The 21 best dog breeds in the world

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A family dog lives with its human family and usually has several people it likes. It should get along well with kids and other pets. Find out in this article the best dog breeds. Maybe you’ll even find your new family member!

21 Best dog breeds:

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Rough Collie

Who doesn’t know the TV series Lassie, which is repeated for the umpteenth time on all channels? Mockers even say, if you need a handyman in the house, get yourself a Collie.

However, the film star certainly doesn’t deserve this reputation. It loves company and gets along well with children and other pets.

It is very protective of its family and, if necessary, will intervene physically without seriously hurting the intruder.

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Whippet dog

The English Whippet is a very sleepy companion. When awake, it behaves towards its humans as exceptionally friendly and loyal. It also has a rather calm nature and is very cuddly.

Considered easy to train, it has a strong hunting instinct and requires appropriate mental and physical stimulation.

Whippets are extremely jumpy. If they experience an unexpected touch, they can spring up like a rubber ball.

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The small Shih-Tzu is known to be very sociable and low-maintenance. It is very playful and affectionate. Without joking, these little dogs were often used by their owners as foot warmers. 

Indeed, the Shih-Tzu is a small ball of fur. Its hair is sometimes so long that you can hardly see its legs from the side.

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The Maltese is super easy to take care of and friendly.

These small dogs were originally bred as lapdogs. The four-legged friend from Malta was already appreciated and revered by the Romans.

These sociable and open dogs often suffer from shivering and don’t do well in the cold.

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Golden Retriever

As a family dog, the Golden Retriever is a very good choice.

Although he likes to bark, he is too friendly to attack strangers.

The Golden Retriever loves to carry things around in his mouth. So, if you’re missing a sock or a shoe, it’s best to follow your dog’s tracks.

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Yorkshire Terrier

The little “Yorkie” looks sweet and fragile at first glance. In reality, the small dog naturally has a kind of constant sniffle and sneezes very often. The resulting sounds are reminiscent of duck quacking.

The Yorkshire Terrier was bred as a lapdog and is now a popular family dog. He learns quickly and is very intelligent. However, house-training him is not quite easy.

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The Poodle is very active and alert. Additionally, it is eager to learn.

These proud animals need a strict hand. Good trainers can turn this sweet dog into a true acrobat. Trimming the Poodle’s fur wasn’t done for a fancy style but for practical reasons. Without the thick fur, they can swim better.

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The Greyhound is a real sleepyhead, sleeping up to 18 hours a day.

It needs little space and is well-suited for apartments. This affectionate and calm dog is good for both beginners and families. The Greyhound has a strong hunting instinct. Once he catches a scent, he tends to ignore cars, cyclists, or pedestrians.

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French Bulldog

The little French Bulldog is particularly friendly and playful. Being very friendly towards children and other dogs makes a perfect family dog. This short-legged dog with bat ears may not be very intelligent, but it is loyal and devoted.

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Berner Dog

Berner Dogs are perfect for beginners and families. They are very loyal and have a strong protective instinct. 

The drawback with these wonderful animals is that they shed a lot. Especially during seasonal coat changes, daily brushing is a must if you don’t want to find dog hair everywhere in the house.

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Pug dog

The Pug is very personable, easy to train, and barks little. For beginners, it’s the ideal family dog. It is so loyal that it will follow you like a shadow all the time. That’s why it doesn’t like to be alone.

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Leonbergers are considered obedient, loving, and friendly. They are also very protective and loyal to their family. These sociable dogs also love playing with children.

Although they are suitable for both beginners and families, they are not as low-maintenance. Their fur requires intense and preferably daily care.

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The Papillon got its name because of its butterfly-like ears. These small dogs have a strong hunting instinct and were originally used to keep rats and mice away from the house.

Today, they are mainly kept as family and lap dogs. These small four-legged friends get along exceptionally well with children and are also well-suited for inexperienced owners.

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Siberian Samoyed

The Samoyed is less known in this region. However, due to its trusting and sociable nature, it makes a great family dog.

In the past, the Samoyed was used as a hunting, sled, and guard dog. Therefore, it needs sufficient activity.

Samoyeds are very gentle and rarely aggressive. However, they shed a lot, making them a constant vacuuming challenge.

Boston Terrier
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Boston Terrier

The “American Gentleman” earned its nickname because of its behavior.

As the first dog breed bred in America, it’s an ideal playmate for children and a great family dog for beginners.

Not only does it get along well with children, but this sensitive and trainable dog is also well-suited for seniors.

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German Boxer

The German Boxer is a perfect family dog. It is loyal and protective of its family. Moreover, it excels as a guard dog.

Since the Boxer is easily trainable, it’s also suitable for beginners. However, the Boxer doesn’t like to be alone.

Despite the short snout, Boxers have very long tongues. The record holder measured 43 centimeters.

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The Beagle is the ideal scent hound and was originally bred in England for hunting.

As a family dog, it’s rather laid-back and trains very well. Thus, it is suitable for both beginners and apartment living. However, this very sociable dog doesn’t like to be alone.

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Labrador Retriever

Among the most well-known family dogs is undoubtedly the Labrador Retriever. It’s considered highly trainable and a great playmate for children.

Labrador Retrievers have webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers. Despite being true water enthusiasts, they hate being bathed. If they end up in the bathtub, they tuck their tails and try everything to escape their wet fate.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The peaceful nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes it an optimal family dog for beginners. These extroverted, fearless, and well-behaved dogs also suit seniors very well. However, they don’t like to be alone.

Depending on their fur color, this breed has three different names. The tri-color version is called Prince Charles, the black and tan type is King Charles, and the ruby-colored dogs are called Ruby.

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Irish Red Setter

Representatives of this breed are particularly affable and trusting. They are also very friendly towards strangers. Their family should be active, as the Irish Red Setter requires a lot of activity. When feeling lonely, these dogs like to sleep on their owner’s clothing or shoes.

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Havanese Dog

The Havanese come from Cuba. It is very affectionate with its family and gets along well with children. Therefore, it’s an optimal family dog for beginners. It gets along very well with other dogs but unfortunately doesn’t like to be alone. 

Its hunting instinct is also very strong. Havanese have freckles everywhere. Especially with short hair, these freckles stand out.