7 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

7 Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

We get many different kinds of dogs here at North Paws Ranch – different personalities, looks, and health etc. And we know that some can be more difficult to look after than others. There are specific dogs that are great for first-time owners, so if you’re interested in finding out more info – this is the place for you!

Labrador Retriever

Can we be friends?

Labrador retrievers are generally a sociable and sporty breed. They’re also deeply loyal and affectionate dogs that form close bonds with their families.   They’re the most popular breed in the world for a reason! No dog is born with an obedience title in place, but Labs give first-time dog owners a generous pass as they navigate the dog/human relationship. For example, more intense or sensitive breeds may become highly nervous if their first-time dog owners aren’t consistent with training. If they aren’t trained since the earliest age, because when they grow up and become bigger and stronger, they may be less willing to obey commands and rules.

You can play fetch for hours on end or go for a run with your Lab, then end the busy day with snuggles on the couch in front of the television. Labs can become bored and act out, especially in their younger years, without plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They also tend to love all food and can easily become overweight, so make sure they’re regularly active. Fortunately, they only have small grooming needs: Just brush your Lab regularly to minimize shedding. If you take good care of your Lab, they will become your best friend.

This breed is energetic and playful but they are not aggressive in the slightest. In fact, they are amazing with children, babies, and toddlers and are able to stand rough playing and teasing without getting irritated or angry.

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I’m the designated walker!

The Poodle is a well-known, popular and versatile breed. This breed is available in three sizes: Toy, Miniature or Standard – all of which are remarkably intelligent dogs and especially easy to train. If you are looking for a small, fluffy dog, a toy Poodle is perfect for you. If you are looking for a large, fluffy dog, you could choose a standard Poodle.

The Poodle will need to be groomed regularly to maintain the curly, continuously growing coat. They don’t shed too much so they’re a possible match for allergy sufferers!

Poodles are very energetic dogs. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and while they thrive on activities, they won’t demand non-stop action, or bark needlessly. The Poodle is also very adaptable to its environment and can do very well in a variety of households, including those with children.

It’s not recommended to keep Poodles outside all of the time. They’re house dogs and they need the company of people or other dogs.

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Ready to walk the pooch?

If you are looking for a high-energy dog that’s not too small, then look no further than the playful Boxer. They’re loyal and can form a close bond with your family. If you happen to lead a very active lifestyle, then the Boxer is for you.

Boxer’s need plenty of exercise and a strong foundation of training. Although young Boxers can be quite hyperactive, they are not difficult to train and they really enjoy the attention. Once they’re trained, Boxers will thrive in active households and can get along really well with children. Boxers are very low maintenance and can easily find ways to entertain themselves.

They may be independent most of the time but Boxers do need supervision as they can be clumsy at times.

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Yorkshire Terrier

I love glamour selfies!

Yorkies are a great “starter dog” for those who want a little lap dog. However, they do have a lot of grooming needs. Yorkies have continuously growing hair that must be brushed and trimmed regularly. If you have the budget and time for regular groomers visits, it will be easy to keep your Yorkie in top-notch condition. The Yorkie also has a moderate energy level and will only need basic exercise. Daily walks are perfect for this breed.

Yorkies need a solid plan with training. Without structure, they can be stubborn and vocal. If you train Yorkies like you would train a big dog, you will strengthen the bond between you and lay down boundaries. Yorkies are very affectionate towards their owner, and may even be protective around strangers (We really do not deserve dogs!)

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Am I ready for my close up?

Don’t let their dainty figure fool you, The Papillon is a tough little dog that enjoys an active lifestyle. This pooch can be both your lap dog and exercise partner. They don’t need a lot of exercise but do enjoy to run around and they’re easy to train.

Although their coats are quite fluffy, they’re easy to maintain and have minimal shedding.

They love children and live well into their teens, which makes them a great addition to families with young children.

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Bichon Frise

I’m the best for cuddling!The Bichon Frise is a bouncy ball of fluff, they love attention and can act sassy to get it.  They’re an all-around great companion and they’re fairly easy to adapt to different environments. However, be sure to dedicate time and money to regular groomer visits. They have curly fur that must be trimmed regularly and brushed carefully. This breed is known for not shedding a lot, which is great for first-time owners who don’t feel like cleaning the house from hair every day. If you’d like to make your life a little easier, keep your Bichon’s hair trimmed short.

The Bichon Frise is a great dog for large families, especially with children and they usually get along with other pets, even non-canine ones. Basic exercise every day is enough to keep this breed healthy and happy.

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I’m the perfect fit waiting for you!

Pugs have become widely popular over the past few years, and rightly so. They love being center of attention and they crave human companionship. They don’t like being left alone for extended periods. This breed loves families, especially children, and can play with them all day long.

Pugs are charming and playful, however sometimes mischevious – but good-natured and obedient. They grow extremely attached to their owner over time and are loyal to them.

Training this breed can be a challenge as some pugs are stubborn or uncooperative. They need exercise but little games and a few small walks per day will do Pugs just fine.

Hopefully, this has opened your mind to the wonderful world of perfect dogs – whether you’re a first-time owner or not. These dogs are all low maintenance, easy to train and playful, in other words, all you’d want from a pooch.


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