These Dog Breeds Are the Best for Getting Along With Other Dogs

If you’re looking to expand your furry family, it’s important to know which dog breeds get along with other dogs. You don’t want to invite a new pup into your home only to find he doesn’t play nice with your current fur babies.

Read on to learn the dog breeds that best get along with other dogs.

1. Basset hound

Puppy basset at the beach

They are relaxed and sweet. | Imantsu/iStock/Getty Images

Basset hounds are very low-key, sweet dogs. They’re more or less happy with whatever’s going on. Because their nature is so relaxed, they tend to do well with other dogs. They only bark when necessary and won’t bark just for the sake of barking at another dog on the street.

Next: One of the rarest breeds in the world   

2. Barbet

Barbet dog

These rare pups are dog-friendly. | BMasonPhoto/iStock/Getty Images

Barbets are a bit of a rare breed — there are only about 40 of them in the US and about 600 in the world. They’re described as smart and joyful. Dog Time also rates them high for being “dog-friendly.”

Next: A perfect family dog

3. Goldendoodle

Adorable Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodles get along with just about everyone. | Bmcent1/iStock/Getty Images

Goldendoodles make great family dogs for lots of reasons, but especially because they get along so well with children and other pets (dogs included). Goldendoodles are sweet and playful and make a great addition to any home with another dog.

Next: A dog that actually prefers living with other dogs

4. English foxhound

American Foxhounds before a hunt

They like being around other dogs. | BackyardProduction/iStock/Getty Images

English foxhounds are pack dogs, so they actually do better when they’re around other dogs. In fact, they can even become bored and destructive when they’re the only dog in a home. If you do have just one English foxhound at home, make sure to socialize him often and make sure he gets a good amount of exercise and playtime.  

Next: An energetic sporting dog

5. Cocker spaniel

black and golden Cocker Spaniel dogs in back of car

Cocker spaniels are understandably popular. | Bobhackettphotos/iStock/Getty Images

Cocker spaniels are energetic sporting dogs. They love to play with their humans and other dogs alike. They’re one of the most popular dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. And their popularity isn’t a surprise when you consider their happy, smart, and gentle demeanors. Their personalities make them well-suited to life with other pets.

Next: This fun-loving pup gets along with other pets.

6. Maltipoo

Maltipoo puppy

They are very adaptable canines. | JStaley401/iStock/Getty Images

Maltipoos are a mix of the Maltese and Poodle. They’re known for their fun-loving and affectionate personalities. They’re also playful, charming, and adaptable. Maltipoos do well in big homes, small homes, homes with big families, and single homes. Additionally, they do well with other dogs (as well as other pets).

Next: A smart cooking who loves playing with kids and other dogs

7. Bolognese

Bichon bolognese dog relax in the park

They love hanging with their families. | sssss1gmel/iStock/Getty Images

This breed makes a great companion dog. They love to be around their families, and they’re good with kids as well as other dogs. Their typical behavior is comical, curious, intelligent, and devoted.

Next: An especially versatile breed   

8. Peekapoo

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Known for their intelligence, loyalty, and affection, Peekapoos are another versatile breed that does well with families, children, singles, seniors, apartments, and houses with or without yards. Especially when socialized from a young age, Peekapoos make great playmates for other dogs.  

Next: A gentle giant

9. St. Bernard

St Bernard lying in a field

St. Bernards are gentle giants. | Dennismesias/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Though St. Bernards are big, they’re very sweet, gentle dogs. They were originally bred to locate and help lost or injured travelers. Today, they love being around their families. They’re good around children and other dogs (especially when socialized from an early age).  

Next: Another big, good boy

10. Great Dane

Deutsche Dogge blauen Farbschlages auf einer Wiese

The sweet canines are large but affectionate. | RalfWeigel/iStock/Getty Images

Great Danes are another breed that may look intimidating because of their daunting size. But just like St. Bernards, they’re gentle giants. They’re sweet, affectionate pets. They also make great family pets and get along with other dogs, animals and humans alike.

Next: A pup who needs a lot of love

11. Vizsla

Hunting dog running through long grass

They’re great with other dogs, but not so much with small pets. | FiN85/iStock/Getty Images

Vizslas are one of the most loving dog breeds you can get. They were originally bred as pointers and retrievers, but today they make excellent family dogs — they love to be loved. Their sweet nature gets along with other dogs as well as cats, especially if they were raised with them. However, Dog Time advises against putting them in a home with smaller pets such as rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, or birds.  

Next: A true athlete

12. Whippet

Two whippet dogs in a garden

If their personalities match, they’ll get along great. | Onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

Whippets are known for their lean, athletic bodies (they’re capable of running up to 35 miles per hour). Their personalities are calm, affectionate, and playful, usually making them great companions for other dogs.

The AKC says they have no problem getting along with other dogs, so long as their energy levels are complimentary. Whippers have spurts of energetic moments followed by long, lazy afternoons. Their best playmates enjoy a similar routine.

Next: A mischievous pup in search of the perfect partner in crime

13. Pug

old boy pug puppy

They do well if you socialize them young. | LexiTheMonster/iStock/Getty Images

Pugs have comedic personalities. They’re silly, playful, and a bit mischievous. They also love to be accompanied by a good partner in crime. Especially when you train and socialize them from a young age, pugs can get along very well with both other dogs and children.  

Next: A reliable hunting dog

14. Pointer

German Wirehaired pointer

Pointers love playing and exercising. | Pavel Rodimov/iStock/Getty Images

Pointers are hard-working hunting dogs. They’re fit, courageous, and agile. Because these are very active, hard-driving gun dogs, pointers crave intense exercise. A good way keep your pointer active is with another dog. Luckily, pointers get along well with other dogs and enjoy having another serious playmate.

Next: A delightful French clown  

15. Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear dog

Cotons love playing and spending time with their families. | Bigandt_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

Coton de Tulears (or cotons for short) have funny, clownish personalities. They’re smart and they have a lot of love to give. They enjoy just following their family members around the house and taking part in whatever they’re doing. Cotons also get along great with other dogs.

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