If you have children, you might want to welcome a dog into your family to keep the kids company and teach them responsibility and compassion. It can be a bit overwhelming when picking the perfect pup for your family. Our veterinarians put together this list of the best small dog breeds for families.
Choosing the Best Small Breed For Your Family
Before you welcome a new pet into your family, it's vital to do a little research to make sure you pick the best dog to compliment your lifestyle, especially if you have kids!
Many breeds of small dogs make excellent playmates for energetic older kids, while other small dog breeds have gentle, patient personalities more suited to younger or less active children.
Households with very young children may benefit from adopting an older dog with a gentle temperament, that will require less training and be more tolerant.
Small Dog Breeds Suitable for Families
Every dog will have its own unique personality, and temperaments can vary, but these are our top choices for family-friendly small dog breeds.
This breed is an intelligent and playful mix of Yorkshire Terrier and toy or miniature Poodle. Yorkipoos are hypoallergenic and energetic. The perfect small dog for an active family who doesn't mind a bit of barking.
Boston Terriers typically weigh-in just under 25 pounds, and come brimming with personality! This delightful breed craves companionship and loves to be with the family. While some are high-spirited others can be very gentle and sweet. Carefully observing the puppy at play, before adopting, can help you to find the right Boston Terrier puppy for your family.
Pugs make peaceful family pets that are perfect for apartment living. Like humans, this sturdy breed loves to eat and sleep and may need a little encouragement to get out and exercise. If your family loves to curl up on the couch together to watch movies, a pug might be the ideal breed for you.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to cuddle and snuggle with their family but does require a fair amount of exercise to remain contented. A home with a fenced yard is ideal for this little sporting breed since chasing squirrels, chipmunks and butterflies is a favorite pastime of these lovely characters. Cavaliers need companionship and thoroughly enjoy spending time with kids as well as other dogs.
The Bichon Frise is a playful, loving, bundle of fun! Low shedding and long-lived, your kids will adore this little character. This breed forms strong ties with their people and doesn't like to spend long periods of time alone. The Bichon Frise is the ideal small dog breed for fun-loving families.
Good with older children and even-tempered, the Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member of the sporting group. These dogs adore romping around in the garden with the kids or playing with other dogs. Cocker Spaniels can adapt well to apartment life but crave companionship and don't do well if left alone for long periods of time.
Mutts might not be an official breed, but they do often make fantastic pets.
Visit your local animal shelter or puppy rescue agency to check out the range of pups looking for their forever home. Mutts come in all shapes and sizes and with diverse personalities. With a little patience and determination, you could rescue a puppy and find the ideal small dog for your family.