For sure, age is not always an indicator. My ten year old mini mix plays with the one year old like she herself is a puppy. It doesn’t last as long as it would have when she was younger but is still the same intensity.As I mentioned in my post, my girl is almost 8, and she can still act like a crazy puppy Some dogs have a lot of energy and are playful later in life.
Peggy the Parti, you brought up some very good points, and I didn’t see any of it as divisive. It’s good to hear everyone’s experiences and thoughts, the more info the better.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.)
They are such a beautiful pair! I'm a sucker for a good mutt.I brought home my standard poodle puppy to my 2 year old 30 lb mini mutt.
My poodle grew to be 70+ lb.
They get along ok, like siblings. No injuries have occurred, the Standard is now 2 years old. The mini mutt is really out of her weight class when it comes to tug o war, but they do still play.
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