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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 breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...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, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...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 is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...more
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square ...more
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Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A Goldendoodle is a cross-breed/hybrid dog obtained by breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. The name was coined in 1992. A first generation Goldendoodle is a doodle which is bred from a ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...more
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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when ...more
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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. They are small to medium dogs, and come in a variety of colors, such as sable, tri-color, and blue merle. They are ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Border Collie is a medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. "Frenchies" were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Maltese 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 understood to derive from the ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as ...more
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The Papillon, also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog of the Spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy spaniels, it derives its name from its characteristic butterfly like ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group. The American ...more
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Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
A Cockapoo is a designer dog. It is the cross of an American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle.
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more