Are you thinking about getting a dog for your family, but you’re worried about getting one that won’t tolerate your children? While larger dogs are less fragile and less likely to be accidentally injured, there are some small breeds that do well with children. Keeping in mind that dogs don’t come with guarantees and any dog needs training, here are 10 small dog breeds that do well with kids.
#1 – Beagle
The Beagle is a friendly, happy dog with short hair. They do need a lot of exercise, but much of this can be provided by playing with the kids. Beagles are scent hounds and tend to follow their nose, so your backyard should have a solid fence to prevent them from wandering off.
#2 – Maltese
Bred to be companion dogs, the Maltese makes a great addition to families. While these tiny dogs may be snappy or get injured by toddlers, they adore older kids. The Maltese gets by with short walks outside and brief runs inside your house.
#3 – Bichon Frise
Bichons do great with children because they are playful and have lots of energy. They were bred to be companions. The AKC describes them as being a “cheerful” breed. Their curly hair needs regular brushing to avoid painful mats.