Bigger dog with smaller dog? Questions

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  1. Jcarpentier

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    Bigger dog with smaller dog?

    Hey all,

    My husband and I are once again thinking about bringing a second dog into the household. Jager is going to be 9 months old on August 1. He is about 25 pounds and possibly 12-14(?) inches at the shoulder.

    What advice do you have for bringing a larger dog in the house with a smaller one? I would love to have one of the mastiff breeds. I have researched them for years and have not acted on it due to some of the research results, i.e. they do not rehome well. We would not be looking into rehoming but we have looked into adopting an older Mastiff breed. I know this would come with challenges as well.

    We may, of course, get a smaller dog as a second dog as we are not choosy with breed. The dog needs to be good with other dogs and children.

    Any advice on the topics I have brought up would be great! Thanks!
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  3. CaroleC

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    I have had Goldens with Cavaliers, and Löwchen with Lurchers without any problems. I don't think that the difference in size is as important as matching their energy levels. An older Mastiff may not enjoy the attention of a young active puppy, whatever the size, but on the other hand, some elderly dogs have a new burst of active life when they move to a home with younger dogs. In short, I don't think there is a definite rule.
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    Ohh. Yeah. Energy levels are a huge factor. Thanks!
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    Hey all. We are not rushing into getting another dog and it may take a few months to find the perfect fit. We are hoping to get one by the end of this year. I will take into consideration the energy level and the size of the next dog as I do know not all dogs are alike.

    It is my hope we will find a good match with Jager and our family. I love the advice I can get on this forum as I can't think of all scenarios by myself. It's very helpful!
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    well, I guess, the dog has taste like humans - all different. Maybe, let dog to choose? Watch, how Jager is choosing other dogs to play, how he reacts, how he is socialising with other ones. Sometimes, even a cat or a bird works better than dog...

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