  • It's fun to do things with your dog

  • and by spending more time with your dog,

  • your bond increases.

  • - [Narrator] Want more options?

  • Here are some other apartment-friendly dog breeds

  • that the AKC recommends.

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- [Narrator] Nearly 100 million Americans

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