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The Best Family-Friendly Dogs

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Spanish Mastiff

Two of the best qualities that make Spanish Mastiffs wonderful for children are being very protective and affectionate. These powerful and muscular dogs, which can weigh around 200 pounds, are guard dogs. They are, however, not recommended for small places, such as apartments, because of their size. They tend to be inactive indoors.

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Bracco Italiano

Bracco Italiano is one of the oldest breeds, dating back to as many as 2,500 years. Known in English as the Italian Ponting Dogs or Italian Pointers, these hunting dogs are very sweet family companions. They have endless energy, especially when in the field, making them a perfect match for active kids. The Bracco loves people in general and behaves best and thrives most when interacting with its family.

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Another dog breed that has been misrepresented in movies, Poodles are actually very intelligent animals. One of the most popular dog pets in the country, the Poodle is very athletic, ready to play all the time, and an ideal companion for every kind of family. Its hypoallergenic coat makes it perfect for people with allergies.

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Australian Terrier

Australian Terriers are energetic dogs that will want to play with you and for you to play only with them. These Aussies were bred to hunt, as well as to be watchdogs and companions. The small terriers follow their owners’ lead, even when it comes to mood. They are calm if their owners are sad, and playful if they are happy.

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are among the best protective dogs in the world. They are often described as noble dogs, and even as royalty in the canine world. There were originally bred as guard dogs, and are ideal family companions that are very energetic and smart. Their powerful look and reputation will make most intruders think twice before entering a house.

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