When it comes to selecting the perfect four-legged addition to your family, there are a lot of factors to consider. With 221 different pedigree dog breeds to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Fortunately, some breeds are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, making them less likely to bite. Here are 10 of the most popular dog breeds that are least likely to bite.
The Labrador Retriever is known for its friendly and affectionate nature, making it very unusual for a lab to bite. This is one of the many reasons why they're the world's most popular dog breed. The Bulldog's smaller continental cousin, the French Bulldog, is just as tolerant and unlikely to break out in aggression. Boxers are also known for their patience and good nature with children, making them unlikely to lash out in frustration.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is another breed that is motivated by its desire to please its owners, so it's unlikely they will bite if they have displeased you.It's important to socialize your dog so that they are happy and well-adapted for life. French Bulldogs get along well with almost all two- and four-legged people, young and old, so don't be afraid to take them out and about. It's also important to seek academic guidance when selecting a breed, as Stanley Coren's book “The Intelligence of Dogs” classifies breeds according to instincts, obedience and ability to adapt.When studying canine aggression, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania surveyed owners to determine which breeds were the least (and most) aggressive to humans and dogs. Whippets topped the list of the least bellicose breeds.
Other breeds that are unlikely to feel the need to bite include Pugs, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Greyhounds, Collies, Bulldogs and Mastiffs.It's important to remember that any breed can bite if provoked or scared. Dogs are very territorial creatures and can attack if you come closer to pick up a toy or guarded food. If a dog is in an extreme state of chasing a squirrel or other animal and the owner comes out to grab its collar, it can attack by instinct without thinking of hurting its owner.When selecting a breed for your family, it's important to consider which one is least likely to bite. The breeds listed above are all known for their friendly and affectionate nature, making them less likely to feel the need to bite.
So whether you're a family of two or ten, you don't have other pets or a pack of dogs, you live in neighborhoods or in a big city, these breeds are likely to adapt without problems.