10 Dogs That Get Along With Other Dogs


We’ve all dreamt about having a farm with hundreds of dogs running around everywhere but as idyllic as that sounds, the truth is not all dogs get along with each other. If you want to own more than one dog you can have a look at this list of 10 breeds that like other dogs as well.

 

Basset Hound

The Basset hound is an adorable, cartoonish dog with its long body, short legs and oversized ears. They are very adaptable and relaxed, perfect for novice owners.

Basset
Life Expectancy 10-12 Years
Size 30-35 cm tall, 22-30 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t need baths often and you don’t need to brush their coats. Simply cleaning their ears and in between their wrinkles will be fine.
Exercise Needs Their laid-back attitudes can cause them to gain weight, therefore you have to make sure that they get exercise.
Health Issues Bloat, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Transient Lameness, Glaucoma, Allergies, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, Ectropion, Entropion, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Ear Infection, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia, Cherry Eye
Temperament They are too chilled to ever be aggressive. They are pack animals and won’t like being alone. They love children and other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They aren’t very good guard dogs, but if you wanted to track the perpetrator afterwards, they are great at following a scent. They make excellent, easy, loving family pets.

Cons:

  • You have to watch their weight
  • They drool a lot
  • They bark quite a lot
  • They love digging
  • They don’t like being alone

Pros:

  • They are very friendly
  • They look adorable
  • They are calm
  • They don’t need a lot of grooming
  • They love other animals and children

 

Whippet

These hunting proteges also make amazing companions. They are friendly, they look great and provided they get enough exercise, they can even adapt to living in an apartment. They are sometimes referred to as the perfect all-purpose dog.

Whippet
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 45-55 cm tall, 8-21 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t shed much but weekly brushing will keep their coats shiny. They only need to be bathed if they get dirty.
Exercise Needs They have intense, yet short-lived bursts of energy. A couple of short walks daily, or a yard to play in will be ample exercise.
Health Issues Anesthesia Sensitivity, Deafness, Eye Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease
Temperament They are calm and gentle pets. Instinctively they are hunters, they might chase after small animals. Whippets love playing with children and appreciate the company of other dogs.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They don’t bark much and are too friendly to be guard dogs, even though they are very alert. Whippets are best suited to be loving family pets.

 

Cons:

  • They have a very high prey drive

Pros:

  • They are loving and playful, agile and trainable
  • They love children
  • They can easily adapt to living in apartments

 

St. Bernard

These iconic hero-dogs make for the perfect companions. They are very intelligent and very trainable and as long as you live in an area with a cooler climate, they will be happy.

St. Bernard
Life Expectancy 8-10 Years
Size 67-80 cm tall, 54-81 kg
Grooming They are seasonal shedders. Their coats need to be brushed a couple of times per week, but they don’t need to bathe often.
Exercise Needs They don’t need a lot of exercise and they cannot exercise in the heat at all.
Health Issues Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Entropion, Epilepsy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Cataracts, Allergies, Bloat
Temperament As per their reputation, they are gentle and caring. They love children and they are very accepting of other pets.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are too caring to be good guard dogs. They also don’t bark a lot so they won’t even scare intruders away. They are amazing family pets.

 

Cons:

  • They drool a lot
  • They are expensive to buy
  • They have a below-average life expectancy
  • They can’t live in warm areas
  • Unfortunately, they’re known for having health issues

Pros:

  • They are intensely loving and caring
  • They are very intelligent
  • They don’t need much exercise
  • They are gentle with children

 

Maltipoo

The cross between a Poodle and a Maltese, Maltipoos are some of the cutest, cuddliest companions you’ll find. They can adapt to almost any home, making them a great and easy pet.

Maltipoo
Life Expectancy 10-13 Years
Size 20-35 cm tall, 2-9 kg in weight
Grooming They need daily brushing and the hair around their faces will need a monthly trim.
Exercise Needs Because of their size, they can get their exercise done inside. They respond well to training, so be sure to spend time teaching them tricks.
Health Issues White Shaker Syndrome, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Temperament They are very smart and they love playing. They are gentle and loving to everyone they meet.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are too small to be guard dogs but make brilliant, easy family pets.

 

Cons:

  • If they aren’t trained not to bark, they tend to be quite noisy
  • They get separation anxiety

Pros:

  • They are extremely adaptable
  • They are playful and loving
  • They don’t shed much
  • They are easy to train

 

Vizsla

Although they used to be bred to be sporting dogs who were meant to be point and retrievers for hunters, these dogs really only want to be loved.

Vizsla
Life Expectancy 10-14 Years
Size 53-61 cm tall, 20-30 kg in weight
Grooming They are easy to groom, their coats simply need to be brushed and wiped down every now and again.
Exercise Needs They need a lot of exercise. They love running around and won’t adopt an apartment lifestyle.
Health Issues Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Lymphosarcoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Temperament They are busy, yet gentle. Friendly with children and very playful. They also get along well with other animals, even cats!
Family Pet or Guard Dog They aren’t aggressive enough to be good guard dogs, but they can be a great family pet for an active family

 

Cons:

  • They can’t live in apartments
  • They like chewing on everything
  • They don’t like being left alone
  • They are suggested for first-time dog-owners

Pros:

  • They are considered highly intelligent
  • They are very easy to groom
  • They are very friendly

 

Puggle

This cross between Beagles and Pugs result in fun, adorable companions who get along well with other pets and children.

Puggle
Life Expectancy 10-15 Years
Size 33-38 cm tall, 8-13 kg in weight
Grooming They have a dense double coat which tends to shed. Weekly brushing will help with shedding. They only have to be bathed when needed, but be sure to check that it stays clean between the folds of its skin.
Exercise Needs They need a lot of exercise to keep from becoming bored.
Health Issues Stenotic Nares, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Cherry Eye
Temperament They are sweet and clever. They tend to like everyone, including small children and other pets. They do however tend to bark and howl a lot.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They bark too much to be an effective alarm and aren’t big enough to provide protection as a guard dog. They are well fitted to be family pets though.

 

Cons:

  • They’re known to have health problems
  • They can be quite difficult to train
  • If they aren’t trained not to, they bark a lot

Pros:

  • They are easy to care for
  • They fit in great with children and other pets
  • They’re loving and friendly
  • They are very cute

 

Coton de Tulear

Essentially, Coton de Tulears are just little balls of love covered in fluff. They get along with everyone, including children and other dogs.

Coton de Tulear
Life Expectancy They have been known to reach ages of more than 14 years.
Size 20-30 cm tall, 3-6 kg in weight
Grooming They don’t shed much. If you brush their coats often enough they won’t require bathing often.
Exercise Needs They are lively and require a lot of exercise, but they are small enough that playing inside the house should be enough.
Health Issues Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Temperament They are little entertainers who make sure that they are always the centre of attention. They are friendly and loving and very playful.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They are too small and friendly to be guard dogs but they make for excellent family pets.

 

Cons:

  • They are quite expensive
  • They struggle with housetraining
  • They need to be brushed often

Pros:

  • They have exceptional health and live for a long time
  • They do great with children and other pets
  • They don’t shed much
  • They adapt well to any lifestyle

 

Great Dane

These fabled, great, big, scary-looking dogs are really nothing but love and kindness. They love to play and are gentle and patient with children and accepting of other dogs.

Great Dane
Life Expectancy 7-10 Years
Size 66-86 cm tall, 45-90 kg in weight
Grooming They shed a lot, but taking care of their coats is easy. They simply require regular brushing.
Exercise Needs They are very calm and relaxed, they should get at least an hour of playtime or exercise every day though.
Health Issues Developmental Issues, Hip Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion, Bone Cancer, Heart Disease
Temperament Despite their intimidating demeanour, they are actually truly compassionate and friendly. They are remarkably good with children and they generally don’t mind other pets.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They make excellent guard dogs and loving family pets.

 

Cons:

  • They need a lot of space and they tend to knock things over
  • They have quite a short lifespan
  • They drool a lot

Pros:

  • They will keep you and your family both safe and happy
  • They are easy to groom
  • They make great family pets and they tend to get along with other pets

 

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel
Life Expectancy 12-15 Years
Size 36-40 cm tall, 10-12 kg in weight
Grooming Grooming is very difficult, it’s best to take them to professional groomers regularly.
Exercise Needs They don’t need much, about 30 minutes of activity will be sufficient.
Health Issues Eye Problems, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Hypothyroidism, Primary Seborrhea, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation
Temperament They are loving and playful. They work well with children and other pets.
Family Pet or Guard Dog While they may alarm you of potential intruders they are more of a family pet than a guard dog.

 

Cons:

  • Grooming them is a challenge
  • They are known for health issues

Pros:

  • They are great family dogs
  • Their coats are extremely soft
  • They are fun and playful
  • They are known to live long (despite their health issues)
  • They are emotionally sensitive and intelligent

 

English Foxhound

Originally bred to be hunters, they have adapted well to becoming companions. They are agile and intelligent and are used with great success in dog performance competitions.

English Foxhound
Life Expectancy 10-13 Years
Size 63-70 cm tall, 24-34 kg in weight
Grooming Regular brushing will mean it doesn’t need to be bathed often.
Exercise Needs They are athletic and require a lot of exercise. They don’t mind being left outside to play if they have other dogs as companions.
Health Issues Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Renal Disease
Temperament They are independent and sometimes stubborn, they need a lot of training. They love the company of other animals.
Family Pet or Guard Dog They can be good watchdogs but not guard dogs. They make fantastic family pets.

 

Cons:

  • They need a lot of exercise
  • Their high prey drive can make them difficult to control
  • They don’t like being alone

Pros:

  • They are easy to groom
  • They enjoy having other animals around
  • They are gentle and relaxed

 

Conclusion

So in conclusion, when looking for a second, third or fourth dog, remember to take their needs into account as well. Some dogs don’t like having other animals around them. If you still feel like getting more dogs, perhaps one of the breeds on this list could be a good match for you.

Linda Rice

Linda is an expert in everything pet related from owning dogs such as Labradors to Doberman Pinchsers. She has also owned a horse, an iguana and some geckos and of course some cats. She once worked in a pet store and has a fishtank of both fresh and saltwater fish. She is also considering a new dog for her house at the moment!

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