Labrador Retrievers: Perfect for families and service work due to their friendly nature, intelligence, and loyalty. Sociable with other dogs, high-energy, love water, but shed a lot.
Golden Retrievers: AKC's top for kids, pets. Patient, easy to train. Moderate energy, good with dogs. Need exercise.
Poodles: adaptable sizes, intelligent, active, affectionate. Great for active households, love water. Low-shedding coats, good with kids.
Consider medium Goldendoodles: hypoallergenic, playful. Need yard exercise and socialization.
Maltese: sociable, loving lap dogs. Quick learners for beginners. Need companionship; great for remote work.
Shih Tzus: Affectionate, low-exercise, apartment-friendly. Calm demeanor, minimal barking. Need daily grooming for long hair.
Yorkies: Ideal for small homes. Affectionate, easy to train, hypoallergenic. Great for singles, good watchdogs. Manageable coat care.
Boston Terrier: Easygoing, friendly, great with kids. Minimal shedding, grooming, and exercise. Known as "American Gentlemen."
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: Friendly, adaptable pets with gentle nature, great for families, other pets, and even babies.
Whippets: swift, agile "poor man's racehorse." Loves couch cuddles. Medium-sized, people-oriented. Training effort required.