If you have been thinking about adopting a dog then you may be a little confused about which breed is right for you. There are simply so many different varieties of dog that it can be hard to settle on a breed. You want your dog to be energetic, but not too energetic, happy, friendly, and an all-around great dog.

So, what’s the most friendly dog that you can adopt?

The german shepherd is one of the best all-around dogs. They make fantastic pets for families of all sizes and ages. Their lovable nature means that they will instantly click and become a member of your family. 

What makes a german shepherd such a great dog?

Energy levels

Basically, german shepherds tick every box. They are an energetic breed so they will happily play with you all day long, but bear in mind that this also means that they will need to be walked daily to wear them out! 


They are also incredibly intelligent dogs. In fact, they are one of the smartest breeds. This fact means that they can be trained very easily. They will learn commands with ease and listen to you whenever you need something from them. They are not too mischievous. 

It is important to train a german shepherd as early as possible as they have brains like a sponge at such a young age. Also, as long as you do so from birth you can socialize your german shepherd puppy.

This will teach them to be friendly with other dogs and to interact with other people. If you miss this step then you may find that they struggle to be around other dogs and people. 


German shepherds are wonderfully loyal. This makes them not only a fantastic family pet but also a loyal companion who will protect a trusted family member when a threat is perceived. 

Once your german shepherd learns who is their friend they will stick by them like glue. They are wonderfully affectionate and so will demand a lot of cuddles. They are, however, shedders so be prepared for lots of cuddles but lots of fur stuck to your clothes!

Other friendly dogs

If you are after a list of other friendly dog breeds then you may want to consider any of the following:

  • Beagle
  • Golden retriever
  • Border collie
  • Newfoundland
  • Pug
  • Poodle

Any of these dogs will also make wonderfully friendly family pets but bear in mind that they all differ in other areas. For example, some of these breeds will be more intelligent and some will be more social.

To sum up

Although there are a number of incredibly friendly dog breeds out there if you are looking for a great dog that ticks the boxes in every category then look no further than a german shepherd. This dog is loyal, intelligent and wonderfully friendly.

You will need to give them lots of attention as they are always up for playing and cuddles!