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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. While you're at it, take a look at those sometimes considered to be more dangerous dog breeds.

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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1
4,738 1,779
Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 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 ...

2
5,839 1,384
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

3
4,243 1,726
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added German Shepherd Dog

4
2,480 1,648
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added St. Bernard

5
3,060 1,450
Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

6
2,528 1,446
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

7
2,674 1,246
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

8
2,874 1,659
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Beagle

9
5,067 1,725
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added American Pit Bull Terrier

10
2,746 1,305
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added Boxer

11
2,584 1,188
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Siberian Husky

12
1,690 1,453
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added Miniature Schnauzer

13
1,644 1,209
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added Welsh Corgi

14
2,032 981
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Border Collie

The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked

15
1,746 1,088
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

16
1,438 1,064
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Basset Hound

17
1,434 952
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

18
2,365 1,303
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

19
1,884 987
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added English Mastiff

20
1,964 1,049
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Bulldog

21
937 793
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added English Springer Spaniel

The Best Guard Dogs for Families

22
1,244 1,295
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Yorkshire Terrier Beautiful loyal dog  

23
1,104 941
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added Weimaraner

24
1,370 981
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added Boston Terrier

25
1,055 540
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added French Bulldog

26
1,042 720
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
slantsix added German Shorthaired Pointer If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.

27
2,910 1,226
Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 27 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 ...

28
1,427 806
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
gamedemon24 added American Staffordshire Terrier Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

The Cutest Mixed Dog Breeds

29
1,180 577
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added American Bulldog

30
1,037 1,029
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Poodle

31
1,233 984
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added Dachshund

32
660 549
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added Old English Sheepdog

33
1,066 615
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

34
1,290 882
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Lady Wretch added Doberman Pinscher The Most Amazing, Sweet, Strong, Smart and Loving creatures on this earth!

35
1,314 1,001
Pug is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added Pug

The Scariest Animals in the World

36
739 644
Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added Belgian Shepherd Malinois

37
741 627
Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

38
957 837
Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 38 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 ...

39
846 908
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Shih Tzu Sweet docile dog '  

40
738 465
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Goldendoodle Golden retriever/poodle mix.

41
665 606
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Irish Wolfhound

42
605 564
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

25 Amazing Dog Facts You Never Knew

43
694 698
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Maltese

44
574 558
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

45
670 587
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added Bull Terrier

46
930 777
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Jack Russell Terrier

47
495 666
Standard Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

48
552 455
Olde English Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeterLynnWestre added Olde English Bulldog

49
506 581
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Samoyed

50
679 756
Standard Poodle is listed (or ranked) 50 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 ...