Dogs The Best Dogs for Small Children  

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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 apart-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 ones, 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 dogs that would most benefit from a young person’s company. The dogs on this list are filled with energy and happiness,as well as friendly to all ages. The personalities of these dogs are perfectfor any young child.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a dog that will grow with your child as a best friend or as a way to teach them responsibility, this list is sure to have the right dog for you.

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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

2
163 38
Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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143 41
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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108 43
Collie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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110 47
Newfoundland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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91 40
St. Bernard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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73 39
Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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Pug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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62 42
Irish Setter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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Boston Terrier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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60 43
Old English Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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52 38
Bearded Collie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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American Eskimo Dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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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

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46 37
American Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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53 45
Yorkshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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Bichon Frisé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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51 46
Poodle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children

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43 39
Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children
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Field Spaniel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Small Children