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Old 06-26-2014, 09:28 AM
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Small dog breeds that do well with large dog breeds?

Hi everyone,
My name is Jimaura and i finally convinced my dad to let my mom and me get a small dog breed! i'm so excited we currently have two male dogs a 10 year old medium sized mix breed and a 2 year old yellow Labrador Retriever. I know the 10 year old won't want much to do with the puppy but i know that the 2 year old will want to play with the puppy so I'm hoping to find some small breeds that aren't too fragile that will be able to get along with the lab a couple breeds i have on my mind are
Maltese or maltese mix
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
I open to other breeds so hoping to get some suggestions just looking for the perfect fit for our family!
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are sturdy little dogs and the ones that I have met have had very sweet dispositions.
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Beagles are small but sturdy, have great temperaments and (should) get along very well with other dogs, no matter the size.
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Things to look for are sturdy builds. Avoid extremely tiny dogs with spindly legs, long-backed dogs with very short legs, or anything with a shortened face that will have a difficult time breathing while playing.

Think about what sort of personality appeals to you. Do you want a feisty terrier type? A smoochy lap dog? A big dog in a little body? Ultimately this will be your dog, and you want to pick a friend who will do well with you when you have moved away from your family.

I am going to step on a lot of toes here, but I wouldn't get a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel because the breed is riddled with health problems. They are lovely, sweet, nice, amazing dogs, but when dogs die terrible deaths because their skulls are too small for their brains, or when fluid builds up and squishes the brain out of the skull and pinches the spinal column like it does with Syringomyelia and a huge litany of other health-related issues that you can read about at Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Health & Genetic Diseases. For many of these conditions the first and only sign is pain, which a dog can live with for years before the owners realise what's going on, and in many cases the prognosis is very poor. If you are not in a position to be able to pay for these sort of medical expenses, it's not fair for your parents to foot the bill should something arise.

I think something like a cockapoo or a bichon could be right up your alley. Snuggly and active without being too hyper or fragile. Look for a dog that will end up closer to 20lbs than 10lbs. You will still get a lapdog, but the sturdiness will pay off in less chance for broken bones.

Your best bet is to do as much research as you can. Ask questions here; you'll find lots of very helpful people. Good luck!
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Beagles are small but sturdy, have great temperaments and (should) get along very well with other dogs, no matter the size.

Gotta agree with this. Beagles are small, sturdy, and sweet. They fit in with virtually every dog.


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Beagle would be a good fit. It depends on the dog though; I have a Miniature Dachshund (10lbs), a Miniature American Shepherd (should be 15-18lbs full grown) and am adding a Standard Poodle in 2 weeks.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I haven't had too much experience with Beagles but being a hound breed wouldn't it howl alot? I wouldn't want a breed that is too noisy. At BarkyMalarkey I never considered a cockapoo until you suggested it and now i'm thinking it to be a good breed for my family. After looking them up I found out they get to 12-24 pounds I want a female since I already have two boys and the females only get to 14-15 inches they live 14-16 years! They are pretty easy to train it looks like .like you said not too hyper I defiantly looking for a breed that I can cuddle with after playing outside I think i have found a contender!
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With the two dog breeds you mentioned, I thought a cockapoo seemed like something that might fit the bill.

I would read this forum post: The Truth About Designer Dogs as well as all the stickied posts at the top of the page here: New Additions

Cockapoos are not a real breed, but rather a combination of poodles and cocker spaniels, so research both breeds to get an idea of what sort of dogs make up their background. Be very careful about who you get a puppy from because this mix is definitely one that people will breed just to make money, rather than producing healthy dogs with good temperaments. "Cute puppies" and "A Bargain" are not the criteria you want to have. Again, do your research, find a breeder you can be proud of, and be patient! It will be worth the trouble, I promise you!

Good luck!
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I haven't had too much experience with Beagles but being a hound breed wouldn't it howl alot? I wouldn't want a breed that is too noisy. At BarkyMalarkey I never considered a cockapoo until you suggested it and now i'm thinking it to be a good breed for my family. After looking them up I found out they get to 12-24 pounds I want a female since I already have two boys and the females only get to 14-15 inches they live 14-16 years! They are pretty easy to train it looks like .like you said not too hyper I defiantly looking for a breed that I can cuddle with after playing outside I think i have found a contender!
Hounds are not for everyone. Having one myself the noise can be a problem. Plus beagles are known to be escape artists. Poodles are lovely dogs very smart and they don't shed.
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