Labrador Retrievers are often in the number one spot on AKC's most registered list with good reason, families with children often choose this breed as the family pet. They are easily trained, friendly, forgiving and love to play.
Similar in temperament, size and ability as the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retrievers are also perfect choices as a pet for families with children. They have longer hair but shedding is also fairly equal (equally high, that is).
American Pit Bulls have been known as ideal children's companions for decades. Look to the Little Rascals for Petey or look back in history to Helen Keller who owned an American Pit Bull as well. World renowned dog trainer, Ian Dunbar, states that pit bulls are his #1 choice as a dog breed for children.
If a smaller breed is what your family would enjoy most, look to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They average around 15lbs in size but are playful, of sturdy build and adore children. Always happy, never hold a grudge and want nothing more than to be with their people.
The breed made famous by the movie 'Where the Red Fern Grows', the Redbone Coonhound may be #5 on this list but they are number one in our hearts. This is one movie that did accurately depict the breed featured. They are a loving and loyal dog who are eager to please. They love everyone in the family equally and appear to be permanently happy-go-lucky dogs. There are also virtually zero breed specific health issues to be concerned with and very little shedding.
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