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12 of the Friendliest Dog Breeds That Love Everyone They Meet

Goldendoodle on sofa with woman in background

Jacob Fox

All dogs love their family, but not all dogs greet everyone with the same eager ears and slobbery kisses. And when it comes to the friendliest dog breeds, there’s no definitive rule as to which dogs are always friendly to everyone and which puppies prefer to stick to those they know and know. they trust.

“Any breed can learn to be friendly, and any breed can be shy and unpredictable, depending on their socialization during their first nine weeks of life,” says Pam Nichols, DVM, former president of the American Animal Hospital Association.

A dog’s cuteness depends on two major factors: its exposure to new people, animals, and situations early in its life, and its genetics. If a puppy’s parents are “scared, shy cats,” Nichols says, there’s a chance she and her siblings will do the same.

“Requiring a breeder who does early developmental socialization; that’s the first step,” says Nichols. “Because if you have a 12 week old dog who has never been exposed to anything, you are in trouble. A 12 week old who is shy and introverted will not become friendly and outgoing with training. .”

Although each dog is an individual with their own personality, these are some of the dogs that are most likely to greet you at the park with bright eyes and wagging tails.

1.Beagle

Beagle stands between the legs of the owner during a walk in the park

Beagle stands between the legs of the owner during a walk in the park

Maria Sbytova/Shutterstock Beagles need at least an hour of exercise per day. She certainly won’t mind a long walk around the neighborhood!

Bred to be hunting partners for trackers in the UK, beagles are generally a family favourite. Playful and talkative, Beagles make fantastic playmates for children, as long as you have a fenced-in yard so they don’t follow their super-loud noses after a neighborhood rabbit. After an intense day of play, they’ll be ready to cuddle up with their families for a lazy evening.

2. Boston Terrier

boston terrier

boston terrier

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For a small dog, the Boston gentleman terrier has a big personality. They can be great playmates for kids and couch lazy people – it all depends on the time of day. Boston terriers are lively and friendly, so always make sure they get plenty of attention so they don’t experience separation anxiety.

3. Brittany

Brittany spaniel walks in the water

Brittany spaniel walks in the water

Julie / Adobe Stock Bretons love the outdoors as much as possible. Check her regularly for ticks, burrs, mats, and any cuts or abrasions she may have had during her adventures.

Intelligent, kind and enthusiastic about anything (and everything!) that involves their people, Bretons thrive in an active family that will occupy their quick minds. From weekend hikes and swims to training nights on the agility course, a Breton wants a family that can keep up with their energy. And when you’re at the dog park, they’ll welcome new friends (both two-legged and four-legged) with a booty move.

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4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with its tongue out

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with its tongue out

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With such a regal name, you might expect the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to be a bit cocky. But this perception could not be more wrong. Friendly with cats, children, and other dogs, Cavs generally fit in well with any family and lifestyle. Do you spend a lot of time reading on the couch? A Cavalier will gladly sleep on your lap. Are you more natural? She will also be by your side for walks and outings to the park.

5. Cocker Spaniel

cocker spaniel lying on a bed with her owner writing in a diary behind her

cocker spaniel lying on a bed with her owner writing in a diary behind her

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No matter who you are, sweet and calm cocker spaniels will love to cuddle up to you. These companion dogs live well with small children and the elderly, and they get along well with other four-legged family members. Cockers can be a little reserved when meeting new people, but it doesn’t take long for a stranger to become a new best friend (especially when it comes to ear scratching and treats).

6. Golden retriever

owner strokes his golden retriever on the head

owner strokes his golden retriever on the head

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Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, in part because of their friendly demeanor. Gentle and easy to train, Goldens want nothing more than to spend the day playing with their favorite humans, although a hike or a refreshing swim will also get them wagging their tails. “I really believe [the golden retriever] is about the happiest race, the friendliest race,” says Nichols.

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7. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle on sofa with woman in background

Goldendoodle on sofa with woman in background

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The goldendoodle is a curly-haired combination of two of the friendliest dog breeds: the golden retriever and the poodle. This double dose of affectionate nature means Goldendoodles make sweet and kind companions, ideal for new dog owners. And due to their low prey count, you don’t have to worry about your doodle taking off after cats or other small animals; they are too interested in making friends to hunt.

8. Havanese

Bichon Havanese on the bridge

Bichon Havanese on the bridge

Alex / Adobe Stock A brisk 30-minute walk every day is enough to keep your Havanese happy. He will even be content – ​​and let off steam – to play at home.

When you live with a Havanese, you won’t need five subscription services to keep you entertained. These little furballs are energetic and goofy around the home, and their outgoing, friendly temperament makes them excel as therapy dogs. The best part: As long as his humans are by his side, the Havanese is happy to live anywhere, from the sprawling estate to the studio.

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9. Labrador retriever

Labrador retriever lying in the grass with woman

Labrador retriever lying in the grass with woman

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If you’re a runner or spend every weekend at the lake, the Labrador retriever will happily join you on any (and any!) thrilling adventures. Most Labs will rarely encounter a new person (or animal) they don’t like. And as the most popular dog in the United States, they make a go-to companion for families across the country.

10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi lying outside on pavement in front of owner

Pembroke Welsh Corgi lying outside on pavement in front of owner

Ирина Мещрякова / Getty Corgis are social puppies that want to be your companion on adventures.

If the Pembroke Welsh Corgi had a tail, he’d still be wagging it (but we’ll settle for a nice corgi butt wagging instead). His perky ears and natural smile also hint at his fun and silly personality. And because it usually weighs no more than 30 pounds, it’s a perfectly sized cuddle buddy.

11. Poodle

person holding white toy poodle with french cut

person holding white toy poodle with french cut

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There are three types of poodles: toy, miniature and standard. And although they vary in size (the smallest toy poodle may weigh as little as 4 pounds; a standard weighs up to 70), they all generally have a friendly disposition. But while Poodles are affectionate and people-oriented, they can get anxious in new and overwhelming situations, think: noisy, chaotic environments. Socializing your poodle puppy will help him become confident and outgoing.

12. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu on a leash with head tilted

Shih Tzu on a leash with head tilted

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Shih tzu dogs have lived side by side with humans for at least 1,000 years, and the dogs were bred specifically to be our furry friends. This friendly little breed of dog once kept company with Tibetan monks and Chinese emperors, and today there’s rarely a tower they won’t climb. They may bark when they first meet someone new, but these puppies all talk and that initial suspicion usually fades after a few minutes (and a few treats!).