Every prospective dog owner wants something different from their pooch. High energy levels, perhaps, or a more laid-back nature to fit in with the couch potatoes among us. Some people want a low-maintenance breed who doesn’t require a lot of grooming and can tolerate being alone, while others are seeking a constant companion.
Whatever other boxes you want to tick, everyone wants a friendly dog. Just like amiable humans, good-natured dogs just make life a little sweeter. Here are some of the friendliest dog breeds to consider when you’re choosing your canine BFF.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The highly sociable corgi could be described as the party animal of the dog world. Because it was bred as a companion dog, it’s always affectionate and attentive toward the humans it loves — and its friendliness extends to children and other dogs. The American Kennel Club counts it “among the most agreeable of all small house dogs.”
The Havanese (the only dog breed native to Cuba) is cheerful and sociable. It also has a propensity for acting the clown — think of it like the joker of the pack. Basically, you won’t find a better buddy than this canine clown, and they’ll do anything to make you laugh.
There are many reasons the labrador retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for 30 years. One of them is that this breed is every bit as friendly as it looks. Another dog bred to be a companion, the lovable lab likes nothing more than spending time with people, and it generally gets on well with other dogs, too.
Another hugely popular dog in the U.S. is the golden retriever, who is arguably just as friendly as its labrador cousin. The golden’s confident, sweet nature and willingness to please makes it a rewarding addition to any family. It’s a breed that manages to maintain its playful puppy nature into adulthood — who can complain about that?
The goofy Boston terrier loves to make new friends (both of the canine and human varieties). It’s known as “the American gentleman” due to its impeccable manners. But it also has an innate gift for comedy and will never tire of making you laugh.
A people-pleaser above all else, the border collie always has plenty of affection to dish out. This breed can be a little more reserved around strangers, but as soon as you get to know each other, you’ll definitely feel the love. Plus, it’s super intelligent, so it actually seems like it knows what you’re thinking. How many of your human friends can claim that skill?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The smallest of the spaniel breeds, the Cavalier King Charles loves people and is great with children and other dogs. They don’t like being alone, so be prepared to give your Cavalier pup ample attention. That’s no hardship, really, when a dog is as friendly as this one.