Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds – Family Friendly Dogs 101
Since before the dawn of human civilization,
the dog has walked with man on his journey.
He’s been a coworker, he’s been a friend,
and he’s been family.
Today, his role tends to be more of the latter
and while all breeds of dogs are friendly
with socialization, these breeds excel at
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The English Bulldog is agreeable and kind,
resolute and courageous with a dignified demeanor.
In other words, the English Bulldog is one
of the most friendly of all breeds, despite
his gloomy mug.
Bulldog puppies are frisky, but an adult is
quiet and rather composed, spending much of
the day snoring on the sofa if given his choice.
But he definitely needs some exercise to stay
He may be friendly with strangers, or he may
stand politely reserved.
He does have a bit of a stubborn streak, though.
His tenacity and resolve mean that it’s sometimes
difficult to change his mind once he decides
to do something, which also landed him on
our Naughtiest Dogs list.
This next dog doesn’t spend nearly as much
time on the couch.
A happy-go-lucky dog that naturally enjoys
the company of other dogs and humans, the
Beagle has lived in human families for hundreds
of years and makes a wonderful family pet.
The Beagle is known for his lighthearted personality
and following his nose, which can lead him
to a bit of mischief and maybe even meet new
But his wanderlust can lead him places he
should not be, so outside, he must not be
One more thing….. the Beagle is a chowhound,
so keep your trash cans out of reach and never
set your plate of food down where he can get
The Shih Tzu is a compact little dog known
for his beautiful double coat and friendly
Carrying himself with a proud bearing, yet
possessing a happy, sweet-natured temperament,
the Shih Tzu is less demanding and less yappy
than most other toy breeds.
While this dog is a bit high maintenance and
will require regular grooming, he doesn’t
require much more exercise than the play he
gets running around your living room.
The Shih Tzu doesn’t tend to get into much
trouble, and even when his stubborn streak
gets the best of him, he’s easy to forgive.
If you enjoy larger dogs, the Boxer is a great
choice as far as friendly breeds go.
He might look intimidating, but he’s more
likely to give you kisses than anything!
He’s extremely friendly and loves just about
everyone that’s willing to pet or play with
The Boxer reacts to strangers with a joyous
greeting accompanied by enthusiastic jumping
and tail-stump wiggling.
The Boxer is fine with other family pets,
including the family cat.
He’s known to be quite fond of children.
Wait, you said you wanted a big dog?
This one can definitely fill an empty spot
in your heart.
The kindly Newfoundland is good-natured with
everyone, especially children, though they
should be as well-behaved as he is.
He is very sociable and needs more companionship
than many other breeds.
Newfoundlands don’t do well when left alone
for long periods.
He does need a lot of exercise, and he loves
to romp and pulling a cart or carrying a backpack
gives him a purpose in life.
And he loves to swim.
Nicknamed “the American Gentleman” because
of his tuxedo-like coloring, gentle disposition,
intelligence and suitability as a house pet,
the Boston Terrier was bred as a companion
He’s easy to train and will happily remain
at his owner’s side throughout the day.
In general, the Boston Terrier is an altogether
dapper and charming little dog.
Playing games and chasing balls are two of
Because he was bred to be a pet, this breed
is often a great choice for first-time dog
The elegant Irish Setter has been described
as rollicking, happy-go-lucky, clownish, impulsive,
The Irish Setter has an outgoing, clown-like
personality, making him a friendly favorite
He is high energy, though, and thrives on
exercise and athletic activities.
The sociable Irish Setter gets along well
with everyone, including other pets.
Indeed, he requires a good deal of companionship
and doesn’t thrive if left alone too much.
An exceptionally smart and active dog that
excels in obedience training, the Poodle has
a friendly nature and outgoing personality.
With three sizes to choose from, standard,
toy and miniature, you can find the right
size pet for your home and lifestyle.
He is a “thinking” dog who pays rapt attention
to his owner, learns quickly, and responds
eagerly to positive training methods.
Plus he gets along with other family pets,
including the cat.
Because of his easygoing nature and trainability,
millions of Americans choose to own a lab
as a companion in the home.
One of the best dogs for children of all ages,
the Labrador Retriever is kindly, good-natured,
and takes most things in stride.
The Labrador Retriever matures slowly, remaining
a spirited teenager for several years, which
sounds fun . . . but does require patience
and training to manage.
He’s been one of the most popular dog breeds
in America, the UK, Australia for quite some
time along with …
The Golden is one of the most popular breeds
for families of all ages and for good reason.
He’s an extremely social dog and is a great
choice for those looking for a dog that will
be friendly with family, friends, and even
This steady-tempered, dependable dog has a
sweet and gentle heart.
He is the quintessential family companion.
Give your Golden two brisk walks each day,
play fetch games, and take him out for a good
run once a week, and he is adaptable to almost
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