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15 Dog Breeds Who Get Along With Other Pets (With Pictures & Facts)

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Dogster Team

15 Dog Breeds Who Get Along With Other Pets (With Pictures & Facts)

So, you want to add a dog to your home, but you already have pets. That leads to a conundrum, because it means you need to find a dog breed that gets along with other animals. Otherwise, you could have serious issues on your hands.

Which dog breeds get along with other pets? Quite a few, as it turns out! If you need to adopt a dog that gets along well with others, you have several breeds to choose from. Whether you want a small dog or a large one, an active dog or a lazy one, you should be able to find exactly what you want.

Here are 15 dog breeds who get along well with other pets!

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The 15 Dog Breeds Who Get Along With Other Pets

1. Beagle

woman walking her beagle dog at the park
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Origin: England
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Height: 13–15 inches

Beagles make an excellent addition to households with multiple pets, as they tend to get along with pretty much any animal. These dogs were bred to work in packs, so they enjoy being around others. Despite their history as hunters, the breed gets along well with cats, as they usually just view them as pack members. However, if you have animals smaller than a cat in your house, you’ll need to train your Beagle not to chase them, as the breed’s hunting instincts could come out with rabbits, mice, and other small animals.

2. Bichon Frise

Bichon frise dog close up portrait
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Origin: Tenerife
Lifespan: 14–15 years
Height: 5–11.5 inches

If you want a small dog that gets along with other pets, look no further than the Bichon Frise! This canine is one of the friendliest dogs around and adores making new friends, including other animals. Whether you have dogs, cats, rodents, or any other animal, this pup should see them as playmates almost immediately. That doesn’t mean you can skip out on early socialization, of course, but this breed’s sociable nature does much of the work for you.

3. Border Collie

border collie dog lying on the asphalt wearing shoes
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Origin: Anglo-Scottish border
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 18–22 inches

Border Collies can get along surprisingly well with not only other dogs but cats and smaller animals, too. One thing you do have to watch out for when it comes to smaller animals, though, is the Border Collie’s tendency to herd. Early socialization is key for this breed, and you should ensure this pup gets plenty of exercise daily. This breed is quite active and athletic, so their overly energetic nature may overwhelm other animals if the Border Collie isn’t sufficiently exercised.

4. Brittany

Brittany spaniel
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Origin: France
Lifespan: 14–15 years
Height: 17–20 inches

This elegant, sporty breed hails from France, where it was formerly a hunting dog. The Brittany is friendly and adaptable, so they’re usually fine with other pets in the home. However, there is a chance some dogs of this breed may have high prey drives that encourage them to chase after smaller animals. But as long as you introduce felines, rodents, or bunnies as friends, not prey, to the Brittany as soon as you bring them home, they should learn to get along with these kinds of pets, too.

5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Origin: United Kingdom
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 12–13 inches

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most adorable pups around. They’re also some of the most social and friendly canines you’ll meet, so they tend to get along with other pets extremely well. That said, they are Spaniels, so they might occasionally have hunting instincts kick in that lead them to go after smaller animals. But you shouldn’t run into many issues if this breed is raised with pets such as rabbits or kitties. You will want to supervise any interactions between this breed and rodents or birds, though.

6. Golden Retriever

golden retriever dog eating
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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 10–12 years
Height: 28–32 inches

Golden Retrievers are well-known for their friendly natures and chill temperaments, so it’s no surprise that this extends to other animals in the home. These canines will get along extremely well with other dogs and can become friendly with cats (though that may take a bit more time). This breed still has a bit of a prey drive, though, so you shouldn’t leave them alone with small animals like hamsters. Overall, though, after properly introducing a Golden Retriever to other pets in the home and some socialization, everyone should get along quite well.

7. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound dog standing on the grass
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Origin: Greece and Turkey
Lifespan: 14–15 years
Height: 13–15 inches

This breed is gentle and affectionate, so they have no trouble beginning friendships with other animals in the home. They’ll likely get along best with other dogs, but they can get along with cats and other smaller animals, too. Again, socialization is key here, especially for having the Italian Greyhound develop friendships with animals smaller than them.

8. Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever dog lying on the floor
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Origin: Newfoundland and England
Lifespan: 11–13 years
Height: 5–24.5 inches

You probably expected the Labrador Retriever to appear on this list somewhere, and here they are! This breed is known for their happy-go-lucky, friendly, and energetic nature, so it makes sense they get along well with other pets. This breed should be able to make friends with animals of any size, but for smaller animals you should be sure to socialize the two animals properly and supervise interactions. It won’t be long before this pup has charmed everyone in the household!

9. Maltese

maltese dog hiding under the sofa
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Origin: Italy
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 7–12 inches

If you’re looking for a cute ball of fluff that will get along with everyone in your home, look no further than the Maltese! These tiny pups get along famously with all kinds of pets, including the small ones. You’ll still need to supervise the Maltese around exceptionally small pets, like mice, but you’ll also need to supervise these dogs with pets bigger than them. Maltese think they are much larger pups than they actually are, so larger animals could accidentally hurt them during play.

10. Papillon

Papillon dog standing on grass
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Origin: Belgium, France, Spain
Lifespan: 14–16 years
Height: 8–11 inches

Papillons are tiny, so they’re much less intimidating for pets like cats and smaller animals, making it easier for them to get along. This breed can be a bit cautious around other dogs at first, but it generally doesn’t take them long to warm up to other canines. However, be careful with the Papillon around larger dogs; much like the Maltese, this breed doesn’t realize they are small, so they’ll roughhouse like a big dog, which could lead to accidental injuries.

11. Pekingese

Cute and funny red light pekingese dog in autumn park playing with leaves
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Origin: China
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 6–9 inches

We have yet another tiny floofball for you to consider! The Pekingese is affectionate and loving, qualities that help this breed get along with other pets. They don’t tend to chase smaller animals, so they can get along with felines and enjoy other dogs (though they prefer dogs closer to their own size). That said, this breed should be introduced to other pets in the home at an early age for best results.

12. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

pembroke welsh corgi dog going for a walk
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Origin: England
Lifespan: 12–13 years
Height: 10–12 inches

If you’re okay with your pets getting along but not necessarily being the best of friends, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi might suit you. This breed gets along with other animals just fine, but they tend to be a bit lukewarm towards them, too, because the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is highly independent. This dog doesn’t have a high prey drive, so they shouldn’t chase after smaller animals (though they will still need to be appropriately socialized). These pups might just prefer hanging out with you to chilling with other pets in the home, but they’ll still have no issue getting along with those animals.

13. Pug

close up of a pug dog
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Origin: China
Lifespan: 13–15 years
Height: 10–13 inches

Looking for an adorably goofy and charming pup to add to your home? Then, you absolutely should consider the Pug. This amiable breed is known for their comical ways, and they get along well with other pets of all sizes. This breed wasn’t designed to hunt or herd, so they don’t have a large prey drive or herding instincts, which helps them in friendships with others. They’ll still require proper introductions and socialization with your other pets, but you shouldn’t run into major problems with the Pug.

14. Shetland Sheepdog

shetland sheepdog lying on dog bed
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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Height: 13–16 inches

This cute pup is known for getting along well with other pets in the home. However, a lot of how well the Shetland Sheepdog gets along with other animals will depend on how well they are socialized. Gradually introducing one of these dogs into your household and letting them slowly spend time with other pets will go a long way to aiding friendships between animals. The Shetland is a herd dog, though, so watch out for instances of them trying to herd smaller pets!

15. Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle
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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 18–24 inches

When properly socialized, the Poodle has no problems getting along with other dogs and cats. They should even be able to be friendly with animals smaller than felines. But if this breed isn’t socialized as they should be, you could experience issues. Since the breed is naturally friendly, has a low prey drive, and is highly intelligent, though, by being introduced to other animals during puppyhood, they should grow up to be great friends with the pets around them.dogster paw divider


Finding a dog breed to adopt that gets along well with other pets will be easier than you think! There are several extremely friendly dog breeds that are capable of being friendly with everyone they meet, including other dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and so on. Of course, even the friendliest dog will still need to be properly socialized, so be sure you don’t skip out on that. Otherwise, you could see interpersonal issues arise between your pets.

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