How do you choose the best dog FOR YOU?  It is, of course, easy for anyone to identify the appearance of a dog that appeals to you; but, what about the traits that you need in a dog for it to be a good match for you?

Do you want a friendly dog, one that is easy to train, a really affectionate dog, an aggressive dog, etc.?  Perhaps the traits of a dog should be the primary reason for you choice of breed rather than the physical appearance that you find appealing.

Friendliest Dog Breeds

Almost any dog can be made into a friendly dog if they have a happy home and an active social life.  However; certain breeds love to be around other dogs and people, are good with children and have gentle, relaxed personalities.  They always seem to be so happy.

  • Irish Setter
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Siberian Husky
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • Rat Terrier
  • Field Spaniel
  • English Foxhound
  • American Foxhound
  • Australian Bulldog
  • English Shepherd
  • Goldendoodle
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Basset Hound
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Harrier
  • Chinook

Calmest Breeds

Some dog breeds, just like children, are calmer than others.  It doesn’t mean they are never energetic, but in general, they will be more docile and require less time or intensity to expend their energy.

  • Great Dane
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bulldog
  • Pug
  • French Bulldog
  • Pekingese
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Skye Terrier
  • Shih Tzu

Easiest Dogs to Train

Intelligence, eagerness to please and even how much a dog is motivated by food make some dogs easier to train than others.  All dogs are trainable, but there are some breeds known to be easier than others to train.

  • Border Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Poodle
  • German Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Papillon
  • Miniature Schnauzer

 Affectionate Breeds 

You may think of all dogs being loving creatures who want nothing more than to please their human, but there are certain breeds who are much more affectionate than others.  They are always happy to curl up in your lap for a snooze or cover your face with sloppy kisses.

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Greyhound
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Collie

Aggressive (Meanest) Breeds

Historically, certain dogs were bred and encouraged to be aggressive as a result of the need for this trait to accomplish a particular job.  This trait has been passed on within a breed from generation to generation.  However, any dog can become aggressive.  A dog’s personal history can also end up in aggressive behaviors.  For example, dogs who were abused become aggressive out of fear; dogs who were starved can become food aggressive; small dogs allowed to exhibit poor behavior can even become aggressive because they think of themselves as the alpha.

  • Chihuahua
  • Dachshund
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dalmatian
  • Rottweiler
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • German Shepherd
  • American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier
  • Siberian Husky

Low Maintenance Breeds

Even lazy or busy people can be a good dog owner if they get a dog requiring low maintenance.  There are some breeds that only require a moderate amount of training, grooming, exercise, and health care.

  • Chihuahua
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Dachshund
  • Russell Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Miniature Pinscher

Cleanest Breeds

Caring for a dog is time-consuming.  If you want to spend your dog-time playing with your dog rather than cleaning him, such dogs do exist.  There are dogs that pride themselves on being pristine.

  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Chow Chows
  • Basenji
  • Japanese Chin
  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Greyhound
  • Poodle
  • Whippet

Laziest Breeds

Playing with a dog can be a lot of fun, but it can also be exhausting.  If you want to spend less time outside and more time laying on the couch with your best friend, then one of these breeds may be just right for you.

  • Saint Bernard
  • Chow Chow
  • Bullmastiff
  • Greyhound
  • Shih Tzu
  • French Bulldog
  • English Bulldog
  • Great Dane

High Energy Breeds

All dogs need exercise, but some require a lot more than others.  If you are a swimmer, a runner, or a cyclist, etc., a high energy dog may be the perfect fit for you.

  • Weimaraner
  • Dalmatian
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Siberian Husky
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Border Collie


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