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23 Best Small Dog Breeds for Families: Pictures & Personalities

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

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23 Best Small Dog Breeds for Families: Pictures & Personalities

Dogs serve a wide variety of purposes and fit in differently depending on their families. Some folks buy dogs they aren’t compatible with and don’t even know until it is too late. After all, some dogs are family dogs, and others are simply not up for that lifestyle.

The good thing about little dogs is most of them are highly connected to their owners, looking to them for support and care. We rounded up some of the top small dog breeds that we think make the best matches for family life, but also anything you might consider that might make it a bust for the breed.

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The 23 Best Small Dog Breeds for Families

1. Affenpinscher

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The Affenpinscher certainly has an interesting look. It’s sure to make your kids giggle with excitement. These Chewbacca-looking little dogs can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion! The Affenpinscher is a true toy dog, weighing between 7 and 10 pounds when fully grown.

Temperament

The Affenpinscher is known for being affectionate and lovable, but only when they want to be! These dogs have a very quick temper and can get downright irritated if things don’t go their way. These dogs definitely think that they rule the roost, so they aren’t for the weak of heart.

These dogs require training and early socialization to respond well to other animals. However, they typically act pretty well with people in the home.

Compatibility

The Affenpinscher is known for their curiosity and fun-loving nature. However, these dogs can be very challenging as they are incredibly strong-willed. Their independent nature makes them quite hard to train, so they are best for experienced owners.

However, they are also extremely playful, winning them a spot on our list for compatibility with children.


2. Alaskan Klee Kai

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If you have a special place in your heart for snow dogs like the Husky or Alaskan Malamute but simply don’t have the space, let us introduce you to the Alaskan Klee Kai. These dogs are identical to their larger cousins, but have a much more compact body.

The Alaskan Klee Kai is considered a small breed dog, even though they’re towards the larger end of the scale. When they are fully grown, these dogs weigh between 15 and 20 pounds.

Temperament

The Alaskan Klee Kai has quite an interesting personality. These dogs are certainly pack animals so they bond very intensely with their human caretakers. Apart from that, they tend to be very curious, intelligent, and even aloof in certain situations. These dogs absolutely love being active, so they’re a perfect companion to have if you and your family love life and the great outdoors.

Compatibility

The Alaskan Klee Kai can bond very well with your family. They tend to do very well with small children and other animals permitting they’re raised alongside them. Early socialization is very important with this breed so make sure you’re exposing them to a number of new situations while they’re young.

Keep in mind that outdoor visits are non-negotiable with this breed. You should have a large fenced-in backyard or an active enough lifestyle where they could have daily outings.


3. Beagle

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The Beagle is notably wonderful in a family setting. Even though these dogs are highly skilled hunters and are still very much used for this purpose today, these dogs make the best companions, especially in country living! Beagles are generally considered medium-sized dogs by canine standards, but many of them can be quite small. Even at their largest, these dogs weigh no more than 30 pounds.

Temperament

Beagles tend to be very relaxed, kindhearted companions. They are very intuitive with their owners’ wants and needs, and tend to be very eager to please. They do have high exercise needs and absolutely thrive on tracking.

Beagles love to explore with their noses and will thrive if they have things to keep their sniffer busy. Always offer things to keep their attention like scavenger hunts, puzzle toys, and a laundry list of other fun games.

Compatibility

These dogs are agreeable pets that get along with other canines and cats. Because of their prey-drive instincts however, they might not do so well with other smaller animals or strange cats. Beagles are known to have a very even-keeled demeanor, though some of them can be quite hyper as puppies. It is certainly a breed that needs exercise and adventure to have a happy life.


4. Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a springy, peppy little dog with a chipper personality. These dogs are dainty and small, making them the perfect size for people of all sizes. These curly, hypoallergenic little dogs are small, maxing out at roughly 18 pounds. Their fluffy white coats might make them look bigger than they are, but these are actually very small-bodied, lightweight dogs.

Temperament

The Bichon Frise makes the perfect playmate. These dogs will approach every situation with hopeful eyes. They love going on walks and adventures with their people, but they can be afraid to stray too far from the beaten path. These little dogs are very dependent on their owners and require someone to be with them most of the time. A Bichon Frise that doesn’t have the appropriate stimulation or attention can develop social anxiety and separation anxiety.

Compatibility

The Bichon Frise tends to be a very agreeable companion animal that is compatible with a variety of personalities and lifestyles. These little dogs acclimate well to children and other pets, permitting everyone handles the situation with respect.


5. Bolognese

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The Bolognese is a very docile, even-tempered little dog that doesn’t raise a fuss at all. If you love the idea of having a smaller dog but don’t like classic small dog behaviors, you should definitely give this breed some quick research. These dogs tend to be very gentle, quiet, and affectionate.

The little Bolognese measures roughly 11 inches and weighs between 6 and 10 pounds once they grow up.

Temperament

The darling Bolognese is an adorable little wallflower. These dogs are not competing to be the center of attention. They are quite happy in the backdrop as long as they’re getting lots of love and affection. These dogs tend to be a little shy and even reserved around newcomers, but they are ever-so-sweet when they warm up.

Because a Bolognese is so sensitive, you have to be careful when training as harsh punishments can impact them drastically. You will likely find that you don’t need it with this breed, as they are intelligent, obedient, and easygoing.

Compatibility

The Bolognese is generally compatible with any canine loving household. If you have rambunctious kids, it can make this little dog nervous, and you might not be able to tell at first. These dogs tend to be very internal, so it is important to make sure that people are handling them with care.

This is definitely not a breed that is known for aggression or biting, so it makes it perfect for even new babies entering the household. This dog also makes an excellent option for older couples who are looking for a baby to spoil.


6. Boston Terrier

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The irresistible Boston Terrier is an adorable pup often confused with their look-alike cousin—the French Bulldog. The Boston Terrier usually stays under 15 pounds.

Temperament

The Boston Terrier is generally a very playful, lovable dog. They can develop nervous tendencies if they aren’t properly socialized, so exposing them to multiple situations early on is important.

These pups might have a few issues in areas like house training, but they are overall very trainable and listen to commands. These dogs have been known to choose a single person to favor, but they generally get along with familiar faces and strangers alike.

Compatibility

The bubbly little Boston Terrier is compatible with just about anybody! It’s hard for them to meet a stranger. These dogs are perfect with people who are very social as they mesh with just about all of your friends and family.

These little dogs are also peppy enough to make awesome playmates for energetic children. Did we also mention they get along with other pets? What’s not to love?


7. Cairn Terrier

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Does the little Cairn Terrier look familiar? It’s Toto from The Wizard of Oz. These dogs are true terriers, being brave, adventurous, and bold. Their size and spunk can make them a perfect pup for your family edition. The Cairn Terrier grows to be roughly 9 to 12 inches as an adult and can weigh between 13 and 14 pounds.

Temperament

This little terrier is very spirited! These on-the-go little dogs love to be hustling and bustling around everywhere, and being in everyone’s business. Always loud and within an opinion, the Cairn Terrier will impress you with their overall intelligence and leadership skills.

These dogs might be a little challenging to train since they have a mind of their own, but they do remain very eager to please owners.

Compatibility

The little Cairn Terrier is adaptable, but they get very attached to their owners and form irreplaceable bonds with them. They can fly by the seat of their pants, so this is a perfect dog to have if you plan on moving around a lot. As with all the other dogs on the list, the Cairn Terrier stays very small, perfect for just about any size home.

These dogs generally do very well with respectful children but won’t take kindly to hands ripping out their fur or conking them on the head. So always make sure that small children understand boundaries and respect. Otherwise, the Cairn Terrier might teach your kid for you, and we don’t want that!


8. Chihuahua

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One of the most well-known small dog breeds, the tiny Chihuahua is perfect for most families. These spunky and hilarious little dogs are full of personality. They only weigh up to about 6 pounds, so they’re the epitome of a small dog breed.

Temperament

Chihuahuas are some of the spunkiest and feistiest little dogs you could ever come across. They can be full of energy one minute and totally relaxed and sleepy the next. You truly never know what they’re going to do next. They’re also extremely vocal, barking at the tiniest little noise!

Chihuahuas love attention from everyone, but they tend to bond more closely with one member of the household. They can be prone to separation anxiety, but these dogs are so tiny that it is easy for you to carry them with you everywhere you go.

Compatibility

Chihuahuas are compatible with most families, but we recommend them for families with older children over families with younger children. Chihuahuas can be touchy, so they may not appreciate little kids grabbing at them and trying to play with them if they don’t want to be played with.

Although their bark is worse than their bite, we don’t want anyone getting bit! But Chihuahuas tend to get along well with other pets and they’re good companions for retired people.


9. Dachshund

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Who doesn’t love the dashing little wiener dog? These dogs have gotten recognition due to their extra-long bodies and tiny little legs. Originally used for digging into the tunnels of prey, these dogs can weasel their way through any tight squeeze, and they love to do so! Standard size Dachshunds usually weigh 16 to 32 downs, while miniature Dachshunds weigh 11 pounds or under.

Temperament

The Dachshund could be described as bold, brave, and always ready. These little dogs make fantastic alert dogs, because they never miss a beat. Even though they can be a little spicy from time to time, they generally are very good natured and love their people.

With larger dogs, a Dachshund might be a little bossy or intolerant, but rarely outwardly aggressive.

Compatibility

Because a Dachshund can have a little bit of a small dog complex, being around other bossy, pets or small children is probably not advisable. The power dynamic can be a little touchy and can even lead to slight aggression.

These dogs are recommended for older children. Because of their size and overall character, they can fit into nearly any lifestyle.


10. French Bulldog

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The French Bulldog has an instantly recognizable face, as it is one of the most popular dogs worldwide. These fun loving little brutes are goofy, playful, and a friend to all. It’s no wonder they are such a sought-after breed for single folks and growing families alike.

Even though French Bulldogs don’t get very tall, they weigh a little more than most small dogs at 16 to 28 pounds. Their bulky, muscular structure really adds to it, making them miniature bulldozers.

Temperament

French Bulldogs are ecstatic about life. There is very little that upsets them and they roll with it like no other. They can get a little territorial and mouthy from time to time, but their bark is far bigger than their bite. The French Bulldog makes friends wherever they go and gets a lot of attention from people. This is one of the more expensive dog breeds, but also one of the most popular.

Compatibility

Just about anybody as compatible with a French Bulldog! The only downfall to them is that they can sometimes exhibit a little bit of territorial aggression towards other pets. This is frowned upon, but not necessarily typical.

These dogs tend to love children and strangers, soaking up any little bit of attention they could possibly get. They are cute and they know it. These little dogs can make fantastic dogs for families, however, they are expensive up front and they can have pretty pricey health issues as well.


11. Havanese

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The hairy Havanese steals hearts all over. These good-natured pups are perfect for potentially any family, especially if you have kids. The more attention, the better! The Havanese is a very small dog, weighing only 7 to 13 pounds. These favorable weights make them acceptable for most living situations.

Temperament

The Havanese has an award-winning personality. These little dogs are quiet, agreeable, and gentle. They check all the boxes to what makes a small companion dog fantastic. They are smart enough to learn basic concepts, but they aren’t designed for any special training purpose. Don’t let that stop you from challenging your Havanese’s mind, as they can usually be trained pretty easily.

Compatibility

The cheerful Havanese is a happy go lucky little dog that is certainly attached to their owners. Known as Velcro dogs, these pups were designed for their companionship potential. These dogs get incredibly attached to their owners and prefer to be with them at all times.

This is certainly not the kind of dog you can have if you leave home for long periods of time. They enjoy being part of your every waking moment and can develop separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods of time.

These dogs get along fantastically with other canines, pets, and children. Their size also makes them compatible with seniors and smaller living spaces.


12. Italian Greyhound

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You might not think it at first, but the Italian Greyhound can make a fantastic family companion. Even though these dogs are known for their speed, they are incredibly lazy around the house, making them perfect cuddle buddies.

The Italian Greyhound is much taller than they are wide. They stand roughly 15 inches tall and only get between 7 and 14 pounds as adults.

Temperament

Don’t get us wrong. The Italian Greyhound loves to be on the move. They will enjoy exercise sessions where they can emit short bursts of energy. However, these dogs tend to be very relaxed, affectionate, and good-natured in the home.

These dogs love to be mentally and physically stimulated and have a very agile stance. These dogs can even be a bit mischievous, but in a comical way. They might look innocent and meek on the outside, but there’s a ton of unexpected personality on the inside.

Compatibility

We love the Italian Greyhound but we cannot recommend them for homes with young children. These dogs tend to be a little bit reserved and young children might frighten or disturb them. However, if you have older children that are familiar with how to act around dogs, then Italian Greyhounds are a great small dog to have!


13. Japanese Chin

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The Japanese Chin looks like you took the adorable long hair of the Papillon and mixed it with the smushy face of the Pug. This tiny breed is definitely dignified in nature and they also make wonderful pets! The Japanese Chin stays relatively small, weighing between 7 and 11 pounds as adults.

Temperament

Interestingly, some dog fanciers might explain the Japanese Chin as being almost catlike. They tend to be very independent, intelligent, and not overly reliant on their owners for constant stimulation. These dogs tend to be very alert and loyal in the home setting.

If you’re looking for a small dog but hate the idea of having a shadow, these dogs might solve that potential problem.

Compatibility

The Japanese Chin is not one for reindeer games. Because of their serious nature, they tend to do best with children who know how to care for animals. We recommend this breed for homes with older children who understand how to respect an animal’s boundaries.


14. Maltese

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The Maltese tends to be in very good spirits most of the time, winning them a spot on our list. These tiny dogs are perfect for most living situations, though they can be difficult to train. The Maltese is a true toy breed, weighing only 4 to 6 pounds as an adult. These dogs are super compact and lightweight, though their fluffy fur makes them look larger than they are.

Temperament

Maltese owners would likely describe their dogs as very affectionate, sweet-tempered, and playful. These little dogs approach life with a glass-half-full approach, always seemingly in a good mood.

They do have a tendency to be very vocal, which is something you might want to know if you have a sleeping baby in the household. However, these dogs do acclimate pretty well to most living situations even if they can have a loud mouth from time to time.

Compatibility

The Maltese has a broad range of compatibility. They never meet a stranger, so they can mesh with people of all different lifestyles and backgrounds. If you are planning on adopting a dog, the Maltese is a very good candidate, as they are highly adaptable and will acclimate well into a new family.

However, fully grown dogs might have developed separation anxiety, which is definitely something to consider if you plan on adopting.


15. Miniature Pinscher

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If you’re looking for a playful companion to add to your home, the Miniature Pinscher is certainly one you should consider. These agile little dogs are peppy, but also relaxed enough to spend time with their human counterparts. Miniature Pinschers are very thin, lightweight dogs weighing between 8 and 10 pounds when they are fully grown.

Temperament

The Miniature Pinscher is a lively little dog with an adventurous spirit. These dogs absolutely love being on the go and engaging in play. However, they’ll never get too far away from their owner’s side. They are very connected to their humans and tend to be shadow dogs.

The Miniature Pinscher tends to have an assertive side and isn’t really afraid of anything. This can certainly get them into trouble as they aren’t afraid to be bold and daring.

Compatibility

These dogs usually pair very well with people. This type of dog might be a little hard to train because they are stubborn, but they are usually pretty responsive to what makes their owner happy. These dogs can get very unhappy if they are left alone for long periods of time.

Generally, these happy little pooches acclimate very well to children, permitting they treat them with respect.


16. Miniature Schnauzer

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The Miniature Schnauzer is dignified and dapper-looking, and their personalities match the view. These little dogs are quite charming, and fit in with many different personalities and lifestyles.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a pretty sturdy little dog weighing between 10 and 20 pounds as an adult. They are the smallest size of all Schnauzers, as standard and giant variations exist as well.

Temperament

Similar to a terrier personality, the Mini Schnauzer can be very dominant, but they can be the opposite as well. Larger variations of Schnauzers tend to be pretty relaxed, and only bark when they are trying to alert.

If you have a Miniature Schnauzer, they can either be very vocal or not too much. Realistically, it’s hard to tell until they’re in your home. These dogs are very playful and gentle with those they love, but they do demand respect.

Compatibility

The Miniature Schnauzer is compatible with growing families that have moderately active lifestyles. These little dogs love to be on the go and require socialization. You can have fun taking this dog to dog parks or on other adventures. Their temperament is calm enough for retired folks, permitting you still have a relatively active schedule.

Miniature Schnauzers usually get along with other pets very well. They might be a little dominant sometimes, so it’s important to make sure that personalities are matching up.


17. Papillon

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Your kids will think the Papillon is so adorable they could squeeze them! With their butterfly-like ears, this charming little dog will lift your spirits with their positive attitude and amusing actions.

These little dogs stay very tiny measuring, 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder and weighing up to 10 pounds as adults. These dogs tend to be very springy and lightweight, so they are easy to carry around!

Temperament

The Papillon is often described as a very lively, energetic little breed that loves to romp around. These charming little dogs make the best companions for humans and other furry friends alike. They love to be on the go, so they make the perfect best friend to ride shotgun.

These little dogs absolutely love outings, so you can take them to the park or on a family picnic.  They generally meet strange animals and other faces with open minds, so they make friends quite easily.

Compatibility

If these dogs aren’t mentally stimulated enough or if they are left home too often by themselves, they can develop separation anxiety, so they work best with families who have someone home most of the time.


18. Pekingese

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The royal little Pekingese would be a fun breed to own if you have a growing family. Not only are these little dogs super devoted to their family units, but they also have lots of hair. Your kids can brush and style, and they are generally very tolerant of such things!

The Pekinese is an adorably short legged, long bodied little dog that can weigh up to 14 pounds. Be very careful with this breed’s weight as they are prone to obesity.

Temperament

Many would describe the Pekingese as being friendly, outgoing, and affectionate. On the downside, they can also show traits of stubbornness or bossiness. These little dogs will certainly make you laugh with their clownish characters and funny antics. They are always the life of the party and form intense connections with people they bond with.

Compatibility

The Pekingese have been known to be a little bossy and exhibit some stereotypical, small dog tendencies, but these dogs tend to be very good-natured, regardless. They are gentle with most things they encounter, so they make excellent best friends for everyone from children to seniors.


19. Pomeranian

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The small, spunky Pomeranian could make a perfect addition to a bright and active household. These small dogs act rough and tough, constantly instigating play or antagonizing the family cat.  Don’t let their poofy coats fool you! The Pomeranian only gets about 7 to 12 inches tall and weighs 3 to 7 pounds as an adult.

Temperament

Pomeranians tend to be very cheerful companions that bring lots of personality into the home. These dogs are very strong-willed, so it can make training a little challenging at first. But once you and your Pomeranian are in a groove, they will likely respond quite well. Pomeranians tend to make friends wherever they go and they absolutely love to cuddle.

Compatibility

Pomeranians are compatible with just about anyone. They make excellent family companions with people of all ages. They can be a little bit bossy with other animals and might antagonize the family cat, but it’s all in good fun.

Keep in mind that the Pomeranian barks a lot! So if you were looking for a quieter dog to join your family, this is not the breed for you.


20. Pug

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Who could resist the adorable, smooshy face of the Pug? This noticeable dog has warmed the homes of families all over due to its cheerful, delightfully clueless demeanor. Pugs weigh between 14 and 18 pounds as adults. These dogs are prone to weight gain, so make sure they are getting enough exercise, or those wrinkles will turn into fat rolls before your eyes!

Temperament

Pugs are playful, good-natured pups that take advantage of a good snooze where they can. These dogs make beyond amazing family companions and work well with children, other pets, and seniors.

Pugs make excellent alert dogs. These pups notice any odd goings-on around the house and you’re the first to know! However, their bark is definitely bigger than their bite in this case, so you can take it from there!

Compatibility

Pugs make excellent companions for all people. These dogs have no issue getting along with strangers and friends alike and they meet life with a glass-half-full mentality every time. These dogs work well with other pets and rarely exhibit any aggressive tendencies.

The only negative we can think of is that these dogs are brachycephalic and have dense wrinkles. The facial structure might cause breathing issues and you have to be careful in extreme temperatures. The wrinkles might also collect debris and be a pain to clean out.


21. Shih Tzu

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The lovable little Shih Tzu is a very smart addition to add to any growing family. These loyal, quiet little dogs might look prissy, but they are very down to earth! These pups are pretty popular, so they’re also easy to find!

The long-haired little Shih Tzu weighs roughly 9 to 16 pounds as an adult. They stay relatively compact and can look different depending on the day as you can cut and style their hair to your liking!

Temperament

Most Shih Tzus have a laid-back approach to life, wanting nothing more than to be by their owner’s side. They are intelligent little dogs that can learn basic commands with ease. As far as house training is concerned, it isn’t a big deal among this breed permitting you work with them early on. These dogs tend to enjoy leisurely walks but ultimately prefer to find a relaxing place  like a warm lap.

Compatibility

These shadow dogs tend to make really good friends with one member of the household, but they find love in their heart for everyone. These dogs are usually very good with strangers and children, but an unsocialized Shih Tzu might be more shy and reserved.


22. Toy Poodle

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The Poodle is such a sought-after breed because of their laid-back nature and hypoallergenic qualities. These dogs are used for several hybrid breeds, but people still love them as they are. The Toy Poodle stays extremely miniature! These dogs only weigh 4 to 6 pounds as adults and get no taller than 10 inches.

Temperament

The Toy Poodle tends to be a very relaxed, gentle dog that gets very attached to human owners. These pups are very affectionate and act as shadow dogs, following their favorite person around everywhere.

These dogs are not very independent, though they do enjoy play. The little Toy Poodle is a classic purse dog, willingly toted around like the royalty they are.

Compatibility

A Toy Poodle can essentially be fantastic for any living situation. They generally get along with all other people and pets in the home and don’t usually have any bad small dog tendencies, such as excessive barking.


23. Yorkshire Terrier

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The spunky little Yorkie is quite a character that’s for sure! These small dogs are ultra tiny and lightweight, but don’t let that fool you! These dogs have larger than life personalities that make up for that. A full-grown Yorkshire Terrier weighs between 6 and 10 pounds.

Temperament

If you could pick a few key terms to describe the personality of the Yorkshire Terrier, you might use words like fiery or spicy. These little dogs have things to say and they aren’t afraid to say them. Living with a Yorkie can be a bit of a challenge for a novice dog owner because they tend to rule the roost.

These little pups are royalty and they won’t let you forget it. They definitely have a sweet side too. So, if you enjoy a dominant personality, the Yorkie will never disappoint.

Compatibility

As adorable as they are, the Yorkshire Terrier is not for everyone. These bold, assertive little dogs will give you a run for your money. If you have small children, you might find that training the Yorkie on top of managing your bustling schedule is pretty challenging.

However, if you don’t mind the challenge, you can always welcome one of these cuties into your home. They will fill your day with laughter and never leave your side. Since the Yorkie is so small and has the potential to bite, we recommend this dog for kids ages 6 and up.

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Conclusion

Now you know a lot more about the small dog breeds that acclimate well into growing families. Whether you’re looking for a dog that will blend well from the time your baby is born or you’re looking for a playmate for your older children, one of these dogs is sure to fit the bill.

Each one of these handsome, intelligent canines has their own special sauce to offer. Which one was your favorite?


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