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10 Small Dog Breeds That Are Great With Children

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

These kid-friendly dog breeds are parent-approved

If you've ever seen a tiny dog totally snap at a small child, you know just because a dog is little, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be good with little humans. There are, however, some small dog breeds that will probably instantly become your kid's new BFF.

Yes, every single dog is different and accidents can happen at any time, but these small breeds get along great with children as a rule. The added bonus is that smaller kids won't feel as overwhelmed with a new family pet if it's closer to their own size.

Figuring out what dog breed is best for your family is exhausting, so we've done some of the legwork for you by narrowing down your list to these 10 parent-approved dogs that are famous for being kid-friendly.

1. Pug

These kid-friendly dog breeds are parent-approved
Image: erin_akehurst via Instagram

This pint-sized pup has an irresistible face and prominently curved tail that any child will find intriguing. The Pug does especially well in a moderate climate but is just as comfortable hanging out indoors to keep your kiddos entertained.

Next Up: Yorkshire Terrier

Originally published January 2014. Updated April 2017.

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