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11 best dogs for kids that they'll actually want to help take care of

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These family-friendly dog breeds make the perfect addition to any home

Getting a dog may become one of your child's best memories, but as you probably know by now, not all of the statistics are rosy when it comes to introducing a new family pet. Sadly, up to 70 percent of dog bite victims are children, and 61 percent of these bites take place at home or in another familiar place. As scary as this sounds, many of these accidents can be easily prevented when you don't choose "that doggie in the window" on a whim and instead pick a breed that balances well with your family.

So which dogs fare best in a house full of kids? The American Kennel Club lists the "calm and courageous" bulldog as one of its top picks for children, and we've added 10 more of our family-friendly favorites to the list.

11. Bulldog

These family-friendly dog breeds make the perfect addition to any home
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The bulldog has a sturdy build that is perfect for kids who like to roughhouse. Only between 12 and 16 inches in height and weighing about 50 pounds, the bulldog is comfortable living in large houses as well as apartments. However, he won't win any awards for most energetic dog. A docile, friendly and loyal dog, he gets along well with dogs and other pets too.

More: 10 reasons why English bulldog puppies are the cutest things ever

But their temperament with kids is all but famous. As intimidating as they look, they're friendly and gentle with kids and known for their guarding capabilities and courage.

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