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

2
350 81
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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260 174
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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202 125
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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191 123
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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229 177
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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198 148
Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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187 138
Collie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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180 122
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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140 111
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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163 143
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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129 113
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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118 104
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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90 84
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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124 112
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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90 89
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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103 106
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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112 102
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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102 105
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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105 96
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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156 156
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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45 37
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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107 127
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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87 98
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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96 111
Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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91 105
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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81 93
Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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94 116
Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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99 110
Puggle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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70 87
Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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61 83
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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115 138
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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95 133
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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81 101
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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54 75
Morkie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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16 25
Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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68 88
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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72 94
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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74 99
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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13 24
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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69 96
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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58 81
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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62 100
Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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48 80
West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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12 16
English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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51 95
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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40 118
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners