Top 10 Dogs For First-Time Owners

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9. Golden Retriever


There are many reasons why the Golden Retriever is a family favorite.  With his sweet, gentle personality, the Golden Retriever is a crowd pleaser. He gets along well with everyone and is loyal and dedicated to his family. Eager to please, this breed is easy to train. He’ll happily keep the kids busy, and at the end of the day, nap contentedly at your feet. Before introducing a Golden Retriever into your family, you need to know that these social and friendly dogs prefer being active every day. Also, they like being a part of the family’s activities, and they crave attention. If you are too busy to do those things for your dog, this breed might not be the right fit for you after all. Plus, these dogs thrive on being able to do things to help you, and they like being useful and having tasks to accomplish. This means that you can go ahead and train your Golden Retriever to do things like fetch something for you from across the room. How nice! Basically, if you give them plenty of praise, love, and attention, they will remain calm and content. Just be aware that these pooches also love to chew, so having a variety of chew toys around at all times can help prevent your pet from chewing on things that he shouldn’t. In the end, everyone loves the patience and a sweet, friendly character of a Golden Retriever. They are great for families and single owners alike. (Photo credit: Christian Mueller/Shutterstock)

10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


How can you resist that sweet face? And you’ll be happy to hear that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a sweet personality to go along with his looks. Loyal to a fault, this breed wants to please you. Well behaved and loving, the Cavalier wants to be around you at all times. Because he is an active little guy, be sure to include him in all your family activities. And when he’s pooped out, he’ll just want to curl up on your lap. Of course, you can’t overlook the cute and elegant, graceful looks of these dogs. True gems in the pet world, they’ll charm the pants off of you from the start. (Photo credit: Liliya Kulianionak/Shutterstock)

As you can see, owning a dog for the first time in your life doesn’t have to be such an intimidating task. Instead, with a proper choice, it can become a lifelong adventure full of fun, love, and laughter. You can study this list and discover the best dog breed to go along with your personality and character. Now you too can have someone understanding and affectionate by your side.