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Friendly Dog Breeds That Will Make a Great Addition to Your Pack

Dog personalities can be as complex as human personalities, running the gamut from shy, aggressive, friendly, playful, and more. A dog’s breed can play a role in its disposition. Although breed isn’t completely determinative of personality, we have a list of 8 common breeds whose behavioral traits make them more likely to live in harmony with other pets.

Beagle

Beagle fanciers describe them as “merry.” They are one of America’s most popular dog breeds. Beagles are curious, energetic and require a lot of playtime — which is hopefully what they’ll get when they join a new pack!

Burmese Mountain Dog

Despite their imposing size—70 to 120 pounds as adults—Burmese Mountain Dogs are famous for their calm and patient demeanor. These dogs get on well with other dogs, cats and children.

Chihuahua 

Properly trained Chihuahuas are loyal and charming and when given the chance, they will play with other animals. Thanks to their “big-dog attitude,” these little dogs are confident and easily get along with other calm dogs and cats.

Cocker Spaniel

Although bred in Spain as a hunter, more than anything, Cocker Spaniels want to become a part of the family. Especially if the family included other dogs or cats!

Golden Retriever

There is a reason why Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in America—they are so friendly! They are also intelligent, tolerant and playful, which makes a Golden a great addition to any household, even if their new pack includes cats, other dogs, and rambunctious children.

Great Dane

One of the largest dog breeds, Great Danes are known for their sweet nature, which is why they get along with other dogs and cats. Between Great Danes and Chihuahuas, when it comes to getting along with other animals, size clearly doesn’t matter. 

Labrador Retriever

Labs are known for their friendly nature. According to the American Kennel Club, labs “are companionable housemates who bond with the whole family, and they socialize well with … dogs and humans alike.”   

Poodle 

Poodles are best known for their remarkably curly fur. Less well-known is their affectionate personalities. Poodles come in many sizes, but whatever their size, they tend to get on well with every member of the family.

Pug

Many people who’ve spent a little time with a Pug will swear that these compact little dogs have a sense of humor. DogTime says that well-socialized pugs “get along well with other animals and children.” But remember, they love to be the center of attention.

Other Breeds

There are many other breeds that get along well with other dogs. Make sure to conduct research on a dog’s breed and disposition before you add a new dog to your pack. If you’re adopting a mixed-breed dog, find out from their previous owner, or the shelter where you found the dog, if they gets along well with other animals before bringing them home.