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Top 10 best dogs for kids

Vladimir is a regular contributor to PetMD, the largest global source of pet health information. PetMD's content is created by veterinary professionals and covers 9 different species.

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.

3. Poodle

Often given rather curious haircuts by their owners, the poodle is a very smart and gentle dog. It's also great for kids with allergies, as it sheds very little; it does, however, require scheduled grooming.

This is a proud and elegant dog that is both caring and loyal. Seldom annoyed or bored, the poodle's friendly demeanor, good nature and patience make it an excellent playing partner for any child.

Generally, the larger breeds are best for kids, but if you're vigilant about obedience training, smaller versions won't develop small dog syndromes that often make them a danger to kids and adults alike. Sizes vary, but you can choose between toy, miniature and standard.

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