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    I just wanted to ask what are your dogs like with other family pets? are they good? quiet? excited? Tilly is a mini foxy cross and you wouldn't think to trust that breed with other small animals like rabbits, birds or guinea pigs however she is brilliant with them! We have four rabbits and two guinea pigs and two Quaker parrots and she has a little complex with the birds because they tease her and pull her tail but she doesn't mind. We've always supervised having her around the other pets but over all she's never shown any aggression and the other animals love her.

    Our male Rabbit Winslow he actually tries to chin her which is his way of saying I own you because I like you. He'll rub his chin on things he wants to claim because of a gland under the chin. He'll also try to pee on her if she gets to close but its another way rabbits show affection to things that they like ^^

    Our guinea pigs aren't even scared of her and will come up to the wire and let her sniff them. I just think this is pretty unique because of the breed that she is as they are known for chasing and catching things like this usually. The only thing she isn't good with are possums and cats. But then she has never grown up with them and if their in her territory she'll just chase them out of it again with a couple of barks for good measure.

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    My dogs are Pugs and they tend to think that every other living thing is their best buddy.
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    When we bort Scoobs home, he went mental at the cats, after time he got used to them, and now they seem to get along, they dont hang out to close together, but sleep in the same room. One of the cats likes to show him whos boss every now and then.
    If theres another cat in our yard, he'll kill it if he gets hold of it thou

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    Mine won't tolerate cats and I miss having a puddy tat .
    Loppy has also inherited 'must get bird' thing off her mother ( I once watched Evey grab a Starling from the air! She was amazingly fast. ) So we can't let our cockateil out if she's inside.

    Actualy I'm pretty sure Lop would chase/kill anything small,fluffy with feathers .
    Tyse is scared of the bird though , he got one bite on the nose and that was it
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    Unfortunatelly as long as I have my brats I won't be able to have any other animal. Maybe another brat of same kind hehe
    My little one has such strong pray drive that it's just not possible. He's OK when I'm around and listens when I say "NO" when cat's around but I'm too worried what will be if I'd for instance leave cat in the house alone with them...

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    The only other pets that I have are scaled, so my dog doesn't interact with them much (lol). He ignores the fish, but sometimes growls a little when one of them makes a splash. I have only gotten the snakes out a few times with him to teach him not to touch them (just in case they ever get out, etc). That was in a very controlled situation.

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    mine are fine with birds - pet birds...wild effing birds...

    they want to get to cats but I dont think its aggression - not willing to test the theory lol

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    Currently I only have three dogs, no other pets, so I'm not sure how the Whippet would be around small animals but the Sheltie and the Pug are fine.

    In the past we had multiple animals ranging from chooks to horses and also did wildlife rescue so it was important our dogs were reliable around other animals and birds.

    The only killer I ever had was a Mini Foxie. I rescued Meg and her sister when they were 6 weeks old and spent the next 6 weeks trying to pull them through Distemper. Meg grew up with multiple animals and adored cats. Ninety percent of the time she was great with small creatures and then suddenly she would lose it and kill.

    Probably the best example of this is the chooks. She lived happily with our free range chooks, ducks and bantams for years. One day she got really excited when my husband got home as he had been away for a weekend. He got out of the car to open the farm gate and little Meg galloped to meet him. Any chook or bantam she passed on the way she grabbed by the neck and shook. By the time she reached the gate 4 pullets were dead and a number of others very shaken. It happened so quickly there was nothing we could do to stop it.

    Meg did the same thing with guinea pigs. She had always been totally reliable around them until one day she broke into the hutch and killed the lot.

    She was a terrier. Her ancestors were bred to kill. The thing I find most interesting is how well she managed to control her instincts most of the time.

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    If I get out on a bit of land I will get a sheep - that will be interesting

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    I don't have any other pets, But my parents have a cat, pony and chooks, NJ is good with all of them, Runs away from the cat, plays and licks the pony, And likes to smell the chooks bums. But Charlie doesn't get along with the cat. Chooks and pony he's not fussed with them.

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