Having one dog is great but what’s better is having two! Say you have a Doxie, however. Do dachshunds like other dogs and what are 15 breeds that get along with them? Does the second dog need to be a dachshund or absolutely have to be small- or mid-sized? Also, when is the right time to get a second dog and what do you need to do beforehand? We’ll try to answer all that below.
Do Dachshunds Like Other Dogs?
Dachshunds can easily like and even love other dogs under the same roof. This isn’t a guard dog breed nor do Doxies have any inherent dog aggression. Instead, as a scent hound breed, dachshunds were bred to live in kennels with other dogs and to hunt together with them. So, there isn’t anything major that makes dachshunds worse for living with dogs than most other breeds.
That being said, there are two things we should note:
- Every dog is an individual so it’s still perfectly possible that your dachshund will prefer to be an only pet. Some dachshunds can be a bit territorial and/or get jealous of another dog. This isn’t anything too typical for the breed nor does it mean that there’s anything wrong with your dog – it’s just a matter of personality.
- Secondly, dachshunds do tend to be willful, headstrong, quite playful, and mischievous. So, if you want your Doxie to pair well with another dog, it’s wise to make sure that their personalities match. So, getting a calm and laid-back dog may not be the best match for a young and wild Doxie.
What Do You Need To Do Before You Get A Second Dog?
As with any other dog breed, socialization and obedience training are important for dachshunds. It almost doesn’t matter what breed your dog is, if it has never been socialized with other animals, it won’t get along with a second pet. So, it’s important to both train and socialize your dachshund before you get a second dog.
That’s why most experts recommend that you spend about a year with your dog before you get a second one. This will give you the time to get your dog trained and introduce it to other pets in the dog park or on playdates for some good socialization. After that, getting a second animal home shouldn’t be a problem. If you skip that socialization, however, and just live with your lone dachshund for several years, chances are that your dog will become territorial and jealous of anyone else getting your attention.
15 Dogs Compatible With Dachshunds
Dogs from every breed can get along with dachshunds if both animals are trained and socialized well, and their personalities match. That being said, some breeds tend to get along with Doxies more easily than others. The 15 breeds cited most often include:
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- Doberman Pinscher
- Miniature American Shepherd
- Pyrenean Shepherd
- Boykin Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Jack Russel Terrier
- Toy Fox Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Bull Terrier
- Clumber Spaniel
- Finnish Spitz
In Conclusion, Do Dachshunds Like Other Dogs?
So, do dachshunds like other dogs? As a rule, yes. However, picking the right pooch for your Doxie is still important. Like people, dachshunds can be opinionated as well as quite picky about who they hang out with. So, if you get a dog with a personality that simply doesn’t gel with that of your dachshund, things may not work out perfectly. Instead, it’s best to pick a dog with similar energy levels and playfulness as those of your dachshund. Do that and as long as both canines are socialized adequately, everything should be fine.
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What dog goes well with a dachshund?
If your dachshund is well-socialized from an early age as well as properly trained, almost every other dog can become its buddy. That is, provided that the other dog is adequately socialized as well. What matters more is not so much the other dog’s breed but its character. As long as the other dog is as playful and like-minded as your dachshund and as long as both are socialized, everything should be fine. After all, dogs are individualists and dogs of every breed can have the right personality to match with your dachshund. That being said, there are some breeds that get along with dachshunds more often and more easily than others. The most commonly cited breeds include French Bulldogs, Doberman Pinschers, Pugs, Huskies, and most terriers. Some of those are weird as dachshunds don’t typically like being the smaller dog in the family, yet they seem to feel ok with Huskies and Dobermans.
Are dachshunds aggressive to other dogs?
Dachshunds don’t have a lot of inherent aggression toward other canines. After all, they are a hunting hound breed, not a guard dog. They have much more of a prey drive toward small non-canine animals than they have aggression toward other dogs. Dachshunds have been bred for centuries to live in kennels with other hounds and to hunt together with them. That being said, like most scent hounds, dachshunds can be quite headstrong and willful which can lead to quarrels with other dogs. So, if you want a second canine pet, you’d do well to socialize and train both dogs very well to make sure that they get along.
Do dachshunds prefer other dachshunds?
As best as we can tell, dachshunds don’t seem to care much about the exact breed of other dogs they meet or live with. However, they care about their personality and size. So, if another dog is substantially bigger than your dachshund or has a way different character (usually calmer and passive character), then your dachshund probably won’t be happy. The direct consequence of this is that dachshunds do end up preferring other dachshunds. Simply put, the easiest way to make sure your second dog is of the same size and character as your Doxie is to get a second Doxie. However, that isn’t to say that you should necessarily get a dachshund – there are many other medium-sized dog breeds with playful and mischievous personalities too.