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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.

4. Irish setter

Known for its red coat, the Irish setter is playful, energetic, loves being around people and plays well with children. This doggy needs lots of exercise and is a good match for energetic kids.

A smart and trainable companion, the Irish setter is perfect for people with lots of space, but isn't what one would call a good apartment dweller. At 26 inches high and about 65 pounds, it may seem small enough for a large apartment, but I'd avoid it unless you're an avid daily jogger.

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