Top 10 Friendliest Dogs

When choosing a family dog, many people choose an animal that is least likely to be aggressive or bite.  Here are the top 10 friendliest dog breeds:


The Lab is known for being one of the most sweet-natured breeds, and this reputation is well-deserved.

Labs are a friendly dog breed, willing to please, and amicable towards both people and other animals.

The Lab’s kind temperament makes them well-suited for therapy work in places like homes for the elderly and hospitals, and their intelligence makes them a good fit as assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities.

Labrador Retrievers are not typically well-suited for the role of a watchdog. According to owners, Labradors are known to greet intruders and welcome them cheerfully.

The warm and intelligent, Labrador Retriever, is America’s number one breed registered with the American Kennel Club.

Labrador Retrievers take the top spot for America’s favorite dog, winning 83% of their matchups against other dogs. [1]

Labrador Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds and is often associated with being a friendly dog.

Golden Retrievers are known for their cheerful personality, loyal and outgoing nature. They are willing to please, which makes training straightforward.

Golden Retrievers are known for their amiable nature, making them excellent family dogs that get along well with kids, other dogs, and other animals. Daily exercise and play are necessary for these active dogs. [2]


Beagles are known for their easygoing nature, curiosity, and friendly demeanor.

Beagles are bred as hunting dogs and are known for their sweet nature, likely due to their pack-running instincts.

Beagles are known to be a great choice for families and wonderful companions. They have lots of energy, requiring regular exercise and plenty of playtime. [2]


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for its gentle and good-natured temperament, making it a breed that gets along well with children, other dogs, and cats. 

Cavaliers are known for being adaptable and social with larger dogs, as well as easily adjusting to various environments, families, and locations, making them suitable for both city and country life. They are an excellent choice of dogs for kids to befriend. [3]

Their ability to interact well with dogs of various sizes makes them a good choice for households with multiple breeds, as long as the other dog is properly trained.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Pugs are excellent companion dogs.

Pugs are known for their gentle and playful personalities, and their sturdy bodies make them excellent companions for families with small children.

In terms of personality, the pup is very likable. Pugs are known for their friendly and sociable nature, as well as their sense of humor and love for attention.

In the early 19th century, Queen Victoria popularized the breed. She dearly loved her many Pugs. [4]


Irish setters are known for their friendly nature, making them less suitable as guard dogs.

They are welcoming to everyone and not aggressive at all. Irish setters are known for their alertness and intuition, making them compatible with both people and other pets. One important aspect is their strong sense of belonging within the family.

Irish setters are ranked 64th out of 154 dog breeds in the American Kennel Club’s official registrations. [5]

These dogs are both sweet-natured and mischievous, displaying playful behavior. Setters are known as an intelligent dog breed with an affectionate nature.


Border Collies are sought after family dogs and considered to be one of the friendliest dog breeds worldwide.

Border collies are happy, smart, and hard-working dogs, famous for their intelligence and herding skills,” Bill Lambert, a spokesperson for The Kennel Club tells Country Living. “They make great working dogs, but they can also be a loving pet as long as owners provide this very energetic breed with enough exercise and mental stimulation.” [6]

The border collie is one of the fastest breeds in the world, and can run up to 30 mph.

Border Collie

Newfoundlands are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, and they enjoy being around people.

They are known for their calm and gentle nature, which makes them great around kids.

This breed is known for being diligent, steadfast, and easy to train.

The Newfoundland breed is known for its sweet, calm, generous, and gentle temperament. This breed is  known for its relaxed nature, high intelligence, and ability to express emotions similar to humans.


Poodles are recognized for their friendly and sociable nature.

Poodles are known for their dignified nature and cheerful temperament when they are surrounded by people they love they make wonderful family pets.

Poodles have a reputation for getting along well with other animals in the household, provided they have been properly socialized with these pets.

Poodles are known for their loyalty and tendency to form quick bonds with family members.


Shih tzus generally have cheerful and lively personalities. They tend to display friendly behaviors.

Shih Tzu is known for their ability to socialize well with people of all ages, as well as with other dogs and pets of different species. It is uncommon to encounter a snippy shih tzu, as most of them have a very sweet demeanor.

The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dogs in the United States.

According to the American Kennel Club, it is the 20th most popular breed out of 196 total. [7]

They’re cautious around strangers, but seldom, if ever, mean. Shih Tzus are entirely devoted to their owners.

Shih Tzu

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[1] Ranked: America’s favorite dogs | YouGov. (2021, June 24). Ranked: America’s Favorite Dogs | YouGov.

[2] Kriss, R. (2021, January 6). 20 Friendliest Dog Breeds. Pumpkin®.

[3] Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Wikipedia. (2009, November 29). Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Wikipedia.

[4] Fun Facts About Pugs. (n.d.). Fun Facts About Pugs.

[5] What to Know About Irish Setters. (2022, April 28). WebMD.

[6] 6 fun facts about Border Collies — and why they make superstar pets. (2021, August 1). Country Living.

[7] 7 Things You Need To Know About the Shih Tzu Personality. (2020, October 20). Petsmont.

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