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Top 10 best dogs for kids

Vladimir is a regular contributor to PetMD, the largest global source of pet health information. PetMD's content is created by veterinary professionals and covers 9 different species.

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.

8. Bull terrier

Bull terrier

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The bull terrier can get quite rambunctious and requires plenty of playtime. Therefore, it is a perfect dog for a large family. The bull terrier will return your affection by being very protective of your children for its average decade-long life expectancy.

Often mistaken for the larger pit bull, the bull terrier was bred to be a companion dog — friendly and loving toward grownups and kids alike. This well-framed dog also has a high threshold for pain, making it perfect for rambunctious children who are learning how to properly treat dogs.

The bull terrier comes in two sizes which are standard (about 22 inches and anywhere between 40 and 85 pounds) and miniature (roughly half the size of the standard), so choose your size based on the size of your home. But note that even the little ones need plenty of exercise.

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