The common phrase ‘variety is the spice of life is applicable to canines who may not get along with other canines very quickly or easily. There are canines of different breeds, shapes, sizes, colour as well as temperaments. Each pooch is unique; some may be excited to meet other furry ones while others might not like that very much. If two stranger canines cross paths with each other, both of the furry ones will do a quick mini-profile on the other’s sound, smell, body language and any potential past encounters. Once your furry one has run his or her background check on the other pooch, the result will determine whether they will share friendly vibes or not.
Canines are social beings. Though their ancestors were bred in packs, there was no certainty whether they got along or not. There can be a number of reasons why one furry one won’t accept the other as his or her long lost friend. In some cases, it may have so happened the canine may have looked similar to this new stranger canine and the previous one may have engaged in anti-social behaviours that may have triggered this canine. Hence, he or she perceives this stranger to be that previous one or just a similar-looking canine that can be mistaken as the previous one.
For most of you who may not know this, canines are very reliant on their senses. From miles away they can detect and sense things that they don’t like about another canine who is approaching him or her. Some large breed canines have a problem with small breeds or skinny dogs. There are some breeds of canines who are not as outgoing as others and so he or she may have a tough time trying to mix with the others. While there are others who may have a natural fighting disposition and an aggressive nature.
Due to their prey drive and natural instinct for hunting may chase scurrying creatures or critters.
- Hounds such as Afghans, Greyhounds and Scottish Deerhounds are some breeds that may chase these creatures.
- On the other hand, canine breeds such as Kerry Blue Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers fall into the aggressive category of pooches.
- Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are usually known for their temperamental and behavioural issues.
- Rottweilers are seen aloof most of the time and are not very good with strangers. They are loyal to their owners, however, their size and energy level are not considered ideal for families with toddlers and infants.
- Siberian huskies are territorial and do not always get along with strangers or with other dogs as well.
- Bullmastiffs are smart, athletic dogs that also have an aggressive temperament. Due to this temperament, they are usually seen as guard dogs.
- Other canines that are known to be aggressive include American Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds and American Bulldogs.
If you’re fortunate while introducing your new canine, there might either be love at first sight or it may take a few more days to get them both used to each other’s presence in the same house. So plan well in advance and seek guidance from your veterinarian to know which breeds are more compatible with each other.