If you spend most of your time watching videos that feature delightful inter-species friendships, you might be surprised to hear that it's actually not all that common for dogs to get along with other animals. While there are certain dog breeds that are notoriously great around other animals, even the science of breed isn't fool proof. Whether you're hoping to add a new pet to your home, or hoping to start a harmonious pet family with a social pup, you should know that breed is important, but it isn't everything. According to a 2017 report from the American Veterinary Medical Association, 44 percent of U.S. pet owners have multiple-pet households, most of which were combinations of cats and dogs, and many of which, reported obedience issues between species.
A lot of animal behavior has to do with training, and though certain breeds might have a disposition that makes it easier for them to get along with other animals, training will always be a necessary factor to ensure everyone's not only getting along under the same roof, but thriving. It's important to remember that breeds aside, when one pet has your full attention, it might behave a certain way, but when that attention is divided and shared between multiple pets, that pet might act out. And, if you're adopting a dog, breed might be irrelevant as their early life experience might have more of an influence on their ability to get along with other pets or not.
Before I got a Maltese, I was told that the breed is very social and should get along with other pups, and maybe even cats. After 11 years of watching my dog refuse to get along with any other animal, however, I'd suggest to use the rule of breeds as a very thin guideline — constant training will be necessary to ensure all of your pets feel safe, loved, and happy together. Luckily for me, my Maltese is my only pet, so the issue never came to a head. I will say that after 11 years, though, my dog has become tolerant around a few pets that he regularly spends time with, though obedience monitoring is always necessary. My crabby Maltese aside, there really are some breeds that have a very strong track record of getting along with other pets, so here are those breeds that are known to be social, accepting, and easy to train: