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The Best Dog Breeds For Kids

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All dogs can be good with kids if they're raised properly, but there are some breeds that are specifically better with kids.

Generally, larger breeds tend to be better with kids mainly because they're tougher and you don't really have to worry about them being squeezed or stepped on.

Another factor is how easy it is to train the breed so you won't have to worry about unruly kids and a crazy dog.

Dorian Wagner from YourDailyCute.com suggests these breeds:

Beagle

These energetic, smart and playful dogs are never too tired for a good romp with the kids. This sturdy little dog does shed, however, so you’ll need to brush and bathe him often.

Labrador Retriever

There’s a reason why this is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are protective, patient, sweet pups with plenty of intelligence. Their even temperament and high trainability make them a perfect match for active families.

Bulldog

These plump, wrinkly dogs are known for their gentle disposition and hearty frame. Bulldogs make great apartment- or house-dogs, and they tend to form strong bonds with kids.

Newfoundland

This large dog is known as “Nature’s babysitter” because of its patient, docile personality. Newfoundlands love children and can be very protective of them. They have even been known to use their great swimming ability to save lives in emergency situations. Just be wary of drool and shedding.

Irish Setter

These dogs require plenty of exercise, so be sure to have a yard for them to run around in. They have silly, clown-like personalities, love to be around people and are a good match for highly energetic children.

More important than the breed of the dog is the actual dog itself. There are as many different dog personalities as there are people's, so make sure to get to know your doggy before bringing them home.

Also, many mutts share the same attributes as their ancestors who were one or more of the aforementioned breeds, so you can always find yourself a pound puppy to bring home.

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