Top 11 Dog Breeds for Kids

3. Poodle

Black standard poodle sticking out tongue while resting on grassy field
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Often given rather curious haircuts by their owners, the poodle is a very smart and gentle dog. They’re also great for kids with allergies, as they shed very little; they do, however, require regular 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 him an excellent playing partner for any child.

More: 13 Things Only Poodle Owners Know

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 from among toy, miniature and standard.

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