Dog Breeds The Best Dogs for Small Children  

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Here is a list of the best dogs for small children, as ranked by dog lovers and breed experts alike. There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing a young child hug their puppy for the first time. Dog ownership for young children has tons of benefits. First, small children learn a lot about responsibility through washing, walking, feeding, and cleaning up after a dog. It’s better than a part-time job and with a dog, you don’t have to worry about those pesky child labor laws. Having a dog will also be a comfort for young kids, who will always feel like they have companionship and a true friend that will grow with them. Children with dogs are also a lot more likely to be physically active through daily dog walks, playing in the park, and day-to-day excitement of having a dog in the house.

This list answers the question, “What are the best dogs for small children?” with options of the dog breeds that are the most gentle and patient with small kids. The dogs on this list are filled with energy and happiness, and are friendly to all ages. The personalities of these dogs are perfect for any young child.

Whether you're looking for the best small dog for kids or if you're into gentle giants, like a Golden Retriever, this list is sure to have the right dog for you and your young family.

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel with dark, round eyes that are large but not prominent. The ears are long with abundant feathering, and it has a silky coat, sometimes with a ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built ...more
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Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Newfoundland is a large working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, white and black or gray. However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are black and white ...more
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St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as ...more
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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Bernese Mountain Dog, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is ...more
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Pug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square ...more
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Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Irish Setter, is a setter, a breed of gundog and family dog. The term Irish Setter is commonly used to encompass the show-bred dog recognised by the American Kennel Club as well as the ...more
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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and ...more
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Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Old English Sheepdog is a large, squarely proportioned, agile dog with a profuse, shaggy coat. The body is stocky, well-balanced and muscular. Topline slopes upward from the withers to the ...more
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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Olde English ...more
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Bearded Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a herding breed of dog once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion. Bearded Collies have an average weight of 18–27 ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...more
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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The American Eskimo Dog is a breed of companion dog originating in Germany. The American Eskimo is a member of the Spitz family. Despite its name and appearance, the American Eskimo dog is not ...more
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Shih Tzu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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Most loving, cutest and loyal dog I ever had.  Takes lots of work, grooming, ears, eyes, but it is well worth it!  She will love you so much, and you her/him!
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Great Dane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The name of the breed in Germany is Deutsche Dogge. They are known for their enormous bodies and great height. ...more
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American Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The American Foxhound is a large hound with broad, pendant ears and a short, hard coat. It is taller than most hounds. The short, hard coat may be any color. Height: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm.) ...more
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Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The ...more
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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A Bichon Frisé, is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-Sporting Group of dog breeds in the US, and a member of the Toy Dog group in the UK.
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Poodle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Poodle comes in three varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. It has a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The head and muzzle are long and the ears are wide and hanging ...more
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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or ...more
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Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
Foxhound
A foxhound is a type of large hunting hound bred for strong hunting instincts, great energy, and, like all scent hounds, a keen sense of smell. In fox hunting, the foxhound's namesake, packs of ...more
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Field Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized breed dog of the spaniel type. They were originally developed to be all-black show dogs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were unpopular for work ...more