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The 10 Friendliest Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on May 25, 2017

Many dog owners mostly like to socialize with their dogs only, but others love going out and meeting people too! For those that are looking for a pup they can take to the coffee shop, out on a busy walk, or over to their friend’s house, this list includes some dog breeds that are friendly with strangers. While it certainly always comes down to the individual, this list can give you an idea of where to start looking if you’re in the search for a new companion.

#1 – Beagle


Beagles are a great breed for adults and children alike. Not only do they love hanging out with their owners, they love getting to know strangers as well. They’re a small breed that’s very active and will be sure to keep up with you wherever you go.

#2 – Boston Terrier


Bostons are a lively breed that is sure to win your heart and the hearts of others. They’re quite the clowns of the dog world, and make excellent companions for those looking for a small but active breed.

#3 – Boxer


For those who enjoy large dogs, Boxers are a great choice as far as friendly breeds go. Boxers might look intimidating, but they’re more likely to give out kisses than anything! They’re extremely friendly dogs and love just about everyone that’s willing to pet and play with them.

#4 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


These adorable pups are one of the least active breeds on this list, but are a great choice for the family with small children or someone that constantly has visitors of any age running in and out of the front door. Cavaliers are very friendly and affectionate and are sure to please everyone.

#5 – English Bulldog


Bulldogs are a great breed full of hilarious personality. While they do enjoy certain amounts of exercise, you’ll likely find these pups snoring on your couch when you’re relaxing at home. Bulldogs are very friendly with their families and strangers alike.

#6 – Golden Retriever


Goldens are one of the most popular breeds for families of all ages, and it’s really no wonder why. They’re extremely social dogs and are a great choice for those looking for a dog that will be friendly with both family, friends, and even strangers.

#7 – Labrador Retriever


Perhaps tied with being the most popular breed for families, Labs are right up there with Goldens in terms of their friendly demeanors. Labs are an excellent choice for anyone looking for an active companion that’s eager to meet friends and strangers every day.

#8 – Pug


Pugs have some of the funniest personalities in the dog world, and they love just about anyone that will feed them. If you’re looking for a small dog to take with you everywhere, Pugs are a great choice. They’ll be sure to win the hearts of everyone they meet with their silly antics and attitudes.

#9 – Standard Poodle


Standard Poodles are very intelligent, active dogs that make wonderful companions for families and single individuals. They enjoy hanging out with their people and any new people that come along. They are eager to learn and eager to socialize.

#10 – Welsh Corgis – Pembroke & Cardigan

Pembroke & Cardigan – Although these two breeds are unrelated, they share similar names and appearances. Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very active dogs with shining personalities. They are extremely social and absolutely love getting out and meeting new people. If you have food, they’re certain to be your new best friend! While they seem small, they’re a medium sized dog that does require regular exercise to keep them happy – and friendly.


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