12 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

What Are the Best Small Dog Breeds for Children?

Dogs and children can get along great together when you find the right fit. Photo courtesy kaley davis, Flickr

Dogs and children can get along great together when you find the right fit. Photo courtesy kaley davis, Flickr

“Find the Right Small Dog for Your Family”

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“I am your companion and will love you and play with you always. Woof!”

If your household is screaming for a new fur baby to join your family, then you might be surprised to find out that not all dogs are great with little humans. So what are the best small dog breeds for children? There are quite a few to choose from and some training steps to consider when introducing a new dog to the home.

What Are the Best Small Dog Breeds for Children?

You might know that caring for a dog can help children learn to be more responsible, but studies show that dogs also boost self-esteem in children, enhance social skills, and help them to be more cooperative and share. Whether you’re looking for a purebred dog or mixed-breed dog, here are a few that typically do well with children. Remember, an adult must always supervise interactions between any dog and children, and the kids must be taught to treat dogs gently and respectfully.

 

Airedale Terrier
The “King of the Terriers” is hugely versatile, performing successfully as a hunter, guide dog for the blind, livestock herder, elegant show dog, and loving family pet. Airedale Terriers are smart, sensitive, and playful, making them fabulous companions for children. Read more about Dogs for Children in Great Children-Friendly Dog Breeds here.

There are a couple of things to consider when deciding on what are the best small dog breeds for children. First, have you looked at the local shelter or adoption agencies? Many small dogs are available and waiting for a family like yours. Second, the age of your child(ren) is important. The older they are the more responsibilities they can help with such as dog walking, feeding, and simple training.

As you can see many small dog breeds are a great fit for children, including the Beagle, Brichon Frise and Boston Terrier at the top of the list. See also our previous article entitled, The Latest Top Dog Breeds in America.

So which one would you choose or have you already decided on a dog?

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We, of course, are wondering why Yorkshire Terriers are not on the list since we love children 🙂

Maybe sometimes we are too small for those small children who aren’t used to handling the wee ones.