Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds ❤ Family Friendly Dogs 101
Since before the dawn of human civilization, the dog has walked with man on his journey. He’s been a coworker, he’s been a friend, and he’s been family. Today, his role tends to be more of the latter and while all breeds of dogs are friendly with socialization, these breeds excel at being loving. Let’s get to know them.
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10. English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is agreeable and kind, resolute and courageous with a dignified demeanor. In other words, the English Bulldog is one of the most friendly of all breeds, despite his gloomy mug.
Bulldog puppies are frisky, but an adult is quiet and rather composed, spending much of the day snoring on the sofa if given his choice. But he definitely needs some exercise to stay fit. He may be friendly with strangers, or he may stand politely reserved.
He does have a bit of a stubborn streak, though. His tenacity and resolve mean that it’s sometimes difficult to change his mind once he decides to do something, which also landed him on our Naughtiest Dogs list.
This next dog doesn’t spend nearly as much time on the couch. A happy-go-lucky dog that naturally enjoys the company of other dogs and humans, the Beagle has lived in human families for hundreds of years and makes a wonderful family pet.
The Beagle is known for his lighthearted personality and following his nose, which can lead him to a bit of mischief and maybe even meet new friends. But his wanderlust can lead him places he should not be, so outside, he must not be left unattended.
One more thing….. the Beagle is a chowhound, so keep your trash cans out of reach and never set your plate of food down where he can get to it.
8. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is a compact little dog known for his beautiful double coat and friendly personality.
Carrying himself with a proud bearing, yet possessing a happy, sweet-natured temperament, the Shih Tzu is less demanding and less yappy than most other toy breeds.
While this dog is a bit high maintenance and will require regular grooming, he doesn’t require much more exercise than the play he gets running around your living room.
The Shih Tzu doesn’t tend to get into much trouble, and even when his stubborn streak gets the best of him, he’s easy to forgive.
If you enjoy larger dogs, the Boxer is a great choice as far as friendly breeds go. He might look intimidating, but he’s more likely to give you kisses than anything! He’s extremely friendly and loves just about everyone that’s willing to pet or play with him. The Boxer reacts to strangers with a joyous greeting accompanied by enthusiastic jumping and tail-stump wiggling.
The Boxer is fine with other family pets, including the family cat. He’s known to be quite fond of children.
Wait, you said you wanted a big dog? This one can definitely fill an empty spot in your heart. The kindly Newfoundland is good-natured with everyone, especially children, though they should be as well-behaved as he is.
He is very sociable and needs more companionship than many other breeds. Newfoundlands don’t do well when left alone for long periods.
He does need a lot of exercise, and he loves to romp and pulling a cart or carrying a backpack gives him a purpose in life. And he loves to swim.
Nicknamed “the American Gentleman” because of his tuxedo-like coloring, gentle disposition, intelligence and suitability as a house pet, the Boston Terrier was bred as a companion dog. He’s easy to train and will happily remain at his owner’s side throughout the day.
In general, the Boston Terrier is an altogether dapper and charming little dog. Playing games and chasing balls are two of his passions.
Because he was bred to be a pet, this breed is often a great choice for first-time dog owners.
4. Irish Setter
The elegant Irish Setter has been described as rollicking, happy-go-lucky, clownish, impulsive, and flighty
The Irish Setter has an outgoing, clown-like personality, making him a friendly favorite with families. He is high energy, though, and thrives on exercise and athletic activities.
The sociable Irish Setter gets along well with everyone, including other pets. Indeed, he requires a good deal of companionship and doesn’t thrive if left alone too much.
An exceptionally smart and active dog that excels in obedience training, the Poodle has a friendly nature and outgoing personality. With three sizes to choose from, standard, toy and miniature, you can find the right size pet for your home and lifestyle.
He is a “thinking” dog who pays rapt attention to his owner, learns quickly, and responds eagerly to positive training methods. Plus he gets along with other family pets, including the cat.
Because of his easygoing nature and trainability, millions of Americans choose to own a lab as a companion in the home.
One of the best dogs for children of all ages, the Labrador Retriever is kindly, good-natured, and takes most things in stride.
The Labrador Retriever matures slowly, remaining a spirited teenager for several years, which sounds fun . . . but does require patience and training to manage.
He’s been one of the most popular dog breeds in America, the UK, Australia for quite some time along with …
The Golden is one of the most popular breeds for families of all ages and for good reason. He’s an extremely social dog and is a great choice for those looking for a dog that will be friendly with family, friends, and even strangers.
This steady-tempered, dependable dog has a sweet and gentle heart. He is the quintessential family companion.
Give your Golden two brisk walks each day, play fetch games, and take him out for a good run once a week, and he is adaptable to almost any lifestyle.
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