11 Dog Breeds That Are Not Aggressive

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In the modern world, dogs have become a loving companion to us, if you do not own a dog chances are you know someone who does, and it is evident that they love us as much as we love them, if not more. While all dogs are loving and behave nicely when we take care of their needs and specific requirements, some breeds are easier to work with than others. To label a breed as aggressive would be wrong and misleading as, sometimes, they may show aggression when their energy is not exhausted.

Dog Breeds That Are Not Aggressive

Now, what exactly is a non-aggressive dog? While any dog can scare the crap out of anyone with their barks and can even bite, leaving a nasty mark, some of them happen to be extremely calm and friendly with high levels of tolerance who rarely attack humans or other animals unless they are aggravated, but I believe anyone, including humans, can be aggravated to the point of aggression. With that said these are the least aggressive dog breeds. [1]Reader’s Digest

1. Boxers

Why they are called boxers is beyond me because I have yet to see one throwing down a punch. However, despite their robust stance and aggressive look, these are loving dogs, and they get along great with everyone, especially children. If you ignore the name, these are the entire package of a dog with their affection, loyalty, intelligence, and work ethics. While sometimes they like to act silly and goofy, overall these are alert dogs, and these are on the larger side of the spectrum as an average boxer stands anywhere from 23 to 25 inches tall. Furthermore, these are loving hounds and are always ready for a play session plus their protective nature makes them a great family dog. To ensure your boxer is nice around others, just start introducing them to more people and animals during their puppyhood, and these gentle dogs will live peacefully among all.

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Boxer in a grassland

2. Bulldogs

Just like the name of the previous dog, these are called part bulls for some reason and despite my thick glasses, I’m having trouble seeing any sort of horns. Jokes aside, while this chubby furball might appear aggressive with its expressions that are renowned all over the world as a symbol of courage, it is nothing, but a goofball full of love and thanks to years of selective breeding that made them appear smaller in size and loving. Unlike other dogs, these are well suited to live in towns or cities rather than countrysides due to their docile and friendly nature. Bulldog is a breed that one can easily recognize, and it cannot be mistaken for any other breed as it has very distinct features, especially loose skin, and stubby limbs. These loving dogs prefer air-conditioned places in summer and love to cuddle up, and even though they can reach up to 50 pounds in weight, they will still try to lay on your lap, and would you really stop these adorable puppers from doing so?

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Bulldog performing a sick move on a skateboard

3. French Bulldog

These are bulldogs with a french accent, but in all seriousness, these are affectionate, playful, smart, and highly adaptable dogs that get along with pretty much everyone regardless of their age and nature. Just like bulldogs, these prefer brisk walks and not much else in terms of physical activities, and they love to cuddle up, which makes them great for apartments and small households. They get comfortable easily in different environments, except hot summers, which can cause breathing issues. Overall, these adorable and slightly larger cousins of bulldogs are loving dogs and rarely aggressive.

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Adorable French bulldog puppies

4. Whippets

These slender hounds are known for their race prowess as they are often known as poor man’s race dogs, and even if they are not rushing down the track, they are chasing small animals around the yard, and that is where they like to spend all of their aggression and energy, and once they exhaust their reserve of explosive energy, they want nothing but a simple cuddle and affection. They rarely show any aggression after their pent-up energy is released, and if you can provide them enough exercise daily, they are simply a loving breed. In a study, that was conducted to see which dog breeds are the most aggressive, whippets came at the bottom, and it was observed they prefer not to engage in fights and rarely bark unless it is needed, so just give them a backyard to run around, and they will return to your lap for love and affection.

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Majestic Whippet

5. Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds in the United States with its sweet face and friendly nature, these are great for families, especially with children, as long as they are introduced to them nicely. Even though these are most popular in America, they originated from Newfoundland in Canada, and these were originally used in duck hunting as they would retrieve the birds, hence the name, and along with that, they were also used in fishing. Just like the whippets, labradors require plenty of exercises to stay in the ideal mindset as these are highly active dogs and prefer open spaces, where they can zoom around effortlessly. Their friendly nature and pleasing characteristics make them a truly loving breed, and it is due to their friendly nature that they are extremely popular.

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A happy yellow lab

6. Golden Retriever

The cousin of the labrador retriever and a smile that can cure all the stress and negative mood. Just like the labradors, these were bred to be hunting companions that would retrieve the fowls, wouldn’t attack other pets, and be non-aggressive towards their owners. The last trait, i.e., non-aggressiveness, undoubtedly, has made them loved and equally famous to labs, and people sometimes often get confused between the two of them. These have been a part of numerous TV shows and movies due to their friendly nature and fabulous looks. Just get this pup a good exercise to drain their energy. As for the affection is concerned, these are considered one of the most loving dogs.

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A beautiful and happy golden retriever

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Although it sounds like I’m about to describe royalty or a king of a certain nation, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is, in fact, a breed of dogs. It is a loving dog that thrives when they are part of a family, and you can see their gentle nature in their adorable eyes as they only project love. These are the result of crossing a toy breed with the athletic spaniel, which gives them athletic abilities similar to large dogs. These are also great with children, and unlike other breeds, which either require a lot of exercise or lazy downtime, these are very flexible, they can adapt to the lifestyle of their owner and continue living that way. Due to their flexible nature, they make a great fit for seniors as well.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels looking majestic

8. Newfoundlands

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you where they are from, and these are sometimes also referred to as Newfies. These are truly gentle giants,  and at first, one might be afraid of these dogs as they are huge in size, especially to an untrained eye to whom they might appear like a bear; however, these are very loving dogs. Not to fat shame these hounds or anything, but these can reach up to 150 pounds, and despite their size, they are softies on the inside and have a truly gentle nature, which puts them on this list. Their original purpose was to rescue drowning people in the oceans, for this reason, in the past, they were designated crew members of most local boats for centuries, so just ensure you are allowing your pup to swim, and they will thank you with their love and affection.

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The gentle giant walking gently

9. Bernese Mountain Dogs

Another giant dog that stands at 27 inches, but despite their large size, these are truly loving pooches. These dogs were born and built for rough terrain, are hard-working, and love caring for their owners. Since their origin, they have been working on beautiful farmlands of Switzerland, maybe that is the reason why these are striking to look at and are humble just like a hard-working farmer. In a similar study in which whippets came last in aggression, they were also ranked close to them, and their nature is balanced, meaning they do not become aggressive easily and with their protective nature, they get along great with kids as well.

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An adorable Bernese puppy

10. Beagles

Beagles were originally bred to live among packs and were employed as hunting dogs, and due to this, they are curious pups who love playing with children and other puppies, especially if they are given a task to sniff out the toys to suffice their hunting instinct. Due to their genetics, they are ever so curious hounds and are clever, where other dogs can easily be kept in certain spaces, these tend to perform tricks to escape them; therefore, microchipping them becomes essential. However, they are cheerful and loving without aggression.

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A happy beagle mother watching her puppies

11. Pugs

These little balls of joy are truly family-oriented pups, and just look at them, a face like that can only be goofy, but never aggressive. These are easy-going hounds and don’t get aggravated easily. One huge advantage of pugs is that they can live in almost all types of families; a couple, small family, huge family with 20 members, pugs easily adapt to all of them. Also, they love to curl up next to you or on your lap, and given their size, you’ll love this behavior.

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A cute pug on an adventure


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