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The top 20 most friendly dog breeds

There’s a reason we call dogs man’s best friend – it’s because these loyal creatures love us unconditionally and would do anything for their owner.  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’re looking for a dog who is almost guaranteed to make you feel special, these are the top 20 most friendly dog breeds.

1. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever in the forest wearing a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor

It’s safe to say that this breed is one of the most personable 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

Two golden labrador retrievers sitting amongst white flowers wearing PitPat Dog Activity Monitors

With their big brown eyes and smiley faces, it’s 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 super intelligent and make the perfect companion for any family.

5. Border Collie

Border Collie outside

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

Beagle wearing a harness and a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor

This cheerful breed was bred to be part of a pack so 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 Terrier lying on grass with tennis ball

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’re always up for a game of fetch or a good old-fashioned walk.

9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting in front of leaves wearing a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor

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

Blonde Cockapoo wearing a PitPat

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

Boxer lying in grass wearing Activity Monitor

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

12. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu peering behind flowers wearing an Activity Monitor

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

Dark coloured Greyhound in garden wearing a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor

Greyhounds might seem high energy, but they are among the laziest dogs. 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. They are loyal and dependable with their family 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. Thanks to their incredible adaptability, they’re just as happy snuggling on the sofa as they are out on a walk.

20. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

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.

Did you know that your dog’s personality can be affected if they don’t get enough exercise or play? Find out if they’re getting the right amount with a PitPat. Both the PitPat Dog GPS Tracker and the PitPat Dog Activity Monitor allow you to find out exactly how much exercise, rest and play your dog is getting, as well as offering up a tailored feeding recommendation. Plus, if you purchase our PitPat Dog GPS Tracker, you’ll be able to find your dog in case they ever run off (perhaps visiting their friends down the road!)

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