Thinking of adding a new addition to your family?  Dogs can make great companions for children, but where should you begin to find the best small dogs for kids? Start here where we’ve lined up some top choices along with links to where you can find out more information that will help you narrow your choice.

Best Small Dogs For Kids

1. Cocker Spaniels

cocker spaniel

Cocker Spaniels, when raised correctly, can make good pets for children, particularly if you spend a lot of time at home.

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2. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Calmer than other terrier breeds, these little pooches still have bundles of energy to be a great choice for large families.

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3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs have a docile personality and get along well with children.  They’re also a great pet to have if you live in an apartment or small home.

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4. Pugs

Pugs and kids

Pugs ooze character and love the company of children, as well as making great watchdogs.  Other than not liking extreme weather temperatures, they’re very adaptable.

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5. American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo dogs and kids

The American Eskimo Dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994. This dog comes in three sizes and loves to chew and play, even in the snow.

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6. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise and kids

The Bichon Frise has a great personality but is a little more high-maintenance than some other pooches.  Train your children, as well as your dog, and they will have many happy hours together.

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7. Havanese

Havanese dogs and kids

These dogs are small and like activity.  In fact, children will love to teach them tricks and perform.  They are also allergy-friendly for those who have that concern.

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8. Maltipoo

Maltipoo and kids

These are indoor dogs and not suitable as watchdogs.  They are friendly dogs, but due to their fragility, they are only suitable for older children or those who have been taught to be gentle with them.

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9. Scottish Terrier

Scottish terriers

Scotties like a family environment, but they aren’t the best choice if you have young children as they can be impatient.  They aren’t big barkers, but are good watchdogs.

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We hope this list has helped you narrow down your options to find the best small dog for your children.  The final decision will also be dependent upon your space, energy level, how often you’re at home, and the personalities of the people living in your home.

Good luck on your hunt for the perfect pooch!

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