12 Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise: Playful, intelligent, great with kids. Hypoallergenic coat. Regular grooming required.

Golden retrievers

Golden Retriever: Friendly, devoted, obedient. Easy to train. Great family dogs. Regular brushing needed.


Papillon: Affectionate, playful, athletic. Good with children. Low grooming needs.

Labrador retriever

Labrador Retriever: Friendly, well-behaved, sociable. Easy to train. Low maintenance grooming.

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Gentle, athletic, adaptable. Easy to train and please. Excellent therapy dogs. Regular grooming required.

German shepherd

German Shepherd: Smart, loyal, trainable. Used in K-9 units. Great watchdogs. Easy to groom.

Standard poodle

Poodle: Hypoallergenic, smart, athletic. Designer breeds. High-energy as puppies. Daily brushing, regular grooming.


Basenji: Smart, adaptable, quiet. Independent, low-key. Easy to care for. Weekly grooming, no bathing required. First-time owners.

Yorkshire terrier

Yorkie: Petite, brave, friendly. Low-allergen coat. Daily brushing, weekly bathing, professional grooming. Adorable terrier. Popular for pet allergies.


Pug: Best family companion. Adaptable, friendly with everyone. Thrives in city and country. Easy to train. Low maintenance coat, light shedding.


Whippet: Graceful and fast, the Whippet is a gentle and affectionate breed. Known for its elegant appearance and athletic ability, it excels in dog sports like racing and agility.

Great Dane

The Abyssinian cat is a high-energy breed that can become your best friend. They thrive on fun and love being close to their owner, often following them from room to room.