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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
Why we love for your kids: Has silky hair and very affectionate. Gentle, cheerful, and sensitive. And does not shed!
2 - American Eskimo
Why we love for your kids: This breed is very protective and friendly. A reserved personality never is intimidating.
3 - Boston Terrier
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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