12 Small Dog Breeds That Will Love Your Kids

Posted by donna@pethangout 01/12/2018 1 Comment(s)

12 small dog breeds that will love your kids


Can small dog breeds live in harmony with your kids?

These special dogs should be on your radar as a great addition to your growing family.   Sometimes, larger dogs mean well but their size, strength, and aggression can be too much for small children.   They accidentally knock them over and tower over them which can create a fear of dogs in your little one.

We have put together your "go-to" list of 12 smaller dogs that are looking to win hearts.   They have been proven to be gentle and patient around children and add some cuddly love to your brood.   

A small child raised around pets develop nurturing skills and grow in compassion for animals as well as people.   It's a win-win for all!


Our Top 12 in no particular order:


1 - Bichon Frise

A Bishon Frise small dog breed

Why we love for your kids:  Has silky hair and very affectionate.  Gentle, cheerful, and sensitive.  And does not shed!




2 - American Eskimo


American Eskimo small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:  This breed is very protective and friendly.  A reserved personality never is intimidating.




3 - Boston Terrier


Boston Terrier is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:  Commonly called the “American Gentleman”.   They are very lively and friendly and always want to be with their humans.




4 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:  Originating from the UK, this popular breed is very playful and patient.   Two things your kids need and love.


5 - Havanese


Havanese is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:   This dog is the official national dog of Cuba.    They have a very soft coat just perfect for cuddling too.   Affectionate, playful, and gentle are some of the traits your kids will adore.   And they do not shed!




6 - Maltipoo


A Malitpoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Poodle


Why we love for your kids:   This fun and gentle companion is considered a hybrid dog.    It was crossed with a Maltese and a toy or miniature Poodle.    This breed will also want to stay near you and your kids to get plenty of affection.   And it  does not shed!




7 - Toy Poodle


The Toy Poodle is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:   This highly trainable pooch is very alert and faithful to its humans.    The perfect pick for an active family with high energy.    And it does not shed!




8 - Pug


The pug small dog breed is too cute


Why we love for your kids:   This dog can have their bouts with being stubborn - kind of like your kids!   However, they are very docile, sociable, and playful.    And what about that “piggy” face - too adorable.




9- Tibetan Spaniel


The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:  This breed can be a bit aloof and laid back at times.   But they are always happy and love to play with kids.




10 - Maltese


The Maltese is a small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:   Did we say easygoing?   If your home is crazy, then this dog is a great bet.   They can bounce back from anything.  They are lively, fearless, and sweet-tempered.   And they DO NOT shed!




11 - Beagle


The Beagle is a great small dog breed


Why we love for your kids:    This breed is very determined but gentle at the same time.    They are even-tempered and very intelligent.




12 - French Bulldog


The French Bulldog is a small dog breed that is so cute


Why we love for your kids:  This dog is affectionately called, ‘the Frenchie”.   They are highly affectionate and love to play.    They also make a great guard dog with their alert and keen sense.    A highly social creature that loves to be with their humans.




Did you find the perfect breed to add to your fam?

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1 Comment(s)

Maria Pratt:
04/25/2020, 12:46:33 AM

I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (possibly a mix). She’s an adorable little girl; doesn’t like children but happy with adults. She’s a rescue little girl. She likes to be the ONLY center of attention. Pushes other dogs off and doesn’t like to share the love with other dogs. If seen it where she gets upset and bites other dogs and then barks at me and then bites me also. I can tell she gets extremely jealous and hurts. It broke my heart to see her this way. So I picked her and held her tight and gave her kisses until she fell calmer. This is my experience with this little girl who I just love her so much!

06/02/2020, 01:26:42 PM

Awe.. Maria, thanks for sharing about your sweet little rescue. You sound like an amazing pet parent and she is so lucky to have been adopted by you!! I bet she loves you back with so much gratitude and happy smiles! Thank you for opening up your heart and home to a rescue!! Huge hugs to you, Donna ~

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