Top 10 Dogs For First-Time Owners

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1. Labrador Retriever


This is North American’s top dog for a reason! The Labrador Retriever makes friends wherever he goes. Because he’s so athletic, he can join you for hikes, bikes, jogs and runs. He makes the ideal first family dog and will love to accompany you wherever your adventures take you. You may find him to be a bit of a chewer as a puppy, but as long as you puppy proof your house, you’ll be able to nip this problem in the bud. Plus, because the Labrador Retriever has been bred to be friendly, rather than shy or aggressive, and because these dogs are so smart, they make great companions for single people and families alike. And these canines are known for forming tight, loyal bonds with the humans they love, and they get along great with kids and other pets, including cats. They’re pretty much perfect! So if you are in search of a loving dog that is also active and fun loving, the Labrador Retriever will not disappoint. (Photo credit:  Marina Jay/Shutterstock)