If you have a dog and are considering adding a bearded dragon to your family (or vice versa), the first thing you may want to know is whether these specific individuals will get along well.

While there are some guidelines for dogs with pet lizards in general, it always depends on your specific circumstances and how likely your current pet is to get along with a dog or reptile.

Planning ahead is the best way to make sure your bearded one gets along well with your dog.

That said, if you already have both of them, it’s definitely not too late to establish a positive relationship.

Although it’s a non-traditional relationship, your bearded dragon can definitely befriend your dog.

I figured I’d take a bearded dragon home and introduce him to my female Rottweiler too, so I did some research.

Since my dog ​​is very friendly and can be relatively kind to smaller animals, I personally don’t worry too much on that front.

The main reason I put it off is to do some more research on diet, handling, breeding and so on.

In the process, I’ve seen and read quite a few bearded dragons with dogs or other pets.

Do bearded dragons and dogs get along?

Yes, bearded dragons and dogs can get along well if their temperaments match and have been socialized at first in addition to the dog being trained to behave with a smaller reptile.

That said, you should always supervise your bearded dragon and dog when they have direct access to each other.

Big dog lying on a blanket next to a bearded dragon.

Also, introducing them correctly is key, so don’t ruin their relationship by hastily throwing them at each other.

You can start by showing your dog the fence while keeping a distance so the bearded one doesn’t get scared.

Gradually, you can show your dog the bearded dragon you are holding (assuming the bearded one is relatively tame and enjoys being handled by humans).

Don’t let your dog get too close, but don’t let the bearded one move freely as running could cause unnecessary excitement on your dog’s part.

Some brave bearded dragons might even chase your dog, especially if you have a smaller dog.

Do not start their relationship with any cheaters because one of them could interpret the game as an attack and maybe even defend themselves.

Watching your dog bite the lizard’s tail or your bearded dragon giving your dog a run for his money is all fun and play … until it’s not.

So keep in mind that you calmly and gradually introduce your two pets to each other and most likely your bearded dragon and dog will get along well.

Are bearded dragons afraid of dogs?

Bearded dragons can definitely be afraid of large dogs, but when desensitized at first and introduced calmly, bearded dragons are among the best reptiles to introduce to other pets.

Close-up of a bearded dragon on a rock in front of a black background.

It is important to keep in mind that each pet has a different starting point.

If the bearded dragon is well-bred, healthy, and socialized early with other pets, the chances of them being afraid of your dog are very low if you introduce them slowly.

However, if you’ve rescued a bearded man who has potentially had negative experiences with other pets in the past, your bearded dragon may be afraid of dogs.

I mean, it’s pretty common to be afraid of another animal that’s a hundred times your size, especially if that animal is invading your space.

Most pet lizards are somewhat desensitized to humans (although not all of them very well), but dogs may be a different story.

While you can’t rule out the bearded dragon may be afraid of dogs, they are one of the best reptiles for that purpose, alongside Geckos.

Tegus or Iguana are said to be even less sociable and may not tolerate the presence of a dog.

Why is my dog ​​whining at my bearded dragon

Your dog may be drinking from your bearded dragon because he wants to interact with the pet lizard.

Chances are your dog has never been exposed to any lizards, and the buildup of arousal can lead to whining.

Don’t let their introduction go wrong with your dog’s arousal, but make sure your dog has plenty of positive experiences in your reptile’s immediate vicinity.

Bearded dragon chasing my dog

It is not a good idea to let your bearded dragon chase your dog if they have just introduced themselves to each other.

While it may sound funny, it can seriously make your dog want to avoid the bearded or even defend himself.

It often happens to smaller dogs, but it can also happen to rescued dogs or even shady large dogs that haven’t been exposed to smaller animals before.

What doesn’t help is the fact that some bearded dragons are overly brave and think, for whatever reason, chasing dogs around the house is a superb idea.

If your dog exhibits playful behavior (e.g. plays with bows, relaxed posture, etc.) and the play isn’t too hard, then that could be great, but always keep an eye on him.

Will dogs eat bearded dragons?

Dogs should be desensitized and trained to deal with bearded dragons so they don’t accidentally take the little pet in their mouth and possibly swallow it.

Generally speaking, dogs will not eat bearded dragons, but it can definitely happen.

They are not among a dog’s (or wolf’s) natural prey, but your dog may try to play with the reptile and if your dog is really talkative, that could potentially lead to a problem.

It is best to never leave your bearded dragon and dog unattended to avoid accidents, especially with larger dogs.

While you can definitely give a bearded dragon some time outside the enclosure with your dog, they will still be better off inside the enclosure due to the temperature and lightning (e.g. UV light, basking spots, etc.) .

Can dogs get salmonella from bearded dragons?

Yes, dogs can contract salmonella from bearded dragons which can then be silent carriers and infect humans in the home.

Dogs always have these bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract but they usually don’t have any symptoms.

However, dogs can still become infected with your bearded dragon and thus pass salmonella on to you.

According to the CDC, bearded dragons have been linked to a couple of salmonella infections, but you can take precautions to reduce the risk.

The primary way these bacteria spread is through bearded dragon droppings, but once they come in contact with it, their entire area and even saliva can spread the bacteria.

  • Don’t come in contact with your bearded man’s feces (and don’t let your dog sniff or even ingest them)
  • Regularly clean their enclosure and disinfect items
  • Wash your hands after interacting with your bearded dragon
  • Keep the bearded man away from the kitchen, food, or your face if you want to be safe

Of course, these rules will extend to your dog to some extent.

Dogs most commonly spread bacteria through their feces as well (think potty training accident at home), which is probably the least likely way of spreading it to you.

However, they can also come in contact with your lizard’s salmonella and then kiss you, touch your face and voila – you can theoretically have a salmonella infection.

Your dog will most likely not infect your bearded dragon with salmonella, but it can happen if your dog first had salmonella and had a potty accident, or if he licks the contaminated areas and then continues to lick the area. of your bearded dragon.

How Do Dogs Catch Salmonella? Contaminated faeces on the outside (whether your own or a kind stranger), interacting with other dogs who have it or simply through their food.

Yes, a raw diet in which you don’t properly clean and disinfect all surfaces can easily spread bacteria, but dry kibble can also be contaminated, so always be careful and clean everything.

My dog ​​ate bearded dragon poop

If your dog has eaten your bearded dragon’s poop, your main concern will likely be salmonella or the fact that your dog may be vomiting, especially if it comes from excessive amounts of feces.

However, if you regularly clean your beard fence, small droppings shouldn’t pose a problem to your dog’s health.

Dogs have a much stronger digestive tract and immune system than humans, but of course you should try to prevent your pets from coming into contact with any type of feces.

Hope all of this helps in successfully introducing a bearded dragon to your dog.

We go to great lengths to make sure both pets have a wonderful relationship with each other!