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The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest dog breeds for female owners, whether they want a guard dog for protection or just a friendly companion who can handle a work schedule.

Here are the best dogs for women, as ranked by dog lovers and female dog owners. Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding things in the world; however, not every breed of dog is perfect for every type of person. Different dog breeds have very diverse personality types and therefore are more suited to dog owners with similar personalities. There are certain breeds of dogs that are far more appropriate for the caring feminine personality of a woman than a man. Some of the dogs on this list, such as the French Bulldog and terriers, are considered guard dogs, which makes them some of the best dogs for single women looking for both protection and warmth. Other dogs are perfect for women with active families because they are energetic and extremely friendly.

You may be asking yourself, “What are the best dogs for women?” With the help of this list, you can search for and rank the canines that are perfect for females of any type of personality and lifestyle. The dogs on this list are loving, happy, and overall protective of their companions. So whether you’re looking for a dog that’s low maintenance, or a puppy that you can give all of your affection to, surely there’s a dog on this list that’s made just for you. And for all the dudes out there, be sure to check out our list of the best dogs for men.

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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Collies form a distinctive type of herding dogs, including many related landraces and standardised breeds. The type originated in Scotland and Northern England. Collies are medium-sized, fairly ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...more
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Cavalier King Charles Sp... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog, originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. The breed's progenitors were German Spitz, but due to ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The pug is a breed of dog with physically distinctive features of a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often ...more
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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The Great Dane is a German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size.The record holder for the tallest dog ever is a Great Dane called Zeus (died September 2014; aged 5), that measured ...more
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French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog. In the 1800s, they were the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France.The breed is popular as ...more
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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Pomeranian (often known as a Pom) is a breed of dog of the Spitz type that is named for the Pomerania region in north-west Poland and north-east Germany in Central Europe. Classed as a toy ...more
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American Staffordshire T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Amstaff, is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed.In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds (3.2 kg). A popular companion dog, the ...more
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Dalmatian is a breed of medium-sized dog, noted for its unique black, liver, spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its ...more
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Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Welsh Corgi, sometimes known as just a Corgi (, Welsh for "dwarf dog"; plural "Corgis" or occasionally the etymologically consistent "Corgwn"; ), is a small ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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A Shih Tzu (UK: , US: ; Chinese: 西施犬; pinyin: Xī Shī quǎn, literally "Xi Shi dog"), is a toy dog breed, weighing from 4 to 7.25 kilograms (9–16 lbs) when fully grown. The breed ...more
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
Poodles are a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle ...more
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Papillon (French pronunciation: ​[papijɔ̃], French for 'butterfly[-eared]'), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog, of the spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy ...more
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Chihuahua (listen) (Spanish: chihuahueño) is the smallest breed of dog, and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Chihuahuas possess a wide variety of fur colors and coat
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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Scottish Terrier (Scottish Gaelic: Abhag Albannach; also known as the Aberdeen Terrier), popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that ...more
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Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. This breed is a ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Maltese (Italian: [malˈteːze]) 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 ...more
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American Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The American Foxhound is a breed of dog that is a cousin of the English Foxhound. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt foxes by scent.
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Setter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The setter is a type of gundog used most often for hunting game such as quail, pheasant, and grouse. In the UK, the four setter breeds, together with the pointers, usually form a subgroup within ...more
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Chow Chow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Chow-Chow (sometimes simply Chow) is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi-Quan (Pinyin: sōng-shī quǎn 鬆獅犬), which means "puffy-lion dog".