Dr. Jerry Klein, the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) chief veterinary officer, says dogs can be a good addition to almost any family with children, but there are certain factors to consider.
“Dogs teach kids about responsibility and the importance of taking care of a pet,” he tells Newsweek . He said: “Some breeds have plenty of patience, others have the energy to play for hours, and others are naturally protective of family members.
“It’s also key to understand that although dogs benefit from training, it’s important to teach your kids to be gentle and the proper way to interact with their canine companion. American Eskimo Dogs are an alert and lively breed that is eager to pleaseblendshapes/Getty ImagesPerhaps best known for their striking white coat, American Eskimo Dogs are an alert and lively breed that is eager to please. Dr. Klein says: “The Boxer is an intelligent, trainable and loyal dog breed that enjoys human affection, especially from children.”
Dr. Klein says: “Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are friendly companions and thrive when part of a family. The American Kennel Club told Newsweek : “The Rat Terrier enjoys pleasing its owner, therefore they make good companions and are highly trainable.” The Welsh Terriers are good with children and other dogsliveslow/Getty ImagesThis spirited dog breed is recognized for enjoying making friends and is naturally affectionate.
The AKC chief veterinary officer says: “Because they are high-energy dogs, they enjoy doing high impact activities such as running with their families.” The Beagle dog breed is considered to make a loving family companion and is always keen to be part of the actionbruev/Getty ImagesThe Beagle dog breed is considered to make a loving family companion and is always keen to be part of the action. The Australian Terriers dog breed is prized as a companion for those living in small apartmentsBigandt_Photography/Getty ImagesOriginally bred to hunt rodents and snakes, the Australian Terriers dog breed is also prized as watchdogs and companions for those living in small apartments.
The AKC told Newsweek : “This spirited and smart terrier makes for a great family companion. The Bichon has been dubbed as the worlds “great personality” dog, packed with both charm and a friendly dispositioniv-serg/Getty ImagesThe Bichon has been dubbed as the world’s “great personality” dog, packed with both charm and a friendly disposition. “This breed is alert but curious and makes for a good family pet,” the AKC vet says.
English Cocker Spaniels have a positive disposition and are easy to train since they are eager to please their familiesLeoniekvanderVliet/Getty ImagesDespite their affectionate personality, English Cocker Spaniel owners need to use gentle, consistent training with the dogs are young. Dr. Klein says: “This upbeat yet mellow breed has a positive disposition and is easy to train since they are eager to please their families.” The AKC Chief Veterinary Officer told tells Newsweek : “This low-key hound is charming, loyal, and can be quite playful with children.”
The AKC Chief Veterinary Officer adds: “They are eager to join in on the family fun and prefer to be with their owners than alone.”
What is the friendliest small dog?
Bedlington Terrier. Alert, energetic, and intelligent, the Bedlington Terrier is an excellent companion and small people friendly dog. ….Bichon Frise. ….Boston Terrier. ….Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. ….Chinese Crested. ….Cockapoo. ….Coton de Tulear. ….Havanese.
What breed of small dog is the calmest?
English Toy Spaniel..Maltese..Cavalier King Charles Spaniel..Bichon Frise..Japanese Chin..Pekingese..Shiba Inu..Bolognese.
What is the best natured small dog?
#1 Maltese. The Maltese is a gentle and amiable little fellow. ….#2 Pomeranian. ….#4 Pug. ….#5 Shih Tzu. ….#6 Boston Terrier. ….#7 Bichon Frise. ….#8 Pekingese. ….#9 Skye Terrier.
Which small dogs are the easiest?
Manchester Terrier. ….Miniature Schnauzer. ….Norfolk Terrier. ….Papillon. ….Poodle (Toy & Miniature) ….Schnoodle (Toy & Miniature) ….Silky Terrier. ….Tibetan Spaniel. Small but active and alert, the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed hails from mountainous Tibet, where he served as a companion and watchdog.
If you love small dogs and have kids, finding the right breed can be a tricky balance. Many smaller dogs are not recommended for families with young children because they are fragile or nervous around boisterous little ones. However, some little dogs are known to get along great with kids of all ages.
Even with breeds that are ideal for families with children, many pet experts recommend waiting until your youngest child is five years old before bringing home a dog. To ensure a lifetime of happiness and love, take your time to choose the right dog and teach kids how to gently and respectfully interact with them .
Below, weve rounded up the best small dogs for kids so you can find your familys next perfect pet. Part of the American Kennel Club Hound Group , the Beagle was developed to hunt rabbits in packs. Beagles happily worked alongside large groups of dogs, horses and people.
The Beagle is exceedingly friendly and handles the loud noise and chaos of family life in stride. Beagles are known to bark and howl, and some may become destructive or attempt to escape if left alone too much and not given enough exercise and mental stimulation. The playful and fun loving Bichon Frise hails from France where the little dogs originally lived a life of luxury as pampered pets to nobility.
After the French Revolution, Bichons fell into the hands of commoners, morphing into street dogs. For this reason, Boston Terriers are wonderful family dogs that demand to be with their humans most of the time. The breeds compact size means the Boston can live in an apartment happily, and its easy to provide enough exercise with daily walks.
The breed was born in the Scottish Highlands more than 200 years ago, where they hunted foxes, rats, and other vermin in the piles of rocks called cairns. As with all dogs, kids should be taught to be gentle with Cairns, but this breed will typically forgive accidental bumps from children. Cairns have a high prey drive (the instinct to chase and hunt furry and feathery creatures), so they might not be able to be trusted with the family cat, and some can get scrappy with other dogs.
Although spirited and active, its simple enough to provide a Cavalier with adequate exercise with daily walks around the park or neighborhood. Like many other breeds in the AKC Sporting Group , they were bred to be peaceful with people, other dogs, and even other pets like cats. Well-socialized Cocker Spaniels are great companions for kids, provided the children are gentle and respectful.
Cockers love to play and will retrieve as many balls as the kids can throw, as well as join in on almost any game or adventure. Cockers are energetic but need only moderate amounts of exercise in the form of daily walks and off-leash running in the backyard. When you combine their unique appearance with their curious and affectionate nature, everything about the Frenchie just draws people inadults and kids alike.
Compact but heavily built, Frenchies can be great companions for kids provided they are taught to play nice and interact with the dog respectfully. The only breed native to Cuba, Havanese were the treasured lapdogs of the wealthy plantation owners, largely unknown outside the island until the mid-1900s. Although many toy breeds are not recommended for kids, this dog is small but sturdy and known for being exceptionally good with respectful children.
The silky hypoallergenic coat needs daily brushing, and you can enlist the kids to help out, or it can be clipped short for easier maintenance. Another member of the AKC Toy Group known for its affinity with children, the Pug is friendly, outgoing, silly, and just plain fun. In the Pugs breed standard, the written description of the ideal example of the breed, the dog is described as multum in parvo, a Latin phrase that means a lot in a little. These dogs are small but cobby and solidly built, and they soak up lots of loving from gentle children.
The short coat is easy to care for, but these dogs do shed a fair amount, so brush daily to cut down on hair in the house. Charming, outgoing and irresistibly cute, the Shih Tzu loves people of all ages, including well-mannered kids.
No one wants their dog to snap or growl when meeting someone you know and trust. It would be much nicer to have well behaved, polite dog who puts her best paw forward when greeting strangers. Owning a friendly dog takes more than just choosing a breed who has traits conducive to friendly behavior, it also takes work on the part of the owner. Your puppy must be socialized early on to get her used to encountering a variety of people and not be fearful of making new acquaintances.
Known as the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier is lively, smart, and affectionate with a gentle, even temperament. The gregarious Cavalier takes as his role model humorist Will Rogers, who famously said he never met a stranger.
The Cavalier is eager to meet everyone who crosses his path, and if that person sits down and offers a lap (or a treat), so much the better. Expect kisses and lots of snuggle time in your lap from this happy, loving little guy. Chin people say their dogs like to sing and will chatter to announce the arrival of guests or strangers.
Gentle and devoted, Maltipoos enjoy spending their days perched on their owners laps or walking beside them. Intelligent, loving, loyal, and mischievous are four words Poodle enthusiasts commonly use to describe the breeds personality. The Poodle is also known for what his fans call an air of distinction: a dignified attitude thats hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog.
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Cute is a totally subjective concept. Even small can be subjective. After all, if youre 6-feet-4-inches, anyone under 6 feet can look small to you. However, we are bravely putting forth our list of 12 small, cute dogs that rank high in the adorable category, while also being among the smallest breeds recognized by the AKC. Theyre in no particular order: we can imagine the arguments that would ensue if we ranked this list! Were absolutely sure weve left out someones favorite cute small breed.
Its a toss-up, which is more winning: their cute little monkey faces and square bodies or their mischievous, lovable personalities. The Norfolk Terrier was bred to hunt vermin and small animals, with a hardy, sporting instinct.
That compact little body, weighing in at no more than 25 pounds, has a unique tuxedo coat and, combined with those expressive dark round eyes, hes both handsome and adorable. Pomeranian This cocky little extrovert probably doesnt think of himself as cute, but with his dense coat and an expression that seems to be smiling at you, you may find him adorable. With his straight silky coat and plumed tail, he looks like a little aristocrat, and he does have a noble, almost catlike air.
American Eskimo Dog
Perhaps best known for their striking white coat, American Eskimo Dogs are an alert and lively breed that is eager to please.AKC’s chief veterinary officer says: “They are very social animals that do well with families and other dogs.”
The Boxer is a large, active breed, requiring daily exercise and a short coat that needs weekly brushing.Dr. Klein says: “The Boxer is an intelligent, trainable and loyal dog breed that enjoys human affection, especially from children.”
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The cuddly King Charles Spaniel dog breed was literally born to be a companion.Dr. Klein says: “Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are friendly companions and thrive when part of a family. They have a cheerful nature and are easily trained.”
This happy-go-lucky and playful breed is sensitive and intuitive, and with training, socialization and a little patience, this dog breed can be an invaluable member to any family with children.The American Kennel Club told
This purebred dog breed possesses an easy-going personality, making them fantastic family friends.”Frenchies are affectionate, playful, smart, adaptable dogs that are good with kids.” says Dr. Klein.
This spirited dog breed is recognized for enjoying making friends and is naturally affectionate.The AKC chief veterinary officer says: “Because they are high-energy dogs, they enjoy doing high impact activities such as running with their families.”
The Beagle dog breed is considered to make a loving family companion and is always keen to be part of the action.Dr. Klein says: “They’re good with children and other dogs”, but adds, “they are active dogs that need lots of interactive play.”
These sturdy, compact purebred dogs categorized in the American Kennel Club’s toy group are known for outgoing personalities.”Pugs are easygoing, playful and affectionate with an even temperament. They are loyal and devoted to their families,” Dr. Klein says.
The Boston Terrier is extremely friendly, portable and enthusiastic in everything they are involved in.Dr. Klein notes: “They are joyful and up for a new adventure whether it is going for a walk or socializing with other dogs and people.”
Originally bred to hunt rodents and snakes, the Australian Terriers dog breed is also prized as watchdogs and companions for those living in small apartments.The AKC told
The Bichon has been dubbed as the world’s “great personality” dog, packed with both charm and a friendly disposition.”This breed is alert but curious and makes for a good family pet,” the AKC vet says.
English Cocker Spaniel
Despite their affectionate personality, English Cocker Spaniel owners need to use gentle, consistent training with the dogs are young.Dr. Klein says: “This upbeat yet mellow breed has a positive disposition and is easy to train since they are eager to please their families.”
The Doxie’s low silhouette and vivacious personality make this breed appealing to families with children of all ages.The AKC chief veterinary officer says: “They have a big personality and love to receive attention and to be around their loved ones.”
These cheerful little bichon type dogs make great companions and are both a little extroverted, yet easy to train.Dr. Klein adds: “They also make good watchdogs who are happiest when someone is with them.”
The poodle comes in three varieties—standard, miniature and toy—and is an athletic and intelligent breed that fits well into any active family with children.The American Kennel Club expert says: “They are also easily trainable, people-oriented and an overall versatile breed.”
This affectionate breed makes a great childhood playmate and even does well with other dogs.Dr. Klein says: “They are good-natured and easily trainable and enjoy spending time with their owners.”
This most distinctive-look dog breed is considered to be adaptable, affectionate and relaxed among human companyThe AKC Chief Veterinary Officer told tells
The Brussels Griffon is considered to be a smart and devoted toy dog breed that is both playful and energetic.However, Dr. Klein cautions: “They don’t like to be alone, therefore they enjoy being close to their humans.”