Is it truly a dog-eat-dog world? Not according to these breeds.
Some dog breeds are known for their propensity to be friendly with other pups, and, as it turns out, this is a trait our readers are quite interested in when it comes to choosing a dog of their own. It makes sense — if you want multiple dogs in your home (and we can’t blame you if you do!), of course, you’d want them to get along.
We polled 1,654 pet owners to determine which dog breeds should be on the list. The 10 breeds they deemed to be the friendliest with their fellow canines are listed in the gallery below.
No. 10: Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel tends to be happy, gentle and playful, and you’ll often find her tail wagging just as hard when she’s out hunting or following a scent as when she’s hanging around the house and cuddling with her family.
No. 9: German Shepherd Dog
A natural protector, the German Shepherd Dog is generally highly intelligent and adaptable. He’s usually energetic but also loyal and devoted. He tends to do well with other pets, especially if he’s introduced to them as a puppy.
No. 8: Poodle
The Poodle might have a reputation for being prissy due to her curly coat and the unusual cut used on show dogs, but that’s far from her true nature. She’s generally funny, bright and loving, both with her human and canine family members.
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography / Vetstreet.com
No. 7: Boxer
The Boxer‘s typically silly, sweet and playful nature tends to make this breed a great family dog. And don’t be concerned about that wrinkled, worried look on his face — he might be somewhat suspicious of strangers, but he’s generally a happy dog.
No. 6: Collie
Her devotion is legendary, thanks to the Lassie movies, and in real life, many Collies are tremendous family dogs. She’s not one to play favorites either — she’s usually happy to share her love with the entire family.
No. 5: Basset Hound
The Basset is typically good natured and fairly easy going, especially considering his membership in the Hound Group. He can become deeply attached to his human family — he may pine and mourn, loudly, for them if left alone for too long — and is commonly great with other dogs, too.
No. 4: Border Collie
The Border Collie‘s strong herding instincts mean two things when it comes to other dogs in the home. First, she’s likely to get along with them — after all, she was bred to get along well with other animals. However, she’s also likely to try to keep her herd together, so though she may be fond of any canine siblings in the house, they might find her more difficult to love.
No. 3: Beagle
Many Beagles are happiest when using their noses, but they’re often pack animals, too. So being with their packs — human and canine — truly adds to their joy.
No. 2: Golden Retriever
The sweet, people-pleasing Golden is a pro at making friends (two-legged and four-legged alike), thanks to her gentle temperament and playful nature. Who can resist that smile?
Tara Gregg, Animal Photography / Vetstreet.com
No. 1: Labrador Retriever
The lovable Lab has rarely met a stranger. He tends to be enthusiastic about, well, pretty much everything — including swimming, fetching balls, working as a service dog or meeting new canine pals.
It’s important to note that just because a breed made this list, that’s no guarantee that every member of that breed will get along with every dog he meets. Remember: Each dog is an individual, and his behavior comes from a variety of things, including genetics, training and owner experience.
By Kristen Seymour
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