Are you planning to get a dog? Are you worried he might be aggressive or hard to train? Then take a look at this list with the least aggressive dog breeds.
While you’re at it, check out some of the most aggressive dog breeds as well, just to make sure you won’t get a dangerous dog!
Please note: The character of individual dogs can differ, and training and care are needed to ensure these dogs become the best pets possible!
The Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog and as you probably expected, it’s a crossing between a labrador retriever and a poodle. This type of dog was created as early as the 1950s with a famous labradoodle named “Fang” even having a part in a game show called the “Get Smart Show” which started in 1965.
These are very social dogs and make great companions. They can also be easily be trained to become guide dogs.
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and descends from the now extinct “Blanquito de la Habana,” a cute little white dog. They are small in size, yet sturdy, and their coat can come in a variety of colors.
The Havanese dog is considered to be one of the best family dogs around, known for its great companionship with adults and children. They also easily adapt to any environment they live in without losing their happy nature.
The Papillon is a dog breed of the Spaniel type and is also sometimes referred to as the “Continental Toy Spaniel.” Their name literally translates to “butterfly,” and if you take a close look at one of these cuties, you surely understand why they were given this name.
Apart from the ability to easily learn new tricks, Papillons are very enjoyable companions. They are very sociable and seem to be very fond of children as well and are generally playful and affectionate.
4. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu originated in Tibet or China and is a toy dog breed known for its passionate temperament (in a good way). Their name literally translates to “Little Lion” and it has been a popular dog breed since ancient times.
One of its most remarkable characteristics is its alert nature, which means it’s the perfect watchdog. That being said, the burglars might have an easy time getting in if they show a little affection to the Shih Tzu as they tend to be very friendly towards strangers.
5. Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky is arguably one of the most beautiful dogs on the planet. They have a thick, furred coat, large triangular ears, and amazing-looking eyes. These dogs originated in Northeast Asia.
Siberian Huskies used to be used for sled-pulling and as guard dogs and most importantly, for good companionship. These are some of the most loyal dogs in the world.
The Vizsla originated in Hungary and is therefore also referred to as the “Hungarian Vizsla.” These are great sporting dogs and have a very strong sense of smell, making them perfect to accompany hunters.
The Vizsla is one of the most gentle-mannered dogs on the planet and forms the perfect loyal companion. These dogs are affectionate and will do anything to protect their owner.
7. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular pets in the world, and for good reason. These gentle dogs are some of the most friendly dogs around and form the perfect family companion.
Labrador Retrievers also form the perfect disability assistance dog and can easily be trained to accompany the visually impaired. Apart from being obedient and loyal, they are also known to be very playful.
8. Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is a great dog to bring to a show and has a brown, red, or chestnut color. This is also a hunting breed and even though they get along well with other animals, they might mistake small pets for prey.
Irish Setters are known to be very kind dogs who will actively greet strangers. They also get along remarkably well with children which makes them the perfect dog have around the house. Don’t forget to take this active dog out for a long walk now and then too!
The Greyhound is most famously known for being a racing dog, which is the purpose many of them are bred. But how about adopting a retired racing greyhound and keeping them as a family pet?
Well, apart from being able to run at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour (43 mph), they also form great companions and can be kept around the house. Greyhounds are gentle and intelligent dogs and are elegant friends as well.
Collies are a distinctive type of herding dog and originated in Scotland and northern England. These are very active and agile dogs and have a strong herding instinct, which was the main reason they were kept for centuries.
Apart from being the perfect sporting and show dog, they are also perfect pets and are highly trainable. These gentle and loyal dogs are very intelligent and they are definitely suited for families with children.
11. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was originally trained to collect animals during the hunt such as ducks or birds. That’s how they acquired their name. These dogs are also known to be fond of the water so make a perfect swimming companion if you decide to visit the lake or sea.
Apart from being loyal pets and perfect as disability assistance dogs, they are also very suitable for both country and residential environments. Golden Retrievers are some of the most popular pets in multiple countries all around the world.
12. Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog originated in the Swiss Alps and descend from Mastiffs and various other guard dogs. They were brought to Switzerland by the Romans over 2,000 years ago and have been great assistants to alpine herders.
This dog breed is known to be self-assured, intelligent, and very obedient. They are also docile towards strangers and generally good-natured. Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs are the perfect cuddly family companion!
13. English Setter
The English Setter is another dog breed that was originally trained to assist during hunting. They are known for their endurance and athleticism and use their nose to spot the scent of the prey.
The breed has been described as being a “True Gentlemen by Nature,” but can also come across as strong-willed. These energetic dogs are great family companions if you’re able to take them out for a long walk frequently, something they will reward by being the friendliest pet imaginable!
The Beagle is yet another hunting dog that has the ability to use its strong sense of smell to spot prey. They are named after their primary occupation for centuries, which is hunting hare, also referred to as “Beagling.”
Because of their strong sense of smell, they are used as detection dogs to spot prohibited imported agricultural goods. Apart from this, beagles have a gentle temperament and even though they might appear to be shy at first, they really enjoy the company of children.
15. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise originated in the Canary Islands of Spain and was later developed in France. Their name originates from the French “bichon à poil frisé,” which translates to “curly lap dog,” a clear reference to their appearance and behavior.
This dog breed is known to be affectionate, curious, and gentle-mannered. They enjoy running around outside and are a perfect playmate for children because of their playful nature. They have been trained as, and therefore are, some of the best companion dogs in the world!