All dogs love their family, but not all dogs greet everyone with the same eager ears and slobbery kisses. And when it comes to the friendliest dog breeds, there’s no definitive rule as to which dogs are always friendly to everyone and which puppies prefer to stick to those they know and know. they trust.
“Any race can learn to be friendly, and any race can be shy and unpredictable, depending on its socialization during their first nine weeks of life“, says Pam Nichols, DVM, former president of the American Association of Veterinary Hospitals.
A dog’s cuteness depends on two major factors: its exposure to new people, animals, and situations early in its life, and its genetics. If a puppy’s parents are “scared, shy cats,” Nichols says, there’s a chance she and her siblings will do the same.
“Requiring a breeder who does early developmental socialization; that’s the first step,” says Nichols. “Because if you have a dog that’s 12 weeks old and has never been exposed to anything, you’re in trouble. A 12-week-old that’s shy and introverted won’t become friendly and outgoing with the dog. coaching.”
Although each dog is an individual with their own personality, these are some of the dogs that are most likely to greet you at the park with bright eyes and wagging tails.
Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock Beagles need at least an hour of exercise per day. She certainly won’t mind a long walk around the neighborhood!
Bred to be hunting partners for UK trackers, beagles are usually a family favorite. Playful and talkative, Beagles make fantastic playmates for children, as long as you have a fenced yard so they don’t follow their super strong noses after a neighborhood bunny. After an intense day of play, they’ll be ready to cuddle up with their families for a lazy evening.
2. Boston Terrier
For a Little dogthe gentleman boston terrier has a great personality. They can be great playmates for kids and lazy couch potatoes – it all depends on the time of day. Boston terriers are lively and friendly, so always make sure they get plenty of attention so they don’t overdo it. experience separation anxiety.
Julie / Adobe Stock Bretons love the outdoors as much as possible. Check her regularly for ticks, burrs, mats, and any cuts or abrasions she may have had during her adventures.
Smart, kind, and enthusiastic about anything (and everything!) that involves their people, Britains thrive in an active family that will keep their minds busy. From weekend hikes and swims to evenings practice on the agility course, a Breton wants a family to match his energy. And when you’re at the dog park, they’ll welcome new friends (both two-legged and four-legged) with a booty move.
4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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With such a regal name, you might expect the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a little pretentious. But this perception could not be more wrong. Friendly with cats, children, and other dogs, Cavs generally fit right in with any family and lifestyle. Do you spend a lot of time reading on the couch? A Cavalier will gladly sleep on your lap. Are you more natural? She will also be by your side for walks and outings to the park.
5. Cocker Spaniel
No matter who you are – gentle and calm cocker spaniel will be happy to snuggle up to you. these small dogs live well with small children through to the elderly, and they get along well with other four-legged family members too. Cockers can be a little reserved when meeting new people, but it doesn’t take long for a stranger to become a new best friend (especially when it comes to ear scratching and treats).
6. Golden retriever
golden retrievers are part of most popular dog breeds in the United States partly because of their friendly attitude. Soft and easy to trainthe goldens want nothing more than to spend the day looking for with their favorite humans, although a hike or refreshing swim will also wag their tails. “I really believe [the golden retriever] is about the happiest race, the friendliest race,” says Nichols.
the goldendoodle is a curly-haired combination of two of the friendliest dog breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. This double dose of affectionate nature makes goldendoodles sweet and kind companions, ideal for first time dog owners. And because of their weakness hunting for prey, you don’t have to worry about your doodle taking off after cats or other small animals; they are too interested in making friends to hunt.
Alex / Adobe Stock A brisk 30-minute walk every day is enough to keep your Havanese happy. He will even be content – and let off steam – to play at home.
When you live with a havanese, you won’t need five subscription services to be entertained. These little furballs are energetic and goofy around the house, and their outgoing, friendly temperament makes them excel as therapy dogs. The best part: As long as his humans are by his side, the Havanese is happy to live anywhere, from the sprawling estate to the studio.
9. Labrador retriever
If you are a runner or spend every weekend at the lake, the labrador retriever will happily join you on any (and every!) thrilling adventure. Most Labs will rarely encounter a new person (or animal) they don’t like. And like the most popular dog in the USAthey make a must-have companion for families across the country.
10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Ирина Мещрякова / Getty Corgis are social puppies that want to be your companion on adventures.
If the Pembroke Welsh Corgi had a tail, he always waggled it (but we’ll settle for one cute corgi wriggles Instead). His perky ears and natural smile also hint at his fun and silly personality. And because it usually weighs no more than 30 pounds, it’s a perfectly sized cuddle buddy.
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There are three types of poodles: toy, miniatureand Standard. And although they vary in size (the smallest toy poodle may be as little as 4 pounds; a standard weighs up to 70), they all generally have a friendly disposition. But while Poodles are affectionate and people-oriented, they can get anxious in new and overwhelming situations, think: noisy, chaotic environments. Socializing your poodle puppy will help him become confident and outgoing.
12. Shih Tzu
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shih tzu dogs lived side by side with humans for at least 1,000 years, and the dogs were bred specifically to be our furry friends. This friendly little breed of dog once kept company with Tibetan monks and Chinese emperors, and today there’s rarely a tower they won’t climb. They could barking when first meeting someone newbut these puppies all talk and that initial suspicion usually fades after a few minutes (and a few treats!).