Dogs for First Time Owners

Are you a first time pet parent considering getting your very first pup? Congratulations! Perhaps you’re feeling both excited and nervous right now- your head filled with questions and self doubt. Are you worried about finding the right match for you? A breed that will easily transition you into the joy and wonder that is pet ownership? Look no further than our list below for suggestions on the best dogs for first time owners.

1. Labrador Retriever

The lab has made the top 10 favorite dog breeds list for many decades in a row- and for good reason! Highly trainable, eager to please, these dogs fit seamlessly into many households, including that of a first time pet parent.

2. Papillon

The papillon is a great first time dog for those looking for a small breed. Hardy for their size, the Papillon is the ultimate companion. They are highly trainable and unlike many small breeds-easy to housebreak. The papillon is happy in an apartment or home situation making them a versatile breed.

3. Brittany

Although the Brittany is high energy, he’s a great match for an active family. If you’re a runner, hiker, or outdoor adventurer, the Brittany would make an excellent companion for you. They have a strong desire to please their family, and are one of the most trainable breeds.

4. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is an all american dog if there ever was one. They are confident, calm, and capable of living with folks in many different situations. Golden’s are attached to their person/family and work hard to please. Intelligent and easily trained, they are an amiable breed- making them great for the first time owner.

5. Poodle

Poodles are a happy and intelligent breed. Good with kids, and able to live in either an apartment or home with a yard. Poodles come in three different sizes- giving potential owners plenty of options. There are toy, miniature, and standard varieties. Poodles need regular exercise just like any canine companion, and really enjoy a good off leash romp & playing fetch.

6. Pug

The pug is a people pleaser and cute as a button to boot! Many people find their little grunts and snorts quite endearing. The pug has low exercise requirements and is a great pet for those with a less active lifestyle. They have short coats that are easy to groom, but their facial wrinkles can use a good weekly cleaning.

7. Shih Tzu 

While a Shih Tzu with a full coat does require some extensive grooming, this breed is most often kept in a ‘puppy cut’ to make grooming and care easier. A playful breed, they adore their owners and are happy to spend hours snuggling. Shih tzus are friendly with other pets and children and make a wonderful companion.

No matter if you adopt or purchase from a breeder, have a new puppy, or are sharing your home with an adult dog, we recommend all new pet parents attend an obedience class with their new best buddy. This is a great way to make some new friends (who have dogs), let your dog socialize with other pets and people, and to start a relationship based on trust and understanding. Taking training classes is a great way to bond with and begin to understand your new furry friend ensuring a life of fun and happiness ahead.

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