The Best Family-Friendly Dogs

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Australian Shepherd

They are known as cowboys’ favorite dogs, but they love everyone. They love to run after everything and everyone that moves, especially kids. Since they love to play, and will gladly do it as much as possible, these Aussies are not an ideal match for a family that prefers to stay home inactive. These tireless dogs are also very smart and can adapt to any environment as long as their exercise needs are met.

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Bulldog

Bulldogs are often demonized in movies and sometimes the media as being fighting dogs, but these muscular canines are actually very devoted and sweet, especially towards children. Bulldogs can handle rough play like champs. What parents should be aware of, however, is that these dogs are not very energetic; they won’t play with the kids for hours. But they get along with other pets and are suitable for big houses as well as small apartments.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Fauves are affectionate dogs that are a good match for children, but they need training and socializing. They love to play, and will do so with almost anything, but they also love to snuggle. Originally hunting dogs, Fauves can easily adapt to any environment. They are not active inside, but they love to run outside.

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Weimaraner

Weimaraners are known as Germany’s “Gray Ghosts” because they like to follow their owners everywhere. Mostly favored by hunters, pet owners love them too because they are friendly and obedient. These are active dogs that need to be around their human families. In fact, they would love nothing more than to spend the whole day being active — whether it’s playing canine games, hunting, or just running around.

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Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is another dog breed that has been branded as aggressive in popular culture, but that could not be farther from the truth. They were bred to be companion dogs and are very friendly and love people – adults and children alike. They can also tolerate pain and are well suited to high-spirited kids who might play a bit rough.