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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

10. Boxer

These family-friendly dog breeds make the perfect addition to any home
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If the bulldog doesn’t strike your fancy, the boxer is another sturdy dog that can maintain its composure around kids. While boxers were originally bred as medium-size guard dogs, you’ll find them as an extra member of the family in many homes today. Along with its stout size, the boxer is known for its high energy — this playful pup needs lots of exercise and may keep your kids occupied for hours.

True to form, the boxer is described by the American Kennel Club as “fun-loving, bright and active,” making it the 10th most popular dog breed of the AKC. When introducing a boxer to the family for the first time, plenty of supervision is required, though the breed is ultimately considered an ideal family dog.

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