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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

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295 70
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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221 145
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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154 109
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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158 110
Corgi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Corgi

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171 130
Pug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Pug

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162 125
Collie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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195 161
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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152 112
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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125 99
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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142 127
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
oldrocker added Boxer

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

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101 95
Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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82 76
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
slaft added Border Collie

The Best Dogs for Babies

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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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145 138
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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102 94
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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

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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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86 92
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
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90 98
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rick Winchester added Chihuahua

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79 88
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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68 79
Bernese Mountain Dog, Afghan, ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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85 103
Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added Shiba Inu

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71 87
Cockapoo 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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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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

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Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Schultzie added Miniature Schnauzer

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Rat Terrier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Rat Terrier

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84 122
Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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

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67 87
Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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11 17
Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
Grant Marques added Great Pyrenees

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69 92
Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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66 90
Bullmastiff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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60 84
Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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59 94
Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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9 10
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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46 75
West Highland Terrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners
crmflava added West Highland Terrier

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54 77
Brittany is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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49 89
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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37 106
Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners