7 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Dog Owners Dogs 101
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Everyone has to start somewhere.
If you’ve never had a doggy companion before,
welcome to the barkside.
While dogs are awesome, not all are suited
for novice owners.
So, here’s our list of top 7 dog breeds
for first-time owners.
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If you desire a low-maintenance small dog
that is well suited for living in an apartment
or house, look no further than the Bichon
He’s a happy and enthusiastic little dog
with an excellent temperament.
He makes a wonderful family companion, being
quite playful, but also loves to cuddle.
With his black eyes and fluffy coat, the Bichon
Frise looks almost like a child’s toy.
And he’s not just cute, he’s also quite
intelligent and easy to train, even for novice
How could you not love the squishy-faced Pug?
The Pug is often described as a lot of dog
in a small space and the clowns of the dog
This wonderful compact, yet sturdy dog has
a keen sense of humor and loves to show off.
The Pug absolutely thrives on human companionship.
He’s not the highest ranked dog when it
comes to trainability, but his eagerness to
please makes it a doable task.
Although playful, he tends to be sedentary.
He’s quite content to snooze in your lap
while you read a book or watch Animal Facts.
But, be prepared for some silly antics.
He’s quite the comic.
The Golden Retriever’s tolerant friendly
attitude make him a wonderful family pet for
first-time dog owners.
He’s highly intelligent, easy to train and
great with kids.
In fact, the Golden Retriever likes just about
everyone he meets.
The Golden has tons of energy and is a highly
So, although he does make a great pet, he
does require more than just a passing interest.
Also, he’s probably not the right dog if
you live in an apartment and he does shed
If you’re looking for a big dog that doesn’t
shed, check out our video linked on the card.
The Greyhound, also known as the 45 mph couch
Although considered as one of the fast dogs
on the planet, he’s quite content to lie
on the couch for hours on end.
You’ll find very few dogs as chill as the
He’s an affectionate, kid-friendly dog with
a fondness for strangers.
In fact, don’t expect your new Greyhound
buddy to be a guard dog.
He’s more likely welcome them into your
house and show them where the kitchen is.
The greyhound is intelligent, easy to train
and has a wonderful playfulness and since
he’s so chill indoors, he makes an excellent
pet for apartment dwellers.
But, don’t think he doesn’t need exercise.
You’re going to need to get used to power
walks and trips to the dog park.
A bonus is that you can find retired racing
or rescue Greyhounds all over the world.
These retired dogs still have plenty of life
left in them and would love nothing more than
spending it on your couch.
Unlike the other dogs on this list, the Poodle
comes in a variety of sizes from less than
10 pounds to more than 80.
Needless to say, you can find a poodle that
fits your space.
No matter the size, what you’ll get is an
intelligent and affectionate family companion,
who’s good with kids.
The Poodle is intelligent.
In fact, the Poodle is ranked as one of the
most intelligent breeds.
And, as the breed’s numerous titles show,
he is one of the easiest to train.
Even the largest of Poodles is suited for
apartment living and to top it off, the Poodle
He’s even said to be hypoallergenic.
But, despite not shedding, he does need regular
grooming to keep his coat looking its best.
Well, you can throw Non-shedding out the window
with this dog.
The small Shetland Sheepdog definitely sheds
as much as a dog three times his size.
But, despite that caveat, the Shetland is
one of the most friendly dogs you’ll ever
This highly intelligent breed is quite trainable
and has the energy levels to excel in dog
sports or just a game of Frisbee in the dog
Before we get to number one, tell us about
your first dog in the comments.
First dog stories are always the best.
There’s a reason that the Labrador Retriever
is the most popular dog breed in the US, as
well as being popular around the world.
You know at least one person that has a Lab.
The Labrador is among the brightest dogs when
it comes to trainability and he’s noted
as being particularly friendly.
If you live in an apartment, the Labrador
may not be for you, although there are many
Labrador assistance and service dogs that
His personality and intelligence have brought
him to the forefront of service dog work,
helping those with ailments from PTSD to guiding
With your family, he’s playful, good with
kids and eager to please.
This list is certainly not all-inclusive and
with hundreds of pure breeds and seemingly
endless mixes and hybrids and even mutts,
there is no one dog breed that is best.
But for one person, there is always one dog
that will be the one.
If you’re looking for your first dog, head
on down to your local animal shelter.
Your new best friend may be waiting there.
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