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Friendliest Dog Breeds

Theresa is a tenured PuppySpot employee and breed expert. She is currently the manager of our Profile Approval department and interacts with our breeders daily. Theresa has been involved in the pet industry for over 20 years and has hands-on experience with many dog breeds. Theresa is also the proud pet parent of Marta, a German Shepherd Dog who is a trained service dog, a miniature Labradoodle named Eleanor, and her tuxedo cat Bonnie!

Friendliest Dog Breeds

If you’re looking for a friendly dog breed, you might want a dog that’s friendly with everyone: strangers, kids, other dogs, cats. Or you might be looking for an overall happy, social dog that doesn’t tend to get anxious or apprehensive.

In general, the friendliest dog breeds have laid-back, happy-go-lucky personalities and tend to not be on alert (so often don’t make great guard dogs!). They tend to welcome everyone with a wagging tail.

These friendly dog breeds do well around children and strangers. If you’re looking for a friendly allergy-friendly dog, consider a Poodle. These wonderful, smart dogs can be found in three sizes (miniature, toy, and standard) and are a great family pet. Havanese are also friendly and fairly allergy-friendly.

If you’d like a friendly breed that does well with cats, how about a Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Beagle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poodle, Pug, or Newfoundland.

Learn more about these and the rest of our friendly dog breed roundup below. And check out our list of the most playful dog breeds and low maintenance and calm breeds

Large Friendly Dogs

Golden Retriever

These smart and sweet dogs are active, smart and great for families. They are easy to train, affectionate, and incredibly loyal.

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Labrador Retriever

Labs are consistently one of the most popular dog breeds with good reason. These dogs are smart, have lots of energy, and love to swim.

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Standard Poodle

The Standard Poodle is one of the world’s smartest breeds, is allergy-friendly, and is a wonderful companion. 

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Great Dane

While Great Danes are large, strong dogs that can weigh up to 200 pounds, they are kind and gentle couch potatoes. They generally do better with more space and are calm and easy to train.

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Irish Setter

Irish Setters can be up to 27 inches high and weigh up to 70 pounds. They are graceful and outgoing. They are sweet and playful and are wonderful around children. Give them lots of playtime!


Newfies can be up to 28 inches high and weigh up to 150 pounds. They are gentle with children and enjoy cuddling. They have higher maintenance grooming requirements and do best in larger living spaces.

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Medium-Sized Friendly Dogs


Beagles are smart, affectionate, fun loving dogs. They love to scent trace!

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The happy and upbeat Boxer does great in a family setting. While they are often silly they are patient and courageous. Boxers are also known for forming strong bonds with their family making them very sensitive and emotional canines. They can be stubborn and even sulk when being corrected or not getting the attention they want from you.


Bulldogs love kids and are gentle and affectionate. They don’t require a lot of activity so are great for apartment living.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

These loveable, devoted dogs are active and require regular exercise. They are smart, easily trained, and are wonderful with children.

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Small Friendly Dogs

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Originally bred as lap dogs, this small breed makes a great family pet. They get along well with kids and other dogs and are great for apartment living.

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Shih Tzu

These small dogs weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. They are affectionate and quiet and prefer the indoors. They are great family pets, and are loyal and playful.

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Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are gentle and sweet. They love to cuddle and get along with everyone – strangers, kids, and other animals.

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Miniature and Toy Poodle 

Miniature Poodles weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, while Toy Poodles weigh between 4 and 6 pounds. These smaller Poodles have the same characteristics as the larger Standard Poodles: super smart, loyal, and allergy-friendly. 

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Adorable Pugs are charming and cheerful. They are great family dogs and do well in both small and large living spaces.

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Havanese are charming and friendly and never want to leave your side. They are allergy-friendly, smart, and easy to train. They don’t need a lot of exercise but they do need regular grooming.

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If you’re looking for a friendly dog, we can find the perfect addition to your family.

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