As many parents have found out the hard way, choosing that puppy in the window based on cuteness alone is never a good move when you have kids. With the hundreds of different breeds available, it's important to pick a family-friendly pup based on temperament, disposition, size and energy level. We've narrowed down the choices based on these criteria to find the 10 best dogs for kids.
Nicknamed "nature's babysitter," the Newfoundland dog loves children and is very protective of them. Gentle, kind and patient, this breed is almost like the Mother Teresa of dogs. The Newfoundland is about 27 inches tall and weighs as much as 150 pounds, so he best suits a family with large, open spaces at home.
And although the breed is known to drool and shed excessively, he is not considered a proper dog for the yard. This breed wants to be inside with his family. Wouldn't you? The Newfoundland is also a great swimmer and has been known to save lives in emergency situations. Both young and old will quickly fall in love with this wonderfully sweet, large dog.
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