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The best dogs for kids are not just some of the best family dogs but some of the best and most popular dog breeds out there. These dogs have incredible patience, are gentle with the little ones and can help teach children about responsibility. Additionally, many claim that raising children with dogs can help improve the self esteem of the child and help them with cooperation and social skills.

While many might think that smaller dogs would be better with small children, actually the opposite is true. Breeds like the golden retriever, labrador retriever, Irish setter and boxer are among the top dog breeds for children. These large dogs are gentle giants and great about tolerating the tormenting of children without backlash.

Of course many smaller dogs are also great for kids. The poodle is a popular choice for family dogs as is the beagle, shih tzu, Havanese and pug. For a family living in an apartment or one that simply does not want a larger dog, these breeds are solid choices and among the best apartment dogs. On the other hand, chihuahuas or yorkies are smaller breeds that are not especially recommended for children.

When selecting a great family dog, it's important to consider a variety of factors. That's where a mixed breed or mutt can often be a great choice of the combination of dog characteristics a family might be seeking in an ideal dog. Also, as mixed breed dogs are often the first to land in a shelter, giving a rescued mutt a forever home can change your life and the life of the dog as well. Whichever breed of dog you select, it's crucial to think the decision over thoroughly before making a commitment to any dog.
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Mixed Breed or Mutt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Great Pyrenees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Puppy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Spanish Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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American Cocker Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Blood Hound is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Akita is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Boykin Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Afghan Hound is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Cairn Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Maltese Dog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Papillon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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English Setter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids

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Catahoula Leopard Dog is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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