When I was growing up, we had a few dogs but I truly didn’t find my love for dogs until I was almost an adult. But I have been fortunate to have some amazing dogs in my life as soon as I realized how incredible these animals are and showed them just some time and affection. It takes just minutes to realizes these animals only want to show you unconditional love. So, if you’re thinking it’s about time for you to get your first dog Ranker created a list of dogs that might be perfect for you. 

Let me be very clear, I have zero training with animals regarding finding the perfect one for a family. But I do know that welcoming your home to a dog can be one of the best decisions you ever make. I can promise your life will be better once you and your dog create that bond. There is nothing better than coming home from a long stressful day at work to find your dog just waiting to hug you and love you and just spend time with you. 

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Dogs Can Be Difficult 

As much as I love dogs, I don’t have the patience for a puppy. Those are things you have to think about when getting a dog. Do you have the patience to train a puppy, are you going to be okay if your puppy displays bad behavior as he or she learns the rules? There are lots of great older pups that have grown out of their puppy phase and are waiting to be rescued from a shelter near you. 

Let’s Look at Pups That Are Perfect for a First Time Pet Owner 

Do your research, find a pup that fits your life. If you have a small apartment, you probably don’t want a giant dog, and always remember to rescue a dog when you’re looking to add a furry family member. Here is a look at 20 of the best dog options when you’re a about to become a first-time pet owner: 

20 Great Dogs for a First Time Owner

Here is a look at 20 dog breeds that might be perfect if you're looking to get your first dog.

RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds

Does your loyal pup's breed make the list? Read on to see if you'll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog's intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don't worry: Even if your dog's breed doesn't land on the list, that doesn't mean he's not a good boy--some traits simply can't be measured.