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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 Rural Families: Labrador Retriever

This dog ranks number one in America for good reason—its versatility. The Labrador retriever is an excellent pick for a family of hikers or campers. Historically, Labrador retrievers were bred as strong hunting companions; for you, that means they're devoted, easy to train, and love the open air. Another plus: The Lab's shorter coat won't attract as many bushes, burrs, and brambles as a longer-haired breed's.

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