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Miniature Dog Breeds + Kids: What You Need to Know!

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Miniature Dog Breeds + Kids: What You Need to Know!

Simply put, miniature dog breeds are those who are small and remain that way for their entire life.

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Miniature dog breeds are also called mini dogs and even
“purse dogs!” But regardless, these smaller canines are some of the most popular dogs.

But if you’re planning on adopting a mini dog breed – and have kids – below is what you need to know first!


First, What is a Mini Dog?

Mini Aussiedoodle on the Grass
Mini Aussiedoodle Puppy Laying on the Grass

Simply put, miniature dog breeds are those who are small and remain that way for their entire life. Miniature purebred breeds are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The range for a miniature dog breed is flexible, but typically a mini is defined as the following:

  • Height: 10 inches or less
  • Weight: 3-12 pounds as adults

But, some miniature K9 breeds can be as tall as 18 inches and as heavy as 22 pounds without losing their miniature classification.


PetKeen: Top 15 Miniature Dog Breeds to Know!


Miniature Dog Breeds Popularity

White and Gray Mini Aussiedoodle on Grass
White and Gray Mini Aussiedoodle with Blue Eyes

Why are these smaller canines so popular? The reasons are as varied as the mini breeds! But the top reasons include:

  • Miniature dogs are popular with city dwellers who live in smaller spaces.
  • They make the perfect-size lap warmers!
  • They are easier to travel with (hence the “purse dog” distinction).
  • They are easier to handle, groom, brush and bathe.
  • They are ridiculously cute and never grow out of that cute stage!
  • They eat less food.
  • They are typically very active, intelligent and even protective!


Did you know we have Mini Aussiedoodles and Mini Labradoodles in our breeding program? Learn more about our minis here!


Want to Mix Minis and Kids? 3 Things You Need to Know!

Black and White Mini Aussiedoodle
Black and White Mini Aussiedoodle Puppy

With being very active, these miniature dog breeds may be perfect companions for children! With all the benefits listed above, should you add one of these smaller canines to your family if you have children?

Before you rush out to add a miniature K9 to your family, understand the following points first!

  1. Due to their smaller size, miniature dogs may be safer around older children (7 or 8 and above), especially as puppies. Toddlers will not realize the danger of stepping, pulling or even playing rough with a mini dog which could potentially lead to puppy injuries and even bites from an injured dog.
  2. While all dogs should be properly socialized as soon as possible, it’s even more important with miniature dogs who may tend to be dominant. It’s critical to thoroughly socialize a smaller dog to all kinds of:
    ~ People including children.
    ~ Sounds.
    ~ Other dogs and pets.
    ~ Environments and
    ~ Objects
    to avoid potential fears and anxieties in a world that is much bigger than they are!
  3. If not properly socialized, these tiny dogs can become tiny terrors trying to boss or control the world around them! This is also known as the “Napoleon Complex” and develops from the way they are raised and treated by their owners (not genetics). Also known as the “small dog syndrome,” little dogs with big attitudes refer to the negative behavioral issues among smaller dogs. This behavior must be addressed and corrected; just as you would correct unwanted, negative behaviors in a larger dog, it’s just as important in a little dog. No, it’s not “cute” and could pose even worse behaviors including aggression. When it comes to training and boundaries, little dogs should be treated the same as their larger counterparts and not be allowed to get away with bad behavior!

So don’t be fooled by the small size! If you’re planning on adding a mini dog to a household with children, make sure to invest the time and training with the dog and the entire family!


Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles are excited to announce the birth of our F1 Mini Aussiedoodle Puppies on September 7, 2022!

Our Litter of Male F1 Mini Aussiedoodles
Our Litter of Male F1 Mini Aussiedoodles

Only the male puppies are available for deposit!

We are a small family breeder located in the heart of the Ozarks in northern Arkansas raising healthy, happy, well-socialized, quality puppies!

All our puppies come with a health guarantee for their first 12 months of age.

Text or call us at 870-404-0127 or 870-404-1189 or use our Contact Form for more information about upcoming litters.


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Based on 16 reviews
Ariel Whitley
Ariel Whitley
May 10, 2022.
I got a little boy doodle from here and he is a great dog! He has the best of both breeds in him. The perfect personality and has been so easy to train. He is a great addition to my family and a perfect companion for my Pomeranian. I couldn’t be happier! I am out of state and the whole process to get him was very smooth and I have no complaints. Would definitely recommend them!
Monica Hamilton
Monica Hamilton
April 24, 2022.
We Love Our new Aussie doodle Duke! As a first time owner Mona was very nice and helpful about puppy care. She answers all questions!! She made coordinating picking up our pup supper easy!! She provided all documentation and goodies to send home with duke making his transition to his new home smooth! If you’re looking for an Doodle mix puppy I would recommend them!
Clinton Baird
Clinton Baird
April 23, 2022.
A great experience with obviously very experienced breeders. Our journey was clear the whole way. The team was great in explaining. Could not be happier with the Goldendoodle addition to our family.
Jim Conerton
Jim Conerton
April 11, 2022.
Our Sammy Joe is now 10 months old and what a beautiful dog. We have had Goldens for over 20 years so we’re very familiar with the breed. He is very healthy and very smart. Mona was so helpful when we contacted her in our search for a dog. We told her what our lifestyle was and what type of puppy we were looking for. She definitely recommend the best dog for us (thanks!) hopefully I’ll get a recent picture of Sammy and add to this post. Thanks again Jim & Paulette
Mollie Duddleston
Mollie Duddleston
April 11, 2022.
Mona and her family were wonderful to work with. She consistently gave updates as we waited for Oakley to be born. We enjoyed selecting our puppy and then receiving weekly pictures and updates as we awaited picking up Oakley to bring her into our family.Oakley is an incredible dog!! She is spunky, yet gentle. She LOVES people! She has been a fun puppy and very easy to train. She follows instructions well, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this addition to our family.We highly recommend Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles for beautiful, well bred dogs who are sharp, smart and easy to train. Mona is wonderful to deal with and Oakley has been a wonderful addition to the Duddleston family.
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
April 10, 2022.
They were very professional. And they even met us half way. Quality animals. Very Healthy. Definitely would recommend this Professional Organization
Suzy Tusing
Suzy Tusing
April 10, 2022.
Three years ago we bought our golden retriever From Bearcreek, she was 10 weeks old. The next day Mona called us to check on her. Throughout Riley’s life, Mona was always there to answer questions and to help us. They truly love their dogs and it shows. I recommend Arkansas Bearcreek to anyone who wants a happy puppy.
Rebecca Moreira
Rebecca Moreira
April 9, 2022.
Could not be happier with my experience with Arkansas Bear Creek Doodles. They raise the puppies like their own with so much love and care. They were so easy to work with and brought Lexie with everything I could need to get her thorough the first few weeks of transition, including medicine in case she got sick and her favorite toy. She has been the BEST dog.
Pamela Benskin
Pamela Benskin
April 9, 2022.
Our family has purchased 2 puppies from Mona's family. Both of the are wonderful dogs. They're not only adorable, but they have great temperaments and are extremely smart. Both puppies were housebroken in only a few weeks. They're both wonderful family members. I would definitely buy another puppy from them.
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