So you're thinking of bringing a new furry member into your family, but you might not be sure which one to choose! Here, our Turlock veterinarians list some of the friendliest dog breeds you can adopt.
What Makes a Dog Breed ‘Friendly’
Dogs have been selectively bred for specific traits according to their roles. Certain breeds that have extensive interaction with humans were bred to exhibit characteristics such as sociability, trainability, and non-aggressiveness. Here are 5 friendly dog breeds, presented in no particular order, that exemplify these traits.
The Labrador retriever is a descendant of the Newfoundland retriever. Bred to be a hunting dogs, they excel at social tasks and are often seen working as guide dogs, rescue dogs, and even work as therapy dogs. These dogs are friendly dogs that love their humans and are a wonderful addition to the family.
Known for their intelligence, water dogs are a breed that requires mental stimulation to prevent boredom. They have a non-shedding coat that is hypoallergenic, making them suitable for individuals with allergies. Contrary to popular belief, the iconic poodle haircut is not a necessity.
The traditional poodle cut was primarily for their role as a water dog, keeping their joints warm and reducing excess hair for improved water performance. These old and affectionate dogs are a friendly and delightful addition to any household.
A dog that was bred to be a hunting dog, pack nature makes them ideal for joining a family. Don’t let the small size fool you, they are high-energy and will require a lot of exercise. This little loveable rascal would love to join your home.
Boxers were originally bred to be guard dogs and the trait hasn’t left. Their desire to protect and care for their family is still there making them social and caring for their family. Extra training will be needed to curb their habit of jumping up on people but the extra work is well worth it for this lovable muscle-bound dog.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This dog was bred with the specific goal of it being a companion dog. If you want a small dog to sit with you on the couch and cuddle this is the breed for you.