We all know the Type B personalities: easy-going, steady workers and low-drive. The same can be said for Type B dogs. If you’re looking for an even-tempered, fun-loving but non-competitive breed to share your home with, consider checking out the breeds in this list. They make excellent family companions and do just fine with training, but they may not be the advanced competition winners or hard workers that the Type A breeds are.
#1 – Labrador Retriever
There’s a reason the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds around the world. They are active, easily trained and have wonderful temperaments. They are social with their families, strangers, other dogs and even other animals.
#2 – Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever follows its Labrador cousin right into the popularity limelight. They are fantastic family companions that are eager to please, active outdoors but relaxed in the house. This breed is an excellent choice for someone looking for an easy-going breed that is friendly with family and strangers alike.
#3 – Beagle
The Beagle is a small dog that is known for having a very stable temperament and strong affection toward its family and strangers. They are fun-loving but sometimes lazy, not very sensitive to change and strange sounds and environments and therefore make a great choice for families with children.
#4 – Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is known for its slow and steady working ability when it comes to using its nose, be it hunting for game or searching for lost people. They are very even-tempered, great with children of every age and make great family companions.
#5 – Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard was originally used to find lost people in avalanches. Because of this, they are large and powerful, but very docile and calm dogs that make fantastic family companions. The breed isn’t used as a rescue dog much anymore, but they have kept their composed temperaments.
#6 -Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is another giant breed that has been bred to maintain its level-headed temperament. They are strong, powerful but gentle dogs that are unruffled by changes or surprises. Because of this, they make great family companions.
#7 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has maintained higher activity levels and more working-oriented temperament than many other retrievers, but they are still stable, even-tempered breeds. They are assertive but social dogs that are somewhat reserved with strangers until they get to know them.
#8 – English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is very active, social and fun-loving. They are affectionate toward their family and enjoy meeting new people. They are known for getting along well with children and other animals and make great family companions.
#9 – Newfoundland
The Newfoundland was originally bred as a water rescue dog and it is a strong and powerful breed. They are gentle giants and are extremely stable dogs that are easy-going and very social with strangers and family alike.
#10 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes an excellent lapdog, having been bred primarily for family companionship. They are very social with strangers, affectionate toward their families and even enjoy the company of other animals. They may be somewhat sensitive to rough handling by children, but are typically relaxed in the house and level-headed enough to enjoy properly mannered children.
#11 – Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is a large livestock guardian breed that has maintained its ability to protect its family and property. They are gentle giants, even-tempered and although reserved toward strangers, they are not aggressive or unpredictable. The breed does well with children of all ages and makes a suitable family companion for those experienced in livestock guardian breeds.
#12 – Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is well-known for its fluffy, two-toned coat. They are active and intelligent dogs but social and relaxed. They are a very adaptable breed that is sometimes even considered to be a couch potato, as far as herding breeds go. They are very affectionate toward and become closely attached to their families.