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. When you are out walking in the park, be ready for a flurry of loving comments – a Labrador Retriever is perfect at making new friends and is an irresistible charmer. 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)

2. Papillon


So cute and cuddly, the Papillon makes our list because of his intelligence, which makes him easy to train. When it’s your first time owning a dog, you want to start off with one that will listen to what you have to say. Elegant, smart, and fiercely loyal, a Papillon is an ideal first time dog in so many ways. Also, it can be a true conversation starter- don’t be surprised when everyone starts rushing to say Hi! Also, their small size makes them the perfect fit for condos and apartments, but they do just as well in a house with a yard. (Photo credit: Sergey Lavrentev/Shutterstock)

3. Shih Tzu


A wonderful watchdog and a companion, the Shih Tzu is a first time dog owner’s dream. They love to play, but also enjoy lounging on your lap. They bond quickly with their owners, so they will want to please you when it comes to training. Their long hair requires maintenance, but the effort will well be worth it! And, besides the grooming, they are pretty much low maintenance all round – if you are busy throughout the day, don’t worry – you will still be able to take good care of your new furry friend. (Photo credit: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)