Top 10 Dogs For First-Time Owners

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4. Poodle


Available in three sizes – Toy, Miniature and Standard – there’s a Poodle to fit every household. Often considered one of the smartest breeds, the Poodle is a joy to train – great news for first-time dog owners. Friendly with humans, dogs and kids, this breed makes a welcome addition to any family. Plus, Poodles are hypoallergenic, so they make the ideal breed for allergy sufferers. These entertaining pooches prefer being around their human family, so new owners should not be surprised when their pet starts following them around or asking to share the bed during the night. If you are the type of person who would prefer this level of companionship, the Poodle will not disappoint, but you need to be ready to give your pet the attention that he craves. This isn’t the type of dog that you can leave alone for a long time, as he will likely end up acting up and barking loudly if he isn’t happy or feels left out. Provided that you can give these dogs plenty of attention and affection, they will return it all with loyalty and unconditional love, so it’s no surprise that Poodles are such popular canines. (Photo credit:  Eric Isselee/Shutterstock)