Best Dog Breeds For First Time Dog Owners

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Nothing can get more exciting than getting your first dog. Imagine that cute chap running around your house begging for your attention. They could give you their puppy eyes and you will be under their spell.

But getting a pet dog doesn’t mean that you would get the life that you have always imagined. We must admit that having a dog would mean that you are responsible enough to take good care of them and of course, you would need to know the type of dog that you are compatible with.

Here are dog types that are highly suggested for first time owners:

Shih tzu

Shih tzus are cute little dogs with long abundant locks and friendly attitude. They are usually nine to ten inches in height and nine to sixteen pounds in weight. Their life span is usually ten to sixteen years.

Shih tzus are lovable and affectionate companion. They just love following people around the house and they easily meet and greet friends and also strangers. They are highly adaptable so living in an apartment or a country life setting is not a problem. They could get along with children and other animals easily.


pug covered with blanket on bedspread

Pugs have deep wrinkles with big dark eyes. They have a flat round and comical face. They are usually ten inches to one foot in height and weighs from fourteen to eighteen pounds with a life span of twelve to fifteen years.

Pugs belong to the dog breed group that are known as companion dogs. In fact, they are known as the clowns of the canine simply because they like to show off and they have a great sense of humour. Imagine setting up a tea party for pugs inside their dog houses. That would be really cute.

Golden Retriever

adult dog sitting on white sand near seashore

Golden retrievers are large and intelligent breeds of dogs. They are slow to mature, playful and silly which sometimes can be delightful and annoying at the same time. Their usual height is from one foot and nine inches to two foot. They weigh from fifty-five to seventy-five pounds and has a life span of ten to twelve years.

Golden Retrievers are one of the best sporting dogs. They are great for active people who like to go on adventures because of their agility. They are also perfect for those who are exercise lovers as golden retrievers loves running and long walks. They are friendly and loyal to their owners.


adult white and tan beagle on field

Beagles are small dogs with great sense of smell. They are intelligent and are originally trained to hunt. They typically measure from thirteen to sixteen inches tall and weigh between seventeen to thirty-three pounds. They usually live from ten to fifteen years.

Their hazel eyes along with their soft and pleading expression is hard to resist. They can easily get along with humans and other animals. Beagles are very affectionate and cheerful dogs, which makes them great companion dogs. They can also behave well with children.

Labrador Retriever

yellow Labrador retriever

Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in America. They are can easily get along with other animals and children, which make them great family dogs. They are extremely active, which makes them suitable companion for athletic people and can be trained as athletes themselves.

They are large breeds of dogs and usually weigh around fifty-five to eighty pounds. They are prone to obesity when overfed. They are typically eight to nine inches tall with a life span of twelve to fifteen years.

Labrador retrievers are working dog breeds. They can be hunters, search and rescue dogs, assistance dogs, therapy dogs and etc. They are really friendly and useful dogs. They are sweet which makes them great working as therapy and assistance dogs. Due to their agility, courage and athletic build, they are excellent in search and rescue.


adult smooth black and tan dachshund standing at the doorway

Dachshunds or Doxies has three varieties: shorthaired, wirehaired and longhaired. They have soulful eyes and have complex facial expressions. They normally weigh between sixteen to thirty-two pounds with a height from eight inches to nine inches. They typically live from twelve to fifteen years.

Dachshunds are delightful breeds and can adapt well in a family. They have a long and muscular body and have short legs, which makes them look so bold and proud. Despite that, they are actually playful and intelligent pets. They spend most of their time either napping or playing.


man in white dress shirt wearing round analog watch with brown leather bracelet holding black chihuahua during daytime

Chihuahuas are known to be the world’s smallest dogs. They are typically six to nine inches tall, and weigh from three to six pounds. They have a long life span in which they can live from ten to eighteen years.

Chihuahuas are generally known as low-cost pets. They do not require so much maintenance despite them having regal attitude.  They are Kings and Queens in their own little world. They are so small that they can adapt well in an apartment setting. They are intelligent which makes them trainable and small, which makes them easy to carry around.

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