Top 5 Best Breeds for First-Time Dog Owners

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Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but the pros outweigh the cons, especially if you choose the right breed for your situation. While there are many sites out there that can help you determine your preferred breed, there’s certainly a few breeds that are best for new owners. They need to be easy to care for, have a good temperament and be good with children and other animals alike. These are the top 5 breeds for first-time dog owners.

We start off the list with one of the most versatile dog breeds around—the poodle. This breed comes in 3 sizes which make them perfect for any living arrangement you might have. Studio apartment, single family home or large estate, there’s a poodle for you. They’re smart, making them easy to train and their coat is hypoallergenic. While their coat might avoid watery eyes, the bill to keep them kept might make you cry.

Next up is the Boston Terrier. Whether you’re a marathon runner or a straight up coach potato, this dog will adapt to whichever energy level your family is at. Their low maintenance, low-shedding coat makes them a breeze care for, and they’re small enough to take almost anywhere.

They’re real cuddle bugs and smart to boot making them a great addition to almost any home.

In the middle of the list is a somewhat misunderstood breed—the boxer. While seen by many as a guard dog, boxers are truly loving animals. They’ll do anything to please and protect their family. If you have children or are planning on having children, this dog is definitely for you.

They are patient, loyal and will make a welcomed addition to your family. They’re pretty energetic though so they do require daily exercise but have super low maintenance coats.

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The final two dogs are cousins and are pretty much no-brainers when it comes to family-oriented dogs that are easy to care for and can be taken anywhere. The Golden and Labrador Retrievers are excellent companions and are 2 of the most popular breeds in America.

America’s favorite breed, the Lab, is a popular service animal because of their smarts and their patience. They can be a handful as puppies, but once they reach social maturity, they’re a lovely, athletic and obedient breed. Vets see the golden variety as the absolute best dog for first-time owners.

A fantastic temperament, smarts, and looks make this dog a great pick. Just know that those looks will come at a small cost of increased shedding and grooming.

It’s important to note that all dogs are different. Regardless of the breed, each dog has its personality and may deviate from the temperament and characteristics their breed is known for. That said, it’s a great guide to know and understand when choosing the perfect dog for you. I also cannot stress enough the need of adoption over purchasing or breeding.

Purebreds are not always the best choice, and often mutts are truly the best dogs to have. Knowing their mix can give you an idea of what their temperament will be and can help you in deciding which animal to add to the family. Check out sites like or your local shelter’s website. It’s cheaper, beneficial to your community and makes you a hero in your dog’s eyes. And those were the top 5 best breeds for first-time dog owners.

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