Dogs 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
375 84
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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278 186
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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208 127
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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216 129
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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211 155
Pug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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242 185
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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197 144
Collie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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192 127
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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151 117
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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174 151
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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128 108
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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138 120
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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135 116
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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125 106
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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101 95
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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113 111
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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96 91
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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53 42
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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108 111
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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162 164
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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109 102
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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113 132
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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97 109
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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87 97
Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners