Can Dogs Have Best Friends Who Are Dogs

Dogs are social animals that tend to form strong relationships and group social hierarchies. 

Social creatures

Studies of dog-dog bonds shows evidence that dogs display social preference for familiar dogs that suggests friendship.

Bond research  

Dogs regularly engage in lively social play which allows them to bond, develop trust and potential best friendships

Play bonding

Dogs cohabiting in kennels often form very tight bonds and exclusive friendships despite having many options.

Kennel friendships

When dog friends who have lived together are separated, dogs often display grieving behaviors indicating the loss of a friend.

Grieve for friends 

Research finds stable dog friendships results in dogs helping dog friends, including sharing food or solving problems. 

Dog friends help

While dogs form close bonds with other dogs, research confirms dogs prioritize strong bonds with human caregivers.

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