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The 10 best dogs for kids (bonus: they're easier to handle than a toddler)

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These dog breeds are known for getting along great with children

Choosing the cutest doggie in the window (most likely the one your kids beg and beg and beg you to take home) can often lead to disaster if you don't research the breed first. There are hundreds of breeds available, with plenty of mixes too, making it more important than ever to narrow down the right pup for your kids based on size, energy level, disposition and temperament.

The American Kennel Club lists the "calm and courageous" bulldog as one of its top picks for kids, and we've added nine more of our family-friendly favorites to the list.

10. Bulldog

These dog breeds are known for getting along great with children
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The bulldog has a sturdy build that is perfect for kids who like to roughhouse. Only between 12 and 16 inches in height and weighing about 50 pounds, the bulldog is comfortable living in large houses as well as apartments. However, he won't win any awards for "most energetic dog." A docile, friendly and loyal dog, he gets along well with other pets and dogs too.

More: 10 Reasons why English Bulldog puppies are the cutest things ever

But their temperament with kids is all but famous. As intimidating as they look, they're friendly and gentle with kids and known for their guarding capabilities and courage.

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