Best Breeds for First Time Dog Owners

Planning to bring a new pup to your home? Welcome him/her home with a joyous treat. And before you adopt one, be sure that you have bought a bowl for having food and water, a dog bed, food for treats and maybe some toys. Don’t be too late to teach your dog the house rules, to set boundaries and limitations in order to have a well-balanced dog. If possible you can train it on the very first day. Your dog needs well exercise, brush daily, bath, take your dog to the vet once in a month, feed daily thrice, take for a walk daily, love them, give proper exercise, etc.

Best breeds for the first pet-parent

Cavalier king Charles spaniel

Often called as “sporting toy breed” because of his sporty nature. He is born to be a companion. Enjoys hiking, dog sports such as fly ball, rally agility and it makes him happier to flush low flying birds and then attempt to retrieve it. This loving breed adores cuddling in laps or getting a belly rub. Cavaliers are small, attractive and soft with large expressive eyes. It has lovely feathered coat with striking colours and is polite and peaceful with everyone. Loves to be with family and owner so do not tolerate being alone for long time.

Generally they have an average lifespan of 9 to 15 years and they usually weigh between 13-18 pounds. They need a decent amount of exercise or it may cause to overweight.


The Papillion is sometimes called as “continental toy spaniel” or “butterfly dog” because in French the word papillon refers to butterfly and also the ears looks like butterfly wings. They are small, friendly, elegant toy dog, very easy to train for the first time dog owners. They learn very quickly and respond well. Quick moving, papillons move very fast even through cracked doors.

They weight between 4-9 pounds and have an average life span of 12-16 years.

Brittany Spaniel

Brittany spaniel are medium sized, and athletic and light on his foot. It runs quickly for long distances. If left alone for a long time without giving any outlets for his energy, you are likely to see hyper activity and destructive chewing. They are usually good to strangers and peaceful with other animals. They learn everything easily and fast. They are more in weight when compared to the other two so they need daily exercise for at least one hour.

They weigh between 30-40 pounds and have a lifespan of 10-13 years.

Bichon Frise

They are super cute as covered with curly white hair all around their body. Is playful but doesn’t need much exercise. The best part of this dog is they are allergy free because they don’t shed their hairs. 3 most common behavioural issues are house breaking, separation anxiety, and some Bichons are barky.

They are easy to train and they weigh between 7-12 pounds and have a lifespan of 12-15 years.

German shorthaired pointer

German shorthaired pointer is an active hunter. They are good-natured with other dogs and children’s. Need less exercise and interested in outdoor games. They don’t have any separation anxiety, if left alone home for a long time. Retrieve on both land and water because they are tall in nature and well-muscled throughout.

A hallmark of the breed is they comes in either liver or in liver and white, weigh up to 45-70 pounds and have a life span of 12-15 years


Viszla, good-natured has also been called as “Velcro” because they are so tactile. Viszla are known for being cheerful, affectionate, alert, energetic, friendly, loyal, playful, gentle, intelligent, protective, responsive and quite. Their coat is in attractive shaded golden rust. Regular exercise required to keep it healthy and participates in a wide variety of activities such as man trailing, pointing and hunting.

Viszlas have an average lifespan of 10-14 years and weigh between 45-65 pounds.


Greyhounds are fastest of all breeds, can reach speeds of 40-45 miles per hour. They are tall, elegant build, slender and have a sleek easy-care coat that comes in many colours. Low maintenance breed, regular exercises are not required and they love to sleep. They were originally bred as hunting dogs to chase deer foxes and hare.

Beyond their speed and grace, people love them for their sweet mild nature. They weigh between 50-85 pounds and have a lifespan of 12-15 years.

Australian cattle dog

They are also called as blue heeler, red heeler and Queensland heeler. It requires lots of exercise and not an apartment dog. The dog is medium-sized, natural-looking, sturdy, well-muscled and their coat comes in striking colours. This alert dog is excellent in obedience and hardworking. They are highly tolerant of pain.

Australian cattle dogs are tough in nature and easy to train; they weigh up to 30-50 pounds with an average life span of 12-15 years.

German pinscher

German pinschers are known for being affectionate, intelligent, courage, cheerful, loving, playful, alert, lively and responsive. It will need regular exercise. This high-energy breed always seems to be observing, clever and planning. They look like a medium sized Doberman.

Generally they weigh between 25-45 pounds and have an average life span of 12-14 years. Training must be given in their early stages.

Golden retriever

One of the finest family dog in the world, they are friendly and tolerant. They even forgive to the mistakes done by their inexperienced owner. A Goldie’s bark is welcoming rather than protective. Since they love to eat, proper exercise must be given (a daily walk). They do well in dog sports such as competitive obedience and agility. They become friendly with strangers, children’s and other animals easily.

In fact, they are one of the most common popular dog breed, weigh between 55-75 pounds with average lifespan of 10-12 years. The heart of a golden retriever is sweet and gentle.

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