Best Dog Breeds For First Time Owners

Best Dog Breeds For First Time Owners

Getting a dog for the first time? If you don't have much experience with dogs then you need to seriously consider what type of dog might be best for you. New owners often make the mistake of choosing a dog that is visually appealing or popular, when in reality it is a really unsuitable breed. Lots of dogs end up in rescue shelters because their owners didn't realise how challenging that particular breed of dog can be. Here are some breeds that might be more suited to first time dog owners.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are easy to train, intelligent. They are loyal, affection dogs that make great family pets. Retrievers are also often used as guide dogs for the blind because they are quick learners and kind natured.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

If you are looking for a smaller breed of dog then the King Charles Spaniel could be a good choice. They are great with children and are not too demanding. They are easygoing dogs with a very gentle nature, although they can be a little stubborn.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. If you have an active family then a labrador might be a sensible choice for a first time dog. They are very amiable and respond well to training.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu's are very sweet little dogs that are ideal for those looking for a smaller breed. They do need to be groomed regularly and taken for a decent walk every day but they also make great lap dogs. They usually have a feisty personality and are generally gentle and friendly dogs.


Many people assume greyhounds are high energy dogs and that they require a lot of exercise. In reality, as long as they have had a good walk they are happy to sleep all day. They are known as the 'fastest couch potatos in the world'. Therefore they would probably make a good first time dog as they aren't very demanding.


Poodles are extremely intelligent and willing to learn. This makes them particularly easy to train and look after. They also need a fair amount of grooming. Poodles are friendly with other dogs, people and children. They also come in three different sizes, toy, miniature and standard.

Bichon Frise

Another good choice for a first time dog is the Bichon Frise. These dogs make amazing companions because they want to please their owners and can be quite affectionate. They have a great nature and they are playful and gentle. Not to mention they look like big fluffy teddy bears and are hypoallergenic.


The pug is the definition of a companion dog. They are bold little dogs who provide a lot of fun and entertainment. They aren't very athletic and generally enjoy being given attention and spending time playing. Pugs tend to get on well with children and other dogs and don't need too much exercise.

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