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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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