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List Rules Best types of dogs for a family

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

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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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1,044 465
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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791 399
Collie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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839 377
American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
cubbybear2005 added American Pit Bull Terrier

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642 349
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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578 350
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added St. Bernard

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746 412
Boxer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
greatgeezer added Boxer

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398 191
Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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634 393
Beagle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Beagle

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493 264
Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Siberian Husky

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546 310
Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Border Collie

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500 273
English Mastiff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
SHEBANDIT added English Mastiff

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543 322
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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626 415
Rottweiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
dubier added Rottweiller

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422 289
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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477 412
Miniature Schnauzer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Randolph Strauss added Miniature Schnauzer

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784 482
Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 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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351 278
Basset Hound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Basset Hound

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452 315
Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Bulldog

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374 313
Welsh Corgi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeteBoyle added Welsh Corgi

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512 378
Pug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
IanT.Sebas added Pug

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375 258
Basenji, Bullmastiff, Shetland... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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399 300
Doberman Pinscher is listed (or ranked) 24 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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340 258
American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 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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370 331
Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MikeHatfill added Boston Terrier

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420 368
Bichon Frise is listed (or ranked) 27 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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395 377
Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MärkjaKlumpfiskur added Dachshund

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205 150
American Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added American Bulldog

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300 340
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Yorkshire Terrier Beautiful loyal dog  

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162 136
Belgian Shepherd Malinois is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
mikadecleen added Belgian Shepherd Malinois

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239 255
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Poodle

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162 143
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
but chickens double d added Old English Sheepdog

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242 239
German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 34 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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235 262
Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MangoStarkey added Weimaraner

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205 185
Leonberger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
liriodendron added Leonberger

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366 331
Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Jack Russell Terrier

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228 222
Riky Maltese is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Roger Stenson added Maltese

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310 340
Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
MarianneVenegoni added Shih Tzu Sweet docile dog '  

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148 151
English Springer Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added English Springer Spaniel

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214 212
Irish Wolfhound is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
zxray added Irish Wolfhound

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137 124
French Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Jedirainsberger added French Bulldog

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209 227
Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
CraigNykiel added Vizsla Devoted, great with kids, athletic and regal

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222 227
Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Martydvm added Shetland Sheepdog

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156 166
Samoyed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
TracyObasi added Samoyed

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279 311
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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155 158
Olde English Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
PeterLynnWestre added Olde English Bulldog

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121 112
Goldendoodle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Alaina Hillman added Goldendoodle Golden retriever/poodle mix.

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133 132
Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
Blowfish added Greyhound

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166 199
Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dog Breeds for Families
ravinggill added Bull Terrier