These Are the Friendliest Dog Breeds

Much like people, no two pups are alike. Some of the world’s sweetest dogs are considered to be “dangerous” breeds, and sometimes you’ll find a golden retriever with a serious attitude problem. That being said, there are some dog breeds that are found to be friendlier than others, statistically speaking.

We all have our reasons for wanting a friendly dog. Perhaps you live in a home with young children, or maybe you reside in the heart of the city where contact with others is inevitable. If you’re looking for a pooch that plays well with others, choose one from our list of the friendliest dog breeds.

Always do your research

Young woman with Beagle dog in the park

Personality is everything. | SbytovaMN/iStock/Getty Images

Before you take the leap into pet ownership, make sure you’re really ready to get a dog. Even the best pups in the world need a lot of time, attention, and care, and if you’re at an extremely busy time in your life, you may want to wait until things slow down.

Even if you know in your heart that you’re ready for a dog, you should always do some research before taking the plunge. If you already have pets at home, you’ll want to make sure you get a pooch who plays well with others. Talking to a vet or reading professional pet literature will help.

If you’re looking for a dog who will love you as much as you love him and greet your friends warmly, go for one of the following breeds.

Labradoodles

Cute golden labradoodle laying in lush green grass

They are eager and sweet companions. | Zstockphotos/iStock/Getty Images

These adorable fluffballs are typically as friendly as they look. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the mix of poodle and Labrador seems to give them kind hearts and eager-to-please attitudes.

Next: People of all ages love these sweet pups. 

Beagles

Beagle puppy eating from a dish

This breed is great with kids. | Humonia/iStock/Getty Images

Beagles are a great breed for both children and adults. Although they’re known for their loving and sweet dispositions, they’re also very active, so make sure you have the energy for daily exercise.

Next: These aren’t the best guard dogs, but they’ll guard your heart. 

Golden retrievers

Golden Retriever dog looking out of car window

They are friendly to everyone. | iStock/Getty Images

The good news is that these sweet, even-tempered dogs tend to love everyone. But if you’re looking for a guard dog, they may greet burglars the same way they greet you (that’s the bad news).

Next: You’ll love their snorts and snuggles.

Bulldogs

American bulldog

They’re high maintenance but sweet. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Bulldogs can be a bit high maintenance, as they are highly sensitive to heat and must always live indoors. However, they’re so unbelievably lovable and sweet, you won’t mind catering to their every need.

Next: See why they call this pup the clown of the canine world.

Boston terriers

Boston terrier

They are jovial and full of energy. | Studio-laska/iStock/Getty Images

Bostons are a lively breed, but nearly everyone who owns one falls in love with their jovial personalities. This is a good breed for anyone who wants a small dog with a lot of energy.

Next: These pups are more like cartoon characters than pets.

Boxers

Puppy Boxer Dog

This fun-loving breed just wants to play. | ElizabethHoffmann/iStock/Getty Images

Boxers are animated and playful, and they’re always up for a good wrestling session (that’s how they got their name). And while they can be one of the most loving breeds, you’ll have to put a lot of time into training them as puppies as well. From long walks to energetic romps, this breed needs daily exercise well into middle age.

Next: These pups earn praise for their acceptance of other pets in the family. 

Labrador retrievers

Beautiful labrador retriever dog in the park,

Labs are eager and trainable. | Sanjagrujic/iStock/Getty Images

Labradors are known for being eager to please, which is probably why they make great hunting companions and family dogs. They also tend to do well in multi-pet homes, though you may want to do a test run with your potential Lab puppy first.

Next: The luck of the Irish is all yours when you take this pooch home. 

Irish Setters

Close-up of Dog, Irish Setter

These elegant canines are fun and loving. | Samlentz/iStock/Getty Images

These 60–70 pound pups are big balls of love and energy. Irish setters tend to make great family dogs, but if they don’t get enough exercise, they can become bored and destructive. Make sure to give them plenty of love.

Next: These pups are always up for a game of fetch. 

English shepherds

English Shepherd dog

They love playing and children. | F8grapher/iStock/Getty Images

English shepherds tend to love children, other dogs, and pretty much everyone they meet. They also love playtime just as much as they love curling up for a nap at your feet. They have a bossy streak, though, so making sure you assert your leadership from the get-go is key.

Next: This dog takes her role as man’s best friend very seriously.

Keeshond

Keeshond

The sociable keeshond is ultra cuddly. | Animalinfo/iStock/Getty Images

The keeshond is an affectionate and social breed, and they tend to stick to their humans like glue. If you want a sweet cuddle buddy, look no further. But beware: This dog tends to be a barker.

Next: This breed is hard to find but worth the search.

Swedish vallhund

The typical Swedish Vallhund

They have their own unique barks. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve never heard of this breed, you’re not alone. The Swedish vallhund is a medium-sized dog with a huge heart. They’re even known for having their own language, called the “argyle bargle,” made up of their own unique yips and howls.

Next: This pup will be the king of your world. 

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

spaniel dog running in summer

They love their humans and don’t need a lot of exercise. | Carmelka/iStock/Getty Images

These adorable pooches are especially affectionate people-pleasers. They’re not as active as some of the other dogs on the list, so if you have young children or you don’t have a lot of spare time, they’re a great pick.

Next: Prepare to be smothered in kisses by this sweet breed.

Soft-coated wheaten terriers

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

They are ultra affectionate and love attention. | Tripletenphoto/iStock/Getty Images

More congenial than other terriers, the wheaten is cheerful and sociable, constantly covering their humans in nuzzles and licks. They are amazing dogs, but if you work full-time away from home, you may want to reconsider; they desire constant companionship.

Next: These floppy-eared canines are the cutest. 

Basset hounds

Puppy basset at the beach

They love sniffing around and walking. | imantsu/iStock/Getty Images

Their faces might look sad, but these medium-sized dogs are usually pretty happy. Loving, sweet, and tenacious, basset hounds need regular walks where they can sniff as much as possible.

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