Best dogs for first time dog owners

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Best dogs for first time dog owners

So you’ve made the decision to get a dog. The only snag is that you’re an absolute beginner: you’ve never had a dog before!
Before looking at different breeds, you should have a look at our guide to Responsible Dog Ownership. It will give you an idea of how to prepare for a new dog, and what is required from you as a dog owner.

Breed is a good criterion to help you choose your new dog. Keep in mind that the breed will only give you a general idea of a dog’s temperament, energy, health, and so on. In any case, puppies and younger dogs tend to be energetic, regardless of breed, and will require more work than an older dog. A mixed-breed dog can be a good choice for a beginner, but it will be more difficult to gauge their temperament, trainability, and exercise needs (and size if they are young). Whether you choose an older or young dog, a pedigree pup or mixed breed dog, it is important to get your new pet from a reputable breeder or organisation. They will be able to help you make a good start with your new companion.
As a general note, if it’s your first dog, go for breeds that have relaxed, easy-going characters, and that are easy to train. Since this is your first dog, you’ll make a few mistakes along the way, but a relaxed dog will be able to cope with any little inconsistencies. Stay away from assertive, stubborn, or sensitive breeds, as these tend to be more difficult to train.

Bichon Frise

The adorable Bichon Frise is fun and friendly, if a little mischievous! These little dogs clever and easy to train. The Bichon Frise has a sociable nature and gets on well with other people and animals. They are surprisingly energetic for their size, so this little pooch is not for couch potatoes!

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Cairn Terrier

The hardy Cairn Terrier is small and smart. These dogs are happy to live in apartments as long as they get enough exercise. The Cairn Terrier is clever, and if properly trained can learn all sorts of commands, though it’s best to start training from a young age.

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Coton de tulear

These fuzzy little dogs have big personalities. Combined with their cute looks and affectionate nature, it’s no wonder these dogs are becoming so popular. The Coton de Tulear makes a wonderful pet. They are highly intelligent dogs, and surprisingly athletic for their size, and can turn their paw to all sorts of doggy sports, such as canine agility and obedience training.

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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has proven itself time again as both a great sporting dog and a wonderful pet. Their short fur means they are very easy to groom, but you’ll need to give your Labrador plenty of exercise. This makes the Labrador a good choice for energetic families or just someone who enjoys daily walks. This breed is very intelligent and keen to please, so provided you get a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder, you should be just fine.

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Greyhound

Greyhounds may seem like an odd pick for this list. Surely these big, athletic dogs are no good for beginners? The truth is that Greyhounds are typically very relaxed, even lazy dogs. These lovable dogs have no special exercise requirements, and will be fine with a walk twice a day (but try to keep them on a leash; if they start running you’ll never catch up!). Greyhounds also tend not to bark much, and adapt well to living in smaller homes.

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Poodle

Poodles, and most poodle-mixes, are excellent dogs for beginners. Poodles come in all different sizes, from giant to toy, and in several different colours. The Poodle is fairly easy to care for, though you’ll need to take care of their curly coat (you may need to consult a dog groomer). Poodles of all sizes are clever and capable of learning a wide variety of tricks.

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Shih Tzu

Loyal and affectionate, the Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Their main flaw is their stubbornness, so you should start training your Shih Tzu at a young age to avoid problems later. They more than make up for their stubbornness with their affection, playfulness, and charm!

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Havanese

The silky haired Havanese is intelligent and sweet. They adore people and will stick to your side like glue. Their small size makes them well suited for apartment life, and they don’t need a lot of exercise. The Havanese is prone to separation anxiety, but if you work from home (or can bring your dog to work) you’ll have no trouble.

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King Charles Cavalier

Originally bred for hunting, but today more popular as a pet, the Cavalier is famously docile and affectionate. They are sweet, quiet dogs that crave company and get on well with just about everyone. Cavaliers are a good choice for families with children, but should not be played with roughly!

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy for sale

Golden Retriever

David Rosenfelt once said that “The face of a golden retriever feels like home”: a perfect description of what some consider the perfect family dog. These large dogs are friendly and extremely sweet tempered, especially with children. Due to its size, the Golden Retriever is best suited for a larger home, and also needs regular exercise.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
Travel Requirements