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10 Best Dog Breeds For First Time Owners

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Best Dog Breeds For First Time Owners

If you’re thinking about getting a new pet to add some fun and happiness into your life then maybe it’s time for you to consider owning one of the best dog breeds that can be found in almost every size, shape, color, and type. You’ll find all kinds of pure breds here at No More Pets – from tiny toy poodles to giant Saint Bernards!

Each pooch brings something unique and special to our homes so if you have an eye on any specific kind or want to know more before making such a big commitment then this list should give you everything you need to get started with choosing the perfect pup for yourself.

These top ten picks will help point out a few great options as well as giving you plenty of information to choose which is right for your lifestyle. So without further ado…

1. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever has been around since 1875 when the first one was presented by Queen Victoria to her husband Prince Albert after he saved the queen’s beloved setter during hunting season.

This gentle yet courageous little guy is known as “the gentleman” because of his quiet nature. He loves nothing better than going on long walks through parks and fields with its human family while they admire the sights and sounds of their environment.

The Golden Retriever may not be very tall but don’t let that fool you – this sweetheart packs quite a punch both physically and emotionally. It needs lots of love, attention, exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization (for those who like other animals) due to its strong desire to please. If you’ve always wanted a loving companion that will stick close by you no matter where you go this golden retriever would make a wonderful addition to your household.

2. Labrador Retriever, Standard

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

This beautiful canine comes from Canada originally but now resides across America including Alaska, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin, and Maryland. They were developed in the 1900’s specifically to serve as service dogs for people with disabilities.

Originally called Canis labradensis these Labs came from Newfoundland stock. Nowadays they are often used as therapy and search-and-rescue dogs but also perform many different jobs ranging from guiding blind fishermen, pulling sleds, serving as police aids, working as bomb sniffers, assisting deaf individuals, aiding handicapped children, helping autistic children, retrieving birds shot down by hunters, providing assistance for soldiers injured overseas, alerting disabled citizens to approaching danger, rescuing drowning victims, searching missing persons, detecting drugs hidden within vehicles, and even acting as mascots for sports teams. Their friendly demeanor makes them popular among families looking for a good friend and loyal companion.

3. Beagle

Beagle Dog

These adorable little guys originated in England as early as 1518 and became favorites throughout Europe over the next several centuries. The name originates from the Latin word meaning “to bark.”

In the 1800’s Englishmen began crossing them with various types of spaniels resulting in what we call today the modern British Kennel Club registered Beagles. Today there are hundreds of varieties of this small dog including wirehaired, smooth coated, british short haired, harlequin, basset, miniature dutch, and toy. Many Beagles are extremely energetic and require daily physical activity especially in hot weather months so plan accordingly.

Although smaller than most standard sized dogs they still carry enough weight to cause health problems if cared for improperly. A healthy diet consisting mainly of fresh vegetables along with daily playtime is recommended for keeping them happy and fit.

4. Poodle


A member of the hound group of dogs, the Poodle is named after the white swan bird whose elegant plumes resemble the coat of this cute puppy. Originating in Germany these intelligent creatures are considered to be valuable companions and excellent watchdogs.

There are numerous colors to select from including black, cream, silver, fawn, red, blue, chocolate, sable, wheaten, apricot, lilac, brindle, and tri colored. All Poodles tend to look similar regardless of color except for dilute ones which are much lighter in coloring than non-dilutes. Like most puppies they are fairly active indoors but become less active once outside unless provided adequate exercise each day. Most Poodles do best living inside in warm climates.

As adults however, they prefer moderate outdoor activities including walking, jogging, running, hiking, swimming, playing fetch, frisking, etc. They are generally calm and laid back but sensitive towards noise and sudden movements. Youngsters usually start training at 6 weeks old and older adult Poodles can learn tricks easily. Training sessions can last anywhere between 5 minutes up to 2 hours depending on how patient you are.

When selecting a Poodle never pass up a chance to see one live simply because online pictures cannot convey the true beauty or personality of this lovely creature. Take a trip to meet yours today.

5. Boxer


One of the oldest recognized American sporting dogs, boxers trace their lineage directly to ancient fighting champions originating in Egypt and Greece. With origins dating back to 1492 AD, the Boxer remains one of the fastest growing dog breeds in the US today.

Boxers are athletic, hardworking, protective, and affectionate. They come in three sizes – large, medium, and mini. While larger versions enjoy being part of a team when participating in water events such as swimming, trampolines, jumping ropes, etc.

Regardless of whether you own a large or small Boxer you will undoubtedly appreciate their outgoing personalities and high energy levels.

6. German Shepherd

German Shepherd
German Shepherd

Considered one of the oldest existing domestic dogs, the history of the German Shepherd dates back more than 3000 years ago. One of the main reasons why it took so long for man to figure out how to tame this animal was because unlike other canines, GSD’s did not respond favorably to commands such as sit, stay, lie down, leave me alone, heel, speak, rollover, shake hands, wave goodbye, or turn left.

Instead they preferred to work in groups protecting their flock from predators and wandering pack members. Over millennia, their loyalty and strength gradually increased until they could pull carts loaded with goods and herd flocks of sheep. Eventually someone thought it might prove beneficial to teach these powerful beasts to act as guard dogs instead.

7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh corgi (also referred to as the “Welsh” or “Cambrian”) was originally bred by William Pennethorne in Wales around 1880-1890. The name derives from its original purpose – hunting badgers and other vermin on farms.

Today’s version of the purebred comes from crossing several different types of corgis with various working terriers like the West Highland White Terrier, Norfolk Broody, Rat Terrier, Airedale, Irish Setter, Soft Coated Wheaten, Bearded Collie and others, including spaniels.

This makes them ideal companionship pets because they have great energy levels and love doing activities together such as going out for walks, running after balls and Frisbees, playing fetch, etc. They also enjoy being groomed and petted by their owners. One word of warning though – be prepared for some serious shedding.

This energetic little bundle of joy loves nothing more than spending quality time outdoors chasing sticks, digging holes, swimming, jumping into water fountains, and any activity where he gets to play with his favorite toy – another cute poodle named Jazzy.

If you want an adorable companion who’ll shower affection upon you all day long, look no further. However, don’t expect him/her to do anything besides lay around all day while watching TV. He needs plenty of exercise.

8. Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier

One thing that sets Bulldogs apart from most other breeds is how intelligent they are. Even before they reach adulthood, they already know many tricks and commands. These smart puppies usually learn quickly, become very active, friendly with strangers, and adore people.

On the other hand, there are two things that could potentially spoil their fun – too much attention and rough handling. Because of their sensitive nature, it’s not recommended for beginners to raise them alone without professional help. It would take years to develop trust between humans and this beautiful yet temperamental pooch.

Their main food sources consist of fresh vegetables and fruits, dry kibble, whole eggs, raw meat, cooked chicken breast, liver, fish and bones. Most importantly, never buy a pup at a local shelter or rescue group. There’s always a better option…

9. Dachshund


These wonderful little wiener wagons deserve special mention here due to their unique personalities and physical traits. When you see them walking down the street, you might think twice about approaching them. But once you meet one and start talking to it, you’ll discover that dachs are actually pretty cool creatures.

Like other small dogs, they tend to feel threatened easily and overreact when someone moves near them. So keep away from them until they get used to you. Once they realize you won’t harm them, however, they open up completely and show off their funny, playful sides.

Dachs were originally bred to hunt rabbits, rodents, insects and snakes since they possess excellent scenting skills. As a result, they have strong prey drive. To satisfy their thirst for adventure, they need lots of daily interaction with their masters. And unlike other small dogs, they require lots of mental stimulation rather than just physical exertion. Therefore, playing games, puzzles, tugging rope, catching flying objects, practicing obedience exercises, learning tricks, taking short car rides, etc., are essential elements of training sessions.

10. Basset Hound

Basset Hound
Basset Hound

Most bassets are good family pets because they are extremely loyal and gentle towards children, other animals, and even strangers. Although they may bark sometimes, they rarely bite unless provoked. Due to their calmness, they are often mistaken for shih tzus.

But despite their sweet appearance, bassetts are known to be stubborn little monsters. You should definitely give them enough space because they prefer to spend hours laying around and sleeping, instead of interacting with other beings.

Despite their laid back attitude, however, they still need lots of positive reinforcement, socialization, mental challenges, and human interactions. Bassettes typically live six to eight years and weigh anywhere from 40 pounds to 75 pounds.

11. Bernese and Norwegian Mountain Dogs

Norwegian Mountain Dogs
Norwegian Mountain Dogs

Mountain dogs originated in Switzerland, specifically in the canton Valais. Originally, mountain dogs were primarily used for herding sheep, goats, cattle, and other farm animals.

Nowadays they mostly work alongside humans either as sled runners, hearing aids guides, guide dogs for blind individuals, police K9 units, search & rescue service members, military K9 soldiers, circus performers, etc. Both Berneses and Norweigans are large dogs weighing 80 lbs to 200+lbs with medium to thick coats.

Since both breeds originate from cold climates, they exhibit heavy undercoats, white paws, blue eyes, black noses, long muzzles, high tail carriage, low forequarters, and broad chests. They are also good guard dogs against thieves and wild animals. Each year thousands of these furry friends die of hypothermia, drowning, starvation, poisoning, gunshots, vehicle accidents, animal attacks, etc. Do yourself a favor and donate money to shelters helping them find loving homes.

There you go – list of the Top Five Best Dog Breeds For First Timer Owner. Hopefully it helped you choose the perfect canine buddy. Good luck finding one!

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