Post # 17
Our golden retriever and my mom’s cavalier get along well (now) but I wouldn’t leave them alone in a room without a place for the little one to escape to all day (she can go on furniture, big one can’t).
I think you’d be ok with a sturdier smaller dog. We had a great dane and corgi at the same time, briefly, and the corgi wanted nothing to do with the dane, just because she was huge. The dane wanted to play, but didn’t know her own size and strength and would whack the little one with her huge paw and roll her over. Not cool, bro.
Also if you think you don’t have room for a big dog, how do you have room for a small dog? All dogs are underfoot and take up space and time and money. Just something to consider. Our golden is less in your face and underfoot than mom’s cavalier. She lays by your feet but not on your lap and literally in your face when you eat, etc.
Post # 18
I think it all depends on the temparament of the 2nd dog. Little breeds annoy the sh!t out of our black lab, to be honest. They tend to be quick to bark/growl/lunge because they feel threatened more easily as a smaller animal. If you found one that’s totally chill, it might work out. I think going through a rescue group and getting a dog that has previous experience living with large breed dogs would be a better bet than gambling on a random puppy from your parents.
Post # 19
@abc123joanna: My two pitbulls were raised with a chihuahua. I had to be away for a year when my dogs were around 3 and 4 years old, and each dog had to go to a different household. One pit stayed with the chihuahua that it was raised with, the other pit went to live with a new chihuahua.
Both pits bonded with the little dogs and are now depressed that they have to be separated because they came back home with me!
Post # 20
@abc123joanna: He will learn! We have four dogs: two pitbull mixes, a basset hound, and a 3 month old shih tzu/jack russell mix. One of the pit mixes is the first dog we got and he was super spoiled. He also has no “doggie manners” and has no idea that he’s 60lbs of muscle. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body but he can be overwhelming and it took him awhile when we got the shih tzu puppy (and lots of correcting – I didn’t leave her alone with the big dogs for the first couple weeks) but they’re fine now. Also the shih tzu (even though she’s 1/10th his size) can defend herself pretty well and actually usually instigates the rough-housing. She also lets him know when he’s not being gentle enough. I do think it helps that he has bigger dogs to actually do the real play fighting with though (the bassett is only a few lbs less than the pits lol)
Post # 21
Beagles are VERY high energy dogs, and also need a job to do. They’re bred to hunt all day long.
Our beagle’s breeder was initially worried about selling our beagle to us, because we didn’t plan to hunt with her, he was worried she wouldn’t get enough exercise, until Fiance told them he wants a smaller dog that can keep up with his run training. She ‘trains’ for marathons with him (sometimes on hot days he’ll drop her off part way through). If she doesn’t get at least 2-3 5K+ runs in during the week, with 2 daily 20+ minute walks I can really tell and she gets super hyper!!
Post # 22
We have two large dogs (105 pound black lab/german shepherd and a 65 pound shepherd) and a small dog (20 pound mini schnauzer/pekingese) and they all get along great. The little one likes to rough house with the big ones and he lets them know when they’re being too rough. When he was a tiny puppy we did have to work on an “easy” command with our biggest girl to let her know to be gentle with him. He’s also been stepped on a few times and yelped but nothing more than that.
Post # 23
I have a lab/husky X and 2 cats 🙂 They love eachother!
ETA: These two LOVE to play together. Constantly chasing eachother around the house, Cali pins mr.whiskers down and chews on his head, his ears and neck. Mr.Whiskers loves it (hes a little kinky lol). They groom eachother, can share a water bowl. Mr.Whiskers will bite or swat if he’s annoyed but thats rare. He’s a 75% ragdoll, I highly reccomend this breed, he’s great with kids as well, and loooves to snuggle.
Post # 24
I’d go for a sturdier dog than a shih tzu if your doggy tends to get rowdy. We had a chow and two pugs, and while the pugs were small, they were very stout and hefty. All three got along fine, though they would play a bit rough sometimes. A more fragile dog might not have fared so well. I think the upper end of small/lower end of medium, and a dog that’s on the sturdy side would be a nice fit. If you’re limited on room, cats are a good option, too, and some of the best cats I’ve seen have been the ones who were raised with dogs.
I think you’ll be glad you got your dog a buddy. Ours really livened up with friends.