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By Lynn Hayner | Posted: December 29, 2014, 1 p.m. PST

A dog breed’s name may reveal something about his origins, his intended work, or perhaps the person instrumental in developing the breed. Other times, a breed’s name is just a name… and occasionally a confusing one at that. 

 Australian Shepherds 

For centuries, dog breeds have been named after geographical areas, the dog’s working purposes, or his appearance.

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By Lynn Hayner | Posted: September 12, 2014, 6 a.m. PST

There are many dog breeds typically good with children.

Best 20 Dog Breeds for Kids>>

But until now I’ve never answered the question (in print at least) that my grown daughter and her husband asked me: Which one breed would you pick for a growing family?  

Dog Breeds 

First, I’ll offer the following disclaimers:

  • Good breeding counts; Although there are plenty of excellent mutts and rescue dogs that make excellent family companions
  • All dogs are individuals; generalities are only that
  • Socialization and training matter
  • Children need to learn manners with dogs
  • Dogs and children should be supervised. 

Let’s start by discussing the reality of supervised.

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Some dog breeds are known for being incredibly intelligent. They’re quick to learn a trick, and if you’re not careful, they just might outsmart you. (And you probably wouldn’t be the first human to have that happen!)

We asked 266 veterinary professionals (including vets, techs and office managers) which breeds they deemed the brainiest.

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