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

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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

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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 are considered friendly from a sociability aspect. So, 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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Before You Adopt: Important Considerations

The following breeds are considered very social from breed standards and anecdotal evidence. However, all dogs need to be properly trained, and all introductions with existing pets must be done cautiously to ensure the best chances at success.

Remember that several factors are at play here (including the personality of your existing pets), and therefore, you should always be prepared for a worst-case scenario of incompatibility. If you have pets that are considered prey, please note that the mere presence of a dog can lead to severe stress for such species.

Dogs can play rough and seriously injure or even kill other pets if playtime isn’t supervised. Finally, all new pets should be quarantined for a period of at least 2 weeks before they’re introduced to your existing pets.

The 15 Dog Breeds Who Get Along With Other Pets

Please Note

Though this list has been reviewed by our vet, the breeds in the list aren’t our veterinarian’s personal choice; they are selected by the author. Information about each breed’s origin is the current general consensus but may change in the future as more research comes forward.

1. Beagle

woman walking her beagle dog at the park
Image Credit: New Africa, Shutterstock
Origin: England
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Height: 13–15 inches

Beagles make an excellent addition to households with multiple dogs, as they tend to get along with them with great success. These dogs were bred to work in packs, so they enjoy being around others.

However, Beagles are scent hounds and may obsessively want to track and chase down other smaller pets. This could make them potentially dangerous to have alongside other species.


2. Bichon Frise

Bichon frise dog close up portrait
Image Credit: OlgaOvcharenko, Shutterstock
Origin: Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Lifespan: 14–15 years
Height: 9.5–11.5 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, or other animals, 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 down on the grass
Image Credit: Elayne Massaini, Shutterstock
Origin: Anglo-Scottish border
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 18–22 inches

Border Collies can anecdotally 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. Therefore, they might not be ideal for some in a multiple-species household.


4. Brittany

Brittany spaniel
Image Credit: Tanya Consaul Photography, Shutterstock
Origin: France
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Height: 17.5–20.5 inches

This elegant, sporty breed hails from France, where they were used as hunting dogs. Brittany dogs are described as 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. Therefore, they might not be the best fit for your house if you have cats or other small animals that your dog might perceive as prey.


5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Image Credit: Fotyma, Shutterstock
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. Therefore, you will want to supervise any interactions between this breed and your pets (however, this rule generally applies to all breeds).


6. Golden Retriever

golden retriever dog eating
Image Credit: Chendongshan, Shutterstock
Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 10–12 years
Height: 21.5–24 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). Overall, though, after properly introducing a Golden Retriever to other pets in the home and some socialization, everyone should get along quite well, as they’re considered very sociable.


7. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound dog standing on the grass
Image Credit: Alexandra Morrison Photo, Shutterstock
Origin: Italy (presumably, some historians dispute this claim)
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 anecdotally get along with cats 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
Image Credit: Jaromir Chalabala, Shutterstock
Origin: Newfoundland and England
Lifespan: 11–13 years
Height: 21.5–24.5 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 is well documented as being 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 sits on a blanket and looks at the camera on a picnic in a park with sunlight
Image Credit: Tanya Dol, Shutterstock
Origin: Italy
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Height: 7–9 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! While some say that these tiny pups are known to get along with all kinds of pets, they aren’t as easy to introduce to other dogs as you’d think. They aren’t considered as compatible with other dogs as, say, a Labrador. Their tendency to be very attached to their caretakers means that they’re prone to competing for their attention, which can culminate in a scuffle if you’re not careful.


10. Papillon

Beautiful red and white papillon portrait on the spring grass
Image Credit: Mariya Kuzema, Shutterstock
Origin: Italy (presumably)
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. Much like the Maltese, they aren’t the easiest dogs to integrate into a multi-pet household.


11. Pekingese

Cute and funny red light pekingese dog in autumn park playing with leaves
Image Credit: T.Den_Team, Shutterstock
Origin: China
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Height: 6–9 inches

We have yet another tiny floofball for you to consider! The Pekingese is affectionate and loving, qualities that may help when it comes to an introduction to other pets. However, like other smaller breeds, they do tend to be possessive of their humans and might not be overly accepting of watching you pamper another pet in their presence. As such, caution is definitely advised when it comes to introducing them to other pets.


12. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

pembroke welsh corgi dog going for a walk
Image Credit: Jus_Ol, Shutterstock
Origin: England
Lifespan: 12–13 years
Height: 10–12 inches

If you’re looking for another herding breed, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi might suit you. This breed reportedly gets along with other animals just fine, but some claim that they tend to be a bit lukewarm toward them, too. They are instinctive herders, so success depends on a variety of factors (which also includes your existing pets’ personalities).


13. Pug

close up of a pug dog
Image Credit: 220 Selfmade studio, Shutterstock
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 may want to 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.

However, they are brachycephalics, and as such, they are prone to the myriad of health issues that all brachycephalic breeds are susceptible to. So, careful consideration is warranted prior to adopting them.


14. Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) dog in the kitchen, eagerly asking for food
Image Credit: OlgaOvcharenko, Shutterstock
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
Image Credit: Richard Chaff, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 10–18 years
Height: Over 15 inches

When properly socialized, the Poodle has no problems getting along with other dogs and cats. They may even be able to be friendly with smaller 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, they may grow up to be great friends with the pets around them.
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Conclusion

Successfully housing dogs with other pets is always a tricky process. Several factors come into play when it comes to mingling with other species. However, your dog’s breed might be one such consideration as well. In this article, we’ve looked at certain breeds that are possibly easier to integrate into multi-pet households than others.

As always, though, socialization, training, and proper introductions are key to ensuring success with the process. Always keep in mind that your pets’ personalities will be at play too, and therefore, each introduction should be thoroughly considered before it is attempted.

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