Special Report

10 Best Dogs for Families

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1. Labrador Retriever
> Height for males: 22.5-24.5 inches
> Height for females: 21.5-23.5 inches
> Weight for males: 65-80 pounds
> Weight for females: 55-70 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

More than family friendly, the Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States. According to the American Kennel Club, the breed has been the most popular for 26 consecutive years. It is playful, eager to please, and good with children. And you have a choice of three colors — yellow, black, or chocolate.

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2. Bulldog
> Height: 14-15 inches
> Weight for males: 50 pounds
> Weight for females: 40 pounds
> Life expectancy: 8-10 years

The Bulldog has long been associated with British culture (note the resemblance to Winston Churchill!), but it’s also one of the most popular breeds in America. Its name belies a friendly personality and gentle disposition.

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3. Golden Retriever
> Height for males: 23-24 inches
> Height for females: 21.5-22.5 inches
> Weight for males: 65-75 pounds
> Weight for females: 55-65 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Golden retrievers are known for their work ethic. They are employed as guide dogs, in search-and-rescue, and – as their name suggests – for hunting. Their friendly, gentle disposition rules them out as guard dogs but makes them one of the best breeds for families. And they’re not just gold-colored – they can be blonde or yellow, too.