Breeds Best For Experienced Dog People, Plus Perfect Matches For Newbie Pet Parents

“No matter if you’re a new dog owner or someone who has owned dogs your whole life, it’s always important to do your research before adding a dog to your home to make sure that breed’s needs fit in with your lifestyle,” says Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the American Kennel Club (AKC). “Consider size, activity level, grooming needs, and temperament, among other things.”

“There are certain breeds that do better with confident, seasoned dog owners who know how to train and socialize a dog properly,” she continues. “Some of these breeds are very strong and have guardian instincts and can end up being the boss in the home if not trained well. Some examples are:

1. Belgian Malinois: This breed is confident, smart, and hardworking. They’re versatile workers and forge strong bonds with their human.

2. Boerboel: This devoted protector is confident, intelligent, and calm.

3. Tibetan Mastiff: This ancient breed is the supreme guard dog. They are mellow and calm around the house, devoted to their family, but can be aloof and territorial to strangers.

4. Cane Corso: A natural born guardian, the Cane Corso is powerful, intelligent, loyal, and eager to please its owner.

5. Dogo Argentino: The Dogo Argentino is strong, alert, and intelligent. It’s a powerful, yet agile breed.

6. Neapolitan Mastiff: The Neapolitan Mastiff is a huge, powerful guardian. Wary with strangers, they are sweet and affectionate with loved ones.

Some breeds are eager to please and have very friendly dispositions. These breeds might be better suited for first-time dog owners. Examples are:

1. Labrador Retriever: Consistently the most popular breed in the U.S., Labs are smart, easily trainable, and great with kids.

2. Poodle: Poodles are very smart, eager to work, and will happily learn whatever you want to teach them.

3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a lot of dog in a smaller package. They are active and respond well to training.

4. Golden Retriever: Goldens are intelligent, friendly, and devoted. They’re silly, but easily trainable.

5. Newfoundland: This breed is sweet, patient, and devoted. They’re notoriously good companions.

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