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10 Best Dogs for Families

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4. Beagle
> Height for a small beagle: 13 inches & under
> Height for a normal beagle: 13-15 inches
> Weight for a small beagle: < 20 pounds
> Weight for a normal beagle: 20-30 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-15 years

With their superior sense of smell and tracking instinct, Beagles are famous as hunting dogs and are also used by customs agencies around the world. They were bred to hunt in packs and enjoy the company of other dogs, as well as people. They are good natured and devoted and take well to training. They need regular exercise but are otherwise easy to care for.

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5. Pug
> Height: 10-13 inches
> Weight: 14-18 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

Pugs have a lot of personality in a small package, and they like attention and affection. They are intuitive dogs and sensitive to the moods of their owners, which makes them good companions. They can be strong willed but are not aggressive. They like to play with children but some supervision may be needed.

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6. Irish Setter
> Height for males: 27 inches
> Height for females: 25 inches
> Weight for males: 70 pounds
> Weight for females: 60 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

Irish setters are famous for their fine red coats and for their grace and speed. They thrive on human companionship and get along well with children and other dogs, but they may have problems with cats. They like vigorous exercise and lots of it.

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7. Brussels Griffon
> Height: 7-10 inches
> Weight: 8-10 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

Descended from a rough-coated dog called a Smousje, Brussels Griffons are also alert and inquisitive. They love to play and can be taught to perform tricks. Brussels Griffons are good with children but may require supervision. They sometimes bond with one human more than others. They have big eyes as well as big hearts and come in a variety of colors, including red, reddish brown, and black.