If you've ever seen a tiny dog totally snap at a small child, you know just because a dog is little, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be good with little humans. There are, however, some small dog breeds that will probably instantly become your kid's new BFF.
Yes, every single dog is different and accidents can happen at any time, but these small breeds get along great with children. The added bonus is that smaller kids won't feel as overwhelmed with a new family pet if it's closer to their own size.
Figuring out what dog breed is best for your family is exhausting, so we've done some of the legwork for you by narrowing down your list to these 10 parent-approved dogs that are famous for being kid-friendly.
This pint-sized pup has an irresistible face and prominently curved tail that any child will find intriguing. The Pug does especially well in a moderate climate but is just as comfortable hanging out indoors to keep your kiddos entertained.
Next Up: Yorkshire Terrier
Originally published January 2014. Updated April 2017.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
Though a tiny canine, the Yorkie has a big adventurous personality that makes it an engaging dog. This affectionate pint-sized pup is an ideal pet if your family loves travel — it will keep your kids affectionately entertained in the back seat while you're en route.
Next Up: Miniature Schnauzer
3. Miniature Schnauzer
The most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds (which include the giant and standard sizes), the Mini Schnauzer is an intelligent and cheerful canine that is as happy hanging out in the house with the family as it is romping outdoors with the kids in the yard or at the park.
Next Up: Beagle
One of our favorite small dogs, the Beagle is naturally communal and friendly with humans and other animals. This curious, energetic pup will keep the kids on their toes as it needs love and exercise to keep itself out of trouble.
Next Up: Havanese
This toy-sized silky-coated canine is in high demand as a family pet because of its affectionate temperament, easy trainability and hypoallergenic non-shedding coat. The Havanese is as eager to be a loved-on lap dog as it is to playfully chase the kids around.
Next Up: Shetland Sheepdog
6. Shetland Sheepdog
If you've got a big yard or live on a farm, the Sheltie will keep your kids well-exercised. One of the best obedience breeds, this long-haired, energetic beauty thrives on physical and mental activity.
Next Up: Boston Terrier
7. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a diminutive dapper-looking dog that has a gentle disposition and enjoys being close by its family's side.
Next Up: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Naturally gentle and friendly, the Cavalier is easy to train and a trustworthy companion for children. This soft, silky-coated canine is content being a lap dog or playing with the kids.
Next Up: Pembroke Welsh Corgi
9. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Bold and friendly, the Corgi thrives on having work to do. Considered a herding dog, this strong, sturdy pup is ideal if your family lives on a farm but, if given adequate mental and physical stimulation, can adapt easily to any living situation.
Next Up: Miniature Poodle
10. Miniature Poodle
The pint-sized Miniature Poodle is a top pet choice for kids with allergies. Highly intelligent, this cuddly fluff ball easily entertains its family with smile-evoking antics and heartwarming cuddles.
Important note: In general, the small dog breeds on our list are good with kids. However, keep in mind that any dog, regardless of breed, can be a danger to children. Be sure to properly train and supervise your pup around your kids as well as teach your children how to properly handle their pets.
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