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Small Dog Breeds That Are Good With Children

Updated on February 16, 2018
Small Dog Breeds Good With Children
Small Dog Breeds Good With Children

The Top 7 Small Dog Breeds That Are Good With Children

When you want to get a dog, but have children, then you are best to make sure that both child and dog are going to get along before you actually bring a dog home. That being said, following are seven of the top small dog breeds that breeders suggest for families with children.

1. Beagle

A Beagle will tend to have a fantastic temperament around children, and everyone else for that matter. It is rare for them to be phased by anything that goes on around them. They have a gentle nature and they love constant interaction. It should also be said that they look friendly and are certainly not threatening at all and this makes them far more approachable for children.

2. English Bulldog

The Bulldog name can sometimes make people think of something slightly confrontational; however, the truth of the matter is that the English Bulldog is known to be amongst the most gentle of breeds in existence. They love nothing more than to get some affection, and if your children are playing around, then they will get in the middle of it and will love doing so. As with the Beagle, they do not look threatening and will be less scary for children.

3. Maltese

The Maltese can be a great dog for children, especially children with allergies. One reason is that they do not really lose their hair, which makes them ideal should your child have allergies. They are a breed that requires a lot of human contact, so if you want your dog to grow up with your child, then there will be a real bond between dog and child with them becoming best friends.

4. Pug

One look at their scrunched up face and little legs will let you see that Pugs are a bundle of fun, and they are well known as being a breed that are certainly not lacking in personality. Their nature is to please people and they are affectionate with a willingness to create a bond with anybody.

5. Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is widely seen as being a breed of terrier that is generally less aggressive than many of the others out there. If you want a terrier, then this might be the dog breed for you. Your child will love the fact that by nature they are playful and curious. Your family will get a lot of entertainment and pleasure out of them. They are excellent learners, and they will respond to your child’s commands just as well as they respond to an adult.

6. Shih Tzu

If you want dog breeds that are loyal and loving, then a Shih Tzu will fit the bill. Do not worry about their long coat, as they do not shed, so they are great for those with allergies. However, you will need to groom them every day to keep them clean. The good thing is that they are obedient and always react well with children so the two will get along just fine.

7. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is fantastic around children and they are seen by breeders to have a very reliable nature with them being lovable, affectionate and playful. They are great no matter how young your child may be, and they are very easy to control and handle. They are very active, which means your child will have a constant playmate. Another advantage is that they like to cuddle, so your child will be able to fall asleep with their best friend nearby.

In the end, the above 7 small dog breeds are dogs you may wish to get if you are looking for a small dog, but also have children.

However, just because a breed appears on the above list it does not mean that it will undoubtedly be a match made in heaven.

Ensure that you learn the dog’s history, and allow the dog and your child to meet before bringing the dog home.

Also, ensure that you train both your dog how to act around your children, and your children how to act around your dog ;)


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    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      We had poodles every one of them loved our children and grandchildren. When grandchildren came along they just knew they were family right from the start. Enjoyed your hub.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks dogfond. I love beagles...they are the funniest dogs.

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      5 years ago

      we have a beagle named Sam and my kids just love her. Great hub!

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hey Rolly. I haven't had much experience around the Havanese breed. Even at all of the kennels and daycares that I have worked at, I still haven't come across them too often. But after a quick search, I can see what you mean! Too sweet...

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Relationshipc... thanks for joining at the Fireside and good to be here as well and find another Albertan. We are a rare breed... smiles.

      So many breeds to choose from and making sure they can be blended into the family is critical... I have had several over the years. American Cocker Spaniel, Chinese Pug and presently a Havanese a Cuban breed that is a treasure to have around. Way past the children stage but when they do visit "Quigley" is in her glory with the small people...

      Hugs from Alberta

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Eiddwen - sorry, that was a silly copying error.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks Eddwen - that's very nice to say.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      I also love beagles and this hub too.

      I now look forward to so many more to come from you.


    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I love beagles billy. I used to work at a doggy daycare and there was a 'beagle posse'. I swear they would sit around and have conversations together because they always stood in a circle facing each other!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have had beagles before and they are wonderfully fun dogs, and oh so loving. Great hub!

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      6 years ago from Portugal

      Love Bichn Maltes and Lhasa Apso breeds! Cuteness overload!


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