The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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Everyone has their favorite dog breed, but what's the best breed to bring into your home if you have kids? Of course, the very best thing you can do is adopt a dog, making sure that the animal is good with kids beforehand. But if you have your heart set on a particular breed, there are definitely some dogs that are better in families than others. Vote your favorite kid-friendly breed up and add any you see missing.

The coolest dog breeds for families aren't always the best ones as they're not always the most "Pinteresting" or "Instagramable" breeds, but that's for a reason. You need a safe breed that's easy to take care of that you can count on anyone taking care of. That's why we used part of the the top 10 dogs for children to build this list, because it should include dogs that any part of the family should be able to care for. 
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    Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families


    Golden Retriever This dog has been the #1 family dog for decades. They are patient, good-tempered and loving. They are easy to train and people-lovers to the extreme. These dogs get big, tho... up to 80lbs, and they have a lot of hair. They are

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    Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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    Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families


    Pit Bull Terrier The sad story of this breed should not deter you from bringing it into your family. Like any dog on this list, or any dog anywhere, ever - these animals can be mistreated and taught to do bad things. I would have put this dog much

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    Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families


    Bichon Frise This is a sweet, loving, happy dog - but needs older kids as it tends not to deal well with very little children poking and pulling on it. The size of this dog makes it suitable for families in small living spaces, and while it

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    The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!

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    Beautiful loyal dog 

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    Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

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    Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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    Sweet docile dog' 

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    Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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    Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

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    Standard Poodle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families


    Standard Poodle This dog is in the top 5 of the smartest breeds of dog out there. Watch out for this one, as its a problem solver. This trait does make for a wonderful family companion, however... making it super easy to train. High intelligence,

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