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Hello! I have a 6 month old standard poodle puppy and she is the light of my life. I would love to add a miniature poodle to my family once my standard is a little older (closer to 1 year). I would like to start searching for breeders now to get on a waiting list, but I was curious about others' experiences with standards and miniatures together. I'm a little nervous about the size difference while my standard is still fairly young. She loves other dogs and can get rambunctious. If I was bringing a standard puppy in with an adult miniature, I think I would be a little less concerned. I've never had a small puppy before. All of my previous dogs have been big breeds (100 lb lab, 160lb Komondor/Great Pyrenees & now 38 lb standard poodle puppy). Should I wait until my standard is even older and a little more calm or is waiting until she is 1 year ok? Here's my girl getting ready to go to Grandma and Grandpa's for Christmas!
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Why did that trainer tell you those stories? I suspect that for every horror story there are many, many stories of dogs of varying sizes playing well together. As I mentioned above, my 11 lb mini poo plays with the 60+ lb Lab. When we first got the Lab (she was about 4 at the time), I would go outside with them and correct the Lab verbally if she got too rough. I still do that, but it does not often occur, and the mini poo is so fast and agile that she takes good care of herself.
This is what I was wondering. My friend has an 8lb chi/dachshund, a 601b pitbull, and an 80 lb Great Pyrenees and they all play together well. I see lots of people with small and large breeds together and they're all fine. I'm sure stuff happens, but I would think that bad incidents would be the exception rather than the rule. I expect to monitor interactions of course. There's gotta be other people out there with minis and standards in the same home. I'm waiting for Patriot Poodles to respond to me. They breed minis and standards and I plan to ask her about their interactions. However, as someone else mentioned, it's not a risk worth taking for me if there is a good chance that major injuries will occur. My husband and I are going to put a lot of thought into this before we make a decision. A lot of back and forth has occurred since last night even. Lol.
 

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I'd reached out to her regarding an adolescent GSD I was fostering. We had family coming to visit with a very small Yorkie, and I was looking to discuss the best way to introduce them.

She was kind and helpful, but very blunt: It's easy for dogs to unintentionally hurt other dogs when there is a large size difference. All it takes is one errant paw on the back.

It would have been irresponsible of her not to share her professional opinion with me, and her experiences have led her to the professional opinion that these dogs should not play with one another.

(And yes, this is despite the fact that often—thankfully—there will be no serious incidents.)
I think you touched on something important with the "adolescent" part of the situation. It's probably better if I get another standard at 1 year or wait until my standard is more mature and calm if I want to add a mini.
 

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I agree that adolescence adds a variable to the equation, but my mini was pounced on by my neighbour's otherwise very chill 70 lb golden doodle. He's around 8 years old. I had almost no warning. The doodle had left his blanket in the doorway to my bedroom. My senior mini was coming into the bedroom to see me and stepped on the blanket. The doodle has a history of guarding his food, and I was watchful for signs, but it all happened so fast. I could only react quickly enough to pull him off her.

She wasn't visibly injured, but her health declined shortly thereafter. I'll never know if there was a connection.

Note: His "pounce" wouldn't have had any impact on a larger dog, other than letting them know he was NOT comfortable sharing his blanket. But it could have killed my small dog.

This will be my last comment on the subject. I don't want to be divisive. Just felt I had to share, as this subject has oddly come up a couple of times for me this past year.

Good luck making your decision :)
I so appreciate everything you've had to share. I completely understand that there needs to be an end to the conversation eventually, but I wanted to let you know that I have not perceived you to be divisive at all. I posted this for real and honest feedback because I want to make the best decision. It's nice to hear comments that encourage me to do what I want, but I also need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly so that I can do what's best for everyone involved. Thank you! :)
 

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Certainly things can happen, but rather than focusing on size you need to know your dog, and use common sense. For example, young puppies should never be left alone with an older/bigger dog, but should be crated or otherwise contained. I think it's also wise to make sure there are places for the smaller dog to retreat from the larger one- coffee tables and chairs can work, a small crate, and I have a baby gate with a cat door that my standard could fit through for a while.
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Yes, I agree! We actually already have lots of fences around our house because we have 3 cats and like to give them an escape when Greta has lots of energy. And yes, it's never a good idea to leave a young puppy alone with a dog. There would be lots of separation anyway for socialization/training purposes. In the past, we had a 12 week old large breed puppy when we adopted a 1 year old medium breed dog and we didn't leave them alone together for a long time. It was probably 9 months before we started leaving them alone together. It was hard work, but we were able to train them both to be polite dogs. (I enjoy the hard work.) We are a little experienced with owning multiple dogs and have learned a lot from watching my brother raise his 5 rescues together, but we've just never had different sizes before and my brother's dogs are all of comparable size as well. Either way, it doesn't sound like getting a miniature while Greta is a 1 year old is a good idea. We have for sure ruled out a miniature. Maybe when we get a little closer to Greta's first birthday we will have a better idea of whether we want to add another dog as well. Thank you for your information!
 
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