Big dog and little dog

Do Big Dogs and Little Dogs Get Along?

Big dogs and little dogs often get along great! That said, a lot depends on the breed of the dog, as well as early socialization and training.

Some breeds prefer to be loners while other breeds love to be around more doggy members of their pack.

Many large breed dogs get along with just about every other dog and human around. The most popular large breed dog that gets along with other dogs is the Labrador Retriever. This is the most popular breed in America.

Labs love people, small children, and other dogs. They don’t know any strangers and will happily react to anyone.

We’ll go through several small breed dogs in this article to show you which breeds will do well with large dogs and which ones won’t.

Remember though, that even breeds that don’t love other dogs can usually be trained to get along with other dogs if they are properly socialized when they are puppies.

You also want to be very careful introducing a toy or small breed dog to a large breed dog to make sure the large breed dog doesn’t hurt the smaller dog by accident. Remember, some large breeds don’t realize just how big they are!

Little Dogs That Do Well With Big Dogs


Pugs are adorable dogs and can live in apartments or country houses. It doesn’t matter to them as long as they get plenty of attention from their owners.

In general, Pugs get along well with other dogs, animals, and people. Their laid-back attitudes make them not bossy and able to go with the flow.

Like all dogs, early socialization with both dogs and people will help them acclimate to a new dog in the household. However, if they are not given enough cuddles and love they can become jealous of a new dog in the house – whether that dog is big or small.

Boston Terrier

If you walk down the street with a Boston Terrier you are sure to get smiles back. These dogs have tuxedo patterned coats and flatter faces that give them almost human-like expressions.

Bostons do exceptionally well with city life. They are compact and sturdy and are happy with a daily walk.

This curious and mischievous breed usually adapts well to other dogs, even large dogs. If possible, it’s a good idea to raise the two dogs together from puppies on. If you can’t raise them together then make sure you introduce them in stages so that they can get to know each other.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog or Frenchie is a smart, watchful little dog with giant bat ears and a wrinkled face.

These dogs are charmers and are happy in a family, with other animals – including large dogs, or with a single person.

Frenchies get along well with almost everybody and if they are introduced slowly will almost always welcome another dog into the house, regardless of its size.

This breed doesn’t bark much and makes a perfect dog for apartment living as long as you are willing to get the dog out for occasional exercise.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are true lap dogs with an easygoing nature. These dogs were bred to look pretty for royals and to live in palaces. They are calm, don’t bark a whole lot, and love to look beautiful sitting on the back of a couch or soaking up the sun on a staircase.

Shih Tzus get along well with large dogs, and small dogs, and especially like the company of other Shih Tzus.

They make great family pets and are pretty sturdy for being such tiny dogs.

Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur and require daily grooming or regular “puppy cuts” to keep their hair under control. This also means they may do well around people with allergies.

These lovely animals are gently playful and often make their owners laugh.


Beagles are often described as “merry” dogs and get along with other dogs extremely well. The Beagle is a mid-sized dog and won’t be intimidated by a larger dog.

Beagles are hound dogs and are bred for hunting. They need plenty of exercise and playtime to be on their best behavior.

Fun-loving and happy to be your companion, the sturdy Beagle is the number one hound dog in America.

Little Dogs That Don’t Do So Well With Big Dogs


This is a tiny breed with a huge personality. Pomeranians are often described as feisty and bossy. Don’t bother telling a Pom that she is a toy dog (no more than 7 pounds). She doesn’t know that and won’t act like it either.

Poms can get along with large dogs but generally prefer smaller breeds. They will snap if they are provoked and a bigger, enthusiastic dog can push them to their limits. It’s best to pair a Pomeranian with a calm and laid-back large breed, such as a Newfoundland.

If you do have a large dog and a Pomeranian in the same house, make sure that you introduce them gradually so that they can get to know each other slowly. That gives you a chance to intervene before things get out of control.

Don’t be surprised if your Pom is the king of the castle and bosses your bigger dog around. This is a common occurrence and as long as no dog is getting hurt, it’s fine.

Yorkshire Terrier

If you have a Yorkie you may not need or want another dog. These tiny dogs with long flowing coats are true terriers and have a terrier’s big personality.

Yorkshire Terriers were bred to be ratters in mines and mills long before they became favorite urban pets. They are spunky and sometimes bossy, but make great companions to their human families.

They do well in apartments, in the country, or anywhere in between.

It’s important to note that Yorkies can be intolerant of other dogs and don’t particularly like big dogs. Yorkies can be territorial and can get snippy if they decide they don’t like another dog in the house.


Otherwise known as “weiner dogs” this breed can be fierce and independent. They have big attitudes in little bodies and charm their owners.

Dachshunds can get along with bigger dogs but often prefer dogs that are closer to their size and generally enjoy the company of other Dachshunds.

If you have a dachshund and have children, they must be old enough to realize that a toy dog isn’t a toy. They are good with older children, but not great with toddlers.

Dachshunds can be territorial and brave. They are fearless and won’t back down for anyone or anything. More than other breeds, whether or not a Dachshund will get along with another dog will depend on their individual personality.


These tiny dogs have huge personalities and insist on being the center of attention everywhere they go.

Chihuahuas don’t do well with young children but make decent family pets with families who have older kids.

Chihuahuas benefit from early training and socialization. They want to be the boss and can attempt to take over your house if they are not trained from an early age.

Chihuahuas do not like to share attention and generally are better in a house without other dogs, large or small.