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List of the best dogs for newbie pet owners, as ranked by breed experts and experienced canine owners. If you’re ready to take the plunge and add a canine friend to the family, you want to be sure that you’re choosing the right breed. Some dogs are so energetic and high-maintenance that they need constant attention and tons of dog experience. As a first time dog owner, you want to choose a training-wheels dog that will be loyal, loving, and easy to take care of overall. So, what are the best dogs for first-time owners?This list covers dogs big and small, energetic and laid back, and all perfect for somebody new to the dog world.

When selecting a first dog, it’s important to consider the temperament, personality, and living style of both the dog and human being. Many dogs mirror the personality of their owner so it’s great to find a dog breed just like you.That way you can ensure that you and your dog not only get along, but become lifelong friends.

This list includes dogs of all sizes, which are the perfect loving introduction to the amazing, rewarding, full-time job of being a pet owner.

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Puggle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Morkie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rat Terrier

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Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners