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Top 10 Small Dogs for Kids

Updated on May 5, 2014
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Overview

There are many reasons as to why different people opt to have small dogs. Small dogs are not just cuddly they can be ideal for people living in apartments since they do not require a bigger space. Whatever your reason for wanting to keep a small dog is, there is a variety of small dog breeds where you can choose one that best suits your need. Here are some of the smallest dogs.

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1) West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland white terrier dog is a small sized dog belonging to the terrier group. It is friendly to strangers and is easy to train. It is also said to be easy to travel with. It has a head that is proportional to the body, it has a blunt muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull, a black nose, triangular shaped, erect ears that are set wide apart on top of the head, almond-shaped, deep-set, dark brown eyes and short legs.

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2) Pug

Pug is a small dog that is keen, happy, lively and spirited dog that is loyal, loving and affectionate to it owner. It is also considered to be intelligent, willful and sensitive to the tone of their owner’s voice. It is thus unnecessary to use harsh punishment on this dog breed. It has a round head with large, deep wrinkles on the face, a short, blunt, square-shaped muzzle, moles on the cheeks, large, dark, prominent eyes and small, thin ears.

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3) Poodle

Poodle is a lively, easily approachable and faithful dog breed that is hypoallergenic. It is intelligent, very active and energetic dog that belongs to the toy group. It has a squarely built body appearance, dark, oval shaped eyes with an alert and intelligent expression and naturally curly textured, dense coat.

4) Yorkshire Terrier

It is hypoallergenic dog breed that has a short body stature. This dog is eager for adventure, highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. It is affectionate to its owner but it can be suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. It has a small that is flat on the top, medium-sized muzzle, a black nose, medium-sized, dark eyes with dark eye rims, V shaped erect ears, straight legs and round feet with black toenails. Its head is covered with abundant hair making it necessary to gather it in a band so as to keep it from going into the dog's food bowl and to give the dog good visibility.

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5) Dachshund

The dachshund dog is small, adorable and cuddly. It has a longer, muscular body with short legs. It has an elongated and slight head, convex skull that is arched with protruding eyebrows, a long muzzle and a robust jaw with non-pendent lips.

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6) Chihuahua

Chihuahua is one of the most popular small dog breed. The small size makes the Chihuahua look lovable and cuddly thus making it the best choice for most dog owners looking for a small dog. This dog may look calm and polite but it can be cruel and aggressive if provoked. However, with proper training it can be friendly, loyal and fun dog to be with.

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7) Shih Tzu

The Shuh Tzu is a small sized dog that has a round and broad head, a short square muzzle, broad nose with open nostrils, large, round eyes and large, pendant, low-set ears that hang down and are covered in abundant hair. It is alert, lively, courageous, clever, playful, gentle, loyal and easy to get along with humans.

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8) Pomeranian

It is a small toy-sized dog that has a wedge-shaped head. It is a proud, lively, intelligent dog. It is eager to learn and very loyal to its own. It is one of the most independent toy-dog breed that is inquisitive and active. It has a straight and fine, short muzzle, small, erect ears that are set high, medium sized almond-shaped eyes and a long, straight and harsh texture outer coat.

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9) Papillon

The Papillon is a small beautiful and cuddly dog that is strong, tough with an athletic stamina. This dog breed can be identified by its unique butterfly-like ears. It is a charming small dog that is a friendly, intelligent, playful, lively and amusing. The Papillon loves outdoor exercise and it is thus important for you that you ensure that you take it for outdoor exercises to avoid it becoming dull and bored. This dog is Affectionate, gentle and patient to those around it.

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10) Maltese

It is a hypoallergenic dog that is friendly and easily gets along with other dogs, cats and even children. This dog breed is distinctive with its straight and long white coat that is always neat. It is not just cute and cuddly; it also makes a great companion to humans and is thus a great family dog.

The above dog breeds are small, cuddly and can make great companion and family dog with proper training.

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