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Why small dogs are not good for children? Why maltese dogs not are good for children? What dogs are good for children?

Hi Micile,

Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dog breeds aren't usually recommended for small children (under the age of 10, or so) because they are a lot more delicate, and could get hurt if a child is less than gentle. In general, small dog breeds often do not tolerate small children.

That said, all dogs are individuals. If you are a parent, you need to evaluate the temperament of any sized dog you have (or want to get), and know the limits of what the dog (and child) will tolerate... and never ever leave your child unattended with the dog! Accidents can happen in a heartbeat!

The Maltese breed of dog is not suited to young children, no matter how well-meaning the child. Most Maltese feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can't help making and stress (even defensive biting) may be the result.

There are a few smaller breeds of dog that are better suited to small children (but you still need to supervise both the dog and the child!):

Bichon Frise
Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Poodle (Toy & Miniature)
Tibetan Spaniel

I hope I've been a help.
Best of luck,



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