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
354 82
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

3
263 177
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

4
195 123
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

5
204 126
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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231 179
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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200 150
Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

8
188 140
Collie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

9
183 123
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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166 144
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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142 112
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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130 115
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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120 104
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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92 84
Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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126 112
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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114 102
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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104 105
Papillon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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105 107
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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92 91
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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106 96
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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158 157
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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46 38
Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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108 127
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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88 98
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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92 105
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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