Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds

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Introduction

Living with any dog can greatly add to your happiness and can reduce the stresses in your life. Walking a dog helps keep people active and outdoors. But living with a friendly dog takes life to the next step! The American Kennel Club lists 211 specific breeds in the United States and many were bred for specific purposes. While your dog might be able to pull or fetch or swim when particular circumstances arise, a truly friendly pup makes the best kind of furry friend. So, let’s put a smile on your face and run through the Top 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds to choose from when looking for your next fur-ever friend.

Irish Setter

The friendliest dog breed is the Irish Setter. This face clearly exudes happiness, which will immediately put a smile on your's. Through the ages, painters have used this breed to represent contentment in their work, as this happy pup exhibits their friendly nature to home and family. Originally bred to hunt birds, this charming dog might just make the perfect companion.

Labrador Retriever

This pup tops the charts on best dog for many reasons, and ‘friendly’ is just about their middle name. Happy to do almost any task, or at least is willing to try, this pup-tastic dog will excel at being a child’s companion, or  as a guide or rescue dog. The Labrador Retriever's consistent happy nature makes this a top friendly-breed choice.

Beagle

Beagles are just fun to be around. They are merry little dogs that can fit into any lifestyle with their smaller, but hardy build. This pup will joyfully accept pets and treats from strangers, and are always looking out for their best friend. This is the social butterfly of the dog park, and will always keep you content with their friendly disposition.

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Boxer

The Boxer has risen in popularity because of their friendly nature, but still retains the quality of their breed by being a great guard dog. Protective, but not pushy, this fur-ever friend will be your child’s best buddy and will joyfully jump at the chance to ride in the car, stick their head out the window, and make everyone you pass smile!

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

This British native has brought over their amazingly friendly personality to the United States to welcome all into their world. Gracious and kind, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a highly affectionate dog, and will be a top companion to adults or children. Super smart, take this pup anywhere to spread their friendly nature around. It’s contagious!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Another pup that is well-known for being featured in art work, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel comes with a large dose of sweetness along with their friendly nature. Loyal to the core, this pup will delight friends and family with their aristocratic charm and fun nature.  Everyone will want to know more about this friendly little pup!

Poodle

Is there a poodle in your future? This very smart and friendly breed is tops at the obedience trials, or just a fan favorite on the hiking trails. They come in an assortment of sizes to suit any lifestyle. Your poodle pup will graciously join you in any undertaking you choose. A true friend fur-ever.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a little pup with a bunch of spunk!  Always dressed to the hilt with their tuxedo-style fur coat, this dog will put a smile on anyone’s face with their charming and friendly nature. They love to cuddle with the kids or hike with the outdoor enthusiast. Hardy and tough, these pups represent a welcoming breed suitable for all.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known for showing up to any event with a smile on that cute face. The friendliness just spills out of them and people love to see them coming. Family oriented, this pup offers a pawtastic outgoing personality like no other. Short and stout, this dog will gladly do what you ask of them without any complaints.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

This pup sports a cool name, and a long one at that. With a French background of hunting rabbits, this pup has now taken on the added bonus of being a top friendly dog! Small and strong, this pup will add joy to your life with their explosive personality and pawtastic welcoming smile. ‘Bonjour’ is the first word they will bark every morning!