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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

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Maltese


Maltese dogs are generally known to be sweet and gentle pups that aim to please. While they enjoy playing with kids, they are also content to spend downtime inside. The Mal-Shi or Malt-Tzu, a Maltese-Shih Tzu mix, is a hybrid breed that also scored great reviews for its good balance of energy and gentleness.

Average weight: 6 to 10 pounds

Pro: doesn't shed, careful with kids

Con: delicate dog, requires regular grooming

One parent says: "They will teach your children to be gentle. These dogs are very fragile as puppies. I would be more worried about the children hurting the dog than the other way around. Maltese are really easy for a child to walk and tons of fun for them to groom."

Next: Boston Terrier

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