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21 Best Dog Breeds To Get Along With Kids


4. Bull Terrier

The Target dog is represented by a Bull Terrier. With a flat head that slopes evenly into his snout, the muscular Bull Terrier is a gentle breed that usually makes a good fit for a family dog, according to Dog Breed Info. Typically 20-24” and 45-80 lbs for the standard Bull Terrier, according to Dog Breed Info, this breed is a medium-large dog that will not be injured easily by rough play (a common concern with small dog breeds and children).

The American Kennel Club® notes, “the Bull Terrier is best described as a three year-old child in a dog suit. Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, says the AKC, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog with a sweet and fun-loving disposition and popular in the obedience, agility and show rings.”

The AKC also recommends that families should not leave dogs alone and obedience training will help keep this dog from being over-stimulated with young children around. Bull Terriers have easy-to-groom, low-maintenance short coats and require daily exercise, according to the AKC. Dog Breed Info notes that the breed may be susceptible to minor health problems, like slipped kneecaps, heart defects, kidney failure, allergies and zinc deficiency, but is often a healthy dog, especially when bred right.

A Bull Terrier only needs a small yard and can even live happily in an apartment as long as they are sufficiently exercised, notes Dog Breed Info. This wonderful dog may become willful or protective when not handled with firm and calm leadership and children should participate in their training.

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