Post # 1
Like medium large (70-ish pounds) and really small (like, under 10 pounds).
Ok, so I already have 3 dogs. But just yesterday I was saying to my fh how I’d really like to have a little dog that just wants to snuggle in my shirt and wear clothes. My one dog, Gabby, is 2 and half and 70 pounds. She’s been uber socialized with dogs of all sizes. Middle dog is Dudley who is just over a year and about 55 pounds. He isn’t as socialized, but likes dogs a lot more then he likes meeting new people. Then theres the baby, Tyson who is 8 months old now and probably like 65 pounds, but he’s a big baby. In our puppy class with him (that just ended) there was a little JRT mix and a little cocker mix and he would just stay in a play bow so that they could be at eye level with him. This picture is everywhere but here are my babies again:
So today I go on the local Humane Society’s website to find the most adorable 1 year old, all black, female chihuahua. She’s only 5 pounds.
I know the Humane Society requires meet and greets supervised by a shelter staff member before you can adopt, so I’m not afraid that it will get to the point that she’ll get home and something bad will happen. But I just wanted to know if anyone has had an experience, positive or negative (hopefully positive), with having multiple dogs with that big of a size difference.
Post # 3
My family had a 110 lb. dog around a cocker spaniel. Not sure if that is a big enough size difference but they did fine. The large dog was extremely laidback though and liked all animals. He wasn’t overly playful or interested in them, he just didn’t care. But they did fine. I really would love to have a great dane and a chihuahua 🙂 I think big dog/small dog friends are really cute!
Post # 4
My big dog is 110 lbs and our little dog is about 22 lbs. They can be the best of friends and the biggest enemies. They have had some pretty big fights but they were just establishing dominance. I think big dogs know when enough is enough with smaller dogs. As long as you introduce them nicely and correct the larger dogs when they are becoming a little too aggressive. Our dog has never made our little dog bleed but the small one has DEFINETELY made the big guy bleed!
Post # 5
My parents have a big dog, a medium dog and a small dog and they get along great! It’s a black lab, a basset hound, and a shitzhu.
Post # 6
@mc77: do you live in Arlington, VA? Because if you go to Oakland Park (one block from Virginia Square metro) you will occasionally see an owner with two dogs: one enormous great dane, and one teeny chihuahua. I kid you not. I used to think it was a stunt, or the owners were babysitting one of the dogs, but I have seen the dynamic duo out too many times together morning and evening, so they must be part of the same household. It is so hilarious–I keep wanting to suggest they get a saddle for the great dane so the chihuahua can get a ride when he poops out! 🙂 Though that great dane sure looks bored on those walks!
Post # 7
I went to the shelter and they currently had 4 chihuahuas available. They were all curled up together snuggling. The little girl I was interested in was adorable, but in the end I felt if she even tried to snuggle like that with my dogs she might end up suffocating. She just was too small for our big dog household.
I have since asked fi for a Boston Terrier for Christmas, haha. They are still small enough to be toted around when I want to (and can fly in the cabin of a plane – I hate flying home to my mom’s because then I have to sleep completely by myself, hahaha) but they are much stronger/sturdier dogs. And they’re super sweet and intelligent.
It just wasn’t in the cards for me to have a little chihuahua.
Post # 8
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My big dog is almost 60 pounds (and he’s only 9 months old) and my smaller dog is about 15 pounds. They play together SO WELL it amazes me! Ranger (the big one) will just fall on the floor and let Cullen jump all over him – he’s so gentle and careful with him!
I definitely think it’s possible. My dogs are so sweet together and I love to watch them play because it’s hilarious how much Ranger lets Cullen beat up on him! 🙂
Post # 9
our pup will be about 70-90 lbs when she is full grown. we are planning on getting another dog when she hits the 2 year mark, but we are looking at the 18-30lbs range — we just don’t do tiny dogs well (we’re really active in running, camping, hiking & all that & a small dog while possibly having high energy just doesn’t fit for us).
Not only that but we would be afraid of our 10lbs cat murdering any canine smaller or close to his size (e was ridiculously aggressive when our pup was smaller, but now that she is larger he has mellowed quite a bit).
Post # 10
We used to have a 75lb lab-cross and we bought a tiny yorkshire terrior puppy when he was only 1 year..they got along great! Our little yorkie beat up our lab more than anything lol.
Post # 11
My sister has a pom/chi who is like 5 pounds and a st. bernard who is still a puppy and already weighs 115 pounds, and when we go to my parents we all bring our dogs, so there ends up being the 5lb pom/chi, my bull terrier who is about 45lbs, my parents two labs that are about 60lbs and the st. bernard they all love each other, and the littlest likes to ride around on the st. bernards back.
All also add that my dog loves to cuddle with my cat all the time, I always come home and find them spooning on the couch lol
Post # 12
We have an almost 4 year old, 120 pound rottweiler and an an almost 2 year old, 8 pound bichon poo. They get along great and are the best of pals! The rotty wasn’t too pleased when we brought the little one home but warmed up to her within a week. It’s clear who runs the show though…the bichon poo!! lol
Post # 13
I don’t want to be a downer, but I do know a super sweet pitbull mix that lived with a pom. It didn’t end well for the pom. Sometimes natural instincts kick in or rough play is just too much for the little ones. I think in large/ small combos (especially with large packs) it’s best to keep the little ones alone when unsupervised.
Post # 14
@srast: OMG that is too funny! I will have to go there sometime to check it out! My roommate has dogs and we usually go to the Shirlington dog park, but maybe we will take a field tripp sometime soon 🙂 Thanks for the info!
Post # 15
I kind of do. My dog is 83 pounds and my mother’s dog is 3 pounds. I can’t keep my dog at my apartment since there is a weight limit on pets, so she has them both at her house. They love to play together. Cletus (the basset hound) is very protective of Trixie (the chihuahua).
Post # 16
I have a border collie so he’s not huge, about 35-40 lbs. He gets along better with smaller animals than those his size or bigger. We have had a cat forever so our dog grew up with him. With the little dogs he just lays there and takes the beating. My sister brought her teacup yorkie over to trick or treat and he made my boy yelp and when my boy had enough abuse he’d push the yorkie away and then they chased each other. My mom has a chihuahua mix that’s about 14 lbs and she makes sure my boy knows he is not the boss, he is actually terrified of her.
With bigger dogs he tries to act tough, jumps all over them, and I’ve caught him picking fights.
When we had our pit mix (about 70 lbs) we could only have one other dog (a german shepard mix, who even in her old age weighs close to 80 and knows how to put the young ones in their place) because the pit was a killer. Sweet as sugar to us, but other animals were doomed. I saw our pit try to take down a deer one day, while it was running through the yard, FI had to drag the deer away and put it down.
So I guess it just depends…