living in an environment with children need strict
training and handling, and some breeds are considered
to be more child-friendly or suitable than others.
babies should, when suitable , be encouraged
to try to
be calm and gentle around your dog, particularly
if they are puppies.
Teach dogs and puppies
to be quiet and restrained around new
babies, no jumping or barking, get the
dog familiar with all the new smells and
noises associated with a new baby.
Owners need to be watchful and try not
to create situations where jealousy could
be a factor. Often
a precaution might be to muzzle your dog
during early meetings, avoiding any reaction
from the babies sudden movements or noisy
Our list of "baby friendly" dogs is
intended to help you make an informed choice if
you are choosing a new dog.
It is in alphabetical order not order of preference
as all family's situations are different.
natured small dogs that make excellent pets
. Very attractive and distinctive with a predominately
white coat and a pocket-sized appeal, they do
not need particularly long walks and are just
happy in big houses or small flats Good with
children and other pets they make excellent
gentle and loving companions.
Boston Terrier -
Small impressive looking dogs
who often prefer the company of their owners
to other dogs. Not demanding with a gentle demeanour.
They are gentle and friendly dogs who are easily
housetrained. Not requiring lots of exercise
they are happy in big houses or small flats
cairn is typical terrier; plucky, spirited,
inquisitive, hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy.
It is responsive to its owner's wishes with
a desire to please. It enjoys playing with children
and is tough enough to withstand some rough
friendly play. Not
requiring lots of exercise they are happy in
big houses or small flats
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel -
A generally playful dog that
likes human company, but are sometimes reserved
with strangers. Affectionate and devoted to
owners and children, good with other pets and
friendly towards unfamiliar dogs, thrives on
human contact and will love being part of your
are happy in big houses or small flats and are
intelligent and easy to train.
Medium sized dog that is friendly, energetic
and keen to please. Good with children and other
dogs the Cocker Spaniel makes an ideal family
pet. Has lots of energy and can be trained with
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
It is a loyal companion suitable for people
of all ages, but it does need daily exercise
to keep it from becoming frustrated. It is intelligent
and very independent. It tends to be reserved
with strangers and can be aggressive toward
A small pretty and lively dog ideal as a companion
or as a loving easily socialised dog for families
Its beautiful coat is prone to frequent shedding
and needs to be combed at least daily. These
dogs make wonderful lapdogs, and they are relatively
quiet, compared to other small breeds.The breed
is also relatively hardy.
A small dog that is sociable, homely,
companionable and friendly , their playful and
clownish nature makes them ideal family pets.
Not overly intelligent which means patience
is required when training..Has a low exercise
requirement but can be high-energy dogs that
love to cuddle. Can shed quite a bit which mighy
require regular grooming.
The "Sheltie" is in most
ways a smaller version of the rough collie.
A gentle reserved dog with a magnificent, profuse
coat. Highly intelligent, easy to train they
make ideal companions and family pets.
Active, friendly, alert little dogs
with an independent nature.Affectionate and
devoted to their owners, good with children
and other animals They live for human companionship;
and have a have a sweet, gentle disposition
Their long coats can require high-maintenance
grooming, or they can be trimmed in a "puppy
cut" which requires less