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I'm a large dog kind of girl, and plan on adopting an Irish Wolfhound come next June. Two of my dogs are medium sized (about 50 lbs and 60 lbs) but my concern is my miniature dachshund at 11 lbs. I'm obviously mostly concerned about a sight hound around another dog small enough to be considered prey, but crushing/stepping on/rough play comes in to mind, despite our plans to immediately begin training.

Mostly I'm just curious to see what sizes of dogs live in harmony and whether or not it's a good idea to have someone so small with someone so large.
 

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My dogs are fairly close in size, my two largest are both 37 lbs, then I have a 25 lb and a 20 lb....but that doesn't mean I don't think a big size difference could work....
 

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My dogs are pretty close height wise, within half an inch of each other, but one is about 45-50 pounds and the other is 85. I don't see why a large size difference couldn't work; but a high prey drive paired with a tiny dog might be an issue... I don't know.
 

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If the Wolfie already has a high prey drive, your doxie could appear as a fun thing to chase and accidently crush..
 

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My Dogs are 70#, 50#, and 6# - Even though they all get along I don't let the little guy run with the big dogs they just run him over and I'm afraid he will get hurt (he has no clue he is smaller than the dobes)
 

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My boys are within about 8 -10 pounds of each other. In the past my dogs ran around with my friends Chihuahua. I agree with not letting the little one be around when they are rough housing or whatnot. Just too much room for injuries there.
 

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If the Wolfie already has a high prey drive, your doxie could appear as a fun thing to chase and accidently crush..
We would be adopting a puppy and raising it with the doxie.

My Dogs are 70#, 50#, and 6# - Even though they all get along I don't let the little guy run with the big dogs they just run him over and I'm afraid he will get hurt (he has no clue he is smaller than the dobes)
I try to keep my little guy separate from his siblings while exiting the house and if they start roughing around, who outweigh him by 40 and 50 lbs, but he get so upset not being able to play. He roughs around with my mutt and seemingly has no idea how much larger she is than him. She has never hurt him, though.
 

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Oh okay, then yes a puppy raised with your doxie would be okay.

You just need to teach your wolfie to be gentle.

I absolutely love wolfies and will be getting one when I'm older..
 

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My current dog is only a puppy,but she will weigh anywhere from 85-100 lbs,if not bigger.My next dog will be considerably smaller,in the 30-45 lb range.
 

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My Mastiff is close to 200lbs now and my Lab is around 100-110lbs so there is a big size difference there. They get along fine most of the time. Occasionally, I have to get on to Uallis for treating Eddie like a little ragdoll and generally being rough with him...but it goes pretty well.

I think that if a Wolfhound is raised with a smaller dog, they may become more "aware" of where the little dog is when walking, running, etc...

My Uallis isn't aware of anything like that, he'll trample anything in his way but he hasn't really been raised with small dogs just our cats.
 

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We would be adopting a puppy and raising it with the doxie.



I try to keep my little guy separate from his siblings while exiting the house and if they start roughing around, who outweigh him by 40 and 50 lbs, but he get so upset not being able to play. He roughs around with my mutt and seemingly has no idea how much larger she is than him. She has never hurt him, though.

My little guy gets upset also and my 2 big dogs would never hurt him on purpose. My old dobe accidentally fractured his neck when he was younger - That ended wrestling with big dogs- Luckily he healed OK but he does have a permanent limp.
 

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My Mastiff is close to 200lbs now and my Lab is around 100-110lbs so there is a big size difference there. They get along fine most of the time. Occasionally, I have to get on to Uallis for treating Eddie like a little ragdoll and generally being rough with him...but it goes pretty well.

I think that if a Wolfhound is raised with a smaller dog, they may become more "aware" of where the little dog is when walking, running, etc...

My Uallis isn't aware of anything like that, he'll trample anything in his way but he hasn't really been raised with small dogs just our cats.
My Elkhound and mutt are very gentle and they get along fine, but they will trample my doxie if they're getting let outside all at once. I have to hold the little guy, and make the other two sit and wait, and even then they're so excited by the prospect of catching balls in the yard they'll mow down anyone in the way.

I'm sure an IWH that grows up with a small dog can be trained and easily manageable, but I like to know the size differences of other dogs and how things go with them.

My little guy gets upset also and my 2 big dogs would never hurt him on purpose. My old dobe accidentally fractured his neck when he was younger - That ended wrestling with big dogs- Luckily he healed OK but he does have a permanent limp.
My little man will scream if I keep him out of the thick of things, so I just watch any play and make sure no one is getting TOO rough or too possessive over a toy. He's tough for a tiny thing, but since I had a kitten accidentally killed by being stepped on, I'm over protective of the little ones and watch him like a hawk.
 

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Tori (GSD/Aussie) is the size of a large Australian Shepherd... between 45 and 55lbs., whilst Bambi (Lab/GSD) is Labish sized at 62lbs. Our smallest sweetheart is Kodiak (pom) who will grow up to be 3lbs. total.
 

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At one point my gramma had a little Pomeranian who was so old she was missing all of her teeth and a very very large german shepherd (she was easily over 100lbs). Anyway, long story short the pomeranian was the dominant one. She would growl once and the gsd would sulk away. They were the best of friends most of the time.
 

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Before when I had all 12 of my dogs it was largest 215 lbs and smallest 5.3 lbs

Now the biggest is my old my man dog Lucky at 45 lbs and my smallest still 5.3 lbs
 

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The biggest is 45lbs, the smallest is 5lbs. Shadow (the big dog) has learned how to be gentle with him, but the smallest has also learned how to avoid her feet. Actually, I think Holly (my 7lb. girl) taught him how to run around her feet and not get trampled. Usually when there's a ball involved the smallest doesn't want to be involved, but my 7lb. girl loves to annoy my big girl when she's trying to catch a ball.
 
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