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The Best Family-Friendly Dogs

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Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are famous for their long ears as well as short legs, and also for being one of the most loyal dogs out there. Even though this is a hunting dog — its trailing ability is second only to the Bloodhound — the Basset has a gentle temperament and is very friendly with kids as well as other pets in the house. The breed needs daily exercise, which can be an excuse to keep the kids active as well. Otherwise, Bassets may be prone to obesity.

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Collies consistently make the top of lists of best family dogs. One reason why is their personality — gentle and affectionate. They learn quickly and are easy to train. They also love to please everyone around them, as well as care for people in the family with whom they form a great bond. Collies tend to get bored with the same routine, which can make them a great partner for kids who love to play a lot and different games.

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You can’t go wrong with a dog whose nickname is “nature’s babysitter.” Another popular nickname for Newfoundlands is “nanny dog” because they are sweet, patient, and good companions. Newfs may be some of the world’s biggest dogs, but they are also among the most affectionate towards kids and are very protective of them. These large dogs are best suited for families who have a home with a big yard or other large open space.

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Beagles are among the most popular breeds in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. These hunting dogs are known for their happy temperament and loyalty. They thrive when they live indoors with the rest of the family. They are very curious and need a lot of playtime outdoors, which they love. That makes them a perfect companion for energetic kids. Beagles get along with other pets in the house as well.

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Beaucerons are described as gentle giants. Sometimes weighing over 100 pounds, these powerful dogs are also faithful and obedient. These dogs are known to be sensitive and protective of their owners. However, veterinarians warn that Beaucerons are not the best choice for people who have never had dogs before because they are very stubborn. But they are also excellent watchdogs who won’t have a problem defending their home and family.

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