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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.
poodle running in the park

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Poodle

This smart, popular breed comes in a range of sizes, colors and hairstyles, but all tend to be eager-to-please and highly trainable.

While the miniature poodle can be shy around strangers, the standard poodle tends to be more outgoing, according to the AKC. They're all typically gentle and caring with the people they love, and can be playful and loyal, and rarely annoyed or snippy.

People with allergies tend to gravitate toward poodles because of their hypoallergenic coat, but they require lots of grooming.