Friendliest Dog Breeds That Love People

Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers: Friendly, popular breed known for warm eyes and cheerful grins. High-energy dogs requiring daily exercise and companionship.

Golden Retriever

Another breed that has remained in the top most popular breeds for decades, Golden retrievers generally exude friendliness as they engage with people and other animals. Part of this comes down to confidence.

Cheerful and active, Beagles are loyal companions who enjoy playing fetch and going on long walks. They get along well with other dogs but should be leashed outdoors due to their scent-following tendencies.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

When it comes to Cavalier King Charles spaniels, their primary purpose throughout history has been to serve as companion animals. These dogs genuinely love people, so they demand ample attention and don't like being left alone.


Pugs: Little dogs, big personalities. Affectionate, smart, and playful. Social with people and dogs, great with kids. Requires daily exercise and attention to avoid weight gain.

Boston Terrier

Nicknamed the "American Gentleman," Boston terriers are affectionate dogs with a silly streak. They love to make new friends, and they're usually up for a play session.

Irish Setter

Irish setters are friendly dogs with carefree, spunky attitudes that many canine lovers find appealing. They generally make wonderful family dogs, as most love children, other dogs, and even dog-friendly cats.

Border Collie

Generally considered to be the most intelligent dog breed, border collies need plenty of mental and physical stimulation each day to keep them happy and well behaved. But this breed aims to please.


If they were people, the average boxer would be the class clown. Boxers are suckers for attention. These affectionate dogs want to be social, and the more positive attention you give them, the more you’ll get back.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire bull terriers, a breed under the umbrella of pit bulls, have mammoth smiles that instantly give away their sincerely sweet personalities. Once bred to be fighters, today they are more often lovers.