8 Of the Best Small Dog Breeds for Children

A Sweet Corgi Cuddled Up With A Baby

July 20, 2022

Welcoming a dog into your family can come with a lot of responsibility as well as time and money. Before you bring one home, it is important to understand what you are signing yourself up for and if the dog is for your children, are they ready for them?

It important that whichever breed of dog you choose has been brought up appropriately with the correct training and handling. They must be socialised well to have a better relationship with other people. All dogs are individual and although one Corgi may be perfect with children, another Corgi may need more time to settle.

The question is, which breed is the best dog for your children?

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This small bundle of joy will bring light to your child’s life and offer them a best friend as they are growing up. 

They may be small, but they are fun, loving, and energetic all while being relatively easy to care for and have around your home. Because of their sweet nature, you will not have to worry about inviting this dog in. They will love nothing more than curling up on the bed or even your lap so you can watch movies together.

When it comes to playing, this breed has a playful side which they cannot wait to express. They love to go exploring on long walks or play in the garden.

The Corgi’s usually highly intelligent which means it can be fairly smooth sailing when it comes to training them which means that your children can help and have fun teaching them new tricks and commands. 

They are also extremely cute with their pointy ears, stubby legs, and fluffy booty! Who could resist a Corgi?

Bichon Frise

A breed not only great with children, but also hypoallergenic which means that if you have anybody within your household allergic to pet hair, then you’ll be safe with a Bichon Frise.  This is due to them having a coat which rarely sheds, and they aren’t known to drool.

Small, fluffy, and white, this dog is one which cannot be missed out because they are so adorable. Making great pets for a child due to their sweet nature and their ability to learn new things quickly as they are usually quite intelligent.

Once you have brought your Bichon back from the groomers, you will fall in love with them even more as they are typically groomed to represent a very fluffy marshmallow. Your children will fall in love instantly with this affectionate breed.  


The original lap dog. Pugs can be a great addition to include into your family and they will make a great first impression with the younger ones in the household.

Whilst they will be sweet, loving, and calm. When their playful side comes out, you will be in for a treat. Not only will they play around, but their foolish side will make a show and you will all be provided with quality entertainment.

It is important to remember that pugs do not require a lot of exercise and should be careful especially around the warmer months as they are a brachycephalic breed. This refers to any breed with a short muzzle and a flat face.

Many health conditions can come with these breeds including difficulty in breathing, especially during intense exercise in the summer. If you would like to know more about brachycephalic breeds, check out our blog on the different breeds affected and how you can help them.


With brains and beauty, the Maltese can be a great dog to add to the family for everybody to enjoy and love. They are affectionate, polite, and gentle, all the attributes you will need when it comes to having a dog around children. 

A Maltese can be an especially good pet for a child who perhaps does not enjoy or perhaps is unable to go for long walks or play outside for a long period of time as they require a low amount of exercise to keep them happy.

This doesn’t mean that they require no exercise at all. They will still benefit from a walk every day and zooming around a fenced area such as a garden. 

With their long locks, they really will wow anyone who catches a glimpse of them as they are simply majestic when they are strutting around. Your children will be made up owning a Maltese.

Boston Terrier

Although some people may question having a terrier around small people due to their outgoing and exuberant personalities, the Boston Terrier can be a great fit for your family, and you’ll hopefully never regret bringing your first one home.

They do carry that terrier characteristic of being crazy and having a goofy personality. But is that a bad thing when it comes to children? We all know how crazy the younger ones can be if they have too much energy which needs releasing. So why not get a dog to compliment them!

Apart from their crazy personality and endless energy, they do love to chill out on the sofa next to their human best friend and sleep. Once they have all come in from playing outside, don’t be surprised to see them cuddled up on the sofa fast asleep.

This breed will help tire your child out and become a good friend for them too.

One extra bonus to owning a Boston Terrier is their coat.  You may be wondering where we are going with this. But because their coat is so short, this can lead to them becoming cold very easily, especially in winter. This is where the fun part comes in. 

Encourage your children to get creative by buying jumpers and coats to keep them nice and warm. From zip up hoodies to a raincoat onesie. Or maybe you would like them to become a shark or curl up on the sofa with your onesies. You can treat your Boston Terrier to anything while making them look cute and keeping them warm!


Small and petite, this breed is not to be overlooked as just a small dog. One thing to remember when it comes to owning a Pomeranian is to never tell them they are a small dog. They believe that they are a large, majestic pooch who can take on the world!

Afterall, can we blame them for thinking they are bigger than what they are when they look like mini fluffy bears? Their double coat can come in a variety of different colours and although it is double layered, they are quite easy to groom providing you manage it correctly and keep on top of it.

There is no need to worry about them never settling as they are great at adapting to their current task on hand. Whether this is trotting around proudly looking for their next mission or snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa with their favourite human, they’re up to  the task!

It is very important to always teach your children the correct way of handling all animals. Pomeranians are incredibly cute and can often represent a teddy bear look, which can be irresistible to children.

Always supervise them when they are around to ensure that no accidents occur. They will never want to hurt anyone as they are too sweet natured but if they are roughly handled, hurt or become irritated from constant hassling, they may react out of fear or stress.


Who could resist a beagle? With their floppy ears, entrancing brown eyes, and angelic nature, a beagle could be a perfect fit for your family. Providing you have enough time to offer them the exercise they need daily.

They’re great household pets but were originally bred as hunting dogs, They are still led by their nose and if they catch a scent of something intriguing, they will not stop until they have found it, so be careful cooking sausages and bacon in the morning!

Once you have tired them out for the day, get ready to sit back and unwind with your favourite pooch beside you and your child the other side. you can all be one big happy family. As they were trained to hunt in the past, their bark is quite pronounced, and you will know that they’re there. This is not a bad thing to deal with.

Owning a beagle will not only give the younger people a friend and company, but you will have a protector and a guardian if anything is to ever happen.

Border Terrier

Not only are Border Terriers affectionate, but they are also highly intelligent with bags of personality to share with everybody.

They may be a terrier and love to hunt things out and chase after things, but they can make a great family pet who are known to be loyal to their humans. If you are wanting a dog which you can take part in activities such as agility, then a Border Terrier is the one for you. You will be able to enjoy spending time together as a family whilst maintaining a very happy pooch!

Your children will have hours of fun if you own a border terrier as they very rarely tire or get bored. Which means that not only will you have a tired child at the end of the day, but your dog will also be exercised lots too.

Whichever dog you choose to get your children, make sure that they have been appropriately brought up and socialised with other people before introducing them to each other. Always take things slowly and make sure that they are supervised at all times.

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