There's no greater addition to any family than man's best friend. But how do you know whether or not your prospective pooch will be a good fit for your family's make up? Young kids can be exploratory and curious, which can lead to ear-pulling or them trying to ride them. For some dogs, this is absolutely fine. For others, not so much. Because of that, for both the kids and the dogs, it's good to be careful in picking kid-friendly dogs. Luckily, however, those breeds are numerous.


1. Cocker Spaniel

If you've seen Disney's "Lady and the Tramp," you'll probably know that Lady is the quintessential cocker spaniel. She's beautiful with a glossy coat and a loving temperament, which isn't far from the breed itself. Although most spaniel breeds can be high-energy, their playful personalities paired with their smaller size are a great match with young kids.

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