For many of us, dogs are part of the family. We adore their cute little faces as much as our own children’s. But even if you love dogs, once you have kids, you recognize that even the tiniest pups can unwittingly be a threat if they don’t have the right temperament or training.
Finding the right dog to fit your family, especially when you have little ones, is incredibly important. That’s why we looked into which small dog breeds have the best history of getting along well with children, so your child can have that dreamed-of canine BFF.
Of course breed is no guarantee, and every dog needs careful training in order to make them as safe as possible with children. But these parent-approved dogs are a good place to start your search.
This pint-size 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.
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A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.