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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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278 68
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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209 134
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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142 105
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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187 148
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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141 106
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Corgi

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159 126
Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Pug

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151 121
Collie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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117 94
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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136 121
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
oldrocker added Boxer

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137 108
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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111 99
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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139 129
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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74 69
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
slaft added Border Collie

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91 93
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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97 109
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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83 86
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
TammyJuers added Jack Russell Terrier

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97 92
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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105 104
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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70 73
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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85 93
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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29 23
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rick Winchester added Chihuahua

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84 84
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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67 74
Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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75 85
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
ChristopherPerrello added Basset Hound

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82 96
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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82 97
Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Shiba Inu

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104 118
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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81 107
Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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86 102
Puggle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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64 85
Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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73 86
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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81 118
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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10 15
Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rat Terrier

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48 76
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Schultzie added Miniature Schnauzer

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45 67
Morkie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
aldous_42 added Morkie

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62 82
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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66 89
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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64 88
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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7 15
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Grant Marques added Great Pyrenees

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7 8
English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Emanuel Joseph Sokol added English Staffordshire Collie

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44 73
West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added West Highland Terrier

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58 84
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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56 94
Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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51 77
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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48 89
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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37 103
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners