20 Super Friendly Dog Breeds

Looking for a friendly dog? Here are some of the friendliest dog breeds in the world.

1. Bichon Frise


The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, small dog breed with a lot of love to give. Read more about Bichons.

2. Bulldog


The Bulldog is friendly and easygoing; he gets along with everyone. Read more about Bulldogs. 

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 




4. Coton de Tulear


Sweet and cuddly dog breed with a clownish personality, the Coton de Tulear is always ready for a good time. Read more about the Coton.

5. English Setter


Known as “the moderate setter,” the graceful English Setter’s love of people and easygoing nature can make him a super friend for an active family as well as a fine hunting dog. Read more about the English Setter. 

6. Flat-Coated Retriever


Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. Read more about Flat Coated Retrievers. 

7. Goldador


Loving, devoted, and energetic, Goldador mixed-breed dogs are prized for their good-natured trainability. They make great family members — a natural with kids and social with other pets — as well as valuable guide, service, and bomb detection dogs. Read more about Goldadors.

8. Golden Retriever


The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The breed’s super friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet, and his intelligence makes him a highly capable working dog. Read more about Golden Retrievers. 

9. Greyhound



Loyal and affectionate with his family, he’s not aggressive toward strangers, although he will let you know — through a bark or a subtle pricking of his small, folded ears — that someone’s approaching your home.  Read more about Greyhounds.

10. Havanese


The Havanese shines his affectionate personality on everyone, including strangers, children, other dogs, and even cats. But his family will get the lion’s share of his love; given the choice, he’ll stick like glue to his owner’s side. Read more about Havanese.

11. Irish Setter


The Irish Setter is fun-loving, playful, and affectionate, always ready for a rollicking good time. Read more about Irish Setters. 

12. Labradoodle


It’s not surprising that the Labradoodle has gained such popularity so quickly. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The result was a smart and sociable dog who not only possessed a nature appropriate for guide dogs but also had a low-shedding coat. Read more about Labradoodles.

13. Labrador Retriever


The Lab has the reputation of being one of the most sweet-natured breeds, and it’s well deserved. He’s outgoing, eager to please, and friendly with both people and other animals. Read more about Labrador Retrievers. 

14. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Tollers are smart, independent, and curious. Their personality lies somewhere between that of a Golden Retriever and a terrier. It’s not unusual for them to have a sense of humor, and they generally have an outgoing, upbeat attitude. Read more about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

15. Papillon


The Papillon is happy, alert, and friendly. Read more about Papillons.

16. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


The PBGV is known as the “happy breed.” This breed enjoys life and people. He is enthusiastic and good-natured.

Read more about Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.

17. Samoyed


The well-bred Samoyed is an intelligent, gentle, and loyal dog. He is friendly and affectionate with his family, including the children, and thrives on being part of household activity. Read more about Samoyed Dogs.

18. Shih Tzu


This ancient breed would befriend a burglar in exchange for little affection. Read more about Shih Tzus. 

19. Siberian Husky


Huskies are adored for being friendly and gentle, they make lousy watchdogs. Unfortunately, they are not overly suspicious of strangers, including burglars. The fact is that they tend to love everybody. Read more about Huskies. 

20. Vizsla


The Vizsla is described as lively, gentle, and affectionate, with above-average learning ability and a strong desire to be with people.  Read more about Vizslas. 

What kind of dog do you have? Is your dog super friendly?

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