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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) 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 ...

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1,483 454
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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1,167 536
German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added German Shepherd Dog

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641 401
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added St. Bernard

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717 392
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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876 453
Collie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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514 235
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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715 435
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Beagle

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833 452
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added Boxer

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1,034 459
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added American Pit Bull Terrier

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568 309
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Siberian Husky

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527 448
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added Miniature Schnauzer

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595 352
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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434 340
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added Welsh Corgi

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609 342
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Border Collie

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396 309
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Basset Hound

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454 321
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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552 314
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added English Mastiff

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692 462
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

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343 369
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Yorkshire Terrier Beautiful loyal dog  

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514 344
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Bulldog

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282 279
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Poodle

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557 402
Pug is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added Pug

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177 166
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added English Springer Spaniel

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420 355
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added Boston Terrier

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269 277
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added Weimaraner

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428 403
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added Dachshund

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890 539
Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 28 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 ...

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American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
gamedemon24 added American Staffordshire Terrier Loyal, friendly, happy, although not overly intelligent.

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438 328
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 30 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!

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451 388
Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added Belgian Shepherd Malinois

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406 279
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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183 164
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added Old English Sheepdog

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268 257
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
slantsix added German Shorthaired Pointer If a Vizsla had brains it would be a GSP.

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340 365
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Shih Tzu Sweet docile dog '  

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249 172
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added American Bulldog

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239 240
Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

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259 239
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Maltese

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173 137
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added French Bulldog

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223 200
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

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238 224
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Irish Wolfhound

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402 347
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Jack Russell Terrier

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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

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174 182
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Samoyed

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303 324
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 ...

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

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190 242
Puggle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Puggle

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188 220
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added Bull Terrier

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150 126
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Goldendoodle Golden retriever/poodle mix.