10 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owning

There are a lot of great dog breeds out there, but only some make good first-time owners. The best dog for you might be different from the best dog for someone else, so here are 10 of my favorite breeds:

1. Golden retriever

The Golden Retriever has been around since the early 1900s when it was bred to retrieve game birds. Today, they’re still considered one of the most popular dogs in the United States. They make great family pets because they’re friendly and energetic — traits that will help you get your kids engaged with them as well!

The Golden Retriever is also a good choice for first-time owners because they’re known for being patient with children and other animals. They can be trained to walk on a leash or even ride in a car safely — but if you want your dog to be able to run free in your backyard without needing constant supervision from you (or someone else), then this might not be an ideal choice for you!

2. Bulldog

Bulldogs are friendly, intelligent dogs that make good pets for first-time owners. They’re also easy to train and low maintenance.

Bulldogs are great with children because they have a high prey drive; however, this may not be ideal in an apartment where there aren’t enough places to run off-leash. However, if you live in an area without many hills or other obstacles nearby (like play areas), then your bulldog can be kept inside the house most of the time!

3. Beagle

Beagles are friendly, affectionate dogs that can be trained easily. They love to play and will be happy to entertain you with their antics. In addition, they’re great with children because of their gentle nature and intelligence.

Beagles have short coat that doesn’t require too much maintenance; however, if your dog does shed a lot (which is common), you’ll need to brush him once every two weeks or so. The coat also tends not to mat as much as other breeds’ coats do; therefore, if you want an easy-to-care-for breed that requires little maintenance then this may be right up your alley!

Beagles tend toward being healthy dogs overall—they don’t suffer from the same health issues found in other breeds like hip dysplasia or allergies due simply because they don’t have those issues themselves!

4. Weimaraner

Weimaraners are a loyal breed, so if you’re looking for a dog that will stick by your side through thick and thin, this might be the right choice. They are also high-energy dogs who enjoy running around in the backyard or playing fetch with their owner.

Weimaraners require plenty of exercises so they can burn off some of their excess energy. If your Weimaraner doesn’t get enough exercise, he could become destructive or aggressive towards other animals and people as he gets older.

5. Poodle

Poodles are one of the best dog breeds for first-time owners because they are easy to train and can work well with children and other animals. Poodles don’t require a lot of exercises, so they’re perfect for people who live in busy cities or don’t have room for a big yard. If you’re looking for an obedient companion, poodles will do well with basic training—they’ll even learn tricks!

6. Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is a large dog, but it still can be kept in apartments. They need lots of exercise and will require frequent walks to keep fit. They are friendly and easy to train and kids love them. Newfoundlands are known for being good with other pets too!

Newfoundlands are known as one of the best-tempered dogs around; even so much so that they’re often used as therapy animals by hospitals or nursing homes because they’re so easily satisfied by just giving them attention (and food). If you’re looking for an affectionate pooch who wants nothing more than to be your friend, this might be your best bet!

7. West Highland white terrier

West Highland white terrier dogs are a small breed of dog, with the average height being between 10 and 12 inches tall. They have a friendly and energetic personalities, which makes them great companions for kids or other pets in your home. Their lifespan is between 15 years old and 20 years old; however, they may live longer if you provide them with proper care and nutrition throughout their lives.

8. Schnauzer

A schnauzer is a medium-sized dog that comes in three colors: black, red, and cream. They are playful, energetic, and intelligent dogs that can be good with children and other pets.

Schnauzers have a long lifespan at around 10-12 years old if they are well cared for by their owners. They also make great watchdogs because they bark when someone comes to the door or when there’s a stranger around your house (or even outside).

Schnauzers require regular brushing of their wiry coats to keep them from matting up in places where it gets greasy or dirty; otherwise, their fur will get matted up over time which can cause skin irritations as well as itchiness for your pet! The Schnauzer breed has been known for having eye problems due to its long eyelashes which tend not only cause visual issues but also irritation if rubbed against an object like furniture or clothing while sleeping on hard surfaces such as tile floors at home.”

9. Lhasa apso

Lhasa apso is a loyal, affectionate, and playful dog that makes for a great first-time owner. They are easy to train and will be very happy to learn what you want them to do.

The Lhasa apso has a low-maintenance lifestyle. These dogs don’t need much exercise or time outside of their homes; all they want is love from their owners!

If you’re looking for the perfect pet for your family—and especially if it’s your first time owning any kind of animal—the Lhasa also might just be the best choice around!

10. Chinese crested dog

The Chinese crested dog is a small, quiet, low-maintenance breed that’s easy to train. They require minimal grooming and are loyal and affectionate. However, this breed does not bark much—so if your neighborhood is noisy or you live in a busy area without much peace at night, this may not be an ideal choice for you.

The best dogs for first-time owning that are loyal, low-maintenance, and easy to train

  • Loyalty. Loyal dogs are easy to train, will follow your commands, and never get into trouble. They don’t bark much, they’re not too high maintenance and they can be friendly with strangers.
  • Low-maintenance. You don’t have to worry about them barking all night long or chewing up furniture as some breeds do! The only time you’ll have to take care of them is when it’s time for their haircut or bath; otherwise, their fur gets dirty in no time at all so there’s no need for constant grooming sessions during the week (unless your pup has long hair).
  • Easy training: These breeds aren’t difficult for new owners because they’re so loving and obedient that even if you don’t know what type of training method works best for your dog yet—they’ll figure it out on their own after a few days together!


In conclusion, the list of 10 best dogs for first-time owning is a good starting point. However, we can’t stress enough how much your choice will depend on your situation and what kind of dog you want in your home. If you have only one or two hours per day to devote to taking care of your pet dog, then maybe an easy-going breed like a golden retriever or beagle would fit the bill best! On the other hand, if you want something that requires more work but pays off big time in terms of loyalty and love from family members too (like a poodle), then by all means go for it—just don’t forget about getting professional help from trainers when training starts!

Jacqueline Camron
Jacqueline Camron

Hi Everyone, I am Jacqueline Camron. I believe that everyone can live with dogs in a good way, So if want to know more? You are welcome to join us!

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