Pets that get along with dogs

Choosing a Second Pet Your Dog Will Get Along With

A dog is a great companion to us humans, they are loyal, loving and caring. However, sometimes as a pet owner, you may want to purchase another pet to keep your current dog company, or even another type of animal for yourself. Certain breeds of dogs are very gentle, where as other dogs tend to be slightly more aggressive, just because it is in their nature. In this article, I am going to be discussing a few different types of pets and other dog breeds that may or may not be greatly compatible with your dog.

Different Dog Breeds

Most dogs get along fine, and many dog owners do not usually have any fatal issues if they purchase a new dog and bring it into their home where another dog already lives. If your current dog is used to being around other dogs from a young age and does not have any aggressive tendencies, you shouldn't need to worry. Most dogs are naturally sociable animals and it's in their nature to interact with other dogs. Despite saying this, it isn't a good idea to just bring a new dog straight into your home and expect them to get along. The new dog is entering your current dog's territory. This can lead to your current dog becoming aggressive towards the new dog and causing a fight. It is best that the two dogs meet on neutral territory, such as a park. Taking the two dogs for a walk first is probably the best idea for their first meeting. It's very natural for the two dogs to be wary of each other upon first meeting, this is why it's essential that they should be monitored during this time to ensure that they don't end up fighting. In terms of dog breeds that are not supposed to be too warming towards other dogs, Mastiff's, Pomeranian's, Rottweiler's and Staffordshire Bull Terrier's are known to be unfriendly. However, just because a breed of dog is generalized as being unfriendly towards others, does not make this the case on an individual basis. It really differs from dog to dog. Their breed does not always determine their personality.


So perhaps a cat isn't the obvious choice of pet to get along with your dog but depending on the nature of your dog they can get on extremely well. Golden Retrievers are particularly patient with even the most domineering of cats, however any dog has the potential to get on well with any cat given the right circumstances and temperaments. When first introducing your cat and dog to each other ensure that you go slowly, don't allow the dog to chase the cat. Instead keep them separate initially and mix their smell by stroking one then another (while they are in separate rooms). Then allow them to swap rooms so that they can have a better sniff of each others scent and then let them sniff each other from behind a dividing door. Finally when they are feeling relaxed and at ease introduce them face to face, hold your cat in your arms until it is relaxed and have someone hold the dog, allow them to go nose to nose (without touching) and smell each other. Allow them to interact more and more frequently until they are comfortable with each others presence...hopefully if you do all this they will get on reasonably well! One particularly important thing to be aware of when having a cat and a dog living together is that some dogs will see cat waste as a snack (yuck!). One way that I recommend you avoid this happening is by investing in a self cleaning litter tray for your cat so that the waste is immediately put away, thereby diminishing your dogs window of opportunity!


This really depends on whether you would keep your rabbits indoors or outdoors. Outdoor rabbits ideally should live in a secure wooden hutch with a run attached, allowing them access to exercise and fresh air. If the rabbit is secure in its hutch and your dog isn't too intrigued with small animals, then that should be fine. However, if you are planning on keeping your rabbit indoors, you may run into a few problems there. Indoor rabbits require a metal cage which tend to be slightly flimsier than a wood and wire hutch. Rabbits who live indoors still need exercise too, which means that they have to be let out in your house. If rabbits don't get let out on a daily basis, it can cause their legs to seize up which can lead them to develop problems with their bones and muscles. Rabbits are prey animals and tend to be very jumpy around loud noises, so if a large dog is barking loudly, it can actually cause the rabbit to have a heart attack. Keeping a rabbit with your dog solely depends on your circumstances, such as if you would keep them indoors or outdoors, how large and loud your dog is and how your dog is around small animals.


This depends on the size and the nature of your dog. If your dog is quite small and is calm around small animals then it should be fine. If your dog is quite large and has a tendency to be intrigued by small animals then it's probably not the best idea. Tortoises need some form of exercise that usually requires them being in a run outside, so if you can keep the dog away from the tortoise and the tortoise is in a secure cage, you shouldn't have a problem. One great type of tortoise that falls within this criteria is the Russian tortoise. They are commonly referred to as Horsfield tortoises in the UK and grow no larger than 25cm. This tortoise is a very common pet, which makes it easier to take care of because many pet shops are familiar with the Russian tortoise and offer specific food, housing and care sheets. They are also great around children and other animals, making it a great family pet.


Hamsters don't actually really get along with any pet and prefer to live alone. Hamsters rarely get along with other hamsters, and it's often that if an owner purchases two they have to separate them because they will fight. However, just because the hamster maybe isn't interested in being friends with a dog, they still can live safely under the same roof. As long as the hamster is in a secure cage that is out of reach from the dog, there shouldn't be any problems. Even if the two animals seem to be getting along, it is not a good idea to leave the two together unattended, a dog can easily accidentally kill a hamster so you must ensure that you do not leave them alone together.


Ferrets usually get along with humans and dogs alike. Some can become defensive of their territory and are not always so keen on the idea of another animal in their space, this can lead for them to be aggressive, but this is more commonly seen between two ferrets rather than a ferret with another animal like a dog. Keeping a ferret and a dog in the same house is more similar to the situation with the hamster, just ferrets are more friendly. The two animals may get along great, but it is still not a good idea to leave the two alone whilst they are playing. Although a ferret is bigger than a hamster, they are still fragile and generally quite a bit smaller than the average dog. As long as the ferret has a safe and secure cage, they should be fine living together. In conclusion, I honestly believe that all of these animals could live under the same roof as a dog, but it really does depend on the environment of your home, your circumstances and what your dog is like in terms of it's size and personality. In terms of your dog living with any one of these small animals mentioned in this article, some dog's are natural hunters, such as Jack Russells and Whippets. These types of dogs will be more than likely not compatible to live with any small animal and are likely to endanger the small animal. As far as your dog living with a new dog, again it depends on how well your dog gets along with other dogs.