If you own a dog, there may come times when you wish you had more than one. Many people find they start looking at wildly different breeds to the one they already have, but are prevented from adopting one because they are too big or small for their current pet.
It is an understandable concern. If you look after a little lapdog, introducing them to a massive mountain dog can be nerve-wracking due to the risk that the large pet will hurt the smaller one. However, there is no reason why different sizes of dog can't get along well. It just requires some effort on your part.
The first thing to remember is to make sure your dog has the right temperament. Are they generally sociable with other dogs or aggressive? Are they patient or irritable? There is no point introducing a new dog to a pet who is bad-tempered and doesn't get on with other animals.
If your dog is patient and easy-going, however, you should be okay bringing a new pet into your home. You should still take steps to make the introduction of said pet as stress-free as possible. Don't just suddenly spring a new dog on your existing pets; keep them separate for a little while, letting them get used to each other's smell.
Once you have done this, you should see that dogs of all sizes can exist happily together. Great Danes and Chihuahuas can easily become best friends despite the size difference. However, there are still a few things you must remember.
Dogs can be quite rough when they play, so you need to watch out for any instances where the larger dog could accidentally hurt the small one. This is also true when they are lying down together; a massive dog rolling over a tiny one could cause some damage.
However, if you make sure to supervise your dogs well then you should find you have few problems. Eventually you will end up with a happy group of dogs of all different sizes.
Written by: Hannah Dyball