Best Dog Breeds For First-time Dog Owners

Have you never had a dog to call a best friend before? Because if you haven’t, you have truly missed out on quite the experience! If you have decided that you want to join the club, then choosing the right dog to bring home for the first time is crucial. But we also know it can be tough to make that final decision, so we put together a quick guide that should help you make that big choice a good one!

#1: Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular medium sized dog breeds in the country. They are intelligent, loyal, playful, and calm by nature. This makes them an excellent choice if you want to start your journey with a pooch that is low maintenance and happens to be a positive bundle of joy to be around.

#2: Pug. The pug is a perfect choice for introverts, who don’t leave the house much and would rather stay indoors where it’s cozy. They are naturally laidback in nature and have a very affectionate and sociable personality too. This makes them the perfect companions to cuddle up with indoors.

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#3: Labrador Retriever. Labrador Retrievers are a popular breed of hybrid dogs that are a mix between Golden Retrievers and Poodles. They are very active and outgoing, not to mention obedient and quick to train. They are also not overly sensitive, so if you make a few mistakes taking care of them, they are quick to forgive. This makes them a perfect choice for first-time owners!

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#4: Poodle. The poodle is one of the smartest and well-behaved dogs you could ask for. They also look elegant, enjoy good company, and can be energetic athletes, which is why they are so popular at dog shows. Another bonus is that they are available in three different dog sizes; Standard, Miniature, and Toy, so you have options depending on what you prefer!

#5: Greyhound. The Greyhound is a noble and well-dignified pet that is the perfect pick for those who want easy-to-handle big dog breeds. Although they are well-known to be race dogs, they are surprisingly not that active at home. They are also low maintenance, as they don’t require excessive grooming, either. Just make sure to keep them away from cats!

#6: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. An affectionate breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a graceful, fearless, and affectionate little companion. This makes them stand out even amongst other dog breeds. Despite their small size, they happen to be highly active, and since they are small, they don't eat much, which is always good for the wallet.

#7: Papillon. The Papillon is a small and bright dog gifted with an incredible amount of agility, trainability, and unique charm. This makes them a breed few could ever get tired of. They are also warm and sociable, and this makes them the perfect family pets.

#8: Shih Tzu. Once the preferred choice by Chinese royalty, the Shih Tzu is well-known for their regal looks. Much like the Pug, they are also an excellent choice for introverted pet parents, making them the perfect lapdogs to take care of. The only difficulty is they are tough to train, but their cuddly nature makes it worthwhile.

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#9: Brittany. If you are the outdoorsy type and need a small, sweet, and high-energy pet to adopt, the Brittany is an ideal choice for you. They are very active, easy-to-train, highly sociable, and enjoy participating in fun activities like hiking, running, etc. This makes them the perfect companions to train and get fit with!

#10: Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise is one of the most cutest, fluffy, gentle, cheerful, and playful dogs that a first-time owner could ever hope to bring home. They are the type that enjoys playing games and are fantastic cuddlers, which makes them perfect for those with kids. They are also low maintenance as they don’t shed much, which is a bonus if you have family members that are prone to allergies.

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