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Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds

Updated on May 30, 2016

Dogs are the number-one most popular pet; between forty and fifty percent of households worldwide own dogs. However, because there are more than three hundred breeds of dogs available for pet ownership, it can be difficult to determine which breed of dog would be the perfect pet for you and your family's needs and preferences. Different people choose to own dogs as pets for many reasons; some of the most popular reasons are desire for canine protection, companionship, and affection. Unfortunately, some dog breeds are known to be aggressive and less friendly than others. For those who are searching for an extremely friendly dog to meet their needs for companionship and affection, here is a comprehensive list of the top ten friendliest dog breeds in order to help you make your decision regarding which dog breed is right for you.

1. Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are medium-sized black, brown, or white dogs that generally grow to weigh about twenty-five pounds. These terriers are renowned for their playful and affectionate nature and are sure to give their owners plenty of love. They are very hyper, but they are usually not destructive because Boston Terriers are also incredibly obedient. These dogs love to please their owners and can learn to accurately follow commands and perform tricks more quickly than most other dog breeds.

2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a type of corgi dog that grow to weigh approximately twenty-seven pounds and stand about twelve inches tall. These corgis are known to interact very well with small children and other dogs, as they are extremely social, patient, friendly, and protective of the humans they consider to be part of their pack. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are also very loyal to their owners and provide excellent companionship. Their loyalty as well as their notable intelligence helps them excel in obedience competitions as well.

3. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are small, sturdy dogs that only grow to weigh approximately fifteen pounds and stand at less than one foot tall, even when they are fully grown. These dogs are very social and get along well with other small dogs. However, Shih Tzus are also known to demonstrate a more laid-back personality than other dogs that are renowned for their friendliness. They are not very hyper and, with their long, soft coat, small size, and tendency to demonstrate extreme loyalty and attachment to their owners, they make excellent and cuddly lap dogs.

4. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are black, silver, and white dogs that are true to their name, weighing in at an average of only fifteen pounds and growing to a height of approximately fourteen inches tall. They are extremely friendly and alert dogs. However, their lively and playful nature that makes them so friendly also causes them to require plenty of exercise in order to maintain their friendliness. Miniature Schnauzer owners need to take their pup for a daily walk to ensure that he remains social and content.

5. Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are large dogs that weigh up to sixty pounds and stand at an average height of two feet tall. This type of dog breed was once used to pull cargo sleds across the of the freezing tundra of Siberia. These dogs were chosen for this important job due to their large size, strength, thick coat, and loyalty to their owners that causes them to be renowned for their friendliness as pets to this day. Siberian Huskies are very lively, playful, and smart. They make great companions and protectors for their owners.

6. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are fairly large dogs that weigh up to seventy-five pounds and stand at approximately two feet tall. These dogs are renowned not only for their friendly and cheerful spirit, but also for their capability in the work force. They have been known to work with policemen, firefighters, and other government agencies for their intelligence and retrieving skills. Golden Retrievers are also popular therapy dogs due to their affectionate and loyal nature.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small to medium dogs that weigh approximately fifteen to twenty pounds when they are fully grown. These dogs are extremely loyal and obedient dogs that are often used as show dogs due to their capability to learn tricks and follow commands as well as their beautiful coats and purebred natures. They are very active and enjoy hikes and long walks. However, these spaniels are also inherently calm and have a gentle and affectionate nature that makes them excellent therapy dogs.

8. Labradoodle

A Labradoodle is a popular mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. These dogs are bred in different sizes that range from very small at fifteen pounds to extremely large at up to one hundred pounds. Labradoodles are loyal, obedient, and sociable, which makes them excellent guide dogs for owners with disabilities. They are also renowned as extremely friendly and intelligent dogs that interact well with children and other dogs.

9. Beagle

Beagles are medium-sized dogs that weigh up to thirty pounds and stand at an average height of fifteen inches. These dogs are extremely intelligent and demonstrate excellent hunting and tracking skills. Furthermore, beagles are very friendly and protective of their owners; they are often used as watchdogs and are able to form excellent relationships with young children. Beagles are not very hyper; their calm nature makes them excellent lap dogs.

10. Bulldog

Bulldogs are fairly large dogs that weigh up to fifty-five to sixty pounds on average. These dogs are renowned for their extremely sweet nature; they get along well with children and other dogs due to their patient and clam demeanor. Bulldogs are great at bonding with their owners, as they are naturally very affectionate and loyal. Dogs of this breed are always willing to play and cuddle and are popular as family dogs.

All of the dog breeds listed in this article consist of some of the friendliest dogs that are available as pets. No matter which of these dogs you choose, you are nearly guaranteed to end up with a friendly, affectionate dog that will form a loving bond with you and your family.

Have a great day!

© 2016 boumadna


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