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10 Of The Friendliest Dog Breeds In The World

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Dogs are sociable creatures that can easily adapt to new environments and situations. Here are some of the friendliest dog breeds around.

There is a reason why dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend.” Yet every dog is different, and personalities can largely differ between species. While all dogs are generally friendly, some breeds are certainly more so than others.

1. Golden Retriever

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Top of our list of friendliest dogs is the Golden retriever, which is among the world’s most popular breed of dog, and for good reason. They love to engage with people and other animals, exude friendliness, and are known to have a cheery outlook.

Moreover, golden retrievers are known to listen to your command, so they are an excellent pet to have at home. These dogs are intelligent and are very protective of their humans. They are great with kids and can get along with just about any family member. Golden retrievers are also natural athletes and often perform well when competing with other dogs.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Throughout history, the primary role of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is to serve and be a companion to other animals. These dogs genuinely care and love people too, and will often in return demand an ample amount of attention.

Since they are sociable, they do not want to be left alone at times. However, much of the attention that they seek can be simply satisfied through cuddling on the couch. They won’t take up much of your time to care, although it’s recommended that you play with them from time to time.

3. Boxers

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Boxers are some of the friendliest dogs to have, but they are suckers for attention. These friendly dogs are very affectionate and sociable. The more you give them positive attention, the more you will get it back. Because of this, boxers can make for excellent pets for families with kids. However, training them is essential. They are playful by nature, get very active, and often jump on people excitedly.

4. Boston Terrier

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Boston terriers are very affectionate, easygoing, and love to be around people, especially children. They love to make friends and want to cuddle and play with their humans making them some of the friendliest dogs around. They can adapt easily to their environment and feel at ease in most situations. Above all, Boston terriers often have that goofy smile that will surely warm your heart.  

5. Beagles

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Beagles are very cheerful and are fun to be around. They don’t only get along well with people, but also with other dogs. These dogs are relatively active, so they would always love to play around, especially outdoors. Their friendly nature means they can easily get along with anyone. You can take them on long walks or play fetch games. They are always willing to play and are happy to snuggle with their humans at the end of the day.  

6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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A favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth, corgis are highly sociable. They love to play and spend some quality time with their humans. These dogs are purposely bred to be guard or companion dogs, which explains why they would always love to be around humans. They are very delightful companions since they are very affectionate.

7. Border Collie

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Border collies are those types of dogs that always aim to please. These dogs are constantly in tune with their humans, which helps them succeed in sports and everyday training. They are very energetic and can socialize with ease.

Like most dogs, border collies are happiest when they are outdoors. Their ability to quickly adapt to any situation makes them easy to train. They are particularly good at dog sports such as flying discs, and you can easily teach them any kind of game.

8. Bulldog

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Bulldogs might look like they are always sad because of their perpetually frown look, but do not let that face fool you. They are one of the friendliest dogs in the world. Above all, they are easygoing, low-maintenance, and are very loyal companions.

They want to always stay by your side when going out and about. These dogs are easy to train and can adapt to any living situation. Also, these dogs are ideal for those who are not very active since they do not require plenty of exercise.

9. Newfoundland dog

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Don’t let the size of Newfoundlands scare you off. These gentle giants are in fact known to be extremely sweet and gentle and can get along with everyone, especially kids. They are a great companion at home and will not require much exercise. A few minutes of daily walks should be enough to keep them fit.

Newfoundlands are friendly creatures that would love to be in the presence of their humans at all times. They might be huge and can seem intimidating, but they are sociable and remain loyal to their humans.

10. Shih Tzu

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Historically, Shih Tzus are cared for by the Tibetan monks. Eventually, they were given to the Chinese royalty as gifts. Because of this, it’s easy to see why these pint-size dogs are very sociable and comfortable around humans. They love to curl up and cuddle on their human’s lap and often thrive on the attention and affection of humans.

Written by Joe Kahlo