5 of the Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

Did you know that 53 percent of American households own a dog? While you may not be one of those households, you’re currently in your search to become one.

When starting your search for a new dog, you may be asking yourself which pet is right for you? In particular, what are the best dogs for first-time owners?

Whether you’re searching for gentle dog breeds or family-focused dogs, there’s many breeds to choose from. But the best breed for a new dog owner will be a specific list. For instance, a German Shepherd may be great for your family, but they require a lot of work – which could be difficult for a first-time owner. Similarly, French Bulldogs and Pugs are lovely dogs, but they have enough health issues that could be a major burden on a first-time owner.

So load up on dog bones and get down to your dog search. One of the following breeds is waiting for you.

1. Border Terrier

If you’re looking for another easy, smaller breed, Border Terriers are an excellent choice. Border Terriers are wonderfully playful and energetic dogs, all while having a sense of adventure built into their being.

They’re intelligent and affectionate dogs who you’ll find to be fearless – often trying to take on dogs over three times their size. They’ll similarly become stubborn if you don’t give them enough attention throughout the day, but they’ll otherwise be incredibly caring, obedient dogs.

2. Golden Retriever

If you’re looking for a dog bigger than a little 10-pound Terrier with a slightly similar personality, you might be looking for a Golden Retriever. Their fluffy coats and their big, heart-warming smiles makes Goldens the perfect dog for a first-time owner looking for a happy-go-lucky, affectionate friend.

You’ll need to put in work, though: Golden Retrievers have a lot of energy and love to play. You’ll also need to be prepared to train them. They’ll require work, but it’s incredibly worth it for the relationship you’ll have together.

3. Labrador Retriever

If you thought the Golden Retriever was an excellent dog for a first-time dog owner, you need to consider a Labrador Retriever, too. Labs can be a little lazier than Golden Retrievers, but they’re still little balls of energy – especially in their younger years. However, they’re still incredibly adorable, loving, and loyal dogs.

You’ll need to regularly brush them to keep their coats looking fresh and collect all their errant fur, but they’re an excellent addition to the home, especially if you have a family.



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