What Breeds Do Poodles Get Along With?

Whether you have Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, a Standard Poodle, or a Poodle mix at home, and you are considering getting a second dog, you must choose carefully to ensure dog compatibility. You must take into account the age of both dogs, the genders, and the personalities (you really don’t want two alpha dogs in your home pack). While many breeds will happily accept other animals (dogs or cats) and make great family dogs, some breeds are simply too dangerous to put with other animals (and is the same with certain types of Poodles). Even though Poodles generally have a good temperament, it is critical that you consider both the well-being and the safety of not only both dogs but the members of your family.

Poodle Characteristics

Poodles are good pets, but if you want to add another dog to the mix, you must socialize your Poodle. This can be done through regular walks in the park, around your neighborhood, or even at a local pet store. Just make sure that your Poodle has the opportunity to meet new people and new animals, and that it does not get aggressive with others. When you are ready to introduce your Poodle to a potential new addition, make sure to do so in a neutral space like an animal shelter, park, or training center. Poodles are very territorial and if you try to introduce the new dog in the home, the Poodle will not react well. It will see the new dog as an intruder that must be dealt with. Poodles are generally sweet and gentle dogs, but the introduction of a new canine must be handled cautiously to avoid injury to either dog or a member of the family. It is important that, before you choose, you know your breeds.

Know Your Breeds

Remember that Poodles were originally working and retrieving dogs:the herder and the hunter. They are protective, they are intelligent, and they are fiercely loyal to the pack. Let’s look at some breeds that can mix well with the Poodle:

  • Basset hound – relaxed, low-key dogs with a sweet disposition
  • English Foxhound – these pack dogs do very well around other dogs and like to exercise with other dogs
  • Cocker Spaniel – these happy, gentle, and smart pups make them great pup companions to a Poodle
  • Bolognese – these devoted, intelligent and comical little dogs get on well with other dogs and are great for families
  • Vizsla – Vizslas are sweet, loving dogs who do very well with other pets and children
  • Pug – these comedians of the canine cosmos. These silly little pups do especially well when socialized as pups with another dog
  • Coton de Tulear (known as Cotons) – these smart-aleck clowns also have great intelligence and get along great with other dogs
  • Labrador Retrievers – gentle spirits with a loving, eager to please personalities that make a great match for other breeds
  • Beagle – this perpetual puppy loves to have playmates and can get along with any family friendly breed
  • Shih Tzu – this fluffy buddy can get along well with the Poodle and makes a great addition to the pack
  • Pekingese – these long-haired royal dogs can get along well with Poodles as both breeds will stake out their own space in the home
  • Maltese – gentle and affectionate, these well-mannered pups will be great partners with the Poodle

While any of these breeds would make great companions with a Poodle, there are some general rules you must follow when introducing a new dog into a home with an existing pet.

Bringing Them Together

Bringing Them Together

When you have chosen your new dog, make sure you follow these helpful hints for making the transition as smooth as possible:

Neutral Location – the first meeting must always be in a neutral location. This way, your Poodle will not feel the need to protect their territory. Handle the dogs separately, on separate leashes (you will need a friend or family member to help out). Make sure the area is enclosed to avoid any unexpected escapes.

Use Positive Reinforcement – give the dogs the opportunity to get to know one another through sniffing and greeting. Give them positive reassurance that they are behaving well together.  Let them play for a bit and then give them the commands to sit and stay. This may take several tries. Once they will cooperate, you can walk them together as another chance to get to know each other.

Watch for Negative Body Language –if you see anything resembling a defensive posture, get into positive reinforcement behavior. Watch for hair standing up on the spine, crouching, deep growls, teeth-baring, or a prolonged stare. Once your dog has changed its body language to a more relaxed position, re-introduce the dogs for more socialization.

Bringing them Home – When your pups are tolerating each other well, and you don’t see any displays of aggressiveness, you can take them home. Remember that a new dog will probably be very nervous and could get sick on the ride home. Make sure you have someone with you to help. Bring the new dog into the home first to prevent territorial protective behavior in your first pet.

Introducing a Puppy to an Adult Dog – puppies are, by nature, hard to handle. When they are introduced to a new home, they are in a whirlwind state of learning. Any adult dogs present will become the puppy’s new best friend—much to that dog’s displeasure usually. If your adult dog is of good humor, it will growl at a playful puppy to set boundaries. While this is a good thing, never leave them alone together. Also, make sure to give your adult dog some extra attention away from the puppy. Puppies will suck the time out of your day and your adult dog could get very unhappy and start acting out. Finally, never let the adult dog and the puppy eat out of the same dish, as this can cause defensive behavior. You really don’t want to break up a food fight between a puppy with razor-sharp teeth and an adult dog with a full-grown bite.

Final Thoughts

Poodles can be easily matched with other breeds of dogs to increase the size of your pack. Make sure you have done your research and found a breed that is compatible not only with your Poodle but also with your family’s lifestyle.