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10 Friendly Dog Breeds

(Tuesday, March 04, 2014)

Looking for a happy-go-lucky pooch to share your home? Search no further! Learn more about some of the friendliest dog breeds out there:

Beagle
Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. They are known for their merry personalities and following their noses, which can lead them into some mischief and maybe even meeting new friends!

Learn more about the Beagle.

Boston Terrier
The Boston has been nicknamed "the American Gentleman" because of his tuxedo-like coloring, gentle disposition, intelligence and suitability as companion and house pet. The breed is easy to train and they are easy keepers, preferring to remain by their owner’s sides. Their primary use today is as a companion.

Learn more about the Boston Terrier.

Boxer
Although they are instinctive guardians, the Boxer loves to be with his people. One of the breed's most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are patient and spirited with children, but also protective, making them a popular choice for families.

Learn more about the Boxer.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
For centuries, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (a namesake of King Charles II of Britain) was recorded in paintings and tapestries together with their aristocratic families. It is obvious from these works of art that Cavaliers were a luxury item and lived "the easy life" as housepets. The Cavalier’s true purpose has always been a companion dog. With their sweet, gentle natures, the Cavalier is a trustworthy companion for children and thrives as part of a family.

Learn more about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Irish Setter
The Irish Setter became popular in the 18th century throughout Ireland and the British Isles. The breed was originally used to "set" game, working closely with the hunter and crouching low near the birds so that the hunters could walk up and throw a net over bird and dog. The breed has an outgoing, clown-like personality and lots of energy, making him a friendly favorite with families.

Learn more about the Irish Setter.

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers, originally from Newfoundland, were initially used in work alongside fisherman, helping to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines. Because of his even temperament and trainability millions of Americans own a Labrador Retriever as a pet. The breed has a great aptitude to please its master and excels as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement.

Learn more about the Labrador Retriever.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The PWC is one of the most agreeable small house dogs, as well as an avid competitor in many dog sports. Bold and friendly, the Pembroke responds well to training and loves his family. He may even go as far as trying to herd family members!

Learn more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Confident, happy and extroverted, the PBGV is best suited to the active dog owner. Although independent, he is still willing to please and wants to work with his owners, which comes from his history of hunting small game such as rabbit and hare in his native France.

Learn more about the PBGV.

Poodle
The Poodle is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. An outgoing breed, the three Poodle sizes have been used to work with humans in various capacities, including as a water retriever, truffle hunting and performances in circuses, where their friendly nature has been a plus.

Learn more about the Poodle.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which originated in England, is known by the affectionate nickname, "The Children's Nursemaid" or "The Nanny Dog." Their tolerance of, and affection for, children is well known. Today, he serves primarily as a family companion and is seen in the show, obedience and agility rings.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is extremely courageous and obedient, highly intelligent and affectionate with a sense of humor.

Learn more about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.