9 Great Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

1. Cavalier King

This kind, friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for being good with all kinds of people, from small children to older people. 

2. Boxer

Even though it is in their nature to protect, the Boxer loves to be with its owner. One of the most noticeable things about this breed is that it wants to be loved by people, especially children.

3. English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel has the "eager to please" attitude that most spaniels have. Springers are happy and loving dogs who love their families and like to be close to their owners. 

4. Papillon

The Papillon is a small, friendly, and fine-boned member of the Toy Group. People say that they are smart little dogs that are neither shy nor mean. 

6. Poodle

The Poodle is a breed of dog that is very smart and does well at all kinds of dog games. There are three different sizes of this breed: Toy, Miniature, and Standard.

7. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a lively and friendly dog that makes a great house pet and friend. They don't need much exercise, and their long, soft coat can be kept in a "puppy cut" to make it easy to care for.

8. Whippet

Even though Whippets like to run, they make great house dogs most of the time. When they are at home, they hang out in the living room and often sleep for most of the day.

9. Labrador Retriever

The Lab is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States for a good reason. This dog is very loving and loyal. It gets along well with kids, is easy to train, and is friendly with strangers.


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