7 Best Breeds for First Time Owners

7 Best Breeds for First Time Owners:

It can sometimes be daunting for first time dog owners to understand dog breeds and how they affect things like temperament.

Well, we’ve made it easy for you! We’ve put together 7 of the best breeds for first time dog owners. And even included a brief description on why they made the cut.


  1. Labrador Retriever

This dog breed is popular and well recognised for a reason. They make wonderful family pets and thrive in an active household.

If you can offer lots of exercise, training, and attention then they will repay you tenfold with their love and loyalty. With an amiable nature so are happy to follow you almost anywhere.

The Labrador Retriever has a short, straight double coat. Although they have a low grooming need overall, you need to prepare yourself for the shedding associated with a double coat. So – make sure you have a good hoover!

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  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This stunning breed, made popular by the film Lady and the Tramp, make great cuddle buddies. They will love nothing more than relaxing at home with their owners.

They are usually placid and attentive, so training is usually straight forward. They respond best to a calm and encouraging trainer.

Despite a long coat, they have fairly basic dog grooming needs. They need regular brushing to avoid tangles in their beautiful fur.

They will not thank you for leaving them alone for long periods of time as they can suffer from separation anxiety.

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  1. Boxer

This breed has gained huge popularity lately and it’s easy to see why. One of these breeds best characteristics is their deep love for their humans. They work really well with families and love to be around children thanks to their cheerful and lively nature.

If you love leading an active lifestyle then this high energy playful pooch is perfect for you. They need regular exercise to burn off some of that bustling energy.

They will love the attention you give them during training. Although not the easiest breed to train on this list as they can have stubborn tendencies, they will thrive under a loving loyal owner.

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  1. Golden Retriever

Much like their Labrador cousins, this breed is perfect for first time pooch owners looking for a larger breed. They will thrive in most households with their easy going, loving and affectionate nature.

Training a Golden Retriever is straight forward as they absolutely love to learn. They need a family that is active as they need plenty of exercise.

Regular brushing is important to keep their long fur free of tangles and matting. They have a double coat which helps protect them from most extreme weather conditions, but it does mean that your hoover will get a good workout when they shed.

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  1. Bichon Frise

Surprisingly, this happy little ball of fluff can have a hypoallergenic coat which means they’re often great dogs for allergy sufferers.

This adaptable dog is quite forgiving of most circumstances. They are perfect dogs for families and also suit apartment living.

Early and thorough socialisation is crucial as they can be very shy around people that they don’t know.

To keep grooming needs down and make their coats easier to maintain – it’s best to keep their hair short. It will still need lots of brushing but will be much easier to handle.

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  1. Poodle

Poodles are an intelligent breed who usually have incredible temperaments. They need plenty of stimulation (both mental and physical), so you’ll need to get creative with play time.

Due to their intellect, they are usually one of the easiest breeds to train. They suit a first-time pet owners looking for an exercise partner. They are playful and affectionate and love cuddling up nearly as much as being active.

Poodles can come in different sizes – ranging from less than 10 inches in height right up to 24 inches in height. So you can see why it’s so important to consider the breed size before picking a puppy.

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  1. Mixed Breeds

Mixed breeds shouldn’t be discounted from first time pet owner’s lists. Although it’s true to say that their temperaments are trickier to predict. They generally will be towards the middle of both parent breeds.

This also means that sometimes, you can get the best of both worlds. For example, a ‘Huskador’ might inherit being active, smart and loyal from their Husky and Labrador parents.

Housebreaking can be a little tricky with a mixed breed – but this isn’t anything that can’t be solved with love, consistency, and patience.

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Regardless of which breed you choose, remember to always see the puppies and parents in person (if possible) to protect yourself. 

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