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Dogs are social pack animals who prefer the company of other animals and humans and thrive for attention and affection. They are also naturally loyal, which makes them a popular pet. According to the University of Melbourne, in Australia alone, almost 72% of pet-owning people – which is 48% of all Australians – have a dog.

Although they are very prominent, each dog has its own personality and needs, which is why before you get one, you need to know which breed suits you, your family, your lifestyle, and your location the best.

Before we go through the list of the friendliest dog breeds, please remember that regardless of the breed, as pet owners, it is our responsibility to raise and take care of them properly. It is our fault as much as theirs on how they interact with other animals and strangers and react to new surroundings.

Without further ado, if you’re looking for the friendliest dog for you and your family, here are some of the easiest dog breeds to care for, from the most caring dog breeds to the most cheerful dog breeds!

In no particular order:

Golden Retriever

Group: Sporting (AKC)

Temperament: Friendly, reliable, intelligent, trustworthy, kind, and confident

Energy Level: Active

Golden Retrievers are obedient and relatively easy to train. Can get quite big, so make sure you have enough space for these four-legged babies. They are great with kids as they are sweet and playful.

Labrador Retriever

Group: Sporting (AKC)

Temperament: Gentle, outgoing, agile, kind, trusting, and intelligent

Energy Level: Active

This enthusiastic and bouncy dog is great with kids and other pets. They love to play and will need regular exercise and stimulation to prevent boredom.

Poodle

Group: Non-Sporting (AKC)

Temperament: Intelligent, alert, faithful, active, instinctual, and trainable

Energy Level: Medium

There are three types of poodle: standard, miniature, and toy, so you can choose which one suits your space the best. Poodles are hypoallergenic and will require regular grooming. They are intelligent and great family pets.

Cocker Spaniel

Group: Sporting (AKC)

Temperament: Playful, affectionate, quiet, friendly, and trainable

Energy Level: Active

They are very happy dogs and always keen to please their owners. They are very active and love to swim. Their gentle personality makes them great with children.

Boxer

Group: Working

Temperament: Bright, playful, fearless, brave, confident, intelligent, and devoted

Energy Level: Active

Boxes have a loving and goofy personality. They are very energetic and need plenty of exercise. They have a low maintenance short coat.

Shih Tzu

Group: Toy (AKC)

Temperament: Playful, clever, affectionate, outgoing, lively, and gentle

Energy Level: Low to moderate

A clever and friendly breed with a lovely docile nature great for children and other animals!

Beagle

Group: Hound (AKC)

Temperament: Intelligent, amiable, determined, enthusiastic, and gentle

Energy Level: Active

Beagles are very energetic and friendly! They are very tolerant and accepting by nature, so they fit into a family very well.

Collie

Group: Herding (AKC)

Temperament: Loyal, active, gentle, protective, sweet, and friendly

Energy Level: Active

As a working and herding breed, Border Collies need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation! They are great family pets and are always excited to go on a fun outdoor adventure.

Having a dog is indeed rewarding, but it takes a lot of effort and commitment to care for one.

For those who are struggling to find the time to exercise or care for their beloved pets, we, at Floofers, offer a wide range of pet care services from pet daycare, pet sitting, house sitting to dog walking. So, you don’t have to worry about working for long hours or going on trips because we’ve got your pets covered!

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