The Best Dog Breeds for First Time Dog Owners

3. Maltese

White maltese dog lies on carpet and looking ahead

They’re in tune with their owners. | baloon111/iStock/Getty Images

The maltese breed may look a little prissy thanks to their long, beautiful hair, but they’re actually quite sporty dogs. In competition, they excel at things like agility, obedience, rally, and tracking. They’re very sensitive to their owners, so they also make great therapy dogs.

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