Becoming a first-time dog owner is rewarding and thrilling but it's important to remember that it also comes with responsibility. Some dog breeds are simply easier than others; they take to training better and are fairly easy-going. However, it’s important to note that a dog's personality is largely dependent on how they were treated growing up.
There are hundreds of dog breeds out there. Fortunately, each dog breed has a relatively predictable energy level, size, appearance, and grooming needs. Each Dog breed has some personality traits associated with it. These traits can help you select a dog that fits your family and household.
Below are a few of the friendliest dog breeds out there:
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most glamorous representatives of the dog world, sure to attract attention wherever he goes. Yorkies are compact, a toy-size terrier of no more than seven pounds whose crowning glory is a floor-length, silky coat of steel blue and rich golden tan. The Yorkie is alert, trainable, and insatiably curious, making him a quintessential “big dog in a little dog’s body.
Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, and companionable—all qualities that make them excellent family dogs. Care must be taken to prevent them from wandering off into harm's way by keeping them contained in a fenced-in yard or on a leash when outside of the house. These are curious, clever, and energetic hounds who require plenty of playtimes.
Boxers are Bright, Fun-Loving, Active, and playful. Boxer dogs were originally bred to be medium-size guard dogs. Boxers mostly find homes as loving family companions. Boxers do best when exposed to a lot of people and other animals in early puppyhood. If you're willing and able to provide them with adequate exercise in the form of walks or runs, they can even adapt to apartment living, so long as they are able to be close to their beloved people.
Golden Retrievers are friendly, intelligent, and devoted dogs. Goldens love everyone, especially children, and get along well with new people and strange dogs. They draw admiring looks – and usually loving pats – from almost everyone they meet. Well-trained and exercised Goldens are calm and mannerly at home, and enthusiastic when invited to play.
Pugs often described as charming, mischievous, loving dogs. Sometimes playful and clownish. Sometimes calm and dignified. Always sturdy and stable, good-humored, and amiable. Indeed, a Pug is very childlike and always wants to be with you. If not spoiled too much, he can be depended on to maintain his sweet, comical, charming personality.
Labrador retrievers are sturdy, friendly, and active. He can be a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, and more. He enjoys jogging (health permitting), boating, swimming, hiking, and more. They are "easy keepers" and can become overweight if they are not exercised and food portions adjusted as needed.
Poodles are elegant, clever, proud, and very smart. Poodles are regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds in the world. They’re highly trainable and well suited for just about any task you put them to. Poodles tend to have a leggy appearance and a long muzzle combined with dropped ears. They move with a springy, lively gait.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an affectionate, gentle, graceful, intelligent dog that eagerly indulges its guardians with endearing devotion. A toy spaniel no more than 13 inches high, the Cavalier draws you in with his face: The sweet, gentle, melting expression emanating from large, round eyes is a breed hallmark.
Papillons are very intelligent, self-assured, and friendly dogs that have a very easy time learning new tricks. The word papillon, meaning "butterfly," refers to the breed's fringed upright ears, which resemble a butterfly's outspread wings. He's more likely to be flitting around looking for something to do and will happily rid your home and yard of any small rodents that might be lurking there.
English Bulldog is predictable, dependable, and excellent with children and needs only moderate exercise. Bulldogs are never mistaken for other breeds of dogs. They are a medium-size dog with a thick-set, low-slung body. Their short-muzzled head is massive and square. English bulldogs make fine apartment pets and do not require a yard. Generally, loud breathers, English bulldogs tend to snore and wheeze.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very affectionate, love to be involved in the family, and tend to follow wherever their owners go. Welsh Corgi is an active and intelligent dog breed. Easy to train and eager to learn, Pembroke’s are great with children and other pets, and you can find them in four different coat colors and markings. Corgis can be prone to excessive alarm barking and to digging or chewing if left alone too much or not exercised enough. They want to be part of the family and do not do well left in kennels.
Shih Tzu is an affectionate, playful, and outgoing housedog who loves nothing more than to follow their people from room to room. As a small dog bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard’s Tzu are very easy to keep and quickly become obese if given too many treats. They do not need or want a mile hike every day, but they do enjoy walks and should be kept fit.
Pharaoh Hound care friendly, smart, and noble dogs. Like all sighthounds, pharaoh hounds are chasers. Indoors, the pharaoh hound is calm, quiet, and clean, content to stretch out on your best sofa and sleep as long as you have given him a daily run or romp. However, it's wise to keep this dog on a leash whenever he's in an unfenced area. Even if he obeys your every command at home, his prey instinct is so strong he'll be off — and temporarily deaf to your commands — if he spots anything interesting.