Whether you already have pets in your home or plan to bring more than one animal into your life in the near future, it’s important to understand which dog breeds naturally get along well with other dogs. By doing your research now and choosing the right dog for your home, you’ll save yourself the headache of long, expensive training — or worse, dog fights in your home.
Utilizing our years of experience in dog ownership and training, we’ve consulted with fellow dog owners and canine experts to bring you this list of the 13 best dog breeds that get along well with other dogs. Read on to learn more about each breed before deciding on which one is best for you.
Poodles are widely regarded as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and take very well to training. They have high requirements for daily activity and are known to get along very well with almost every other dog breed that’s keen to play with them.
Look also for any designer dog breed that’s been crossed with a Poodle; they are generally kind, affectionate, and sociable.
2. Basset Hound
Everyone’s favorite lowrider, the Basset Hound is a remarkably laid-back dog that is tolerant of children, other dogs, and even other small animal pets. They can be stubborn, however, so prepare to spend plenty of time training them to follow basic commands.
3. English Foxhound
A cousin to the Basset Hound that is much more energetic and playful, the English Foxhound is a natural pack hound. This makes them ideal for getting along well with other dogs, and their gentle and sociable natures make them a friend to farm animals, children, and other pets, too.
You’ll certainly not mistake a Pug for any other breed of dog, thanks to its distinctive physical features and unforgettable face. Their charming personalities have won them many dog and human friends — but be warned that they are prone to many health problems throughout their lives.
A sighthound dog descended from the Greyhound, Whippets are quiet and relaxed. They get along well with other dogs that are the same size as them or larger but may be prone to chasing smaller dogs or other pets due to their sighthound heritage.
One of the few dog breeds to hail from Hungary, the Viszla is a high-energy, gentle, and loyal companion animal that also makes a great sporting dog. Thriving on attention and exercise, they take very naturally to living in multi-dog homes.
7. Great Dane
Known for their massive stature, the German-born Great Dane is a famously gentle giant dog breed. They actively seek out physical affection from their owners and other dogs alike and will often get along well with other small pets, too.
8. Saint Bernard
A hard-working and gentle dog, the Saint Bernard has a fascinating history that spans over 400 years. Calm, sweet, and patient, they’re an ideal companion animal for adults, children, and other dogs alike.
Small herding dogs with internet-famous butts, Corgis originate from the United Kingdom territory of Wales. Their short legs and easy trainability, as well as a generally sweet and agreeable nature, make them well-suited to living in homes with other small and medium-sized dogs.
10. Golden Retriever
One of only a few dog breeds that are famous for their combination of high energy and friendly sociability, Goldens are often described as “kind, friendly, and confident”. They’re patient with children and small animals alike and will thoroughly enjoy living in a multi-dog home.
11. Labrador Retriever
The most popular breed of dog in many parts of the world, Labs are well known for their friendly dispositions and love of spending time with children, adults, and other dogs. Their hunting natures, however, make them unsuitable for homes with other small animals.
Famous herding dogs with a Scottish heritage, Collies make wonderful additions to multi-dog homes. They’re at their happiest when given a job to do and may revert to herding behaviors if not sufficiently stimulated.
Steeped in myth and legend, the Pekingese once held a place of honor in Buddhist temples. Their distinct physical characteristics make them trend towards significant health problems, but they are an incredibly sweet and docile breed that loves to be around other dogs.
Well, there you have it — an unofficial list of the friendliest dog breeds around! Each of the 13 breeds featured in this list is sure to get along well with other dogs. If any of these breeds have caught your attention, consider seeing if there’s one available for adoption near you.
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