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Lurchers & small dogs as housemates?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by SUNNYBORTH, Oct 18, 2018.


  1. SUNNYBORTH

    SUNNYBORTH PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    I have a middle aged Chiahuahua- a rescue dog. I'm about to get a Lurcher pup from a good home. She's a nice pup, well socialised, good well manneredl parents ... I'm excited about it as I have wanted a big dog for ages. However, I am a bit concerned about whether or not assuming it's feasible to have two such different dogs in one home is overly optimistic. Anyone out there got a 'little n large' lurcher / little dog thing going on in their family?
     
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    Wild With Roxi PetForums Senior

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    I have a Bichon and a Collie mix puppy :) It usually works fine, as long as you introduce them properly etc.
    Pictures Please!! xxx
     
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    SUNNYBORTH PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks. So, what do you mean by 'properly '? Should I introduce them outside somewhere neutral? Or at home where the chiahuahua is Queen?
     
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    kimthecat PetForums VIP

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    How does you chi act towards other dogs?
    I expect the lurcher pup will want to play with your chi and may pester him . Your chi perhaps will need some where to escape to.
    Big dogs can learn to play gently with little ones .
     
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    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    I'd be very, very careful of play. I don't allow chase games between my Lab and toy breeds as all it takes is a misplaced paw and they can do serious damage and pups aren't exactly known for their coordination and gentleness lol. But plenty of small dogs live with much bigger dogs with no issues.

    What's your Chi like with other dogs generally? It's quite likely she's going to hate the puppy at first, lots of older dogs growl and refuse to have anything to do with a new pup that's brought into the home so just be prepared for that. Lots of time, space, not letting pup pester her etc and it usually passes fairly soon.
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    I own a lurcher and 3 toy breeds

    I only allow limited amount of play at home between they toy breeds and my lurcher .If I think it's becoming too much all dogs know enough. The two youngest toy breeds love to wrestle but do this it upstairs out of the way.

    I don't allow walk them together as a general rule especially off lead. My lurcher is 2 still acts like a puppy and lurcher's tend to have an extremely boisterous play style. So off lead wide open spaces, any tendency for arousal to turn is a big no no. Plus open spaces more likely to cause serious injury or worse.

    I would be worried about the chihuahua thinking she was queen at home and introducing any dog to be honest. If you can explain this I might understand better.
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    With all due respect... A collie doesn't posses the predatory sequence of a sighthound. It's not as easy putting a lurcher with dogs that are small and possible fluffy and think it's ok.
     
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    Yeah, predatory behaviour would be a definite concern for me too.
     
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