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Top 10 dog breeds for kids

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10 dogs for kids

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.

2. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

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This is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason-- it is protective, playful, loving, patient, and reliable. The Lab's beauty is only matched by its sweet personality and intelligence. What does this mean for you? It's your perfect family pet.

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