Dog Breeds The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners  

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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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342 80
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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256 169
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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197 122
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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186 120
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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194 144
Pug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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185 136
Collie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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226 175
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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177 119
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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160 139
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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136 110
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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128 111
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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115 102
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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87 83
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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102 103
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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119 111
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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100 103
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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87 87
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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109 101
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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152 154
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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101 94
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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43 36
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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106 125
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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86 95
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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89 103
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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80 92
Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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94 110
Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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70 84
Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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92 115
Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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98 109
Puggle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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60 82
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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113 136
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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80 99
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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53 74
Morkie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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91 133
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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67 87
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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15 24
Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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73 98
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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70 94
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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68 96
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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12 24
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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57 81
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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61 100
Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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47 80
West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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11 16
English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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50 95
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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39 117
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners