are undeniably many Dog Breeds that
are suitable for placing in the same
environment as children.
When choosing a small dog to live in
a household with children you should
consider that some dogs are so small
they may get injured easily by boisterous
young children, conversely some dogs
are large and very active which could
be an accident waiting to happen around
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.
Our list of small "children 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.
An incredibly cheerful little dog who likes
being the centre of attention. A friendly dog
who likes to be at your heels or in your lap
at all times. They are naturally gentle, intelligent,
playful and happy good around children and they
will bond with all members of the family.
and playful, small physically but a big dog
in personality, and well able to stand up for
of the small terrire breeds.sweet
natured and playful making them
dog for families with active children
Small impressive looking dogs who usually prefer
the company of their owners to other dogs.
Lively, highly intelligent and very friendly
with a gentle demeanour
making them great companions for children.
The 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.
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
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
Jack Russel Terrier
Small dogs but full of energy and character,
Popular and well known they make ideal family
pets but can also be used as a working dog.
Affectionate and loyal is good with children
especially if raised with them.
are charming small, active teddy bears of dogs
that are friendly, playful and amusing companions.Outgoing,
fearless that enjoy playing with children.
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 but care should be
taken to protect this rather fragile dog around
small boisterous children
A small dog that is sociable, homely,
companionable and friendly , their playful and
clownish nature makes them ideal family pets.
Tolerant of children often recognising them
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.