-Just like every child is different, so is every dog. But some breeds are better than others when it comes to living with kids. The American Kennel Club recognizes more than 150 dog breeds. And one of the most popular is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are friendly, loyal, and love being around children. They can be strong-willed. But with the proper training-- -High five. Good boy. -make great family dogs. Another great family dog is the Collie. They have a sweet temperament and are incredibly smart, which makes them quite trainable. They love being around kids, and will bond with those who show them love. Poodles come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. They're popular because they're easy-going and highly intelligent, which makes them easy to train. They like pleasing their families. Plus, they have hair, not fur-- which makes them great for families with allergies. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.K., and they're becoming more and more popular here in the States. They're mushy dogs that love giving kisses to kids. They also love to cuddle and play. Golden Retrievers are another popular dog breed and are great for active families. Goldens need a lot of exercise. So, if you're outdoors running and playing with your kids, a Golden will fit right in.
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Whether you're looking for an active dog or a more sedentary companion, one of these breeds is sure to match your family's lifestyle. Portuguese Water Dogs have come into favor since the Obama's got one for the White House. They're friendly and enjoy a lot of play. Plus, they have hair, not fur. So, they're ideal for families with allergies. Consider getting a Boxer if your family leads an active lifestyle. They love running and playing, and are great with kids. They're also incredibly easy-going. Despite their size, Great Danes think they're lap dogs. While they require walks three times a day, they're just as happy cuddling on the couch. If your family lives a more sedentary lifestyle, Great Danes are an excellent choice. [unk] are not on everyone's radar, but they're great family dogs. These sweet and sometimes stubborn dogs need a lot of attention. They're good with other dogs and with children. They just need a lot of exercise to keep them out of trouble. Beagles can be a bit headstrong, but they are always kind and eager to please. Their playfulness can actually be a bit overwhelming. With a bit of training though, a Beagle will learn good manners and become a great family dog.
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From big to small. Loyal dogs come in all shapes and sizes. These pups make great family pets. Shetland Sheepdogs or Shelties are herding dogs. They needs tasks to keep them from getting bored and to keep them out of trouble. They become incredibly protective of those they love and can be a bit standoffish with strangers. They also require daily brushing. Doberman Pinschers are, by nature, protective dogs. That's why you often see them as guard dogs. The bonding process starts almost immediately when you bring one home. And that loyalty makes them great family dogs. Boston Terriers need a lot of activity to keep them from mischief. Though small, they often try to be top dog at home. Boston Terriers are incredibly intelligent and need to be challenged. That's where daily training comes in. They are friendly, and like children, they love to play. A Newfoundland is a good choice for a family dog if you live in a big house with a big yard. Because they're so big, Newfoundlands have a tendency to knock things over without even meaning to. Their large size makes them seem fierce. But don't let that fool you. These dogs are incredibly gentle and are great with kids. The best word to describe an Irish Setter is playful. They crave attention and will return your love with lots of loyalty. If you live in a house with a large yard or live close to a dog park, consider this fun-loving breed.
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