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    Hi all.

    I'm hoping that this hasn't been asked before (I did a quick search and couldn't find anything).

    My wife and I moved in to our new home late last year and have finally got the backyard ready to cater for a dog or 2. My wife is really keen on a chihuahua X and I would love a larger dog, something like a lab kelpie or boarder collie that I can jog with. We are thinking of getting our dogs from the pound so there may be a bit of an age difference between the two.

    My first question is can a larger and smaller dog get along well together? And my 2nd question is, is my yard big enough to cater for two dogs? We have around 11x14m of grassed area, clothes line area a large entertaining area some paths and a run down either side of the house and an enclosure for the dogs.

    Any help would be great.

    Thanks
    Simon

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    Welcome to the forum
    Large and small dogs can easily live together as long as the dogs have the right personality for it. Its very trial and error and depends very much on individual dogs. In regards to enough room... I'd say you would have enough room for the chihuahua but if you're looking at a working breed like a Kelpie or a Border collie they require an absolute minimum of 1 hour exercise every day as well as training and mental stimulation, otherwise you will end up with a bored problematic dog.
    (i'm not saying the chihuahua doesn't need exercise too, cause it definitely will)
    Have either of you owned dogs before? Because if you're first time dog owners i wouldn't recommend a Border collie or a Kelpie unless you are 100% sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

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    Thanks for the info and the fast reply.

    I have grown up with Dalmatians which did include doing a lot of training and walking, I also had rabbits chickens and birds so I am prepared for a bit of work. My wife's family has always had smaller dogs, she hasn't done much dog training but has always spent a lot of time with their dogs.

    I know we would be able to spend the time with the dogs, my main worry is making sure they have enough room to play whilst we are at work.

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonr View Post
    Thanks for the info and the fast reply.

    I have grown up with Dalmatians which did include doing a lot of training and walking, I also had rabbits chickens and birds so I am prepared for a bit of work. My wife's family has always had smaller dogs, she hasn't done much dog training but has always spent a lot of time with their dogs.

    I know we would be able to spend the time with the dogs, my main worry is making sure they have enough room to play whilst we are at work.

    Thanks

    Simon
    Sounds like you know what it takes then
    I personally think that as long as the dogs get lots of exercise when you return from work every day then it could be alright While you're at work you could provide interactive or food dispensing toys, otherwise the dogs might get destructive. I'm sure other people on this forum will have lots more helpful info than i do
    Good luck!

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    Thanks for the advice

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    If you get a BC the exercise part is every day, I do twice a day and it is not negotiable. they make very intelligent mayhem..lol

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    They sure can live together !! Show your wife this and she might let ya get a real big dawgy !!




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    OMG Sean, that's an accident waiting to happen

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    Cheers farrview. That's what I'm worried about, I like to think that I can walk every night but I'm sure occasionally things will come up at work and its not fair on the dog to leave it "hanging".

    Haha. Nice vid Sean. Wasn't after something quite that big.

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    Simonr, I wouldn't be leaving 2 dogs of such different size alone in the backyard unless they have separate runs. You would need to watch them whenever they are together until they are totally bonded.
    I'd recommend getting something smaller than the dogs you suggested if your wife definitely wants a chihuahua sized dog. There are lots of small/medium size dogs who would love to be your running companion (my cavoodle is madly waving her paw at you )

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