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15Select Your Dog's Breed Carefully

While dog breed is no guarantee of any individual dog's temperament, it does give you good odds of ending up with a temperament you prefer. If you have time to plan ahead, you can select a friendly, easy going dog.

The American Kennel Club suggests some breeds that are likely to

get along with children including: Golden Retrievers, Labradors,  Newfoundland Dogs, Boxers, Beagles, and Bulldogs.

You should steer clear of dogs that make good watchdogs, as they tend to be stand-offish and attach themselves only to one member of a family instead of all members. Equally, dogs that have high energy needs and are easily bored may be a bad fit for a busy family.

Of course, all dogs breeds will produce dogs that get along well with children, we're just trying to boost your odds.

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