The Six Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

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The best dog breed for first-time dog owners is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are laid-back, joyful companions, and relatively easy to train, making them an ideal breed for beginners. Rounding out the best six breeds for first-timers are Golden Retrievers, Redbone Coonhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Collies, and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.

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Best Big Dogs for Kids

By: Orvis Staff

Very few parents get through their kids’ childhoods without recurring—maybe even incessant—requests for a dog. If you’re finally saying “yes” and adding a furry bundle of joy to your family, . . .

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