Small dogs who are kid-friendly

Most dog breeds, if raised with children and given the appropriate training, have the potential to be kid-friendly companions. However there are some breeds whose general characteristics make them naturally more adaptable to sharing their lives with small humans.

While many large breeds may be sweet and affectionate they can unintentionally be dangerous around small children due to the dog’s size and strength. That is why many pet owners prefer to adopt small dogs with calm, patient, non-aggressive temperaments. We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the breeds who fall into this category.

American Eskimo Dog (Toy & Miniature)

Australian Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Bichon Frise


Boston Terrier

Brussels Griffon

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coton de Tulear

Fox Terrier


Lakeland Terrier


Norfolk Terrier

Norwegian Lundehund

Norwich Terrier


Poodle (Toy & Miniature)



Scottish Terrier

Tibetan Spaniel

Welsh Terrier