what is a good small dog that would be good with kids?


i have three young kids, who want a dog but im a little figdet about what kind of dog i should get them.. i want something small that i can carry down the stairs. I prefer the dog to be cute but my boyfriend adores pugs..ewww!

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    28 Responses to “what is a good small dog that would be good with kids?”

    1. buddrfly421 says:

      I have a maltease and she is really good with kids..cats..other dogs etc.

    2. Caitlin Y says:

      Pomeranian but I wouldn’t be afaid to get a lab or a golden cause they were bred to be FAMILY dogs. I REALLY recommend a golden. for several reasons includeing that family trate being good with small children.

    3. smiles_mmm says:

      Tiny dogs like chihuahuas , maltese, poms, yorkies, papillons etc. are not good with kids. They are very fragile and can get low blood sugar easily. Do reading on hypoglycimia before purchasing a small breed dog. Pugs, beagles, west highland terriers, Scottish terriers and other slightly larger dogs will be more suitable for 3 kids. You want something that can keep up with the kids.

    4. xbleedingx4xux@sbcglobal.net says:

      Ok, having a small dog around kids can be problem because most small dogs will fight back when taunted(pulling on the tail etc) So a chihuahua really isn’t a good choice for you.

      Cavalier King Charles Spaniels weigh about 10-18lbs and therefore easy to carry still. They are very excelent with children. But they only live 10-11 years. I consider that a short lifespan compared to other dogs.

      Shih Tzu’s need plenty of grooming, but are great with kids. They can be stubborn when comes to training, so they need patience. They weigh 9-16lbs, and live over 13 years.

      Toy poodles weigh 5-7lbs, but are usually only good with older children, and I would guess that’s because little kids tend to jump on the dog, and pull hair, etc. So I guess otherwise is fine.

      Pugs, like your husband suggested..seem to be a very popular toy dog among men..I don’t know why..They are cute tough. 😀 They weigh 13-18lbs and are ok with children.

      Papillons, are very easy to train. They are smart and cute. The usually only do with older children though. They weigh 4-9lbs and live over 13 years. Papillons, along with chihuahuas tend to challenge larger dogs.

      So that’s just a short list for you.

      P.S. This is just what people expect of the breed, and that doesn’t mean the next dog you pick up will be exactly what their breed standard said. But training and socializationg around humans, and other animals, and it zshould be fine.

    5. mydogcaneaturdog says:

      search up petfinder.com it will really help u

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    7. Lindsey says:

      A dachshund is a good choice but they are not as cute as the miniture schnauzer or the belgian shepard dog.

      Hope this helps

    8. puppy1 says:

      I recommend a Pekingese. They are the sweetest dogs. I have a 2yr. old female, and she loves kids. I know this is a weird answer because I have no children. Everyday we go to the park she adores all children even babies. She will walk up to them very gently and give them a kiss. It is like she knows they are fragile little people. Ask other people and see if they agree.
      Best of Luck.

    9. ginger f says:

      i would be careful getting a small dog around small children.. maybe a medium size dog would be better for you maybe some sort of terrier. also smaller dogs are harder to housetrain. shitzus are a nice breed

    10. jeanni y says:

      When my kids were little, whe had a Lhasa Apso. She was very easy going and very protective of the kids.

      Also, if you want to go with a larger dog, Goldens and Labs are great!

    11. Christine says:

      Dachshunds are VERY good with kids. Any sign of shyness in a dachshund is unusual. They are small and very outgoing. They are pretty lightweight, ranging from 10 to 25 pounds (when they are adults). Puppies weigh about 4 pounds.
      Dachshunds are prone to disc disease, however, so be careful of their long backs.
      I would recommend dachshunds instead of chiwauas (how do you spell it?). They are more noisy and some of them are shy, seeing that dachshunds aren’t shy at all.
      They are very playful, and can sometimes get overboard when they are puppies, as in they can get very hyper sometimes.
      Dachshunds rarely show signs of any aggressivness, although every puppy likes to bite when they are teething.
      They are known to be stubborn, but very alert and clever. I taught my dachshund come, sit, stay, and lie down all in a few days! They are very keen to learn.
      Be sure that you keep all small dogs on a leash whenever there is anywhere possible of having cars. Dachshunds are curious, and they are small. Especially at night, when you can’t see them at all if they are brown or black.
      Once you have chosen your breed of dog, read a few books at PetsMart or PetCo first. I don’t buy them, I just read them and keep the important parts in my head.
      Good luck! I hope this helps.

    12. dvm2b says:

      Is there such a thing??? Be careful – small dogs (or any size dogs) and kids are not always a good match – especially if the kids are too young or the dog just doen’t like kids (i.e. is afraid of children and all the running, screaming, etc. – someone just ends up getting bit.)

      Make sure your children are responsible and know how to properly treat and respect a dog BEFORE getting one. As the owner of a Chihuahua – don’t get one for kids!!!!

      It’s not so much about the breed – more about the individual animal. I would try a local humane society – take the kids to visit with individual dogs – and find one that likes your children and enjoys being around them – I would look for good personality and temperament first – then worry about the breed and looks second. Here is a link to picking the right dog for your family, dog bite prevention and a general site about dogs – for after you find the right one:)

    13. ohliela says:

      I have a pug myself and she is great with my kids. It seems all the pugs I have met have great personalities. Very happy happy happy! However, there is another dog I have seen that is adorable, great with kids, and a favorite of royalty!! That is the King Charles Cavalier. They also have a sweet little small-nose-face (but not as short as a pug) that maybe your boyfriend would like. Check them out and see what you think. I am planning on adopting one myself!

    14. Catcanscratch says:

      I wouldn’t get any small dogs….your kids might hurt it

    15. socceroos says:

      I thing the best small dog is a Maltesse Terrior becasue they are cute and great to play with.I have one of my own named Holly and my baby cousins love her.They are great family pets.
      Well good luck

      p.s i think pugs are ewww to lols

    16. JadeDragonMage says:

      Being good with kids is less a matter of breed than temperament. If the dog grows up with kids around that are considerate and don’t tease it it should be fine with them whether its pedigree or a mongrel or whatever.

    17. ms cutty says:

      you should get a maltese or a chihuahua there so nice to kid they dont bite unless you make them

    18. lesleyanne1965@verizon.net says:

      check you local shelters and be sure you look into it before you get any dog and i love pugs there perfect for kids

    19. Giggles says:

      I have a Mixed Terrier

    20. cosmic_quest says:

      Spaniels are quite small dogs and have an excellent nature with young children. In fact, they are one of the most popular breeds for young families.

      Pugs, Yorkies and Jack Russells tend to be difficult to train and rather jealous of children so I’d steer clear of those breeds for now.

    21. P C says:

      Bijon frese, but NOT from a puppy mill. Avoid them like the plague. Get one from someone in their home with two that had pups.

    22. silent_tragic_scream says:

      Get a yorkie or a papillon.

    23. Nowayjose says:

      Toy Poodles. Very smart, eager to please, can go all day without messing, do not shed, hypoallergenic. I hated the idea of a "foofoo" dog, but this little bugger grows on you.

    24. ner says:

      Beagles are great dogs and are small too.

    25. Iuvdogs*:) =) says:

      A Yorkshire terrier but it’s too expensive for this dog the breed info General Appearance
      That of a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of body. The body is neat, compact and well proportioned. The dog’s high head carriage and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and self-importance.

      Small and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round, the muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart.

      Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the back line level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.

      Legs and Feet
      Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent when viewed from the sides. Feet are round with black toenails. Dewclaws, if any, are generally removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed.

      Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.

      Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Hair is glossy, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight (not wavy). It may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance, if desired. The fall on the head is long, tied with one bow in center of head or parted in the middle and tied with two bows. Hair on muzzle is very long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be trimmed on feet to give them a neat appearance.

      Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply:

      Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a silver-blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs.

      Tan: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan.

      Color on Body
      The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail. Hair on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.

      A rich golden tan, deeper in color at sides of head, at ear roots and on the muzzle, with ears a deep rich tan. Tan color should not extend down on back of neck.

      Chest and Legs
      A bright, rich tan, not extending above the elbow on the forelegs nor above the stifle on the hind legs.

      Must not exceed seven pounds.

      .Or you can buy a Parson Russell Terrier breed info General Appearance
      The Parson Russell Terrier was developed in the south of England in the 1800’s as a white terrier to work European red fox both above and below ground. The terrier was named for the Reverend John Russell, whose terriers trailed hounds and bolted foxes from dens so the hunt could ride on. To function as a working terrier, he must possess certain characteristics: a ready attitude, alert and confident; balance in height and length; medium in size and bone, suggesting strength and endurance. Important to breed type is a natural appearance: harsh, weatherproof coat with a compact construction and clean silhouette. The coat is broken or smooth. He has a small, flexible chest to enable him to pursue his quarry underground and sufficient length of leg to follow the hounds. Old scars and injuries, the result of honorable work or accident, should not be allowed to prejudice a terrier’s chance in the show ring, unless they interfere with movement or utility for work or breeding.

      Size, Substance, Proportion
      Size: The ideal height of a mature dog is 14” at the highest point of the shoulder blade, and bitches 13”. Terriers whose heights measure either slightly larger or smaller than the ideal are not to be penalized in the show ring provided other points of their conformation, especially balance, are consistent with the working aspects of the standard. Larger dogs must remain spannable and smaller dogs must continue to exhibit breed type and sufficient bone to allow them to work successfully. The weight of a terrier in hard working condition is usually between 13-17 lb. Proportion: Balance is the keystone of the terrier’s anatomy. The chief points of consideration are the relative proportions of skull and foreface, head and frame, height at withers and length of body. The height at withers is slightly greater than the distance from the withers to tail, i.e. by possibly 1 to 1 1/2 inches on a 14 inch dog. The measurement will vary according to height. Substance: The terrier is of medium bone, not so heavy as to appear coarse or so light as to appear racy. The conformation of the whole frame is indicative of strength and endurance.
      Disqualification: Height under 12” or over 15”.

      Head: Strong and in good proportion to the rest of the body, so the appearance of balance is maintained. Expression: Keen, direct, full of life and intelligence. Eyes: Almond shaped, dark in color, moderate in size, not protruding. Dark rims are desirable, however where the coat surrounding the eye is white, the eye rim may be pink. Ears: Small “V”- shaped drop ears of moderate thickness carried forward close to the head with the tip so as to cover the orifice and pointing toward the eye. Fold is level with the top of the skull or slightly above. When alert, ear tips do not extend below the corner of the eye. Skull: Flat with muzzle and back skull in parallel planes. Fairly broad between the ears, narrowing slightly to the eyes. The stop is well defined but not prominent. Muzzle: Length from nose to stop is slightly shorter than the distance from stop to occiput. Strong and rectangular, measuring in width approximately 2/3 that of the backskull between the ears. Jaws: Upper and lower are of fair and punishing strength. Nose: Must be black and fully pigmented. Bite: Teeth are large with complete dentition in a perfect scissors bite, i.e., upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and teeth set square to the jaws. Faults: Snipey muzzle, weak or coarse head. Light or yellow eye, round eye. Hound ear, fleshy ear, rounded tips. Level bite, missing teeth. Four or more missing pre-molars, incisors or canines is a fault. Disqualifications: Prick ears. Liver color nose. Overshot, undershot or wry mouth.

      Neck, Topline, Body
      Neck: Clean and muscular, moderately arched, of fair length, gradually widening so as to blend well into the shoulders. Topline: Strong, straight, and level in motion, the loin of moderate length. Body: In overall length to height proportion, the dog appears approximately square and balanced. The back is neither short nor long. The back gives no appearance of slackness but is laterally flexible, so that he may turn around in an earth. Tuck-up is moderate. Chest: Narrow and of moderate depth, giving an athletic rather than heavily-chested appearance; must be flexible and compressible. The ribs are fairly well sprung, oval rather than round, not extending past the level of the elbow. Tail: Docked so the tip is approximately level to the skull. Set on not too high, but so that a level topline, with a very slight arch over the loin, is maintained. Carried gaily when in motion, but when baiting or at rest may be held level but not below the horizontal. Faults: Chest not spannable or shallow; barrel ribs. Tail set low or carried low to or over the back, i.e. squirrel tail.

      Shoulders: Long and sloping, well laid back, cleanly cut at the withers. Point of shoulder sits in a plane behind the point of the prosternum. The shoulder blade and upper arm are of approximately the same length; forelegs are placed well under the dog. Elbows hang perpendicular to the body, working free of the sides. Legs are strong and straight with good bone. Joints turn neither in nor out. Pasterns firm and nearly straight. Feet: Round, cat-like, very compact, the pads thick and tough, the toes moderately arched pointing forward, turned neither in nor out. Fault: Hare feet.

      Strong and muscular, smoothly molded, with good angulation and bend of stifle. Hocks near the ground, parallel, and driving in action. Feet as in front.

      Smooth and Broken: Whether smooth or broken, a double coat of good sheen, naturally harsh, close and dense, straight with no suggestion of kink. There is a clear outline with only a hint of eyebrows and beard if natural to the coat. No sculptured furnishings. The terrier is shown in his natural appearance not excessively groomed. Sculpturing is to be severely penalized. Faults: Soft, silky, woolly, or curly topcoat. Lacking undercoat. Excessive grooming and sculpturing.

      White, white with black or tan markings, or a combination of these, tri-color. Colors are clear. As long as the terrier is predominantly white, moderate body markings are not to be faulted. Grizzle is acceptable and should not be confused with brindle. Disqualification: Brindle markings.

      Movement or action is the crucial test of conformation. A tireless ground covering trot displaying good reach in front with the hindquarters providing plenty of drive. Pasterns break lightly on forward motion with no hint of hackney-like action or goose-stepping. The action is straight in front and rear.

      Bold and friendly. Athletic and clever. At work he is a game hunter, tenacious, courageous, and single minded. At home he is playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. He is an independent and energetic terrier and requires his due portion of attention. He should not be quarrelsome. Shyness should not be confused with submissiveness. Submissiveness is not a fault. Sparring is not acceptable. Fault: Shyness. Disqualification: Overt aggression toward another dog.

      Spanning: To measure a terrier’s chest, span from behind, raising only the front feet from the ground, and compress gently. Directly behind the elbows is the smaller, firm part of the chest. The central part is usually larger but should feel rather elastic. Span with hands tightly behind the elbows on the forward portion of the chest. The chest must be easily spanned by average size hands. Thumbs should meet at the spine and fingers should meet under the chest. This is a significant factor and a critical part of the judging process. The dog can not be correctly judged without this procedure.

      Height under 12” or over 15”.
      Prick ears, liver nose.
      Overshot, undershot or wry mouth.
      Brindle markings.
      Overt aggression toward another dog.


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    27. justmyjusrty says:

      shiz tu
      I was about 2 years old when my uncle bought one for my grandma, I am now 20 and he is still my best friend. They are calm, playful, and very cute little dogs.

      A beagle would be a good choice also. They are always very laid back not agressive by any means.

    28. smm_8514 says:

      Pugs are cute! Out of the toy breeds, they are probably the best with kids. They love all of the attention. Plus since they are a little bigger (15-20lbs) they won’t be as easy to step on.