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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
316 73
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

3
238 153
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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172 114
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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177 118
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Corgi

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176 128
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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183 136
Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Pug

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213 166
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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162 115
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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130 103
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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151 132
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
oldrocker added Boxer

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123 104
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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107 97
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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83 77
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

The Best Dogs for Babies

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95 96
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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148 145
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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82 81
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
slaft added Border Collie

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113 105
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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95 99
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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96 88
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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103 98
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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102 118
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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38 30
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rick Winchester added Chihuahua

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88 95
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
TammyJuers added Jack Russell Terrier

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83 89
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
ChristopherPerrello added Basset Hound

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90 104
Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Shiba Inu

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75 89
Cockapoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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68 81
Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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93 105
Puggle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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87 112
Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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110 130
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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55 79
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Schultzie added Miniature Schnauzer

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78 93
Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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90 125
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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14 20
Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rat Terrier

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50 71
Morkie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
aldous_42 added Morkie

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72 94
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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68 89
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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12 19
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Grant Marques added Great Pyrenees

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63 85
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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67 91
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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60 95
Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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10 11
English Staffordshire Collie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Emanuel Joseph Sokol added English Staffordshire Collie

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55 78
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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46 76
West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added West Highland Terrier

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50 90
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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38 110
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners