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11 Best Small Dogs for Families


Choosing a dog that will become a part of your family should be a decision that is approached with wisdom and research, especially if children are present. It’s a much better idea to decide what you really want out of a companion dog for the family before you purchase a puppy and this is just as important when you are choosing a small breed as well as a large one.

Every year, thousands of small dogs wind up in shelters or rescue, many of them because they simply are inappropriate for the household situation. And remember, even though a dog may be very small, it can still be snappish and aggressive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of breeds that will fit into a household with children without any problem and will add that special devotion and love that dogs provide. Most of these dogs also get along with other family pets without any problem.

# 1–Maltese

This toy breed has actually been around since the time of the Ancient Romans and has been used nearly exclusively as a companion dog. The silky white coat will become quite long, so it will need to be brushed regularly. A calm and affectionate little dog weighing generally from 5 to 8 pounds, your Maltese will want to be around the family as much as possible. They are smart as well as loving and like to learn new tricks. They are trustworthy around children of all ages and are actually a bit sturdier than you might imagine from their size. A Maltese will definitely be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods.

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