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What dog breeds are best around kids?

Tribune News Service • Apr 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

(Newsday/TNS) — When searching for a new furry friend for your family, it’s important to take into consideration your family’s lifestyle and how particular dog breeds interact with children. Understanding a breed’s personality, grooming habits, and energy level are just a few considerations to take into account before bringing home a new pup. The American Kennel Club suggests nine breeds that are well suited for households with children.

Labrador Retriever

Personality: Friendly, outgoing and playful

Energy: High

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Water-resistant coat that sheds seasonally and requires regular grooming

Exercise: Very active and high-spirited

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

Beagle

Personality: Lovable, happy, easygoing and companionable

Energy: Medium

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Short coat that is easy to care for

Exercise: Very active and energetic

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Weimaraner

Personality: Friendly, fearless, alert and obedient

Energy: High

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Grooming time can be an excellent bonding experience with this particular breed

Exercise: Very active

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

Bulldog

Personality: Calm, courageous and friendly

Energy: Medium

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Minimal grooming

Exercise: Not very active, but requires regular walks

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 10 to 12 years

Golden Retriever

Personality: Intelligent, friendly, and devoted

Energy: Medium

Size: Large

Coat and grooming: This breed sheds seasonally and needs regular grooming and brushing as a weekly routine

Exercise: Very active and energetic and needs daily exercise

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

Bull Terrier

Personality: Playful, loyal and charming but can be mischievous

Energy: High

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Short coat, easy to care for

Exercise: Very active breed that requires exercise to prevent problem behaviors and boredom

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 11 to 13 years

Boxer

Personality: Fun-loving, bright, active and loyal

Energy: High

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Short coat requires little grooming

Exercise: This particular breed is very active and requires plenty of exercise. They also love to partake in physical and mental challenges

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 10 to 12 years

Newfoundland

Personality: Sweet, patient, devoted and good companions

Energy: Medium

Size: Large

Coat and grooming: Regular grooming is required to keep coat healthy

Exercise: Somewhat active but enjoys playing around

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 10 to 12 years

Soft coated wheaten terrier

Personality: Happy, friendly, and deeply devoted

Energy: Medium

Size: Medium

Coat and grooming: Sheds minimally but requires regular grooming to keep fur mat free

Exercise: Fun-loving and somewhat active

Health: Generally a healthy breed

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

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