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Would it be okay to have a 10-year-old tea cup yorkie with a puppy Doberman or with any big breed?

Hi everyone,

I have a 10-year-old tea cup yorkie who I absolutely adore! Recently, I have been considering bringing a new puppy into our family, specifically a Doberman or another big breed.

However, I'm a bit worried about how my small yorkie will react to a new, larger dog. Will they get along? Will the bigger dog accidentally hurt or scare my little one? I don't want to put my current furry friend in any danger or stress them out unnecessarily.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Can a small dog live peacefully with a big dog? Or is it better to stick with dogs of similar sizes? Any advice or personal stories would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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berneice39

Hi there,

I have a 5-year-old tea cup Yorkie and a 4-year-old Rottweiler. When we first got our Rottweiler, I was worried about how they would get along because of the size difference. However, we were pleasantly surprised at how well they clicked.

We introduced them slowly and made sure to supervise their interactions. We provided plenty of personal space for both dogs where they could retreat to and gave them their own toys. We always made sure to give each dog individual attention to avoid any feelings of competition.

One thing we noticed is that our Rottweiler was very gentle with our Yorkie from the beginning. The first time they played together, our Rottweiler let our Yorkie win. Over time, they became great pals, and now they are inseparable!

Overall, I would say that dogs of different sizes can definitely live together peacefully. Just make sure to take things slowly, supervise their interactions, and provide each dog with their own space and private time.

I hope this helps, and good luck if you decide to add a new furry friend to your family!

kessler.alexandrea

Hello!

I have a 11-year-old tea cup Chihuahua, and last year, we added a Labrador Retriever puppy to our family. I was very concerned about how my little Chihuahua would react to such a big dog. But little did I know, they would become the best of friends!

We introduced them slowly and under supervision at first. We gave them plenty of private spaces where they could rest and sleep, and they each had their own toys as well. Within a few weeks, they started to become more comfortable with each other, and now they play and cuddle together all the time.

One of the things that helped their acclimation process was obedience training. Both dogs were trained to follow basic commands and respect each other's boundaries. We also made sure that the puppy had plenty of exercise, so he wasn't as hyper when he was around our Chihuahua.

Overall, I would say that it's definitely possible to have a big and small dog live together peacefully, but it takes time, patience, and proper training. Make sure to take things slowly and know when to intervene if they get too aggressive. Good luck!

cassin.chandler

Hello,

I have a 3-year-old Miniature Pinscher, and I also have a Great Dane that's about 1 year old. When we first brought the Great Dane home, I was very concerned about how my Miniature Pinscher would react. However, to my surprise, he was completely fine with the new addition to our family.

We did the introductions outside in a neutral territory, and we slowly brought them closer to each other while on a leash. Once they were comfortable, we let them play together and watched them closely. Both dogs were very happy to be with each other, and we've never had any issues with them fighting or showing any aggression.

What I've learned from having dogs of different sizes is that each dog is different, and you need to introduce them slowly to reduce any chance of aggression. It also helps to give each dog their private space, so they can retreat when they feel the need to be alone.

I think if you're willing to put in the time and effort, you'll be able to have a small dog at home with a big dog. Just remember to stay vigilant and intervene if you sense any aggression between the two dogs.

Best of luck with your decision!

leuschke.dorothea

Hello,

I have had a 9-year-old tea cup Poodle for a long time now, and a year ago, I decided to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy. I have to say it was not easy introducing a large dog into our little apartment, especially since my Poodle is very territorial.

The first week after getting the Golden Retriever, my Poodle was very scared and would growl and bark whenever the puppy would approach him. They were never left unsupervised, and I made sure to interfere whenever I thought things were getting out of hand.

Slowly but surely, my Poodle began to tolerate the new addition to our family. Before long, they started to play together and even cuddle up next to each other. I will say that it took a lot of patience, but seeing them play together and snuggle up, I think it was worth the effort.

In my opinion, it is possible for a small dog to get along with a larger breed, but it takes time and patience. Make sure to train both dogs and always supervise their interactions. Ultimately, if both dogs have good temperaments, they are more likely to get along.

Good luck with your decision!

chanel39

Hey there,

I have a 12-year-old Pomeranian and we also just recently added a Doberman to our family. It's been about six months now and they are slowly but steadily becoming friends. At first, I wasn't sure how my Pomeranian would react, but I was amazed to see that he's pretty much adapted to the new addition.

We also started with slow and supervised interactions, and I made sure to keep the Doberman on a leash whenever they were together. The key to success was patience: we took things very slowly and allowed my Pomeranian to set boundaries for himself.

But one thing to keep in mind is that the larger breed can easily scare the smaller one. Even though our Doberman is still a puppy, he is already considerably bigger than our Pomeranian, so we had to train him not to jump up when excited. This is something that you need to be consistent with, as puppies have a lot of energy.

Overall, I would say that it is possible to have a bigger breed dog and a small dog living together peacefully, but you need to be prepared to put in the time, patience, and effort required to make it work.

Good luck!

halie.kuhn

Hey there,

I have a 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and about a year ago I rescued a Pit Bull. The Jack Russell was very territorial and wasn't happy about sharing her space at first. She would bark and growl every time the Pit Bull would come close.

We started the introductions gradually, giving the Jack Russell time to adjust at her own pace. It took a few weeks, but eventually, they started to tolerate each other's presence. However, even now, they still have the occasional fight, but they also cuddle and play together.

One thing that we have in place to make sure they get along is a strict routine. We feed them separately and make sure they have their own toys, beds, and personal space. We also provide an equal amount of attention to both dogs to avoid any jealousy issues.

Overall, I would say that it is possible for small dogs to get along with larger breeds, but it takes patience, training, and a strict routine to ensure everything goes smoothly. Make sure to always supervise their interactions, and if you feel like there is any aggression, separate them immediately.

Best of luck to you and your four-legged family!

erik38

Hi there,

I had a similar situation a few years back, and I can understand your concern. I had a small chihuahua and wanted to add a larger breed to our family, so I was also worried about how they would get along.

We ended up getting a German Shepherd puppy, and I have to say that it was an adjustment for everyone. At first, my chihuahua was very hesitant and nervous around the new puppy. However, we took things slowly and allowed them to interact under supervision. Over time, they became great friends and now play together all the time.

One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need to ensure that both dogs have separate space so they can have their alone time when they need it. It is also important to train both dogs to respect each other's boundaries to prevent accidents from happening.

Overall, it is possible for small dogs to live with larger breeds, but it does require patience, training, and supervision. If you decide to move forward with a bigger breed, make sure to introduce them gradually and closely monitor their interactions.

Hope this helps!

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