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These are the most family-friendly dogs

These 25 kinds of dogs have been bred to be fun, friendly-family companions.

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1. Basset hound

These droopy-faced hounds make laid-back, lovable, lifelong friends for kids. Though they’re hunting dogs, they were bred to move a bit slower so humans could follow on foot. This means they’re lower energy but not lazy and love long strolls. They’re also pack dogs who thrive as part of a family of humans as well as other animals.

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2. Beagle

Although they’re hunting dogs who like to howl and explore, beagles are smaller and calmer than many of their hound cousins, making them a good choice for a smart, energetic and fun pup that’s ready to bond with your family pack.

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3. Bernese mountain dog

These tri-color fluffballs are truly the teddy bears that they appear to be. Bernese mountain dogs are patient and calm gentle giants that won’t mind rolling around or being turned into a personal pillow by kids. Bred as strong working dogs, Bernese love outdoor activities and need more physical play to wear them out.

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4. Boston terrier

The small-but-spunky Boston terrier is considered to be entertaining and friendly as well as smart, patient and eager to please, meaning they’re easily trainable and ready to play. Though they weigh in at about 10-25 pounds, they’re sturdy, so they can handle hugs and wrestling, and have a short coat, meaning less fuss and mess.

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5. Boxer

Despite their names, fleet-footed Boxers are lovers, not fighters. They like to play and roughhouse, requiring plenty of mental and physical activity, but they are also loving, loyal protectors who adore children and the attention and affection they give.

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6. Brittany

Brittanys are a great choice for large, active families because of their boundless energy and affection. These friendly, athletic pups crave consistent companionship and their perky ears convey their eagerness to have fun. They’re enthusiastic and versatile, happy to tackle work tasks like hunting or let loose during playtime with the kids. Their pretty coat covers a muscular build and a light-footedness that makes them great running, jogging or hiking partners.

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7. Bull terrier

Bull terriers might look beefy and aggressive, but the American Kennel Club describes them as 3-year-old children in dog suits. This sturdy, silly and mischievous dog is a perfect match for rambunctious kids who are always on the move. While sweet, they can cause trouble if they’re mentally or physically bored.

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8. Bulldog

A popular high school and college sports mascot, the bulldog is at the same time tough-looking and goofy. Friendly, affectionate and patient with kids who want to wrestle, bulldogs aren’t athletes but can be energetic and just want attention for their people, so they’re a great fit for families who enjoy playing as well as lounging around the house.

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9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

According to the American Kennel Club, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known for making friends with anyone they meet from bigger dogs to babies. These devoted, happy-go-lucky dogs are eager to please, easy to train and adaptable, ready to follow wherever your kids lead, whether that’s the park, a country trail or a city high-rise.

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10. Collie

Much like famous on-screen collie Lassie, real-life collies are smart, sensitive, loyal and sweet. In fact, they’re great family dogs for first-time pet owners as they’re gentle, rarely misbehave and can even anticipate their owners’ needs or know when something is wrong. They’re people pleasers who are gentle protectors and good with children. Cousins of the rough collie that families could also consider include bearded collies, border collies, Australian shepherds, Shetland sheepdogs and Australian cattle dogs, each of which have different combinations of personality and physical traits.

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11. Golden retriever

Calm and cuddly indoors and eager and playful outdoors, goldens’ versatility might be why they are one of the most popular family dog breeds. They’re friendly, smart and easily trained. They are loyal pack dogs who bond with their families but are also social with strangers and other animals.

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12. Irish setter

Irish setters might be most famous for their gorgeous crimson coats, but these lookers also have a fantastic, family-friendly personality. Sweet with kids and outgoing social butterflies, Irish setters love playing with people and are smart and trainable. According to Dogtime, Irish setters retain puppylike enthusiasm and activity levels for years, even after reaching adulthood, so they’ll need playmates who can match their energy.

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13. Labrador retriever

Whether yellow, black or chocolate, labs are acclaimed not only as hunting dogs but also sensitive, smart guide dogs and courageous police and search-and-rescue dogs. Extremely trainable, playful and strong swimmers, labs are always ready to play and get along with almost everybody, whether they have two legs or four.

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14. Leonberger

Leonbergers aren’t as ferocious as the lions they’ve supposedly been bred to look like. In fact, Leos, as they’re called for short, are social, obedient companions who will fit right in as one of the family. They’re non-aggressive and calm, great at cuddling and make great good-natured watchdogs who still like to run and play. Because of their energy level and size, Leos require some training and socialization to be around kids and other animals.

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15. Maltese

These small, cute dogs have big, goofy personalities. Gentle and loving yet fun and fearless, these lap dogs also love playing and learning tricks. Because of their especially small stature, kids will need to be taught how to handle them, and their coats need daily maintenance so they don’t mat.

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16. Mastiff

Mastiffs, as well as their part-bulldog cousins Bullmastiffs, are benevolent behemoths, according to Dogtime. For families willing to accommodate their size and slobber, they will be rewarded with a family pet that is good-natured, laid back, lovable and calm with kids. Because of their sheer girth and massive noggins, they could accidentally bowl over small children or unsteady grandparents, especially as puppies, though they’ll quickly come to the rescue when their protective instinct kicks in.

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17. Newfoundland

Called Newfs for short, Newfoundlands are famous as “nanny” or “babysitter” dogs and great family companions because of their sweet, patient and devoted nature. Newfs are protective and have a strong lifesaving instinct in the water, making them a great swimming buddy for young kids. They also possess smarts and powerful bodies, making them good at obedience, agility and other physical tasks, though they still want to relax inside with the family at the end of the day.

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18. Pembroke Welsh corgi

Smart and athletic but with cute perky ears and funny, fluffy backsides, the Pembroke Welsh corgi is the best of both worlds for families who want a small, affectionate dog that is also active and intelligent. One of the most agreeable small house dogs, according to the American Kennel Club, corgis excel at obedience and picking up tricks, have bold but not pushy personalities and play well with children and other pets.

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19. Poodle

Families willing to look past the prissy haircuts of groomed show poodles will find faithful pups that have become even more popular as pets in recent years thanks to their hypoallergenic, minimal-shedding fur. Available in different colors and sizes (toy, miniature and standard), poodles on the whole are good with kids and other pets and are playful and enthusiastic.

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20. Pug

Pugs might have a face that only a mother could love, but your whole family could easily fall for these stocky bundles of fun. Their easy-going, sociable and curious nature means they’re unphased by new faces and situations and will join right in roughhousing with rowdy kids. Pugs love attention and make loyal companions, playmates and snuggle buddies.

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21. Rottweiler

Though they have a tough reputation as police and military dogs and can be aggressive in the wrong owners’ hands, Rottweilers are at their core calm, devoted companions and protectors that want nothing more than to work hard for their family. If properly trained and socialized, they make ideal family dogs that are gentle, loving and active furry friends.

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22. Shih Tzu

Despite their prim pedigree as palace pets, Shih Tzus were breed to be companion dogs, so they are generally outgoing, friendly and affectionate, meaning plenty of puppy kisses and cuddles. While they require a little more grooming, they are sturdy enough for short daily walks and indoor playtime with the family.

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23. Soft coated wheaten terrier

According to the American Kennel Club, soft coated wheaten terriers are happiest with families. They love kids and stay playful and young at heart even as they age. These sweet-faced, happy pups jump for joy and will greet you with a kiss, though they’re generally easy-going and less scrappy than other terriers. Though their coat requires grooming and can attract dirt and debris, they shed far less than most dogs, making them a hypoallergenic option.

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24. Vizsla

This Hungarian hunting dog breed is becoming better known in the United States because of their high energy, trainable intelligence and affectionate loyalty. In fact, they are nicknamed “Velcro Vizlas” for the way they’ll latch onto an active family and follow them on whatever adventure they have planned. Running, swimming, hunting, tracking, agility, fetch -- Vizlas will do it all. Though they require engaging exercise, at the end of the day, they’ll happily hunker down as your personal foot warmer for family movie night.

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25. Weimaraner

Bred for speed, the “gray ghost” is also a perfect pick for active families. These friendly, devoted dogs are also called “shadows” for the way they trail their owners to spend as much time with them as possible. Intelligent and high-energy, Weims want lots of exercise and mental stimulation, making them great workout companions and easy to train in dog sports or hunting.

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