Bringing a dog into your family for the first time is a big deal and it will become more pivotal, if you have kids and babies in your home. There are wide varieties of dog breeds and to select one among those is a difficult task. If we have small ones in our home, most of us would prefer small breeds but keep in mind, small dogs are not just lapdogs; many of them are tough as nails. Just like people, dogs come with different personalities. So with their cute and cuddly nature, never come to a final point. Before selecting small sized dog, study their nature and know exactly what you are going to get.
Moreover, up to 70% of dog bite victims are kids and among that 60% of these bites occurs at home or common place. So these incidents can be prevented if you spend some time to research the breed you are planning to bring home. And of course, there are many benefits in owning a dog; it will teach your children responsibility, trust, loyalty, self-esteem, respect and consistency. There are many other benefits as well; your children can have a comforting companion, love and affection from a canine.
A best dog-breed for children/babies depends largely on their age and your family’s life style. But rather than choosing a large or giant breed, little ones can make your home more comfortable.
Here are a list of ten small breeds, that are very much ideal for children.
Maltese are gentle and fearless in nature, they greets everyone as friends. So without any doubt Maltese are one among the best child friendly breed. They are extremely cute in their facial expression. Despite its innocent look, they are bold and feisty. It loves to run and play, which will definitely makes the kids to love Maltese. They usually weigh up to 7 pounds and come with a height of 8 to 10 inches.
They are known for white silky, long and flat hair; if allowed it will grow in full length that will hang nearly to the ground. They have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, may suffer from dental problems. So it will require tooth-cleaning daily.
Pug is a short dog with wrinkled face, short legs and barrel chest. They have a short smooth coat, which mainly comes in fawn and black in colour. In a first glance, they will look like a ‘toy’ and so the kids will be crazy about pugs. They are playful and have a friendly companion nature even with strangers. Moreover, they can be trained easily.
They are perfect for families with limited space, require only less grooming, little exercise and are very good with other animals. Pugs have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and are less prone to major health diseases. These breeds are sensitive towards humidity and heat, so they should be kept indoors.
The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most glamorous representatives of the small breeds. Yorkie’s are very small in nature and they were originated in England in the mid-19th century. They will always have a sharp and smart expression on their face. They are very popular for their coat colour: tan with a dark steel blue. They love to play indoors without any encouragement and that is why, they are one among kids friendly breed. They will require moderate exercise and because of its long fur, it will require brushing or combing every day or else it will get tangled.
The lifespan of Yorkshire terrier is approximately 14 to 16 years and are prone to minor health problems. They seem to be friendly with children and other pets.
The Miniature Schnauzer is known for being less aggressive and will become a lovable member of your family, from the very next day when you adopted him/her. They were developed for catching rats in 19th century. They have a keen expression on their face always. They love to get engaged in different activities and are a gentle house dog. Since they aren’t aggressive in nature, Miniature Schnauzers are one among the best dog breed for kids and babies. They require only a less exercise and must comb them every week to get rid of tangles.
Occasionally there have a tendency to bark a lot but they love children and their company. They have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Beagle breeds are easy going, intelligent, social and charming; that is the reason why they are in this list. If you make them alone in home, they will create a total mess. They love outdoor games and taking them to trials. However, they were originally kept as hunting dog and will never get tired to playing games. It is smart, happy and friendly always and they love to get along with other pets too. Frequent brushing and bathing are required to keep them away from shedding.
They have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Moderate exercise/walking will help them keep healthy and vibrant.
Brussels Griffon Terriers
Brussels griffon terrier has extremely sensitive qualities. They are a good watch dog and like to walk back of you always. They give you many expressions that are similar to human beings and Brussels are popular for its intelligence and sturdy nature. Its rough coat requires combing every week and they cannot live outdoors but likes to play in the yard. Moreover, it has a tendency to climb and bark. You can train them easily.
The lifespan of Brussels griffon terrier is approximately 12 to 15 years. Being a small breed, for its physical and mental requirements it requires live indoor games. And this will make your kids and Brussels happy.
French Bulldogs has always been a companion dog. It has a curious and alert expression, enhanced by its cat ears. French bulldogs and English bulldogs are different in nature. French bulldogs are not aggressive like the other one, but they do have some similar characteristics. Those includes: heavy bone, big square head, muscular head, low centre of gravity and short fine coat. They are of mainly three colours brindle, white, fawn and black. The characters of both the breeds are different. Hence they have fewer coats, require only less coat-care but facial wrinkles have to be cleaned regularly.
The average lifespan of French bulldog is 9 to 11 years. When the heat starts, they will need to be in air-conditioned room because they are better off in mild climates.
King Charles Spaniels
King Charles Spaniels are high spirited and natural charmers. They do not show any aggressiveness or nervousness towards strangers or children. They require moderate exercise to keep them healthy and fit but at the same time they require some relaxation and rest. They are known for being intelligent, obedient and they easily grasp everything, what their owner teach them. They are not a type of long haired breeds, so grooming and brushing is not required every day. This breed is one among the popular breed in UK and are classed as toy dog.
The average lifespan of King Charles Spaniels is 9 to 14 years. The main temperaments are: fearless, playful, adaptable, patient, sociable and affectionate.
Havanese is Cuba’s national dog because it is the only native dog from this country. They have got fluffy coat, which helps them to protect themselves and keep cool during very hot climate. They have 6 to 8 inches long outer hairs but it will not shed, though they require good grooming. They are not usually suited for outdoor living but game sessions and short walk can make them energetic.
Havanese has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years and they may suffer from minor health problems. These breeds are a good companion for children.
Shih Tzu typically weighs from 9 to 16 pounds and stands from about 8 to 11 inches; its body length is slightly higher than its height and that makes them more cuter. Their hair is double layered and it requires regular grooming to help them keep their hair out of their eyes. But the good news is they shed very little. They aren’t a playful dog but are apt as lapdog. Its resilience is impressive but this sometimes turns to stubbornness. This needs exercise but not much more than a daily walk.
The average lifespan of Shih Tzu is 11 to 16 years. These breeds are not prone to major health diseases but they may have minor illness.
There are lots of toy breeds for kids but you have to be careful about their nature of behaviour, a few small breeds are not kids friendly. And another important note is, when you have babies in your home: try to own a pup that sheds moderately because their fur may get reach with your babies or in their food and cause those allergies or other illness.