The 10 Best Dogs for Beginners, Vets Say

1. Labrador Retriever

A lot of people get Labrador Retrievers as their first pet, and they're also often used as service dogs.

2. Golden Retriever

While the American Kennel Club (AKC) rates dogs on how friendly they are with people, kids, and other dogs, Golden Retrievers get the best marks.

3. Poodle

Normal poodles are more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Small poodles are 15 inches or less, and toy poodles are no more than 10 inches. 

4. Goldendoodle

Different types of "doodles," or poodle mixes, have been mixed together over the years because poodles can be moody at times.

5. Maltese

They are also known for their quick learning abilities, which can be helpful for a first-time dog owner."

6. Shih Tzu

"Shih Tzus have a reputation for being affectionate, playful, and loving.

7. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are known for being loving and affectionate, but they don't need as much physical contact as Shih Tzus do.

8. Boston Terrier

"They are usually known for their upbeat, friendly, happy-go-lucky personalities." The Boston Terrier is another calm terrier.

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavelier King Charles Spaniels are happy, sensitive, and spunky, making them suitable for many pet parent lifestyles.

10. Whippet

Their speed has earned them the nickname "the poor man's racehorse. The AKC also says that whippets are quick and athletic.

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