Many dog owners love small breeds. They don’t take up too much space, don’t jump on tables and counters, and can easily fit into your lap. You can also meet their activity needs with much less time and effort than with a larger breed. However, if you have a family with kids, you should be careful about what small breed of dog you bring into your home. Some smaller breeds can be jumpy or get nervous around kids, as they tend to have a different energy than adults.
There is no better feeling than seeing and hearing your kids and dogs having a great time playing together, snuggling, or even falling asleep for the night together. However, you need to be responsible for bringing your dog and kids together. Your kids should be taught how to treat dogs respectfully and safely, and you should bring in a dog that tends to do well with kids. Here are some of the best small-breed dogs for families.
Beagles are known for their smarts, their energy, and their friendliness. They were bred to be hunters and work in packs. This means that it is part of their DNA to be with big, loud groups and work to get the job done. They love being around others and are patient about sudden noises and the craziness that can come with having a family. They are small but incredibly athletic and love running and playing. They do tend to howl at times and can suffer from separation anxiety, but with training and exercise, you can correct those behaviors. They are very mischievous, so make sure you have a solid fence in your yard and keep them on a leash at all times while on walks.
Cocker spaniels are known for their happy-go-lucky nature. They love being around family, and they have years of breeding to give them the instinct for loyalty and peacefulness. They get along with other dogs and even cats, too. They are very playful, and they like to work. A typical cocker spaniel will play fetch forever if you let them. While they do like to roughhouse, they are small enough that they won’t cause injuries by knocking your kids over or stepping on them. The one drawback is that their coats need regular grooming. However, if you have a family, you can all take turns between visits with the professionals.
The cavachon is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. Both of those dogs have been bred to be family and companion dogs, so cavachons share many of those traits. They love to be around people, and they love to play and snuggle. If you see cavachon puppies for sale, it’s good to remember that they tend to be better with older kids. If you have a toddler at home, then it might be best to try another breed. Cavachons are very small, and they can easily get injured and subsequently scared if they are being pulled, poked, and prodded. However, if your kids are eight or older and have some self-restraint, then a cavachon can be an amazing addition. They can keep up with them, and they will tolerate a little bit of roughhousing if your kids are careful.
While they don’t mean to, Boston terriers always have hilarious expressions on their faces. Kids love how animated and friendly this breed looks and acts. They are meant to be companion dogs, and they do an amazing job. They love to be around people and other animals and will join in on any shenanigans the kids get into. They live to play, and as long as your kids are game, they will be happy. They don’t need a lot of activity, so that a brisk walk will do the trick. However, they will love to keep up with whatever you do, including heading to the park or going on a day trip. A Boston terrier wants to be with their family at all times.
The pug is another breed that has a funny look and a matching personality. They are considered toy dogs by the American Kennel club, meaning they are among the smallest breeds. They tend to be silly dogs who love to show off. While they are small in size, they have massive personalities, and it can sometimes feel like they are part of your conversations when they start to get interested and animated. Kids will delight in the fun times they can have, including snuggles and laughs and running and playing in the yard. They have very short coats, which are good for grooming purposes, but your family will have to take turns cleaning up the shedding hair since they do that a lot.
Shih Tzus are also tiny, even when compared to other small breeds. They are great with kids of any age, however, it’s important to remember that small kids can hurt them if they don’t have self-control. They are sturdy and friendly, love playing games, and get into trouble. They don’t require a lot of exercise to be healthy and happy, which is also great for a busy family that’s always on the go.
As you can see, there are plenty of small dog breeds that would do very well with a family. That said, your kids must understand the temperament of their dogs and know how to treat them safely and respectfully. Small dogs can be easily scared, which means they will react if they feel threatened. Your kids might not mean it, but they can be frightening if they aren’t gentle and careful. If you think your home is ready, then any of these small breeds would be an amazing addition to your home.