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10 Small Dog Breeds That Are Kid-Friendly

Michele Borboa MS
For many of us, dogs are part of the family. We adore their cute little faces as much as our own...

For many of us, dogs are part of the family. We adore their cute little faces as much as our own children's. But even if you love dogs, once you have kids, you recognize that even the tiniest pups can unwittingly be a threat if they don't have the right temperament or training.

Finding the right dog to fit your family, especially when you have little ones, is incredibly important. That's why we looked into which small dog breeds have the best history of getting along well with children, so your child can have that dreamed-of canine BFF.

Of course breed is no guarantee, and every dog needs careful training in order to make them as safe as possible with children. But these parent-approved dogs are a good place to start your search.

1. Pug


Cute pug

Cute pug

This pint-size 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: Yorkshire terrier

A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.

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2. Yorkshire terrier


Cute Yorkshire Terrier

Cute 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: Miniature schnauzer

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3. Miniature schnauzer


Cute Miniature Schnauzer

Cute 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: Beagle

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4. Beagle


Cute beagle

Cute 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

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5. Havanese


Cute Havanese

Cute Havanese

This toy-size, 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: Shetland sheepdog

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6. Shetland sheepdog


Cute Shetland Sheepdog

Cute 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: Boston terrier

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7. Boston terrier


Cute Boston Terrier

Cute 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

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8. Cavalier King Charles spaniel


Cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cute 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: Pembroke Welsh corgi

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9. Pembroke Welsh corgi


Cute Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Cute 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: Miniature poodle

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10. Miniature poodle


Cute Miniature Poodle

Cute Miniature Poodle

The pint-size 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.