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A golden retriever is the best dog for children because they are gentle and protective. But they need plenty of exercise. They live for a long time too.

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golden retreiver

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A Blue Nose Pitbull

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Do you not watch the news? There has been numerous accounts of pit bulls and terriers mauling little kids to death.
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He's jk.
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n1la: You actually believe that a properly raised pitbull is gonna kill a child? They're BRED TO BABYSIT because they are NANNY DOGS by genetics!
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Min pin

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A greyhound

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A crossbreed of a chihuahua and a Pekingese.

a pikachu!

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That would be a Pekinghua... xD
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A Ch'nese!
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xD Chihuanese
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Lol/
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Golden retriever

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Some of the friendliest dogs are: as already mentioned, a golder retreiver. But those need to have a place to run and exercise. Others are a Lab or mixed Lab, a terrior of some kind, or a collie. There are many others. A good place to look is for a mixed breed at an animal shelter.

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A poodle, a dachsund, a spaniel...personally, I don't think you should get a 5 year old a dog. Get a dog for you that can deal with a 5 year old, and always supervise them when they are together.

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Westy because they are very general and fine with stangers.. And they are VERY safe for children I've had one before

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Dalegas

A small dog

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Really cause i thought she was going to get a 5ft dog that can crush the five year old like a bug
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sorry but smaller dogs are worse cause the kid could trip over it
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A little beagle or golden retriever

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German Shephard, only because my 4 yr old at the time was lost and she found him.

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I would recommend a terrier mix. They are very playful and gentle.

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none get a cat

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Cats do most thing with themselves, on their own. They may like to cuddle sometimes, but are VERY finicky.
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i like how this person thinks
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As do I, but other than feeding and cleaning the litterbox, there's not much else to do with a cat.
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Labrador Retrievers,Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels
They are are sweet-tempered breeds that are smart and easy to train. Most aren't trainable to attack, but they make great alarm dogs. You’ll know when someone is at the door.

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Best dog for what? Are you an active person, an elder stay at home person, a working person, these questions need answer.... you cannot say what dog is best until you say why/what you want the dog for. Also, is it for a family with small kids, grown kids, or no kids? Also, do you live in a house, an apartment, a condo... this too makes a difference

Golden retrievers s are great for kids, elderly, but they need to be active dogs in the household. They are NOT couch potatos, but want to get involved in your life and family.

Rescued Greyhounds are great for those with kids, elderly, because, believe it or not, they are couch potatoes, of course let them go in a field, and they will run. But, they love to stay at home, in their own beds, curled up with their human family around them.

Little dogs are great for Condo dwellers, usually there is a limit of 25 pounds in condos.

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uhhh, for the kid of 5 years....
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I would start with a pomeranian puppy for them to start off with and then they can grow up with them.. Just to warn you though.. they only live 13 years....I'm 13 and my pomeranian died last month...I was so sad I cried for days... I miss her..

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A 5 year old isn't going to want to brush that fluffball enough to keep it from matting... Just saying.
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It depends on the amount of activity the dog is going to be getting. If you are an active family and the dog is going to be getting an hour or more of exercise a boxer is a great family dog. Or if you go to the right shelter they will match a rescue to your family.

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Pit bulls are great dogs! And if u train them from a puppy age awesome! I have a 5 year old sister and the pits are great!

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That's because dogs still have a natural instinct to hunt... Duh!
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Labradors & Golden Retrievers, they are really nice and adapt too families real well :)

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Golden retrievers are the most loving and are awe-ways willing to be by your side :)

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when i was little we had a black and tan min pin she was the sweetest thing ever if your wanting a small dog thats the way to go or a schipperke if your wanting a bigger dog get a golden retriever or a german shepard they are both loveing, caring, and will be willing to stay by you. If your wanting a medium outside dog get a blue heeler they are loyal to you too i know this bc i have had all of these dogs and they are sweet

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The most friendliest pet is a dinosaur pit-bull.

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I Have a Labrodoodle ( see picture she's the one that's on the mattress)
They are Fun Sweet Loyal And when my 4 and 7 year old cousins come they love her.She Is So friendly everyone expect suspicious people and Squirrels.
they Love to play they are so energetic

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a toy poodle because they are very lovable and playfull and they are really gentle (depends of the one you get...)

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Every poodle I have ever met (toy, standard, etc) has attacked me. Poodles, in my experience, are evil.
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a lab , staffie or a min pin there cute and very child friendly dogs especially the 1st 2

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A hamster and a fish are bad ideas. Get an animal that is easy to take care of, friendly, and can't be hurt by a child! :) (small dog, ferret, etc.)

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Uh, talking about a dog for a 5 year old. The dog debate is what's going on here lol
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And fish isn't a bad idea... You feed it once a day and it's all good. A small tank can be cleaned in the dishwasher without soap after any algae growth is removed.
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ok...so.?
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You said they were bad ideas, I was only stating they aren't. That's all :)
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Although Great Danes and Irish Wolfhound are very large, they are super sweet and gentle if not abused in the past. They love to snuggle and give kisses. They ARE working dogs, however, and you should have your child throw toys for about an hour to help wear them down. A small dog that is good for a child is a chihuahua. They are a bit fragile with their legs, as their bones are a bit thin and break easily. They have tons of energy and are easy for a 5 year old to walk. They usually prefer to be held and snuggled as long as they are trained and socialized properly. Remember: Children MUST learn to pick the dog up properly, and explain WHY it has to be that way.

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I love great Danes
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I know. I have a rescue, he is scared of EVERYTHING... He was beat by his other owners but he's still SO loving. ^_^
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In my own opinion a husky would be the best because it isnt a agressive dog

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Golden retrievers,or huskies are always good choices.But I would also make sure to get a dog with low pet dander levels.Like Schnauzers,Irish Water Spaniel,and,Shih Tzus.

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It depends on the 5 year-olds personality and her inner spirit.

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Mnm101 is right, depends on how calm the child is. Most dogs if raised from a very young pup 8-10wks.old around young children will do well with them. If the child is loving and plays constantly with the puppy, it may grow up liking kids more then adults.
Pick a breed you! can live with as far as size and shedding. I would avoid the super hyper barky bitchy breeds.

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