When you're planning to buy your first dog, you have a lot of factors to consider when deciding on a breed.

Do you have enough space? Will the dog need more attention than you have time to give? How easy will your dog be to train? Luckily, we're here to help guide you towards a great, low-maintenance breed that you'll be more than capable handling as a first-time owner.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are trusting, loyal, and happy dogs. They enjoy long walks, but they're also calm enough to enjoy just hanging out with their family. As such, Cavaliers are great with young people and old people alike. They can be a stubborn breed at times, but they respond very well to positive reinforcement, making them easy to train.

Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are practically the definition of good-natured dogs. They're happy, friendly, and probably the most loyal breed you can find. Retrievers are great with energetic children and love to run around and play, but they're also perfectly content laying down at the foot of your bed. If you're a first-time owner, you can't go wrong with a Golden Retriever.

Poodle

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Poodles are incredibly smart, making them easily trained and loyal to their owners. They do tend to have aloof natures, meaning they might not seem as immediately affectionate as some other breeds. On the upside, that also means they're a lot less needy and can entertain themselves when you're busy at work.

Bichon Frise

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Considered one of the sweetest and most affectionate dog breeds, Bichon Frises are as easy as they come. They love strangers, are easily trained, and adapt to new environments without much fuss. Bichon Frises aren't the most athletic dog breed out there, so you don't need to worry about vigorous exercise either.

Boston Terrier

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Boston Terriers are a small, friendly breed that enjoys socializing with everyone they meet––human or canine. They're highly intelligent, enthusiastic and love to play games, making them an excellent fit for families with children who like to stay active. Boston Terriers also tend to be sensitive, so praise and affection go a long way.


Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com