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shouldn't be a problem ... my 100 + pound lab/collie mix (snickers) is best friends with our smallest cat (itty-bitty) they rough house around and he never hurts her .... dogs are pretty careful when it comes to that ~
 

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The Irish wolfhounds I've known (maybe a dozen, total) were incredibly gentle and considerate of smaller dogs (which would include ALL dogs) around them.

The only downside I could see to those dogs were the relatively short life-spans. The owners would usually say they'd rather have a wolfhound for seven years than any other dog for sixteen, but it's something to think about.
 

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The Irish wolfhounds I've known (maybe a dozen, total) were incredibly gentle and considerate of smaller dogs (which would include ALL dogs) around them.

The only downside I could see to those dogs were the relatively short life-spans. The owners would usually say they'd rather have a wolfhound for seven years than any other dog for sixteen, but it's something to think about.
All of the ones I've worked/lived with have been extremely gentle, but I've never mixed tiny with so large. I just wanted to cover all bases before deciding for sure, because I strongly believe in pets for life and wouldn't want to end up in a way where I absolutely could not keep him.

The short life span is a heart breaker, but something I've come to be used to.
 

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You can mix them, it's just all about teaching them to be gentle. Sometimes puppies just play rough, so it's hard on the pups to learn to play gentle, but just keep an eye out, and bring your wolfie to play with other large dogs so he can run with them.

Also, I don't know if you know this, but you shouldn't exercise them a lot before they are 6 months old.
 

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You can mix them, it's just all about teaching them to be gentle. Sometimes puppies just play rough, so it's hard on the pups to learn to play gentle, but just keep an eye out, and bring your wolfie to play with other large dogs so he can run with them.

Also, I don't know if you know this, but you shouldn't exercise them a lot before they are 6 months old.
Wolfhounds? We've always allowed them to exercise freely at their own choice. Before about a year and some change I don't allow them to jump off any thing, or run with me until their growth plates are closed.
 

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As you can see in my signature I have a Mini Dachsie, a Cavalier, and an English Springer Spaniel. Out of the lot of them my Cavalier is the one I have to look out for at playtime. He's much more contented fetching a ball and gets overwhelmed by rough housing. I will be getting an Afghan in my Dachshunds lifetime and there's a good chance I'll have a Wolfhound in his lifespan as well. Personaly I don't have any worrys about the size difference. My Dachshund is very sturdy and resilient, he has no problem handling himself around large dogs or rough play. It all comes down to your dogs indiviual personalities and how you raise them together.

There's also a quite a few breeders of the large sighthounds that also keep a smaller breed. My Cavaliers' breeder also breeds Wolfhounds; and I know a few Afghan breeders that have Dachshunds as well.
 

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125 lb lab mastiff mix, 50lb hound mix, 21 lb cairn mix, 18 lb Cairn, and 13 lb Cairn lives here right now. And they all run together perfectly. The largest one tiptoes around the little ones in play it is almost like a ballet performance. Dozer was here first and has been very gentle with the little ones. Now, with the hound mix..He gives him heck. All in good fun though.
 

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I have a pure germain Shepard (65lbs.) a pure germain shepard puppy (15lbs.) a pure rat terrier ( around 15-17 lbs.) and a blue heeler mix border collie (75-80lbs.) and they all seem to get along the only problem is the rat thinks she is as big as the germain shepard ( now that were talking about weight do you think the blue heeler mix border collie is over weight?
 

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As you can see in my signature I have a Mini Dachsie, a Cavalier, and an English Springer Spaniel. Out of the lot of them my Cavalier is the one I have to look out for at playtime. He's much more contented fetching a ball and gets overwhelmed by rough housing. I will be getting an Afghan in my Dachshunds lifetime and there's a good chance I'll have a Wolfhound in his lifespan as well. Personaly I don't have any worrys about the size difference. My Dachshund is very sturdy and resilient, he has no problem handling himself around large dogs or rough play. It all comes down to your dogs indiviual personalities and how you raise them together.

There's also a quite a few breeders of the large sighthounds that also keep a smaller breed. My Cavaliers' breeder also breeds Wolfhounds; and I know a few Afghan breeders that have Dachshunds as well.
That's comforting to hear. My doxie is a sturdy little man. He can get over run easily in an excited moment (Rush to the yard, or a rough housing) but always seems to be perfectly not bothered when he's getting beat up.

I have a pure germain Shepard (65lbs.) a pure germain shepard puppy (15lbs.) a pure rat terrier ( around 15-17 lbs.) and a blue heeler mix border collie (75-80lbs.) and they all seem to get along the only problem is the rat thinks she is as big as the germain shepard ( now that were talking about weight do you think the blue heeler mix border collie is over weight?
I'd have to see a photo of him, because it really depends on his height/stature. I have a supposed doxie mix (I don't see the doxie, but she has a long body) who typically weighs about 60 lbs. She doesn't look overweight, there is no pressure on any of joints at vet checks, and she gets regular exercise and a balanced diet.
 
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