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Top 10 best dogs for kids

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10 Dog breeds for children

While Lassie and Lady and the Tramp are fun to watch, they're probably not the best way to choose a dog for your kid. So how do you go about picking a pup from among all the different breeds out there? A good rule of thumb is to choose a breed by its disposition, temperament, size and energy level — all of which should suit your family's lifestyle. We present 10 dogs that are especially suitable for kids.

Top 10 dogs for kids

PetMD shares the best family-friendly dog breeds. Did your favorite make the list?

10. Bulldog

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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, it won't win any awards for "most energetic dog." A docile, friendly and loyal dog, it gets along well with other pets and dogs, too.

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

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