Kid Friendly Dogs – 10 Best Small Dog Breeds for Kids Children
“We have a rule here on Earth; every kid
has got to have a dog.
This is a dog … and he’s yours.”
One of the greatest joys and fondest memories
in life is growing up with a dog.
While labs and other larger breeds may be
first to come to mind, not all families can
accommodate a large breed, nor are all breeds
suited for often rambunctious children.
So we’ve put together Top 10 Small Dog Breeds
Let’s get started.
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The Maltese is a natural ham with a lively
He assumes that everyone he meets — human
or animal — is a friend.
Sweet and cute, he’s widely known for always
getting his way — even with people who have
no intention of spoiling him.
He’s eager to please and highly trainable.
The only possible downside to having a Maltese
in a family with kids is that he needs to
be brushed daily, which may be too big a responsibility
for younger kids or those with only a passing
interest in their pet.
The Pug is often described as a lot of dog
in a small space.
This sturdy, compact dog is known as the clowns
of the canine world because he has a great
sense of humor and likes to show off.
Originally bred to be a lap dog, the Pug thrives
on human companionship, including children.
He’s playful, outgoing, trustworthy and
loyal, so it’s tough to go wrong with a pug
as a family pet.
A possible concern for potential pug parents
is that this breed sheds a lot, which may
be problematic for allergy sufferers.
If your kid has tons of extra energy to spend
playing with a pet, then a Yorkie may be perfect
for your family.
This tiny dog is not only completely adorable
but is very active and highly intelligent.
The breed comes with one caveat: His beautiful
coat is high maintenance, even if clipped
The Miniature Schnauzer is among the smartest
and most cheerful of all the small dogs.
Lively and active, the Miniature Schnauzer
has a larger than life personality and loves
to participate in everything you and your
Despite his small size, the Miniature Schnauzer
really isn’t a lap dog.
He’s far too active and prefers getting his
kicks by boisterously running around at high
speed, although he loves his people and wants
to be with them.
And if this doesn’t sell you on the greatness
of this breed, consider that he sheds very
little, which makes him a good choice for
You just can’t go wrong with the mischievous
The smallest of the scent hounds, the Beagle
was originally bred to hunt.
He is very gentle and even-tempered and is
noted for making a very poor guard dog because
he’s open to meeting anybody.
The Beagle makes an excellent companion for
Even Charlie Brown had his Beagle, Snoopy.
He’s happy, easy-going, intelligent and
But, he has a tendency to be naughty.
If he’s left alone too long, he will entertain
himself and he’s also a notorious chowhound.
The Brussels Griffon is an extremely lovable
and sensitive dog.
“Monkeyface” is a term often used to describe
the appealing the Brussels Griffon.
This small, sturdy dog has an intelligent
and lively look that’s almost human in expression.
He’s also often called a “Velcro dog” because
he loves to stick close to you.
But despite generally cheerful, energetic
dispositions, he is also perfectly content
to be snoozing on the couch, making him a
great choice for any family.
The Frenchie is an adaptable “bat-eared”
dog suitable for any home environment, as
long as it has air conditioning.
He’s intelligent with a powerful drive to
He’s lively and social with doggie demeanors
that stand out among all dog breeds.
His heavy bones and fearless nature make him
an excellent choice for homes with children
and he requires little exercise
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavi may be the joker of the doggy world.
He has a whimsical and high-spirited personality
and is friendly and vivacious pet with virtually
no tendency toward nervousness or aggression.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is highly
adaptable, which is great for families who
like to get out and play but also appreciate
a little rest and relaxation.
According to the AKC, the Cavi is low-maintenance,
requiring little more than weekly brushing
to keep him looking regal.
The Border Terrier, like our dog Maisy, is
very even-tempered and makes a great companion
for a child.
She’s a small terrier dog with a low-shed
And, while she will bark to alert of anything
she hears, she’s not prone to yapping, making
her an excellent pet for apartment living.
As the Border Terrier was bred to work alongside
Border Foxhounds to hunt fox, she gets along
well with other household dogs.
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The Shih Tzu is an ideal small dog.
He’s lively and alert, yet rarely nervous
And despite his small size, he has no trouble
holding his own when playing with children
and keeping up with an active family.
The Shih Tzu’s long, luxurious coat of hair
is certainly beautiful, but it can also be
a lot of work to maintain.
If you’re considering a Shih Tzu, keep in
mind that he does require regular grooming
and keeping him in a puppy cut can greatly
reduce the among of brushing your kids have
Despite his high maintenance, he is infinitely
loving and loyal nature.
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