6 Dog Breeds best suited for First-Time Owners

In the same fashion that we’ve highlighted the best Cat breeds for first-time owners, here’s our list dedicated to all of you dog lovers!

Making the decision to have a dog as part of your family is a big deal, but you have to make sure that it’s right for the both of you. Dogs need a lot of exercise and attention, some more than others.

For this list, we’ve chosen some great breeds that are ideal for people that are quite new to owning a dog but are looking to make that decision.

Pug

Pug

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The cute short nose of the Pug is what generally tends to attract people towards them. They are very friendly dogs and are fairly low maintenance due to a low energy level and no real coat maintenance. Just be aware of health problems that their short nose can bring though – the average lifespan for a pug doesn’t often go beyond 10 years.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

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Labs make great family dogs due to their friendly nature and love for being around people. Because of their social behaviour and ease to train, they make perfect family dogs. They do have a high energy level though, so time must be made for decent length walks and exercise.

Cavalier King Charles

King Charles

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These spaniels are happy little things, and despite having a low to medium energy level, will still be up for a good walk and a few games between sitting on your lap. Regular grooming will keep their long hair from getting matted, but unfortunately they suffer with a small nose similar to pugs, so be aware of potential health problems.

Bichon Frise

Bichon

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Bichons are very popular, even with experienced dog owners! These little pooches are very friendly and loving and only require one walk a day. The only real maintenance behind them is regular grooming to keep their fluffy coat neat and matte free.

Greyhound

Greyhound

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Originally bred for racing, Greyhounds are actually fairly relaxed and make good first time dogs. While they need regular exercise and love to run, they are also very happy to just sleep. If you want a doggy running partner that will still sleep on the sofa with you, greyhounds are for you.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

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Similar to the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retrievers also make perfect loving family dogs. While their energy level isn’t as high as a Lab, they still need regular exercise to keep in shape and also need grooming just to avoid any tangles and matted hair.

Do you have a soft spot for a dog breed that you know novice owners would be able to handle? Did you have any of these breeds for your first dog? Let us know in the comments below!

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