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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

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Golden Retriever


Surprise! This "top dog" scored a lot of praise from our parent reviewers. Although the Golden Retriever may not be the most original pick for a pet, it is thought of as one of the most friendly, fun and sweet breeds, making it a great pal for kids. Its sometimes boisterous personality can make it better for slightly bigger kids. You might also consider the Goldendoodle, which sheds minimally.

Average weight: 55 to 80 pounds

Pro: enjoys outdoor play

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

One parent says: "I will never own another breed. I grew up having many different breeds of dogs, and, hands down, the Golden is the most loyal, patient, tolerant, and friendly. Ours has never growled or snapped at any of the many children that visit our home. He hasn't even looked as if he might. To put it simply, he is a big bundle of golden love."

Next: Boxer

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