Great Debate: Is it ever a good idea to have small animals along with a dog?

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It’s not unusual for dog lovers to be lovers of all kinds of dogs, too – and to have other pets as well. Not just cats, but also birds and small mammals such as hamsters, gerbils, rabbits or guinea pigs – the possibilities are endless!

However, some do wonder whether it is ever a good idea to have a small animal along with a dog. It doesn’t take much guesswork to know that any sort of meeting between, for example, a Jack Russell Terrier and a hamster will likely have disastrous consequences. A dog with a prey drive will make short work of a guinea pig – and the owner may not see it coming. Any responsible pet owner will take precautions to keep all their pets safe – but when it comes to dogs and small pets, is it enough?

Some say that, as long as the owner is cautious and keeps pets separated when needed – for example, dedicating a specific room to the small pets which the dog cannot go into – it is perfectly fine to have both dogs and small pets. However, others argue that even the most careful owner can make a mistake and leave a door ajar. One single mistake may be all that it takes, and therefore it would be just better not to have both dogs (or cats) and small animals at the same time.

What do you think – is it ever a good idea to have small animals along with a dog? 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. No …. I don’t think it is a good idea to have a small animal with a dog. Is it “ever a good idea”? ….. Maybe. But. Proceed With Caution.

  2. I think it’s okay if the dog and the small animal is never in the same room. Even if the small animal was in its cage I would not let the dog in the room.

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