Sighthounds with Small Dogs?

AmandaNola

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In 2-5 years I'll be in the position to add another dog to the family. One of my dream breeds is a Saluki, and I would love to have one. Only probably is I worry about how they'd be with Nola, the 10.5lb lightening quick Dachshund. With their chasing tendencies, would they be a bad match for a house with a small dog? I'm going the breeder route of course , and this dog will be a puppy. Would being raised with a small dog and being taught they're not something to chase have any effect?
I'm researching breeders and I'd like to get put on some waiting lists if the breed would be okay with Nola. If not, I'll start researching breeders for my second choice breed (Border Terriers. A jump, I know!).

Thanks! Sorry about any spelling or grammar issues; I'm on my iPhone.
 

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I used to dogsit for a saluki breeder (and make sure you spend time with them before you are set on them, I love almost every breed, I would never even consider owning a saluki after spending so much time with them :cool:), and she also had an Italian greyhound. Never had any problems and she had a LOT of dogs. They all went outside together without any issues.

I would say you are probably fine.
 

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Being raised from a pup will help. At the end of the day though you will always have a size difference and you will always have a chase instinct. The chase doesn't necessarily have to be prey driven. When my dogs are out in the yard if one runs the other chases. If we are at the dog park... If another dog runs you better believe the greyhounds are both giving chase. And the size difference then can be a problem. But that's true any time you have a size difference.

Kili is friends with my rabbits but if they were outside and they ran I bet she'd chase. Not necessarily to kill them. Just because it is fun to chase things!

So it can definitely work. But I wouldn't let them run together.
 

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In 2-5 years I'll be in the position to add another dog to the family. One of my dream breeds is a Saluki, and I would love to have one. Only probably is I worry about how they'd be with Nola, the 10.5lb lightening quick Dachshund. With their chasing tendencies, would they be a bad match for a house with a small dog? I'm going the breeder route of course , and this dog will be a puppy. Would being raised with a small dog and being taught they're not something to chase have any effect?
I'm researching breeders and I'd like to get put on some waiting lists if the breed would be okay with Nola. If not, I'll start researching breeders for my second choice breed (Border Terriers. A jump, I know!).

Thanks! Sorry about any spelling or grammar issues; I'm on my iPhone.
I can't answer your quetion but EEE Border Terriers. Get one please. lol. I'm almost positive I have a breeder picked out, but I just haven't decided WHEN is the right time to add another just yet. We're moving sometime in March so we'll see.

But I've done a lot of Border research and have a lot of breeders bookmarked so if you ever have questions, let me know.
 

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I've known a couple people that made it work but for most I've talked to they can't let their dogs outside at the same time because the sight hounds will likely go after the running little dogs. I also had a breeder friend have a borzoi at a show that grabbed her papillon (on a leash) and injured him badly. Personally I'd be a bit concerned, which is why I don't consider them much anymore. My dogs are very very darty and fast. They bounce around and sprint all out even indoors just in day to day life so that would concern me too much. They're about the same size as rabbits and they kind of look like them.

Maybe a smaller sighthound would work better? I'm not sure.
 

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There's a Whippet breeder here in Ohio that raises Dachs without issues. Another Ohio breeder has Whippets and Papillons, also without issues. Short version, and speaking from my own experience below, I don't think you'd have a problem with a Saluki confusing Nola for a bunny or prey if you get it as a puppy and work with the breeder.

Ezra can be a little unintentionally rough with smaller dogs, but more in the manner of accidentally bowling them over as opposed to going after them, but he also spent a while in more of a kennel type situation before I got him and I doubt was exposed to small dogs. He plays beautifully with my grandparents CKCS puppy. Mimi I've actually volunteered to go play on the 'little dog' side of the park when there was only one small dog that wasn't quite confident enough for the regular side. Her breeder has Frenchies and she was with Italian Greyhounds for a while. I've had more of a time getting her TO chase things, actually. Her breeder and I suspect she was discouraged from having any sort of chase drive because of the IGs.
 

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I have two borzois, I'd trust Kaia with smaller sturdy dogs. She grew up playing with the neighbor's boston terriers and when I moved to Seattle she was best buddies with a jack russel and a bichon mix. The jack russel was a roaming neighborhood type of dog, and spent a lot of his time in our fence playing with her.

Strider really likes small dogs. I've never seen him get remotely predatory towards them, but he's a little iffy with other dogs in general so I wouldn't leave him unsupervised. That's more because he has dog issues rather than small dog/prey issues though.

They can be predatory. That depends on a few things. If they were raised with small dogs they tend to be much much better with them. Also, some lines tend to produce dogs with more predatory drift. The breeder would be familiar with whether it's a problem or not. I know one borzoi/papillon breeder that had to rehome one of her male borzoi because he was too predatory towards the paps. She had both breeds for over thirty years though, and said he was the first zoi she couldn't trust with them.

My mentor has 7 zoi and they all live with a little bitty maltese.

And one of the puppies I bred lives with a teeny tiny chi, much smaller than a dachshund, and they are besties. She's extremely cautious and respectful of her tiny housemate.

So consider that borzoi are very big. Salukis actually are pretty smallish in comparison. I was kind of surprised when I met salukis in person, a lot of them were only 35 lbs or so which is less than half of what my dogs weigh. I think that if you talk with breeders you will be able to find a line that produces dogs that reliably live well with small dogs.
 

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My Ibizan does fine around smaller dogs for the most part. I do have to watch him closely because if they run he will chase, but it's mainly just in play. I do watch him though in case it ever becomes more prey drive than play, but as of right now we haven't had any problems when people bring smaller dogs to the dog park. He also knows Jacksonsmom's dog who is smaller and has never tried to hurt him either.
 

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My Ibizan does fine around smaller dogs for the most part. I do have to watch him closely because if they run he will chase, but it's mainly just in play. I do watch him though in case it ever becomes more prey drive than play, but as of right now we haven't had any problems when people bring smaller dogs to the dog park. He also knows Jacksonsmom's dog who is smaller and has never tried to hurt him either.
What... nope Joey def wants to eat Jackson, lol jk:

 
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We had no problems when we had Scottish Terriers and our Greyhounds. I have more trouble with Kris, my Dobe, and my little Shih Tzu x Maltese, not that she is aggressive but she wants to play with them and still gets a little rough. The only ones she does not get rough with are my two males as they have put her in her place since she was a puppy. All they have to do is growl at her and she behaves herself.

Some of the Greyhounds we had, had been raced and would go after cats and wild rabbits but never bothered the Scotties.
 

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My 2 beezers that I've raised are okay with my moms 2 small dogs and her cats. Our older girl that came to us at 4 is not small dog or cat safe. So i would think being raised and socialized to small dogs or raised with them at a young age that you should be okay.
 

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I have always been told by greyhound rescues, that since I have a small dog, a JRT, that they wouldn't adopt a greyhound to me :( which I really wanted to save one of those dogs at the time.

maybe in the future.
 

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