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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

For kids, there's nothing more magical than when mom or dad comes home with a dog. The excitement of bonding with a new best friend is something every child should get to experience — but how do you know your little ones will stay safe around your new pet?

While accidents can happen at any time, smaller dogs are a great way to go when you want to keep your kids safe, but also want to welcome a new pet into the family.

More: 20 small dog breeds that are the cutest creatures on the planet

We know that choosing a dog is tricky business — not to mention the fact that it's a life-long commitment — so we've done some of the legwork for you by narrowing down your list to these 10 parent-approved dogs that are known to get along well with children.

1. Pug

These kid-friendly dog breeds are parent-approved
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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.

More: 17 Things only pug owners know

Next Up: Yorkshire Terrier

Originally published January 2014. Updated November 2016.

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