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The top 20 most friendly dog breeds

There is a reason we refer to dogs as being man’s best friend; they are caring animals who love to make friends.  But are some breeds more friendly than others?  Well, every dog is different, and personalities can vary even amongst the same breed. But if you are specifically looking for a dog who will be excited to join your pack, here are some of the friendliest dog breeds out there.

1. Golden Retriever

It’s safe to say that this breed is one of the most personable breeds around. Golden Retrievers are always eager to please and have a calm temperament, which means they will be happy to socialise with everyone – even with other pets!

2. Boston Terrier

These little dogs are easygoing and love to be around people. In fact, being the recipient of cuddles is definitely high on their priority list. They enjoy making new friends and will always be up for a play session.

3. Labrador Retriever

With their big brown eyes and smiley faces, it is impossible not to fall in love with a Labrador Retriever, and you can guarantee it won’t take them long to fall in love with you either.  These sweet-natured pups are loyal and always happy to be around people.

4. Poodle

Poodles are often misrepresented as being snooty or aloof, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This affectionate breed is extremely loving and enjoys spending time with their owners. They are really intelligent too and make the perfect companion for any family.

5. Border Collie

This energetic breed love to socialise through exercise and are always happiest in the great outdoors. Their ability to tune into their owner means they are particularly good at dog sports like agility and flying disc, but they will happily engage in any kind of play as long as there is a human involved.

6. Beagle

This cheerful breed was bred to be part of a pack and as such they get along well with other dogs and are comfortable socialising with people. Their amiable nature means whoever you are with and whatever you are doing they will be well mannered and calm.

7. Irish Setter

A friendly dog with a happy go lucky attitude, the Irish Setter is a great giver of affection. These dogs do have lots of energy, but they are always up for a good time and their love of exercise makes them a great walking companion for adults and children alike.

8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are loyal dogs who will get along easily with people of all ages. Proper socialisation helps their genuinely sweet personalities to shine through and they are are always up for a game of fetch or a good old fashioned walk.

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This little pup was bred to be a companion dog so it should be no surprise that being social is something they enjoy. These friendly dogs love to be loved and are never happier than when they are snuggled up on the couch with their owner.

10. Cockapoo

A lively, outgoing dog, the Cockapoo is one of the nation’s favourite dog breeds and it’s easy to see why. They are joyful, eager to please and happy to be around humans. In fact, play and cuddles are always at the top of their to-do list!

11. Boxer

For families looking for a big dog who loves to play, look no further than the Boxer. These energetic hounds just love to be around their families and will always greet you with buckets of enthusiasm.

12. Shih Tzu

Did you know that Shih Tzus were originally kept by Tibetan monks, and gifted to Chinese royalty? These pint-sized pups love to curl up on their owner’s lap for a cuddle and thrive on the affection and attention of their humans.

13. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are a fan favourite, and they know it. In fact, they lap up attention wherever they go and get on well with kids and adults alike. Their quirky, laid back nature makes them a perfect choice for families and first time dog owners.

14. Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are relaxed dogs who generally get along with most people when they’ve been well socialised in early life. They like to be around humans, even if you’re simply sharing the sofa in the evening. Plus, they’re great with children thanks to their sweet nature.

15. Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are high energy pups who suit active homes. With the right socialisation and training they can be incredibly affectionate, funny and happy pups who easily slot into family life.

16. Greyhound

Greyhounds might seem high energy, but they are amongst the laziest dogs out there. They are often gentle and even-tempered and get along well with children and other dogs.

17. Great Dane

Great Danes are full to the brim with love for their owners. They make incredibly devoted and loyal pets who adore their family. They generally have a peaceful and tolerant disposition, making them a great option if you have other pets in the house.

18. Samoyed

These beautiful pups are social butterflies who love to play with their humans and other friendly dogs. With their family they are loyal and dependable and love all interactions they get with their humans.

19. West Highland Terriers

It’s hard not to fall in love with the cheerful Westie. They carry a spring in their step and hold their tail high everywhere they go. They’re just as happy snuggling on the sofa as they are out on a walk, thanks to their incredible adaptability.

20. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

A favourite of the Queen, Corgis are delightful companions with personality by the bucket load. The are bold and protective of their family because the love their humans strongly and deeply.

Of course, being sociable and friendly aren’t the only characteristics to consider if you are thinking about getting a dog. Don’t forget to look at your lifestyle and home environment as well and make sure that you find the right dog for you.

Once you’ve found the perfect match you can both have even more of a good time together by introducing the PitPat dog activity monitor into your daily routine. You’ll be able to see how much walking, running and playing they are getting each day, discover an exercise goal that is tailored to your dog’s breed, weight and age, and it’s all brought together in our free, easy to use app. So whether you are discovering the world together or making new friends, you will have all the information you need about your dog’s activity right at your fingertips.

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