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13 of the world's most gentle dog breeds

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Dec. 21, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
Labrador retrievers

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Labrador retriever

The most popular dog breed in the United States according to the AKC, Labrador retrievers are friendly, active and intelligent, and have a great, gentle temperament. In addition to being perfect family dogs, these eager-to-please pets are also ideal as service animals.

Labs come in three colors: black, yellow and chocolate. A member of the sporting dog group, they can play and fetch balls over and over without ever getting tired or cranky, making them great for families with energetic kids or perfect for people looking for active, patient companions.