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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

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Best Dogs for Kids, Black chocolate and yellow labs

Labrador Retriever


Black, chocolate, and yellow labs are another family favorite. They're a good fit for active families who enjoy a lot of outdoor time swimming and playing in the snow. While generally gentle, their big, wiggly bodies and strong, waggy tails may knock small kids over. Another popular new family dog breed that has emerged is the Labradoodle, a lab/poodle hybrid that tends not to shed because of its curly poodle-like hair. Because labs are so popular, there are many labs and lab mixes available in shelters.

Average weight: 55-75 pounds

Pro: enjoys outdoor play

Con: needs a lot of exercise; sheds, especially in warmer weather

One parent says: "I didn't start having kids until my lab was almost 5 years old. He had always loved kids. When I became pregnant, he knew it and treated me differently by becoming more protective. After I had my son, he was so excited. The only problem I had was that he would forget about his tail and accidentally knock down my son."

NexT: Golden Retriever

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