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The 30 Best Dog Breeds for Families With Kids

Are you eager to add a furry four-legged pup to your family? If so, we have rounded up the best dog breeds for kids.

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What Are the Best Dog Breeds for Families?

Like peanut butter and jelly, kids and dogs just go together. But which dog breeds are best for families with kids?

Yeah, all puppies are cute, of course, but personality, activity needs, grown size and even grooming requirements are important factors to consider when choosing a breed that works best for you and your kids. Think about your family's living arrangement, too. Do you have a big yard great for a large, athletic dog to stretch its legs? Do you live in an urban area where space is limited? Get to know these 30 breeds and why experts say they make great choices for families.

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Cocker Spaniel

Cocker spaniels tend to be gentle, playful and dependable, making them good all-around furry friends. According to the American Kennel Club, they make wonderful playmates for children, especially active kiddos eager to burn off energy with this energetic doggo. No matter the weather, cocker spaniels love to run around outside, so keep the rain boots by the door. These pooches are eager to please and willing to learn. They also make good greeters, enthusiastically welcoming owners home, tails wildly wagging.

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Brussels Griffon

Not only is the Brussels griffon cute and cuddly, but this small dog is a great pick for families. However, keep in mind that due to his small size, he is better suited to households with older children, per WebMD. This wiry-haired breed is affectionate, loving and comforting, but also playful and energetic. This adaptable pup is a good choice for both a house in the suburbs or a small apartment in the city. The Brussels griffon is loyal and known to forge strong bonds with his humans. They are versatile, sociable and love daily walks, as well as visits to the dog park.

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Basset Hound

Thanks to their easy-going nature and gentle temperament, these floppy-eared dogs are a good pick for families. Basset hounds are adaptable and affectionate. They are also good with other pets, a plus if you already have a dog or cat in the house. They are not high-energy like some other breeds. This sturdy pup prefers a more relaxed lifestyle, though he does enjoy a good stroll around the block. Basset hounds love to spend time with their humans, including children, and will dote on you as much as you dote on them. They may bark or howl from time to time, but this is likely because they were bred to track a scent, per the American Kennel Club.

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