Which Animals Get Along With Dogs?

Some of us animal lovers just can’t settle for having only a dog as a pet. After all, our one dog might find themselves lonely or bored, right? Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves or our spouses. But what if our idea of the ‘perfect addition’ terrorizes the dog or worse yet – is eaten by the dog? Which animals get along with dogs?

Pairing up Fido with the wrong sidekick can bring forth a nightmarish fiasco if you’re not careful. Alternatively, they can become unsuspecting BFFs. A little common sense coupled with research goes a long way. To help you with that, we’re going take a closer look what you need to know. The most popular critters folks are likely to choose are:

  • Ferrets

  • Hamsters

  • Guinea pigs

  • Birds

  • Rabbits

  • Reptiles

Planning for a new pet should never be a snap decision. It requires planning ahead and considering the needs of both animals. Furthermore, ask yourself what habitat they will be expected to coexist in? Caged or free roam? What is the age and activity requirements?

The aforementioned animals are generally kept in cages, but occasionally left to roam the house. Even caged animals can be a temptation to the wrong companion if boundaries aren’t established from the start and strictly upheld. They are generally dog friendly although you should exercise extreme caution with reptiles. They’re a bit temperamental.

Introductions should be done slowly, with patience and in a neutral location with supervision. Your dog might handle it cool as a cucumber. However, most frequently he will be excited and intrigued leading to smelling and nuzzling, tail wagging and drooling, and even pawing. This proves intimidating and scary to the other animal. Even if this introduction goes smoothly, remain astute with supervision for a long time to come.

When we say “common sense,” we mean don’t try pairing up a greyhound with rabbit. That is a bloodbath waiting to happen. Greyhounds that are retired were trained to chase the electronic rabbit when they race. I don’t care how old, gentle and decrepit your greyhound is – putting a rabbit near them is equivalent to putting a fresh steak in front of a hungry lion. It’s most likely going to get eaten!

Breed can greatly influence a dog’s ability to get along with other animals. Breeds that are natural born hunters possess a prey drive leading to them to eat, chase or terrorize the animal rather than being a snuggle buddy. We see this in the Greyhound. For this reason, the small animals listed above are best avoided. There are four breed groups that possess the prey drive. They are:

  • Hounds

  • Terriers

  • Herders

  • Sporters

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Your Australian Shepherd might adore the ferret. But his herding instincts might cause him to herd the ferret straight through your displayed fine china collection.

It is important to remember this article is designed to be a general informational guide. While some dogs wouldn’t hurt a flea if they were basted with gravy and squeaked when you squeeze them, caution and supervision is always recommended.

Original Source: https://www.bedandbiscuitaustin.com/dog-behavior-training/animals-get-along-dogs/

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