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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Small Dogs?

Who has small dogs (under 15lbs) that co-habitat with their GSDs? How does everyone get along?


We're getting our first small dog (not my first, but a first for my boyfriend) in a few weeks and I'm interested to hear how everyone else's small dogs coexist with their GSDs.. particularly interested in working dogs, but would love to hear from everyone!

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 10:18 PM
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I have a Fox Terrier and a Chi/Fox Terr. Everyone gets along good. Harley sometimes tries to show the small male that he is boss but nothing aggrressive.

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Haha, well Frag isn't a working dog, but he does numerous sports if that counts?

We have a 9 pound, frail, rat terrier mix female. They get along great. He's always been good with little dogs and puppies though. He lays down and whines at her for them to play and she jumps all over him. If he starts getting too rough she barks/corrects him and he listens and backs off. I think the size difference makes it easier for him to listen to the correction instead of getting on the defensive like some dogs do to other dogs equal or great in size. He knows there's no challenge with her, and doesn't want to hurt her.

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I don't have a small dog...yet, but my GSD gets along really well with my best friends three small dogs.

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Well, i worked in a vet hosp, boarding kennel for yrs and yrs..always had a gsd and always brought home many babies to nurse and rescues big and small throughout the yrs. Both sheps were great and gentle and would back off.

This guy...Tazor at 4 months is a holy terror with my smaller crew. He is rough and stands over top of them and literally sits on them. No matter how many times hes corrected. He isnt aggressive in a mean way, but seems to want to show dominance for sure.

The little ones (toy poodles an shih tzu) try n correct him but he could care less when they bite..I have a long road ahead..

So , if your dog is a puppy...good luck. Otherwise, should be fine
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Haha, well Frag isn't a working dog, but he does numerous sports if that counts?

We have a 9 pound, frail, rat terrier mix female. They get along great. He's always been good with little dogs and puppies though. He lays down and whines at her for them to play and she jumps all over him. If he starts getting too rough she barks/corrects him and he listens and backs off. I think the size difference makes it easier for him to listen to the correction instead of getting on the defensive like some dogs do to other dogs equal or great in size. He knows there's no challenge with her, and doesn't want to hurt her.
Cruiser, my male, is the one that will be spending the most time with her, as he is the full time house dog (everyone else gets rotated through the house) and this is exactly how I envision them being!

He already LOVES little dogs (plays with one of our employee's JRT puppy, and absolutely worships our office manager's Yorkie

Cruiser ~ Brix ~ Ferra ~ Ginte ~ Bacardi
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Bianca does great with small dogs, in fact I think she's actually better with the little ones that with bigger dogs. I don't have any other dogs but I have had friends with small/toy breed dogs that Bianca has played with/visited, and I have cats who Bianca is great with too.

For example here she is with Danny, a little Chi/Terrier? mix. Even when Bianca was playing with both Calvin(the dog on the left) and Danny together she was very careful to be gentle with Danny and yet still roughouse with Calvin.



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I have a 16lbs mutt that gets along great with my GSD Ruby. Actually Ruby is a perfect angel and Roxy (the little one) can be a little snippy at times. Roxy has a pretty big issue with big dogs which before Ruby wasn't an issue because we knew how to introduce a big dog to Roxy and not have it be a problem. Now it's hard because Ruby wants to protect Roxy from anything that scares her. We have been at the dog park and Roxy has started to freak out because a big dog wants to play with her. Ruby will hear this from across the park and come to her rescue even though Roxy is in no danger at all. We are trying to train them both but for now we make sure there aren't any situations where Ruby can do something stupid just because she is protecting her little sister.
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We frequently dog sit for our neighbor's dachsund (sp??)... Echo loves him. He typically plays really rough, but he won't touch the little guy-- just try and get him to chase him. He's also absolutely petrified of the JRT down the street.
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I have a toy poodle pup and my 14 month old Gsd plays with her without stepping on her or showing aggression ! I don't leave them unsupervised though!
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