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Top 11 Dog Breeds for Kids

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These family-friendly dog breeds make the perfect addition to any home

5. Vizsla

These family-friendly dog breeds make the perfect addition to any home
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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, viszlas are obedient, confident and smart, forming close bonds with their family and able to learn new tricks quickly. Best of all, the vizslas have very little "doggy" smell about them.

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

More: How Many Dogs Are Too Many?

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