Labradors and Rottweilers can both make great pets, but have very different demands.Labradors and Rottweilers can both make great pets, but have very different demands.
Labradors and Rottweilers can both make great pets, but have very different demands.

First Dogs: Here are the 10 worst and best breeds of adorable dog for first time owners - from Rottweiler to Labrador 🐕

If you’ve never had a dog before and are looking to take the plunge, the breed you choose will have a huge impact on your experiences.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new dog then you’re not alone – Kennel Club figures show that the number of people looking for puppies has surged to record levels.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest four-legged addition – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

One thing to consider before choosing a breed is that some dogs are far more demanding than others – with a some breeds perfect for first time owners.

Other pedigrees, however, have more demanding natures that mean that they should only be considered by experienced owners who have experience of training and keeping dogs.

So here are the breeds that first-timers should put at the top of their lists – and those they should avoid.

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