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Cute small dogs good with kids

Updated on March 19, 2012

Cute small dogs

Cute small dogs may appear cuddly and adorable but not all small dogs are good with kids. You really need to choose your dog with care to ensure that the dog you choose fits into your family routines, the temperaments of people, especially children in the home. You also need to consider the amount of time that you can afford to devote to your pet. Parents need to take into account that young children may not really be capable of taking care of their pet and may need help and supervision. Having a pet would also mean that you need to spend time for walks, grooming and brushing. Some of the smaller breeds of dogs need as much attention as a child and could become sad, lonely and troublesome when left alone. It would also help to be aware if the dog sheds, keeping in mind the allergies, the age and health of your children before you make your decision on what kind of dog to buy. Going by looks alone may be disastrous.

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Small dogs that are good with kids

Here are some cute small dogs which are also good with kids. When you have come to the end of this article you may have made up your mind on what kind of dog would suit your family. I request you to read right up to the end as the first few may sound like the ones you really want but may not be what you really can handle.

Maltese or the “Canis meliteus” as they are known is not only a cute small dog, but it is also cuddly with a wonderful temperament. Give it love and attention and you will receive it in kind. Maltese are good with children although they could get a little snappy if they are not handled well. Care needs to be taken when very young children handle these dogs. These cute small dogs have beautiful silky coat but shed very little since they do not have an undercoat. Maltese are good for kids and people with allergies. Their long fur requires you to brush and groom them regularly. They also tend to have water eyes and need to be cleaned regularly to avoid staining.The Maltese is a well mannered small dog and is actually quite sturdy and secure. One health problem with these dogs is that they are prone to dental problems. Maltese also have a sharp bark and tend to get noisy if not trained properly. Sadly the Maltese are also known to be the most dumped dogs in Korea and Australia, because of their noise.

Shih Tzu
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Small breeds and toys breeds - cute and cuddly

Shih Tzu is an excellent family dog and gets along well with adults and children. The Shih Tzu requires more care than other small breeds as their long silky hair tends to get tangled and dirty. They shed very little and make a great pet for people with allergies. These beautiful 'chrysanthemum faced' dogs have a short muzzle and tend to get liquid into their nose while they drink, so care needs to be taken in this area. These cute small dogs do not take well to heat. They are happy in apartments. Shih Tzu also do not require much exercise; a long walk in the park regularly would be enough. These dogs are very affectionate and make good companions. The Shih Tzus are not watch dogs but are quite alert and bark at strangers.

Cavalier King Charles
Cavalier King Charles | Source

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - small cute dogs

These dogs are said to have descended from hunting dogs and may require more space than what they have in an apartment. A little yard, or a walk in the woods now and then could make these little fellows happy. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very affectionate and they love attention. They could become depressed and lonely and could get into trouble if left to themselves. The Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel also needs regular brushing, ear-cleaning and grooming. These activities could take a bit of your time. These tri-coloured dogs do not shed much and are good with children.

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Havanese dog - small dog good with children

The Havanese is a Cuban dog and they make excellent watch dogs. They are quite cuddly too. They are considered to be apartment dogs. They love attention and follow their owner all day long. The Havenese dog loves company and hates to be left alone. Their long coat makes it necessary for the owner to brush and groom them regularly. They also could get infections of the eyes and ears, so care needs to be taken in this area. This beautiful dog loves to play and gets along well with children. It comes in many colors.

Boston Terrier Dog
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Boston Terriers - the kid friendly dogs

These are originally from Boston and make pleasant companions. These little spunky terriers are happy apartment dwellers. Regular walk and activity in the park can keep them in good shape. These friendly creatures are easy to train and good learners. Boston terriers are possessive and do not like to be left out of any activity. One problem with the Boston Terriers is that they are very noisy and get snappy with children when troubled. Though these are common problems with small dogs, good training could take care of both these problems. Boston Terriers are very prone to heat strokes and should be monitored carefully when they play outdoors. These dogs do not shed too much and are easy to groom and easy to keep in small living spaces.

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Pugs - small breed dogs

Pugs are supposed to have originated in China around 400 BC. Some people consider them to be smaller breeds of the bull dogs or the French Mastiff. Pugs are great apartment dogs but need a bit of exercise. They tend to put on weight, become obese and develop health problems. They are very sensitive and get very upset and hurt. They need to be spoken to kindly. Pugs need moderate climates. They quickly catch colds in cold weather and can die in very hot weather. Air conditioning is recommended for this breed of dogs. The pugs also have a flat muzzle and could get a whole lot of food and stuff into their noses which need regular cleaning. Pugs are gentle with children and are ready to play at any time of day. Pugs take well to training. They have a smooth, soft coat and come in black, apricot, fawn and silver colours.

Though the idea of having a small dog may seem appealing, it does mean a lot of responsibility. Bringing home a dog is like bringing home energy and happiness. A word of caution if you expect your children to take care of their pets completely, you could be in for a surprise. After their initial curiosity is over, some children may not show much interest in their pets, be prepared to take over the responsibility. It is a wonderful idea to have a pet to train your child in being responsible and caring for another. If you are ready for this go ahead and have your pick of some of the cute small dogs that are good with children.


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      Melissa Stoops 

      2 years ago

      Hi my puppy rocket he is a sweet and shy but still a little out going he is a pomchi his mother was a chihuahua & his father was a Pomeranian so far he is very sweet with my two 2 year olds and he dose not snap at all & we are on the verg of getting a play mate for him as well a malshie female puppy she is mostly black with a very little white and I wanted to thank you for the in for nation on both the shih tzu and the Maltese dog breeds

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      6 years ago

      Capedium, Dogs are really very sweet as long as you know how to handle them.. they need to know you are the master.. or they will take you on a spin... oh yes, little dogs are cute... but could be a little low on patience.. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate this very much. Have a great day!

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      Ov Overo 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have always love little dogs.. Other than that.. No dogs.. Am alittle bit scared of dogs.. But they can be so cute...

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Paradise, thanks for adding the Yorkshire terriers here.. I have missed that one... But I love dogs and I actually believe all dogs are good if you train them well and are consistent with them.. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a great day! God Bless!

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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the Boston terriers; also the Yorkshire terriers, which also are great with kids, and very loving pets.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Prasetio, Thank you! I love dogs... and I have a cute little Pomeranian which I did not recommend here because as a breed they tend to be snappy and not so great with kids.. but our is the sweetest dog we have ever had... I hope your kids will love dogs too.. Take care .. and thanks for the encouragement. Have a wonderful day!

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...I love all these dogs. I believe that many kids will have the same idea with me. I learn many things from you. Thanks for share with us. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting) and take care!



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