14 Dog Breeds That Are Good with Other Dogs

Two poodles - one cream and one brown.

I’m married to an introvert. He’s so introverted that early in our marriage I learned to make appointments for anything important I wanted to talk about.

He needed time to mull it over before he was ready to talk. That’s how introverts are sometimes.

I however, am an extrovert. I love being around people. Especially people that love the outdoors and all of the outdoor critters.

Dogs are like that too. Some breeds are good with other dogs, some breeds are more like loners, and some dog breeds are quiet and calm. Here is a list of 14 breeds that get along well with other dogs.

Cocker Spaniel

2 adult and 2 puppy Cocker Spaniels sitting on a large rock on front of trees

This sporting dog breed loves to play with humans as well as other dogs. The happy and gentle nature of Cocker Spaniels is suitable for all kinds of families. According to the American Kennel Club, these hyper-active dogs are extremely popular in the country. In fact, it was right at the top of the ladder from the late 1930s to the 1950s. The beautiful coat of this breed, in addition to the sound temperament, makes them even more adorable.

German Shepherd

2 German Shepherds sitting in the snow with trees in background

The world’s leading military dog is well-known for his intelligence, loyalty, and adaptability. Although German Shepherd is often regarded as a “one-man breed”, they can do much more. With proper socialization in the puppyhood, they can develop a good relationship with children and other dogs. This muscular dog needs regular exercise (physical as well as mental) to stay in the best shape.

Collie

2 collies on tree covered dirt road. One collie is laying down, one sitting.

The fact that Collie was the favorite breed of shepherds (for centuries) is enough to advocate its status as a companion dog. Hailing from Scotland and Northern England, Collies are extremely obedient and highly protective of their family. Similarly, this herding dog has an affectionate nature which allows them to develop good relationships with other dogs.   

Basset Hound

2 Basset Hounds playing in a river

This short-legged breed from the hound family has a really calm nature, despite being a hunting dog. Being a scent hound, they have an exceptional sense of smell. It may come as a surprise, but their easy-going nature allows them to stay happy in nearly all circumstances and makes them one of the least needy dog breeds. That’s the reason why they gel with humans as well as other dogs.

Beagle

2 Beagles running in grassy field

This smaller version of the Foxhound (in appearance) is another hunting breed that is pretty good with other dogs. Being a pack animal, they love to enjoy the company of their companions, whether humans or dogs. Although Beagles generally have a loving nature, they can develop destructive behavior with long spells of loneliness and beagles love to dig. Considering their status of escape artists, you should keep a close look at them, when outdoors.

Golden Retriever

2 Golden Retrievers sitting in grassy field

This diverse breed can fill a lot of different roles ranging from a therapy dog to a family companion. Similarly, they are incredibly easy-to-train because of their eagerness to please. These are the primary reasons why Golden Retrievers are one of the most preferred dogs of Americans. Due to their friendly nature and sound temperament, they adjust beautifully with other dogs.

Labrador Retriever

2 Labrador Retrievers on a small dock, one laying one standing.

Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the world with a total of 191,988 registrations (2013). This achievement itself is a big enough proof of the easygoing nature of this breed. In addition to friendliness, these dogs offer a lot of intelligence. It is essential to train and socialize them in the early days to control the immense amount of energy they possess in adulthood. Whether you are introducing them to a stranger or a new dog, they are always enthusiastic.

Poodle

2 poodles Poodle sitting on a boulder in front of a tree with white flowers

Elegant and affectionate is the best combination of words to describe this German water retriever. On the basis of size, this beautiful breed is further divided into three subcategories: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. Irrespective of their size, these dogs are generally funny and bright, although they can be among the high strung dog breeds. They are equally comfortable with humans and canines and love to spend time with their families.

Poodles also breed well with other dogs to create wonderful hypoallergenic mixed breeds.

Pug

2 pugs on a walking trail with tall grass

The comedic personality of pugs is mischievous yet adorable. This playful dog is very loving and expects the same in return. That’s the reason why they are extremely comfortable with children and other dogs. Having said that, proper training and socializing during puppyhood is vital to enjoying the most of this breed. Although they have a pretty muscular body, they like to spend most of their time on your couch.

Vizsla

2 Vizslas standing in marshy water.

Originating from Hungary, these pointer dogs are one of the most loving dog breeds you can find. Their desire to be loved has brought them a long way (from being retrievers to an ideal family dog). Due to their sweet nature, Vizslas exhibit outstanding temperament with other pets (dogs, cats, or birds) in the house. If you can provide a Vizsla the necessary exercise and attention, this dog is the companion you need.

Pointer

2 pointers sitting on a river bank

Pointers have all the characteristics to become an amazing domestic dog. The only thing that you should care about is the rigorous exercise this breed needs to control its extraordinary energy levels. Historically, Pointers were used as hunting dogs and all that hard work makes them crave intense exercise. If you can manage that, you are bound to get a lot of affection and loyalty from these dogs. The calm nature of Pointers allows them to coexist happily with other dogs. This can also serve as a feasible technique to provide them ample exercise.

Coton de Tulear

2 Coton de Tulears laying side by side on a blanket

This cute, little dog is named after the city of its origin, Tulear in Madagascar. In addition to their apparent beauty, they have a lot of love to give to their families. This playful breed is very fond of meeting new people. Similarly, they are quite comfortable with other dogs. Although they are intelligent and adapt well in different situations, sometimes they can get a little noisy (too much excitement).

Boxer

2 boxer dogs laying side by side in the grass

Boxer is among the 10 most popular dog breeds in the world. The fact that these playful dogs are very good with children makes them a great family dog. Likewise, they are very friendly with other dogs. If that’s not all, they are incredibly easy to train. However, they don’t appreciate aggressive behavior so the use of harsh reprimands is not the way with this breed. Given their history of guard dogs, they do need a considerable amount of exercise to control their energy.  

Great Dane

2 great danes laying on leaf covered ground under a tree

This is the tallest dog breed in the world. A Great Dane, named Zeus, was measured almost 112 cm from paw to shoulder. Currently, the tallest living dog (103.5 cm), called Freddy, is also from this breed. Despite their intimidating size, Great Danes are gentle giants who have an adorable attitude. Not only are they comfortable with humans, but these dogs also get along very well with other pets, including dogs.    

The Bottom Line on Dog Personalities

It is important to note that every dog has its own attitude which depends on a number of factors (training, genetics, socialization, etc.). The list we have compiled is based on general observations and it is very much possible that the behavior of your dog varies from the mentioned details.  

To see more about other breeds, check out these small dog breeds and their pictures.

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