Best Companion Dog Breeds


The saying is true; dogs are man’s best friend. No matter the breed, there is an undeniably special bond between an owner and his dog. The unconditional loyalty and love of a dog is something that is even rare to find in human relationships! While every dog has the capability to be a wonderful furry family member, some breeds lead the pack when it comes to companionship.

Certain dogs make for better companions than others. Not all dogs were created equal. Each breed is unique with their different common personality traits that influence their behaviors. Some are excellent hunters while others are fierce guard dogs. Some dogs desire to work out in a field all day, while others are happiest exerting their high energy with constant exercise. Good companion dog breeds are most content just to stay by your side and be around you! Below is a list of the best companion dog breeds.

Golden Retriever

You would be hard-pressed to read any list of good companion dog breeds and not find the Golden Retriever! This breed is incredibly devoted and loving to their owners. While the Golden Retriever loves to exercise and play, they would pick hanging out with you over just about anything. The Golden Retriever is the perfect companion dog for a family, as they are known for how well they do with children.

Labrador Retriever

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By far the most popular breed of dog, across several countries including the US, the Labrador Retriever is a smart, obedient, and eager to please breed. With a track record of being a trustworthy companion dog, it is no surprise that this breed is one of the most commonly used, and bred, as trained therapy and service dogs. If you are looking for an intelligent large-sized companion breed, the Labrador Retriever is your best bet!


This in-demand breed is a highly intelligent (ranked as the 2nd smartest!), proud, elegant dog. Poodles are the perfect companion dog for those who have allergies as their dense curly coat is hypoallergenic! The Poodle comes in three sizes ranging from the larger standard size, miniature size, and the smaller toy size, so you have plenty of options to choose. Be cautious of selecting the smaller size poodles if you have children in your family as they tend to have less patience than the standard size.


The Bulldog has a reputation as one of the happiest dogs out there, so it is no surprise that they are one of the most popular companion dog breeds! If you know you are low maintenance and want a dog that follows suit, the Bulldog is your ultimate match.

These dogs have short, smooth coats that require minimal grooming and are not very active. This is one breed that will not be begging you to go on long walks! If you want a best friend that is down to lounge around with you, this sincere and friendly breed will make for a wonderful family dog. 


Known as one of the most mannered and charming breeds, the Maltese’s Temperament is known as one of the most mannered and charming breeds, making them a loving companion! These beautiful dogs are recognized easily by their long, silky white hair – and be aware that they come with high grooming requirements!

While the Maltese is a classic lap dog, they still are somewhat active and enjoy taking brisk walks and frequent short bursts of playtime. This breed is guaranteed to be an affectionate and loyal companion, but be careful as they can develop separation anxiety when left alone for extended periods of time!


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Originating from China, the Pekingese is one of the few breeds that have been historically bred solely for companionship. This affectionate, loyal, and regal small dog breed is an excellent choice if you want a faithful companion by your side.

These dogs are not very active, though they do require a significant amount of your time spent on grooming every week. The Pekingese is notoriously difficult dog breed to train, so if you want a dog with an arsenal of tricks who responds to your every command, this is not the breed for you! 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the ultimate companion dog breed. This sweet, gentle breed is content to sit in their owner’s lap all day cuddling! Not only does this dog not exhibit any signs of aggression, making it the perfect family-friendly pick, they are also a notoriously quiet breed. If you live in a busy city, or apartment, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is everything you could want in a companion.

It is safe to say that no matter what dog breed you choose, you will find that unconditional love and loyalty you desire. It is no secret though that some dogs make for better companion dog breeds than others!

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