Best Dog Breeds for Multipet Households
When you already have pets in your home, it’s hard to know
if getting a new dog is a good idea. Ideally, this furry newcomer will blend
right in with your existing dog or cat, and the dynamic between them will be
more Milo and Otis and less Tom and Jerry. Though we can’t make any guarantees,
it helps if you get a dog who gets along with other dogs or cats and do your
part to correctly introduce the new dog to the old pet.
Check out our photo gallery below to learn which dog breeds are likely best for multipet households, which breed characteristics might be well suited to your lifestyle, as well as other factors you should consider before bringing home a new dog.
Want to Own Multiple Dogs? Look for a Dog-Friendly Breed
Of course, you also have to look beyond breed. A dog’s appearance, age, experience, behavior and other factors can also determine whether or not the new and existing canines will get along.
Already Own a Cat? Look for a Cat-Friendly Dog Breed
Just remember: Always supervise any interactions between dogs and cats when they first meet each other. You can’t always predict how any animal will behave.
Ask Yourself if Your Cat Is Likely to Get Along With Dogs
Of course, breed isn't the only thing you need to consider. Ideally, your cat was socialized with dogs from a young age. But if you're not sure about her history, consider her temperament and personality. Is she skittish and likely to run if something scares her? Then she might not be an ideal candidate for sharing a household with a dog. It will help if your kitty is calm, mellow and has a low flight response.
Look for a Dog Who Tends to Be Friendly
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