Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is kind, clever, affectionate, and big. They enjoy playing with the kids and relaxing at home.

Bichon Frise

The happy-go-lucky bichon frise is ideal for families with children or apartment dwellers.


Boxers are medium-large, high-energy dogs. This family-oriented dog is loyal. Boxers may suit energetic people.

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are family dogs and eager to please. Goldens love all kids. Happy, loyal, affectionate, and active, this medium-large dog.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is a well-known medium-large dog. Labs love kids and adapt to most surroundings.


Maltese's cuteness and friendliness are attractive. Regular haircuts keep their smooth coats short and manageable.


This dog's size is surprising. This friendly, intelligent dog breed works well in many households.


Pomeranians are beautiful lap dogs. Poms bond best with one owner but perform well in households.


The adaptable poodle is a great pet. Poodles do well in many households, particularly those with children.

Shih Tzu

Affectionate Shih Tzus are little. This ancient Chinese breed loves family time, whether it's watching TV or playing with the kids.

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