If you’re after a big, friendly pooch for your family home, here are some of the most popular large kid-friendly dog breeds.
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
We can thank the Swiss for many great things: fine chocolate, luxury watches, and the Bernese Mountain Dog. This dog has become extremely popular throughout the years, recognisable because of its affectionate personality and keen intelligence. Regal-looking with its tri-colored, silky long fur, this is a true outdoor dog that, as its name might imply, fares well in cold weather. Ever patient and loyal, this breed would make a great addition to any family with children.
2. Collie
It'd be very difficult not to mention Lassie when talking about the Collie. The Collie is a very popular breed of large dog, not only for its obvious ties to classic literature and film, but for its sharp mind and friendliness. This loyal pooch rarely show signs of aggression, unless, that is, its owner is in need of protection. Equally fearless and gentle, the Collie makes families happy.
3. Mastiff 
If you've ever seen a Mastiff, you'll agree that there is one word that can properly size up its appearance: powerful. This dog is huge, not as tall as a Great Dane, but probably twice as thick. While the Mastiff seems beast-like, it is surprisingly gentle, affectionate, and extremely loyal. Its devotion to its owners and patience with children have secured its popularity for years.
4. Great Dane
Monumental in size and personality, the Great Dane towers over other large breeds. Often thought to be the world's tallest dog, only the Irish Wolfhound can claim to be taller. Great Danes are gentle giants, friendly and calm, despite their intimidating size. They do require love, attention, and plenty of space to exercise those long limbs. 
5. German Shorthaired Pointer
A true hunting dog, the GSP is bold, intelligent, strong, and playful. It requires lots of exercise and attention. But if properly trained, the GSP makes the ideal companion for owners with an active lifestyle and a love for the outdoors. Otherwise, this headstrong breed may prove to be too much of a challenge for a first-time owner.
6. Standard Poodle
It's no wonder the Poodle is often a contributing factor to some cocktails of "designer mutts." Superiorly intelligent, training this dog is a breeze. It is also naturally inclined to being a crowd-pleaser, so be ready to devote oodles of attention to this breed. 
7. Golden Retriever
Though named as such for their distinctively gold-colored silky tresses, the Golden Retriever could have easily earned its name for having a heart of gold. Friendly to both owners and strangers alike, this breed of dog is renowned for its compatibility with children. And although it is primarily an indoor pet, the Golden Retriever does require a daily dose of exercise.
8. German Shepherd
One of the most well-rounded pets out there, the German Shephard is highly versatile, and can make for a loving family member as well as a trusted guardian. Keenly intelligent and eager to serve, it's no wonder these dogs are commonly seen in service roles and working alongside policemen.
9. Labrador Retriever
Equally excellent at being a working or companion dog, its intelligence and lovable personality make this breed the most popular dog in the world, regardless of size.
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