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The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

Updated 22 May 2019 9.7k votes 1.3k voters 27.6k views47 items

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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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