Breeds That Get Along With Other Dogs
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26 Easy-Going Breeds That Get Along With Other Dogs

Last Updated/Info Checked on March 17, 2023 by Linda Michaels

Some dogs are highly territorial, while others are happy-go-lucky. They care less about territories and are always up for sharing things with a buddy. 

Breeds such as Australian Cattle Dogs or Blue Heelers, Afghan Hound, Australian Shepherd, Basset hounds, Bolognese Barbet, English Setters, Bohemian Shepherd, Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Peekapoo, Basenji, St. Bernards, Great Danes, Labradoodle, and more listed below are some that get along easily with other dogs.

Breeds That Make Best Buddies With Any Breed

Go through the list of Breeds That Get Along With Other Dogs to find your next canine companion that won’t lose its mind when other breeds are living under the same roof.

1. Australian Cattle Dogs or Blue Heelers

Score: 4/5

Intelligent, highly active, and social, the Australian Cattle dogs are one of the herders. They are naturally well with other dogs and so is this breed. They don’t mind staying in a pack.

In fact, they are better off when they have other dogs around and can get quite protective of them.

2. Afghan Hounds

Score: ⅘

Afghan Hounds may have the nose of a hunter, but their personality is quite aloof and comical.

You may see them following their brothers and sisters around the house, feeling better in their company than alone. Be it in an apartment or a grand house, they won’t mind sharing bowls with other dogs.

3. Australian Shepherd

Score: 5/5 

There’s no doubt that Australian Shepherds would love to remain in a pack just as Australian Cattle dogs because of their herding instinct.

They work in tandem with their colleagues at a farm and hate to be left alone. Watch out for their sensitivity to small places, though!

4. Basset hound

Score: 5/5

A very down-to-earth breed, the Basset Hound becomes inseparable from its family members, including other dogs. It trods with them with its short legs, playing tug of war, and basically spoiling them with their love. 

5. Bolognese

Score: 5/5

Just like Basset Hounds, the Bolognese are also family dogs. They are famous for their companionship with humans and other dogs alike.

However, stubbornness could get the best of them at times. You have positive reinforcement up your sleeves to tame that side right from puppyhood.

6. Barbet 

Score: ⅘ 

Barbets were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl. That’s the reason they have webbed feet. Personality-wise, they seek fun always and of course, partners to have it with.

Other breeds with equally feisty temperaments do well with them, but even the tough ones find this breed friendly enough to melt their hearts.

However, it isn’t for novice owners at all.

7. English Setter

Score: 5/5 

English Setters are hunting dogs, and thus, they love a good pack. But make sure that the breeds you’re pairing with them are equally energetic.

Otherwise, they make the lives of couch potatoes a little miserable because they coerce them to play all the time as they do.

Since it’s a hunting breed, the English Setter would want a bigger place to enjoy its life to the fullest.

8. Bohemian Shepherd

Score: ⅘ 

This breed is one of the most social breeds you can find. They love a house full of children and other animals. In fact, their faculties mature well when they are surrounded by them. 

Beware though, as you can’t leave them alone for long and that should also give you an indication of their sociable nature. Make sure you keep it in a large house because, despite everything, it’s still a dog that loves the outdoors.

9. Bull Terrier

Score: ⅘ 

The imposing looks of Bull Terriers make everyone think that they are not to be messed with. But don’t judge them by their covers because they are affectionate, loving, and friendly – all the things that make them worthy family members. 

However, focus on their social skills from puppyhood to reap the full benefits.

10. Cocker Spaniel

Score: ⅘

Cocker Spaniels are affectionate and loving toward their family members, including other pets. One of the many things that ask for the adoption of other pets to stay with them is their inability to stay alone.

However, be mindful of their physical sensitivity as well. They don’t do well with external stimuli a lot.

11. Collies

Score: ⅘ 

Collies derive their love for the family from their herding instincts. They are curious and intelligent – traits that make them learn everything faster. With proper early socialization, they become a vital member of their family with other pets. 

Although they are sensitive, they do not pose any hurdles in training from a novice owner. Make sure you make the sessions more entertaining because they love fun!

12. Dalmatian

Score: ⅘ 

The energy reserves of Dalmatians are sometimes beyond understanding. They will spring up for any activity you want them to be a part of. That makes them a little overwhelming for small kids, but entirely the best buddy for older ones and other pets.

Make sure that you spend a good amount of time on early socialization because the flip side of the coin is their gallant nature.

13. Great Pyrenees

Score: ⅘ 

The Great Pyrenees are docile, shy, understanding, and focused on their jobs of protecting whatever needs to be protected or not. That includes children and other pets in its range.

Pyrs absolutely love being in family gatherings, so throwing parties and playdates will make them happy a ton. Focus on early socialization with them also because they may not know how to behave with other dogs properly.

14. Goldendoodle

Score: 5/5 

The Goldendoodle derives its love of humans and other pets alike through its ancestry. It’s a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle – both of which are extremely gentle around their family members.

However, they are not fond of apartment life and you should never leave them alone unattended. Because of having limitless reserves of love, they can end up in separation anxiety in no time. That’s one of the reasons why you should have other pets around them.

15. English Foxhound

Score: 5/5

English Foxhounds were bred to chase after foxes. They still have that prey drive. Sometimes, it does take over, and that’s why you should always supervise their interaction with small animals such as cats, and other small dogs.

With time and proper training, they understand that they are a part of the family, too, and after that, they get along with each other well.

You won’t see similar problems with bigger breeds or dogs of its size. The breed is ripe with many talents, so make sure you train it well to see the best of its affection, skill, and utility.

16. Corgis

Score: ⅗ 

Corgis naturally get along with kids but you’ll have to focus on their socialization in puppyhood. Despite their short legs and long-form, they can get feisty in no time, chasing after everyone, and wanting to play for eternity.

They are even good with strangers, so you may want the breed in densely populated areas where you have many animals and people.

17. American Foxhound

Score: 5/5

Much like the English Foxhounds, the American counterparts are also keen on bonding with their family members. They are gentle but not shy to show their personalities.

There’s a balance in everything they do, save for physical activities where they go at full throttle.

Own the breed if you’re a jogging lover and want an equally fit dog to accompany you. They’d be okay with other breeds accompanying you on the trial without creating a fuss.

Instead, they’ll make the time as memorable as possible for all. As they were bred to be hunting dogs, they’d do everything to ward off dangers.

18. Maltipoo

Score: ⅘ 

Maltipoos like Goldendoodles and Peekapoo are a mixed breed. But what makes them ultra popular is their easygoing nature. They can get along with anyone, strangers, pets, and kids, in a big household with a lot of happenings or a small apartment.

The downside of owning them is their high grooming needs. Since they are derived from two high-maintenance dogs, Maltese and Poodle, you should understand what I mean when I say that.

19. Peekapoo

Score: ⅘ 

Peekapoos are a mixed breed. They are small compared to the mix breeds I mentioned above, but not in terms of energy, love, and protective instincts for their family members, including other dogs.

You can keep them in apartments, but make sure you are ready to give attention to their high grooming needs. Also, they hate to be left alone, but that’s not going to be a problem when you train them well to stay with other dogs.

20. Basenji

Score: ⅘ 

Basenjis are not for novice owners. They have unique personalities characterized by intelligence, aloofness, and quirkiness. You’ll have to do more than training to keep them obeying your commands because they have a “what’s in it for me?” attitude. 

In terms of keeping it with other pets, look for another dog if you’ve small animals such as Guinea Pigs or birds. Even their interaction should be supervised with cats.

The reason for their poor interaction with small animals is that they are scent and sight hounds. They can’t help but chase a good game.

With large animals, however, it could stay without too many problems. You won’t hear it bark a lot for a change because the breed is known to be a “barkless dog”.

21. St. Bernard

Score: 5/5

St. Bernards don’t have an iota of aggression in them. They have high protection instincts that make them ideal for families with kids and other pets.

However, look elsewhere if you’re a novice owner because, despite their heart-warming nature, they still need plenty of training before they’re able to show their true personalities.

When they do, you’ll learn how less demanding the breed is. They love spending time indoors, but make sure you give them access to the backyard for some time. But that doesn’t mean you can keep it in an apartment without prior desensitization.

22. Great Dane

Score: 5/5 

Great Danes have a similar behavior as St. Bernards. They are equally gentle, but Danes take the ease of training to the next level with their calm deposition.

They were originally bred to hunt wild boars, and that should explain their sheer size.

Nowadays, they don’t have what it takes to do that. The aggressiveness has been bred out of them, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have guile. They can be playful and alert. However, nothing makes them dislike other breeds or people.

Make sure you provide enough space for the breed to hang out.

23. Labradoodle

Score: 5/5 

Labradoodles’ personality is a mix between that of Labrador Retrievers and Poodles. They are agile and quick like a Labrador and quirky like Poodles. But all in all, they make great companion dogs.

You’ll have to train them to be less enthusiastic about meeting other dogs and people because they have the tendency to approach everything head-on.

Labradoodle is one of the breeds with a range of behaviors. They like to stay calm and collected, but they won’t shy from going after a tennis ball.

24. Poodle

Score: ⅘

Some of the mixed breeds you learned about here have Poodle ancestry. The reason for that is simple: this breed is known for its high trainability, affection, and looks. That should indicate how well-suited they are for a family with dogs and children.

You can train them to do anything. They’ll do the jobs you give them with utmost responsibility, even if that means staying loyal and friendly with other dogs.

25. Beagle

Score: 5/5

The way Beagles conduct themselves indicates one thing: they are born for fun and love. Gone are the days when they were chasing after hares and rabbits, now, they want to play fetch, and hang out with their dog buddies.

Its fun-loving, eccentric, and family-oriented demeanor makes them perfect companion dogs.

Due to their small size, they are okay with living in apartments but watch out for new dog parents, you’ll have to put in extra effort in taming their hound abilities!

26. French Bulldog

Score: ⅘ 

French Bulldogs derived the name from their origin when they were brought by English lacemakers to France. The miniature breed is the love life of many apartments in metropolitan cities because it is created to withstand small spaces. 

Although not very demanding in terms of grooming, you still need to give it plenty of attention because no matter how lovey-dovey couch potatoes they are, they still get pretty jealous of other dogs.

That doesn’t mean that they don’t get along with them. With proper socializing from puppyhood, they can turn out to be great buddies with other breeds. Just make sure you don’t give their share of love to others in front of them.

Dogs That Require Extra Attention

These 26 breeds are just an introduction to the world of dogs that get along well with others when trained from their puppyhood. They have it in their genes to accept their presence, tone down their aggression and share their things with them.

There are, however, certain breeds that require extra effort. For example, the Doberman Pinschers (score ⅕) are all good with their family members and dogs that they are raised with, but they don’t do well with dogs from outside their circle. 

The same is the case with Rottweilers (⅖) with an addition of something against same-sex dogs. Then, there are Dachshunds (⅗) with their overbearing dominance over other dogs.

Compared to these, some breeds require extra effort along with the right-sized dog in a multi-pet home. The Huskies (5/5), for example, do well with other dogs, but their high prey drive makes them ill-suited to stay around small animals.

Like Dachshunds, they also like to be top dogs. So make sure you’re pairing welcoming, docile, and forgiving breeds with them.

On the other hand, Chihuahuas and Staffies are good with selective breeds. The former bosses around dogs big or small, and the latter requires a definite period of acceptance to be okay with the presence of other dogs. It’s better if you pair the opposite sex with them.

You may be interested in knowing which breeds go well with horses, and the relationship of German Shepherds with Golden Retrievers and Pitbulls.

Breeds That Get Along With Other Dogs – Conclusion

The 26 breeds I mentioned so far are not an exhaustive list. It’s just an introduction to the world of breeds that accept other dogs with open arms.

However, they all require early socialization. You have to teach them how to behave around other canines. 

There are also breeds that don’t do well even after socialization. They have certain behavioral aspects such as dominance and chasing after small animals that make them ill-suited for a household of animals. 

In the end, it boils down to your preference, but choose wisely because it can make or break your peace.

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