Have you ever wanted to have another pet alongside a dog? Here are some animals that get along ideally with dogs.
Are you a complete animal lover and want to see several cute little members roaming about your house? Well, you have come to the right place!
Typically, dogs are highly social. So, if they see a fun pet around them, they won’t hesitate to befriend and play with them. Still, you need to be mindful about which pet animal you get home.
In this guide, let’s take a look at six animals that get along well with dogs.
You may have probably heard of the phrase, ‘fighting around like cats and dogs.’ However, the good news is that if you’re both a cat lover and dog lover, you can keep them together.
Cats aren’t social animals, but they will fiercely protect and love them if you raise them with a dog. Moreover, they might even share food.
But, try to prevent your cat from eating dog food or other food items, like chocolates, onions, garlic, coffee, etc. This list is reviewed by a veterinarian and can help you decide your cat’s diet if you want to bring one home!
If you love small, furry, and playful animals, rabbits are one of the best pet choices! The best part is that they can also accompany your pet dog without causing much trouble.
However, you need to establish proper contact between your dog and a rabbit. Once you do that, you can expect them to stay civil with each other and play around too.
Note that rabbits aren’t the best pet option if you have a large-sized dog. They may feel intimidated and scared.
You must feel surprised to see birds on this list, as dogs can easily hurt and prey on them. Yet, if you are a bird enthusiast, you can consider keeping one.
Keep in mind that birds and dogs aren’t meant to play around and stay together. So instead, try keeping the bird in a cage or out of your dog’s reach. This way, you can establish a proper boundary between both of them.
Ferrets are playful, just like dogs! So, if you need a burst of energy and excitement at your place, you can consider keeping them as pets.
However, just like other pets, you need to ensure proper introduction and establish a connection between a ferret and a dog.
Bear in mind that ferrets are highly energetic. Therefore, they may jump around, including on your dog, and pester them. This may make your dog feel annoyed. In such a situation, you need to monitor your pets’ playtime!
Another surprising addition to this list is a hamster. After all, how can such a small animal coexist with a dog?
The truth is that, just like birds, you need to keep hamsters and dogs at a safe distance as well. So, why are they included in this list?
Well, hamsters are pretty playful and can play with your dog sometimes. Moreover, if you keep them in a cage, they can coexist without any troubles. All you need to do is not let your dog be alone with your hamster.
6. Any Farm Animal
Today, and even in the old times, dogs used to accompany farm animals to keep a watch on them. Hence, if you decide to bring home farm animals, like goats or sheep, your dog will get along with them.
The only thing you need to be careful about here is that you don’t let your dog stay around the farm animals unsupervised. If there is a huge flock of them, they may step on your dog without realizing it and cause injuries.
Apart from the animals, you also need to know if your dog is comfortable having a new pet around. Some dog breeds have a low prey drive, whereas some have a high prey drive. The latter ones shouldn’t accompany any other pet as they may injure them.
Let’s take a look at some of the dog breeds that are perfect for multi-pet households:
- Irish Setters
- Golden Retrievers
- Boston Terrier
- Labrador Retrievers
Now, let’s take a look at some dog breeds with a high prey drive. Hence, they may be unsafe or unwelcoming towards a new pet:
- Springer Spaniel
- Jack Russel Terrier
- Rat Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Bull Terrier
- Siberian Husky
However, note that this list isn’t always accurate, as a lot depends on your dog’s personality. If they seem like the friendly type, they won’t mind having a new companion to play with. But, if they love solitude, you might have to put in some effort.
Also, note that you need to take a few steps to make your dog befriend the other pet regardless of the breed.
When you are an animal and dog lover, a single pet won’t suffice! In such a situation, you need to bring home pets that can go along well with your dog and fulfill your dream of a multi-pet household!