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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, 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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Collie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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. Despite its name and appearance, the American Eskimo dog is not ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more
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Pomeranian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Pomeranian is a breed of dog of the Spitz type, named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe. Classed as a toy dog breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the ...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 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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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 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 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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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical ...more
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American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The American Staffordshire Terrier also known as Amstaff is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed. In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and was ...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 is a small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. Two distinct breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh corgi and the Cardigan Welsh corgi, with the Pembroke being the ...more
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Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 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; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more
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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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) 19 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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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Scottish Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie, is a breed of dog. Initially one of the highland breeds of terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier, it is one of five breeds ...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 is a sturdy, compact, well-muscled and powerful working dog. The head is broad and slightly rounded between the widely set, moderately pointed pricked ears. It comes in ...more
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American Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
The American Foxhound is a large hound with broad, pendant ears and a short, hard coat. It is taller than most hounds. The short, hard coat may be any color. Height: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm.) ...more
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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Dog Breeds for Women
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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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 pointer usually form a sub group 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 is a dog breed originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means "puffy-lion dog". The breed has also been called the Tang Quan, ...more