The Best and Worst Dog Breeds for First-Time OwnersThe Best and Worst Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

It is now your turn to adopt a dog as your companion. Some breeds are more suitable for first-timers than others. You shouldn’t buy certain dog breeds if you don’t have any experience with dog care. These dog breeds are the worst for first-time owners. We’ve compiled a list of first-time owners’ top six worst and best dogs.

First-time owners:

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is the first on this list. It’s well-suited for people who have never had dogs in their lives. They are sweet, gentle, affectionate, and eager for attention. It is important to remember that Golden retrievers have thick coats that must be brushed and washed regularly.

Cane Corso Italiano

Cane Corso Italiano can be intimidating, but they are great family companions. They can grow very large, just like other Mastiffs. However, novice owners will not have any problems keeping a CaneCorso. They are very easy to train and enjoy playing outside. This breed is not docile, but it has a beautiful appearance that makes it a great guard dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the perfect choice for first-time owners who want a smaller breed. They are adorable couch potatoes who love to curl up with their owners at all hours of the day. These dogs are perfect for first-time owners as they are easy to train and require minimal grooming.


Greyhound dogs can take over your couch space faster than you might think. Greyhound dogs are incredibly gentle and love to sleep. Greyhounds need to be exercised regularly and are great running partners. Greyhound dogs are also one of the easiest to maintain.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise dogs are very popular with novice and experienced owners. They are a wonderful companion for families and have a great temperament. They are easy to care for and require only regular grooming. They do require lots of love, cuddles, and affection.


The best dog breed to own for your first time is the Poodle. There are three sizes available:

  • Standard (over 15″ at the shoulder).
  • Miniature (under 10 inches and over 15 inches high)
  • Toy (10 inches and below)

Regardless of size, these dogs are known for their energy, fun, and joy. These dogs need regular care for their curly hair.

Worst Breed for First-Time Owners:

Border Collie

This breed is known as the “workaholic” dog. These dogs are extremely energetic and driven. This breed thrives when there is plenty of space and work to do. Dogs need more exercise than just a stroll around the block or a quick run in the yard. This breed can develop behavioral problems if it is not kept active, stimulated, and engaged.

Cane Corso

This breed is used in Italy as a wild boar hunter or property watchdog. These dogs are strong, large and strong with a dominant nature. The owner is at risk of a 120-pound Cane Corso dominating the household if this breed fails to be the leader. This breed is a strong guardian and protective of its owners.

Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier is a brave, sensitive dog that loves to do its thing. Skye Terriers can be stubborn and wary about dogs and people it doesn’t know. They can be house-trained and are great companion dogs. These dogs require regular outdoor exercise. Skye Terrier’s big hair can cover his face and eyes. This breed requires frequent bathing and brushing to keep it from matting.


These dogs are very affectionate and can be very protective of their owners. However, they tend to take charge and make the home run. These dogs are known for having one of the best noses in the world. They will follow their nose no matter what and may be compelled to walk with a new owner to find a new scent. This breed is similar to other hounds in that it alerts its owners when there is danger nearby. It may also chase small animals and rodents like other hounds.

Treeing Walker Coonhound

They are well-known for their competitive spirit and extreme endurance. Although the Treeing Walker Coonhound can hunt well, it may not be suitable for first-time owners. These dogs were originally bred to track and tree wild raccoons. They have a competitive spirit and require regular exercise to keep them in shape. These dogs are intelligent, social, and condiment. However, they may be unable to hunt small game.

Australian Cattle Dog

This breed is loyal and loves to work. They thrive in a country where they have a job, such as obedience, herding, or agility. These dogs are stubborn because they were bred for work. They can also be restless if there is no job. These dogs are intelligent and full of energy. They need to be exercised daily, and they can be cautious around strangers. This breed of dog bonds with its family, but the owner must be the pack leader to ensure harmony in the household.