Top 10 Dog Breeds For First Time Puppy Owners

Top 10 Dog Breeds For First Time Puppy Owners

It can take months (or even years) to find the right puppy for you and your family. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the top 10 dog breeds for first-time puppy owners. These are the breeds that are usually the easiest to train, and they’re also very friendly, affectionate and loyal. So whether you’re ready to get a new puppy or simply want to find a great companion, these are the dogs for you.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a smart, energetic and affectionate dog. It’s a social, outgoing breed that loves everyone. They tend to be inquisitive, playful and healthy. They have a good temperment, as they’re easy to train and are good with children. For first-time puppy owners, this is a great option. The good thing about the Bichon Frise is that they do adapt well to living in an apartment and can be trained to do basic obedience commands. This breed tends to be a little nervous, but once they get used to your home, they’re a joy to live with. Chihuahua The Chihuahua is a great first dog for new owners because of its small size, silky coat and friendly temperament. They’re extremely playful and they love children. The Chihuahua also tends to be a very intelligent breed.


A lovable, friendly and playful, boxer is a popular and adaptable breed. They’re great family dogs who are always happy to see you and do everything they can to please their owners. If you’re looking for a playmate for your children, or you love going for walks with your dog and have the stamina to run about with your dog, then a boxer is the perfect breed for you. They’re also great companions for elderly people or anyone who suffers from back pain. Although there’s also a prickly problem with their skin which can mean problems for people with sensitive skin. Some people prefer the temperament of the boxer breed, while others prefer a larger or heavier breed. If you’re planning on training your boxer well, you’ll be getting a fantastic companion for life.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

An excellent and loving family dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will add a great deal of joy to your home and be an excellent puppy-sitter. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies typically live up to 15 years, and they’re popular among families because of their loveable, sweet and funny personalities. Puppies need to be socialized by the time they’re 5-6 months old to prevent separation anxiety. A family favorite, you can’t go wrong with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Basset Hound Often called the “bucket dog”, the Basset Hound is a loyal companion that loves to be outside. This active breed enjoys running, hiking, and camping and is ideal for families with active lifestyles. These dogs are playful, alert and social, and they’re also gentle and smart.

Golden Retriever

People love golden retrievers for their gentle and lovable nature. These dogs are great family dogs and enjoy playing with kids and other pets. First-Time Puppy Owner Recommended Breeds: Golden Retriever (Young and Older) Blue-Eye French Bulldog These French Bulldogs have blue eyes that create a striking contrast with their dark blue-ish coats. Their often stocky build makes them strong, agile and independent, making them good dogs for running, hiking and camping. First-Time Puppy Owner Recommended Breeds: French Bulldog Yorkie If you’re looking for a versatile little dog that can do a wide range of things, the Yorkie is definitely a good choice. These little dogs are adorable and enjoy being with people.

Labrador Retriever

This is the most popular dog breed in the world. It was the top choice for the past 14 years. This is because they’re so good with kids, easy to train and they make great family pets. The only real problem they have is that they can be a little high maintenance. They love to be social with other dogs and I recommend getting them trained professionally, like a doggie daycare. Beagle Beagles are affectionate, playful and social dogs. They’re also smart and good with children, although they can have a hard time with cats. The standard beagle is good with both dogs and kids. Siberian Husky This is a medium-sized, mostly white dog. The longer hair on the tail is called the plume. This is your top choice if you’re looking for a dog that’s easy to train and doesn’t mind getting wet.


Papillons are typically easy to train and very well-behaved. They’re also known as “butterfly dogs” because of their multicolored markings. And they’re quite a bit smaller than other dog breeds. Papillons were originally bred as guinea pigs and are friendly and outgoing. They love other dogs and have natural hunting instincts, so you should expect to see them at dog shows.


The Pomeranian is a relatively small dog, usually weighing between eight and 14 pounds. The Pomeranian is a medium-sized dog and has long, shiny hair. Their coat is wiry and curly and they have a long, pointy tail. Pomeranians typically have rounded heads and rectangular-shaped eyes. Pomeranians are loyal and friendly, but are easily startled. They are intelligent and like to play with people and other dogs. They love their families, especially their people, and especially cuddling up on the couch. The Pomeranian is a great dog for first-time dog owners. Pug The Pug is an extremely playful breed. Pugs generally weigh from five to 15 pounds. Their long, floppy ears and floppy, upright body give them an inquisitive look.


If you’re looking for a cute, small breed that’s incredibly smart, this one might be for you. Dalmatians, the breed of choice for ex-newspaper journalists, are known for being tough and alert. While they aren’t the most affectionate dogs, it’s clear that Dalmatians love you and are always there for you. They’re easily trainable and are good family dogs. If you’re looking for a fun family pet, this is the dog for you. Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is a gentle breed of dog. Like a dog of any other breed, this dog can be trained but can also get bored easily. If you’re looking for a dog that will be able to love and care for you for the rest of its life, this is the dog for you. It also tends to be an old man’s dog (although it can live as long as 18 years old or more).

Yorkshire Terrier

It’s been over 20 years since this breed topped this list. But with their impressive intelligence, affection and independent nature, I can see why Yorkshire Terriers are still so popular. Just like the Labrador retriever, the Yorkshire Terrier has all of the same characteristics as a hunting dog, but they also love to hang out in the house. They can also be considered a sheepdog since they are known to be excellent at guarding sheep. Yorkies tend to be a bit goofy and tend to have a unique personality that often make them seem like they’re looking directly at you when you’re talking to them. But while they do tend to look a bit dumb, I’ve found that they’re actually very smart. This makes them great pets. So even if they do look dumb, they’re still pretty cute, too.

Mixed Breed Dogs

Mixed breed dogs are a type of purebred dog, that also includes dogs from other breeds that share a similar appearance and lifestyle. So although they may have different official breed standards from different kennel clubs, mixed breed dogs can also be registered as purebreds with your local kennel club or with the AKC. But it’s important to remember that dogs that are mixed breed are not necessarily genetically purebreds. In fact, some of these breeds may actually have come from other purebreds that have gone through generations to develop their own individual characteristics. And many mixed breed dogs come from breeds that didn’t have the best genetic health, as they were bred for different purposes.

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