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By: Andrea Yan

Getting a puppy can be a stressful decision. Getting the right breed fit for your lifestyle is essential for a happy family and a happy dog. Here are the best breeds for first-time dog owners.

1. Shih Tzu

These dogs are known for being sweet and loving and heart-stopping cute. They are willing to relax with their owners and cuddle all day. However, they are a bit on the expensive side to maintain due to their luxurious fur.

2. Pug

Pugs are known to be friendly and happy. They don’t need very much exercise making them an easy-maintenance dog, which is good for first-time owners. The only issue is that they have short noses which lead to some breathing issues.

3. Labrador Retriever

Labs are smart and loving and are always highly ranked as one of the most popular dog breeds. Their energy level is high so this breed will require a big backyard and lots of walks.

4. Golden Retriever

This breed is very similar in smartness and sweetness to the Lab. They require more grooming care however. They also need a lot of exercise to be sure to take them on walks and play fetch.

5. Great Dane

This might come as a surprise, with Great Danes being the largest of all dog breeds. However, they are really loving. These huge dogs require little exercise, so going on a few walks will be sufficient to burn their energy.

Dogs are great companions. However, you must remember that they are yours for more than 10 years, so choose wisely. Getting a dog that is not fit for your lifestyle will lead to frustration from your dog and you. Finding the right fit is key to happiness on both sides. The right fit will truly be “a man’s best friend” to you.

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