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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
Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more

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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more

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

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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
German Shepherd Dog The German Shepherd is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...more

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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Beagle The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more

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Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Collie The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built ...more

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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Boxer The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...more

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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
zxray added St. Bernard The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as ...more

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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
analise.dubner added American Pit Bull Terrier The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group. The American ...more

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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Newfoundland The Newfoundland is a large working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, white and black or gray. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black and white ...more

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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
slaft added Border Collie The Border Collie is a medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...more

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Great Pyrenees 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
LisaIverson added Australian Shepherd The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in ...more

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Staffordshire Bull Terrier The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, short-coated breed of dog. It is an English dog, the fifth most popular breed, and related to the bull terrier. Descended from bull baiting ...more

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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Bichon Frisé A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.

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Labradoodle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Labradoodle A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when ...more

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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Siberian Husky The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly ...more

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King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
King Charles Spaniel The King Charles Spaniel is a small dog breed of the spaniel type. In 1903, the Kennel Club combined four separate toy spaniel breeds under this single title. The other varieties merged into ...more

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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Bulldog The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Olde English ...more

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Pug is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Pug The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square ...more

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Puppy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more

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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Poodle The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more

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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Irish Setter The Irish Setter, is a setter, a breed of gundog and family dog. The term Irish Setter is commonly used to encompass the show-bred dog recognised by the American Kennel Club as well as the ...more

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Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Basset Hound The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for ...more

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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Great Dane The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more

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Rottweiler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
marcelo1ar added Rottweiler The Rottweiler is a medium/large size breed of domestic dog. The dogs were known as "Rottweil butchers' dogs" because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with ...more

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English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
English Springer Spaniel The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. It is an affectionate, excitable breed with an average lifespan of ...more

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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Shih Tzu A shih tzu is a toy dog breed weighing 5–7.25 kilograms with long silky hair. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in ...more

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Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Old English Sheepdog The Old English Sheepdog is a large, squarely proportioned, agile dog with a profuse, shaggy coat. The body is stocky, well-balanced and muscular. Topline slopes upward from the withers to the ...more

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Spanish Water Dog is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Spanish Water Dog The Spanish Water Dog breed dates back several hundred years and has its origins most likely in Turkey from where it was imported into Spain as a general purpose sheepdog and guard. It is also ...more

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Bloodhound is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Bloodhound The Bloodhound is a large scent hound originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar, but also used from the Middle Ages onwards for tracking human beings, and now most often bred specifically ...more

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West Highland White Terrier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
West Highland White Terrier The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs ...more

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Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed of small dog of the Schnauzer type that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century. Miniature Schnauzers developed from crosses between the Standard ...more

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American Cocker Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
dwayne.blankenship added American Cocker Spaniel The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of sporting dog. It is a spaniel type dog that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel; the two breeds diverged during the 20th century due to ...more

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Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Dachshund The dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling ...more

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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Weimaraner The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the ...more

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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Yorkshire Terrier The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more

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Blood Hound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
TimBartlett added Blood Hound Blood Hound is a manga by Kaori Yuki. Appearing as a serial in the Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, the chapters of Blood Hound were compiled into one tankōbon volume, published by Hakusensha on ...more

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Akita is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
zxray added Akita Akita is the capital city of Akita Prefecture, Japan, and has been designated a core city since April 1, 1997. As of September 2013, the city has an estimated population of 320,232 and a ...more

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Boykin Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
zxray added Boykin Spaniel The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Spaniel bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina, in the United States. It is the state dog of ...more

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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Dalmatian The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical ...more

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Shiba Inu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Paperboy added Shiba Inu The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred ...more

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English Setter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
English Setter The English Setter is a medium size breed of dog. It is part of the Setter family, which includes the red Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black-and-tan Gordon Setters. The mainly ...more

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Havanese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Havanese The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana. The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is ...more

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Cairn Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Cairn Terrier The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognized as one of Scotland's earliest working dogs. The breed was given the name cairn, ...more

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Catahoula Leopard Dog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
zxray added Catahoula Leopard Dog The Catahoula Cur is an American dog breed named after Catahoula Parish, in the state of Louisiana, in the United States. After becoming the state dog of Louisiana in 1979, its name was ...more

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Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Bull Terrier The Bull Terrier is a breed of dog in the terrier family. There is also a miniature version of this breed which is officially known as the Miniature Bull Terrier.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Rhodesian Ridgeback The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with ...more

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Afghan Hound is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dogs for Kids
Afghan Hound The Afghan Hound is a hound that is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end, the breed acquired its ...more