The simplest US dog breeds for first-time owners

Rottweiler - Height: 24–27 inches (male), 22–25 inches (female) - Weight: 95–135 pounds (male), 80–100 pounds (female)

Rottweilers are loyal and don't need much coddling, making them ideal for first-time owners, especially active ones. Rottweilers protect their families and need daily lengthy walks or jogs

The Perro de Presa Canario is peaceful, affectionate, and protective. First-time dog owners should know that Petfinder recommends keeping these dogs away from other dogs and pets


The briard is a good watchdog and a suitable choice for first-time dog owners. It has a history of guarding its family. The briard is affectionate, trainable, and needs early socialization. T

American bulldogs are gentle and friendly, making them ideal for children. The dog is loyal to its family and easy to train, but it's better to start young. Daily exercise will keep the American bulldog happy and healthy 

Clumber spaniels resemble cocker spaniels but are different. The breed may have originated in England, although it's unclear. These dogs are smart and affectionate, even for first-timers.

New Rhodesian ridgeback owners will love their loyal, protective best buddy. According to the American Kennel Club, this affectionate breed evolved in Africa and hunted huge animals like lions. 

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