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The Friendliest Dog Breeds

The Friendliest Dog Breeds

Are you considering adding a new furry friend to your family but unsure which dog breed to pick? Our veterinarians in Gilbert have compiled a list of the friendliest dog breeds you can adopt.

What Makes a Dog Breed 'Friendly'

Over the years, people have carefully bred dogs with certain qualities matching their jobs. Some dog breeds that spend much time with humans were bred to be friendly, easy to train, and not prone to aggression. Here, we'll introduce you to five friendly dog breeds, listed in no particular order, that show these great qualities.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever comes from the Newfoundland retriever. They were originally bred for hunting but are now often used as guide dogs and rescue dogs. These dogs are friendly dogs that love their humans and are a wonderful addition to the family.


Poodle dogs are smart and need mental exercise to stay happy. They have a cost that doesn't shed and won't cause allergies. You don't have to give them the classic poodle haircut.  

The traditional poodle cut was primarily for their role as a water dog, keeping their joints warm and reducing excess hair for improved water performance. These old and affectionate dogs are a friendly and delightful addition to any household.


Meet this adorable little dog! Originally bred for hunting, their pack-oriented nature makes them a great addition to your family. Don't let the small size fool you. They are high-energy and will require a lot of exercise. This little loveable rascal would love to join your home.


Boxers were first bred as guard dogs, and that protective instinct still runs strong in them. They're naturally social and caring towards their families. However, some extra training might be necessary to stop them from jumping on people. But trust me, the effort is totally worth it for this affectionate and muscular dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This dog was bred with the specific goal of being a companion dog. If you want a small dog to sit with you on the couch and cuddle, this is the breed for you.

More questions about breed-specific behaviors? Contact our Gilbert veterinarians today!

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