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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.
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Pug

One of the world's oldest dog breeds, pugs are also one of the silliest and sweetest. The AKC calls them "even-tempered, charming, mischievous and loving" and this small breed shows up on nearly every list of best family-friendly dogs.

Pugs are incredibly outgoing with a lot of dog in a little package. These people-pleasing pups come in fawn or black. They do well at obedience training, but don't need a lot of exercise, making them perfect for small homes or apartments.