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Best Dogs for Families

Do your homework ahead of time to ensure you end up with the perfect new addition.

By Alison Goldman

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Best Breed for Suburban Families: Golden Retriever

If your idea of the perfect Saturday is being outside tossing around a football, then consider the golden retriever. As the name "retriever" suggests, this dog is in its element chasing a Frisbee or playing fetch with the kids. Golden retrievers are easy to train, a bonus for busy moms and dads. Keep in mind, though, the grooming required: "Their coats are thin, fine, and mat easily, so you have to do a fair amount of brushing," Peterson says.

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