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Seven Friendliest Dog Breeds
There is no way people are going to agree with this list. Everyone thinks they have the most loyal dog breed, and most people think they have the friendliest dog breed, so no matter which breed I leave there are sure to be complaints.
I can see the comments now: “I have always had ….. and they are the friendliest breed of dog.”
Sorry, but it does not work that way. I realize that dogs are individuals, and some individuals are friendlier than others. In general, however, some breeds are usually friendly, and some, well, not as much.
The friendly dogs are glad to see me. After years of seeing dogs come in for an exam, these are the breeds I am most likely to walk up to and start an exam without having a good tech holding on.
The top rated article on Google lists the German Shepherd dog as the second friendliest breed. I have to disagree. Shepherds are rarely as snappy as Doxies, but there are a lot of other dogs I would put on my list above the GSD. Here are a few:
Friendliest Dog Breeds
Despite their size, Labs are friendly and easy to work with.
Are they good guard dogs? Well, since they are such big dogs they do work as guard dogs, but usually because they sleep in front of the door and manage to trip up any home invader foolish enough to try and walk around them.
There are dogs who shed less, have less health problems, never bark, and others who make great watchdogs. None of them are as popular as the Lab. They have been the most popular dog around the world for over 20 years.
Being friendly has a lot to do with that popularity.
This healthy dog is one of the easiest to work with. One of the best known books on dog intelligence puts this dog down near the bottom. I don’t agree with that rating, and certainly look forward to seeing this happy little dog on the exam table.
Beagles are prone to weight problems, but of course it is a problem with the owner, not the dog. As far as I know even this smart little dog does not know how to open the refrigerator.
There have been exceptions, just like with any other breed, but I am almost always happy to see one of these patients waiting in a room. They are great with kids, affectionate with their owners, and one of the smartest dog breeds so they are easy to train.
Goldens, just like Labs, do tend to be a bit hyperactive, so they are not the best dog for someone who needs a calm dog. They do slow down, eventually, just about the time they reach old age.
Most of them stay friendly right up to the end.
This affectionate dog is usually very attached to their owner, but they are also willing to put up with almost anyone—even me. Like Labs and Goldens, they are a hunting breed, bred to get out and work, so if you need a calm dog willing to lie around all day they are not your best choice.
This big scent hound is a little too lazy to be aggressive, and once he is scooped up and on the table is willing to put up with almost anything. (Okay, no dog likes his temperature taken. Other than that…)
Besides being great with kids, the Basset is also a good medium sized dog for an apartment. And, since they are so mellow and willing to take a nap anywhere, anytime, the Basset is a great dog for people that have to work all day.
They usually present for ear infections. Imagine that?
I have seen this breed listed among the “ten most dangerous dogs”, and I usually have to stop and laugh at the list maker´s stupidity. Have they ever been around one of these dogs? Yes, they look like a wolf, but the similarities end right there. Siberians are incredibly people friendly. They were so valuable and so much a part of the family that the Siberian women were known to nurse any extra puppies.
If a puppy was aggressive, or bit one of the family members, it was dispatched onto a hard rock immediately. On the frozen plains of Siberia, there were no judges to appeal to, and no rescues that might save a dangerous dog. Thousands of years of culling and selective breeding have lead to a very friendly dog, at least if you are a human.
For those chickens reading this article, keep on searching. Sibes are not your best choice.
Since these dogs are actually one of the guard dog breeds, not everyone will agree with this choice. (Actually no one is going to agree with all of these choices. A few vets or vet techs out there, especially those with scars on their hands, will agree with most of the list.)
Boxers are good dogs for a single woman that needs a guard dog, but they are almost always happy to see strangers that their owners like. They do a little “Boxer wiggle” when they are happy: since they do not have much tail to wag, they wag their entire back end instead.
If I was looking for a big guard dog, but also wanted a friendly dog that would be willing to visit with most of my guests, a Boxer would be at the top of my list.
Finding that friendly dog
Disclaimer: This list is based on personal opinion and no scientific research was done to back it up. The only reference I can cite is over 40 years of experience.
Do not use this list, or any single list, to select your new dog. Look at all the factors your new family member will possess—loyalty, health, affection, and of course how she will fit into your lifestyle. If you live in an apartment and work most of the day, find a dog that will do well in that life. Retrievers,Brittanys, and Siberians are friendly but are not suited for a life of confinement and boredom. You need to think about all of this and should not rush into your decision.
If you are looking for a friendly dog, be sure to check out your local animal shelter first. You will not always be able to tell about the dog on the first visit, so if you can spend some time with the dog before adoption that is really the best way to go.
Try looking for a breed rescue on the internet, and you can also check Petfinder.com to find other shelters that you can visit. If you do not find your puppy consider a breeder, but do not buy a friendly puppy from a pet shop or an internet puppy wholesale site. He will be from a puppy mill and you may end up with a poorly behaved dog that has housetraining problems.
Good luck on finding that perfect new dog!
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