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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.

5. Vizsla

This may be a breed you haven't heard of before, but it's actually one of the best dog breeds for kids. The vizsla has a gentle disposition and manner, and is loyal, affectionate and quiet, perfect for your little ones to play with.

Additionally, it is obedient, confident and smart, forming close bonds with its family and able to learn new tricks quickly. Best of all, the vizsla has very little "doggy" smell about it.

Only a little shorter than the Newfoundland (around 23 inches) and weighing around 50 pounds, you might be tempted to subject them to apartment life, but that's not a good idea. It might be too rambunctious indoors and needs at least an average-size backyard to play in. Make sure they're happy and healthy, and they can live up to 15 years.

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