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Top 10 best dogs for kids

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10 Dog breeds that get along great with 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 the 10 best dogs for kids.

7. Collie

Collie

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This is the dog breed Lassie made famous. Collies are a very gentle and predictable breed, rarely biting their human family and easily trainable, perfect for families unfamiliar with dogs.

While this breed is typically mild-mannered (like Clark Kent!), it was originally bred as a herding dog, so he may try to herd your children. This might be amusing at first, but it's probably best to discourage the child-herding (no matter how handy you may think it could be). The collie's long hair means it requires regular grooming to keep his coat in tip-top shape. Collies get along great with children and love to please their owners and protect their family.

At about 25 inches tall and 60 pounds, the collie is a breed you may think inappropriate for apartment living, but as long as they do get exercise, they're pretty docile indoors. For a larger dog, they live a very long life of about 14 to 16 years.

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