10 Friendliest Dog Breeds
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Looking to find a friendly pup for your family? While finding and raising a good-natured dog will depend on their socialization, there are some breeds that are considered to be more predisposed to friendliness. With the help of the American Kennel Club, here's our list of the friendliest dog breeds.
1. Irish Setter
Originally used to "set" game by crouching low near birds so that hunters could get close to the game by throwing a net over both the bird and the dog, Irish Setters have been popular throughout Ireland and the British Isles since the 18th century, according to AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. In addition to their hunting skills, Irish Setters have outgoing, clown-like personalities, making them a friendly favorite with families. The breed is high energy, though, and requires lots of daily exercise.
Initially used in work alongside fishermen in Newfoundland to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines, the Labrador Retriever has a stable temperament that is suitable for a variety of activities outside of hunting. Because of their easygoing nature and trainability, millions of Americans choose to own a lab as a companion in the home. With a great aptitude to please their masters, Labrador Retrievers excel as guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and law enforcement dogs, according to Peterson.
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A happy-go-lucky breed that naturally enjoys the company of other dogs and humans, Beagles have lived in packs for hundreds of years and make wonderful family pets. "Beagles are known for their merry personalities and following their noses, which can lead them into some mischief and maybe even meeting new friends," Peterson said.
Though they are instinctive guardians, Boxers love to be with people. One of the breed's most notable characteristics, Peterson said, is its desire for human affection, particularly from children. They're patient, spirited and protective with children, making them a popular choice for families.
5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Originally from England, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is affectionately known as "The Children's Nursemaid" or "The Nanny Dog," Peterson explained, with a well-known tolerance of and affection for children. Courageous, obedient, highly intelligent and affectionate, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are primarily used as companion dogs and can also be seen in show, obedience and agility rings.