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What are the best dogs for kids? Good question.
First of all, it's a small list. Because often small dogs don't like kids. Why?
1. Children dance. They jerk. They scream and have melt downs in the middle of the kitchen. Small dogs are often
intimidated by a child's loud noises and sudden moments. Kids simply move and change too fast for them. They aren't as
predictable as us slow adults.
2. While most small dogs are lions in miniature, they are yet aware of their smaller body mass, and tend to be suspicious
and concerned around hurtling bodies. Children can bounce off the walls -- small dogs often worry about getting caught in the
3. Many small dogs are hardwired to be independent hunters. They were bred to keep the house and yard free of mice and other small beasties like my own breed, the Silky Terrier. Or they were bred go to ground after the badger like the independent Dachshund.
My girlfriend Lee was a longtime breeder of Dachshunds. She has told me stories of taking her dogs out for a walk, having them find an interesting hole and disappearing down it for what seemed like ages. She would follow them by listening for their barks underground.
She reports that they sometimes would came back up with very
interesting things in their mouths! Kids mimic prey in many ways with
their quick moments and sudden spurts of energy. Some small dogs
consider them so.
4. Many small breeds were bred to be herding dogs like Corgis.
They consider kids something to be managed and controlled. While this
isn't as bad as thinking of the kids as dinner, they tend to nip ankles
and butt against knees.
Okay. Please don't think that all is lost. What really are the best dogs for kids? There actually are some small
dog breeds that are great with them. I've made my own Top Ten List, with
a separate page for each one. You are welcome to disagree with me. And
please understand; I'm sure there are stellar examples in all small
breeds of wonderful kid dogs, but these are the Top Ten small breeds
that seek out children and truly like to be around them.
-- a gentle cousin to the Havenese and Maltese, Bichons tolerate kids well; they can however be noisy.
Parson Russell Terriers
-- known as the wild child of the canine world, they are yet quite tolerant of children.
-- Shetland Sheepdogs, even though they are herding dogs and can get a
bit pushy with children, are generally very tolerant and live to please
-- Delightful and sweet. They can be quite tolerant of kid shenanigans.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
-- In 2006 I was at the World Show in Poland. We were watching the big
evening spectacular when one lady started passing around a 12 pound,
short-haired, fawn colored little dog. She said it was a Portuguese
When it was my turn to hold him, he snuggled into my arms and looked up at me with big brown eyes. What a lovely disposition! I am sure this ancient hunting breed would be great with children.
-- We had Standard Poodles when I was a kid and I loved their sense of
humor. All three sizes have the same disposition, though I think
Minatures would do better around small children than Toys. Poodles are
always up for the next game. They are really smart and do best with an
owner as least as intelligent as they are.
-- delightfully sweet; they actively look for kids to play with.
-- will actively seek out the nearest child. They have a pretty high
energy level, but are extremely un-aggressive -- for a terrier.
2.Cavalier King Charles Spaniels -- adore kids and have loving sporting dog temperaments in a small package.
What is the best small dog for kids? Drum roll, please!
-- If you are missing your Beagle, he is either one of two places.
Either he is half way across the county chasing a rabbit, or he is
playing with the kids next door. Without a doubt, Beagles are the
ultimate kid dog.
In closing, it is extremely important to note that the habit of
parents giving in to kid pleading to get a dog with the idea that the
child will take 100% care of the animal is just plain wrong. It doesn't
work, and in the end everyone suffers. I am reminded of a good friend
who is a cat lover. Her son begged and pleaded for a dog so she came to
me. I wouldn't place one of my dogs with her. She went elsewhere for her
dog. The dog was miserable, my friend was miserable and her son was
miserable. After 4 months, my friend gave the dog away.
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