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The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners  

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List of the best dogs for new 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 your 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 first0time dog owner, you want to choose a training-wheels dog that will be loyal, loving, and overall easy to take care of. So, what are the best dogs for first-time owners? This list covers dogs big and small, energetic and laid back -- all perfect for somebody new to the dog owning world.

When selecting your 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
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named 'retriever' because of their ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...more
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Corgi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Cavalier King Charles Sp... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club, that originated in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, it has grown in ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). With a great sense ...more
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Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Goldendoodle (Groodle in Australian English) is a cross-breed dog, which is obtained by breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. The name, which alters "poodle" to ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Collies form a distinctive type of herding dogs, including many related landraces and standardised breeds. The type originated in Scotland and Northern England. Collies are medium-sized, fairly ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn brindled or white, with or without white markings. Boxers are ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds (3.2 kg). A popular companion dog, the ...more
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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog that originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. The original name was Shetland Collie, but this caused ...more
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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A Labradoodle () is a planned mating crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador retriever and the Standard, Medium, or Miniature poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. ...more
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France.The breed is popular as ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Maltese (Italian: [malˈteːze]) is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A Shih Tzu (UK: , US: ; Chinese: 西施犬; pinyin: Xī Shī quǎn, literally "Xi Shi dog"), is a toy dog breed, weighing from 4 to 7.25 kilograms (9–16 lbs) when fully grown. The breed ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrie... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association, but not the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is a ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The St. Bernard or St Bernard (UK: , US: ) is a breed of very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue by the hospice of the Great ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Chihuahua (listen) (Spanish: chihuahueño) is the smallest breed of dog, and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Chihuahuas possess a wide variety of fur colors and coat
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Puggle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A puggle is a crossbreed dog with a Beagle parent and a Pug parent. The name puggle is a portmanteau, which follows a naming trend in "designer dog" crossbreeding. This crossbreed is ...more
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Papillon (French pronunciation: ​[papijɔ̃], French for 'butterfly[-eared]'), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog, of the spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy ...more
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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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The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell and ability to ...more