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The 20 best dog breeds for new dog owners



Dogs are a huge commitment. From cheerful Chihuahuas to rowdy Labradors, new dog owners are desperate to make sure their new companion is the right one.

There are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing a furry friend, such as the size of your house or whether you have a garden. Allergies also come into play, as does the owner’s ability to tolerate loud barking or profuse molting.

The dog options can seem endless, so News week researched breeding, grooming and pet sites to put together the perfect dogs for new owners. Take a look below.

20. Bichon Frize

Translated from French, Bichon Frize literally means “curly kneeling dog,” which captures the temperament of these energetic yet peaceful companions.

Small in size, they require less exercise than larger dogs, although their “powdery” coats do require a fair amount of grooming.

The Bichon Frize is a small white dog from the Mediterranean with soft corkscrew curls.
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19. Border burrows

Sturdy and reliable, these working dogs are suitable for an outdoor lifestyle. Low maintenance thanks to a stiff coat, border terriers are the perfect dogs for roaming the countryside.

The Border Terrier is a gentle dog
The Border Terrier is known as a gentle dog breed. In this photo, a Border Terrier dog lying swollen and panting with its tongue out after running.
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18. Cockers

Relatively lively creatures, this breed will need at least an hour of exercise per day.

Owners can look forward to swimming, walking and other adventures with their Spaniels. Highly energetic and prone to barking if bored, these dogs are best suited to an equally active owner.

Cocker Spaniels at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show on July 12, 2018, in Harrogate, England. Cockers should be groomed regularly.
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17. Airedale Terrier

Nicknamed “the King of Terriers”, Airedales are a great choice for those looking for a reliable and versatile dog.

The breed originated in the Aire Valley in Yorkshire, England, and was historically used to catch otters and rats in rivers in the region.

These four-legged troops later made a name for themselves during World War I, carrying medicine and food through the trenches.

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Airedale Terriers have historically captured rats and otters in Yorkshire, UK.

16. Welsh Corgis Cardigan

A favorite of Her Majesty The Queen, Corgis are intelligent, affectionate, and unwaveringly loyal.

It is believed to have been around for over 3,000 years, this breed is distinguished by its long tail, which is often compared to the sleeves of a cardigan sweater.

Gentle and without much hassle, these dogs are the perfect companion, whether for a royal household or not.

Corgis are a Queen's favorite
Corgis are the UK Queen’s favorite pet In this photo a pair of corgi dogs arrive on day two of the Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena on March 10, 2017 in Birmingham, England.
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15. Bearded Collie

Floppy but certainly not stupid, this breed is known for its sheep herding abilities.

Owners only have to watch their Collie do the “beard bounce” – a lively movement of his fur as he runs – to get a measure of this dog’s playfulness.

Bearded collie
A man grooms a bearded collie dog at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England on March 8, 2019. Bearded Collies should be brushed daily to remove tangles.
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14. Bernese mountain dog

Despite their massive stature, Bernese Mountain Dogs are gentle giants. Gifted with a gentle and affectionate nature, they make reliable family dogs.

Standing over 27 inches at the shoulder, Bernese people may need more room to stretch out, ideally a house with a garden.

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A Bernese Mountain Dog on March 2, 2016, in Clevedon, England. This breed should be brushed daily during the molting season.
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13. American Eskimo Dogs

Recognized in two different sizes, miniature and standard, this stunning dog will turn heads with its snow white fur.

Perhaps the only downside is the breed’s tendency to bark, so this is not a breed for sensitive ears or easily upset neighbors.

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American Eskimo Dogs come in two different sizes, miniature and standard.

12. American Staffordshire Terrier

Muscular and stocky, these sociable terriers make trustworthy friends. With a shiny brown and white coat that requires little maintenance, they are easy to care for and adaptable to different environments.

American Staffordshire Terrier
An American Staffordshire terrier at the Sacramento SPCA on February 1, 2008, in Sacramento, California. American Staffordshire Terriers only need a quick brushing once a week.
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11. Bulldogs

Originally bred to drive cattle to markets, these dogs are calm, slow-moving creatures.

Well suited to apartment living, bulldogs happily waddle around in the comfort of their owners’ homes.

French bulldog
Bulldogs have a slower pace of life and remain the most popular small dog breed.
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10. sleuths

Contrary to their name, Bloodhounds are a docile but very intelligent breed of dog.

Also known as “sleuth dogs”, these creatures are gifted with a keen sense of smell. Once bred for hunting and tracking, Bloodhounds are often used as sniffer dogs today.

Bloodhound in Washington, DC on August 29, 2013. Bloodhounds should be bathed regularly to keep them from smelling bad, but should only be brushed once a week.
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9. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonkas

Small and pretty dogs, the Bolonkas are originally from around Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Translated from Russian to mean “colorful pocket dog,” they come in a variety of hues including sand brown and salt and pepper gray.

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
Translated from Russian to mean “colorful pocket dog”, they are from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

8. Brittany

A true sports dog, this lesser-known breed will indulge in most outdoor activities with a spring in its gait.

Smaller than setters but longer than spaniels, these dogs bring great energy to the park. Ideal for families with equally excitable children, they are eager companions who are ready to please.

A sport dog comparable to a spaniel, they are excellent companions for active owners.

7. English setters

Medium-sized dog, known for his alert and agile temperament.

Setters were once used as hunting dogs, so they need a more practical owner who is ready to take quick walks.

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An English Setter at the NEC on March 9, 2014, in Birmingham, England. English setters are friendly, cheerful dogs who tend to live around 12 years old.
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6. Golden Retrievers

One of America’s most popular dog breeds, the Golden Retriever is a choice that’s sure to please.

Fun for the whole family, they are gentle dogs although they have historically been used for hunting.

In fact, the name “retriever” is a nod to the breed’s ability to bring back game in good condition.

Golden retriever
A Golden Retriever at AKC headquarters on February 22, 2016 in New York City. Golden Retrievers are friendly and dedicated dogs that live to the age of 12.
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5. Newfoundland

A huge dog that can weigh up to 150 pounds, this is not a breed that will fit in a purse.

Expect plenty of swimming from Newfoundland, as these were once used by fishermen to reel their nets.

Newfoundland at the Cruft Dog Show at the NEC Arena on March 6, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Newfoundlanders are generally easy to train.
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14. Pugs

Well known for their thick wrinkles, pugs may appear unhappy, but they are playful companions.

According to an old legend, Chinese breeders, who perfected the breeding of this dog, favored their folds because they looked like symbols of good fortune in their language.

The ancient Chinese passion for toy dog ​​breeds with flat faces was the origin of the development of the pet pug.
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3. Rhodesian Ridgebacks

These canids have a particularly unusual appearance due to a distinctive ridge, formed by hairs growing in the opposite direction from the rest of the coat.

Ridgebacks can expend a lot of energy enduring long distances at fast speeds, but they are mild-tempered dogs that rarely bark.

Thai Ridgeback
Ridgebacks can expend a lot of energy enduring great distances at fast speeds.
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2. Beagle

Developed like hunting dogs, these compact dogs need a lot of exercise and attention.

However, they are rewarding pets and have short coats that are easy to groom.

A Beagle at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on December 17th, 2019, in London, England. Beagles should be brushed weekly, but don’t need to be bathed very often.
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1. Labradors

The countdown couldn’t be complete without this family favorite.

Black, brown or yellow, a wagging tail and limitless energy of a Labrador gives it the # 1 spot as the best breed for new owners.

Black, brown or yellow, these dogs seduce crowds.
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