Top 10 Dog Breeds for Multi-Pet Households

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Introduction

Whether it's a combination of dogs-dogs, cats-dogs, or cat-dogs-birds-etc., a multi-pet household demands one essential thing: that everypawdy can get along happily. Are you welcoming a new doggo into your home with other pets? Do you worry if they'll get along? You might be hesitant to welcome yet another furry member into your family, but you don't have to sweat the heat knowing that there are dog-friendly and cat-friendly canines who can adapt seamlessly into a multi-pet household. Not sure where to begin your search? See our guide below for the top 10 dog breeds for multi-pet households to help you find your next fur-ever friend.

#1 Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever isn't named "Golden" for nothing. Truly golden to their core, these dogs just want to love everyone in their life, whether that's a human, dog, cat, or fuzzy hamster. They'll love to meet your woofer or meower, but, as always, make sure to take it one slow paw at a time.

#2 Labrador Retriever

Just like their Golden relatives, the Labrador Retriever loves to lend a helping paw with a heart full of love. While they are a pet-friendly dog breed, Labs are extremely playful and curious which might spook your 20-year old grouchy feline, if you're not careful. Otherwise, Labs make a furrific addition to a multi-pet household!

#3 Beagle

Although Beagles are more commonly associated with hunting and the famous 'Shiloh' book series and film, this breed of pup is extremely affectionate and smart. They have a gentle yet playful temperament ,and actually prefer the company of other humans and dogs. Beagles left on their own develop depression and aren't as healthy and happy as they are with some company around.
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#4 Standard Poodle

Poodles are quite the high-maintenance dog thanks to their need to be regularly clipped, but their friendly and gentle temperament toward other pets, especially dogs and cats, make them a qualified contestant for the best dog breed for multi-pet households. As an added bonus, Poodles are also hypoallergenic, making one less pet in the house that sheds! Hooray!

#5 Australian Shepherd

This herding dog breed requires lots of activity and playtime, which is perfect if you have other playful canines in the house. They are social dogs who need the attention, either from you or from fellow four-legged friends. Without a friend, Aussies can become destructive and lonely. An Aussie will only add joy and love to your furry family!

#6 Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are loving and loveable dogs who get along with just about everyone, so adopting a Cocker Spaniel into your multi-pet home would be a breeze. They are great socializers, so don't be surprised to see them playing with other dogs or even cats. Just remember to introduce your pets slowly and if possible, the earlier the better.

#7 Border Collie

Border Collies make great family companions, no doubt, but they also are adept to making friends with your other animal family members. They love to play and interact with other dogs and even cats, who might swat at your Collie to ignite playtime. Border Collies will make woofderful additions to any multi-pet household if introduced properly.

#8 Maltese

While small, the Maltese dog breed can adapt into nearly any home, even a multi-pet household. The Maltese dog breed is especially docile and sweet-tempered, making it an ideal addition to your already furry family. Although their size is on the smaller end, Maltese dogs don't mind playing with larger pets. Just make sure to socialize them with other animals at an early age.

#9 Border Terrier

The Border Terrier is a small dog breed that packs a punch of energy. They are great socializers and team-players, so adding them to your multi-pet household should be a breeze. As with any other pup, make sure to introduce them slowly into your family. These highly-obedient pups will integrate seamlessly with your other pets!

#10 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Corgis are an adorable breed of dog. Their outgoing and playful nature make them ideal companions for both humans and pets, but that doesn't mean they'll be a pushover if your existing pets want to play 'ruff'. Corgis hold their own, and will be cautious of strange animals at first before warming up to them.