Special Report

10 Best Dogs for Families

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8. Newfoundland
> Height for males: 28 inches
> Height for females: 26 inches
> Weight for males: 130-150 pounds
> Weight for females: 100-120 pounds
Life expectancy: 9-10 years

The Newfoundland was originally bred as a working dog for fishermen in the Canadian province after which it is named. These dogs are big, strong, and loyal, and excellent swimmers — with lifesaving instincts in the water. The breed is easy to train and eager to please. It is an excellent companion and is even referred to as “the nanny dog.” J.M. Barrie specified that the beloved guardian “Nana” in “Peter Pan” was a Newfoundland.

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9. French Bulldog
> Height: 11-13 inches
> Weight: < 28 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The French Bulldog is characterized by a smushed-up face and protruding ears but still wins hearts and minds. It is loyal, playful, and good with small children. It doesn’t need much exercise but shouldn’t be left alone for long periods as it can suffer from separation anxiety.

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10. Collie
> Height for males: 24-26 inches
> Height for females: 22-24 inches
> Weight for males: 60-75 pounds
> Weight for females: 50-65 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Collies have tremendous herding abilities and protective instincts, as generations who have seen Lassie in films and on television know. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, and elegant dogs and respond well to training. Collies are a good fit for families with an active lifestyle, and they can thrive in the city as well as in the country.