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I think that besides the disposition of the Hav, it also depends a lot on the big dog. Kodi loves ALL dogs, UNLESS they purposely bowl him over, or come at him, slapping with their front paws, even in play. But his BFF is a GSD that I trust completely with him. Buddy will let Kodi take his food bowl and drag it around the house with him. When they play outside, they run together, but Buddy doesn't try to knock him over or make contact. That seems to be the kind of play Kodi likes best.
When he was younger, and we did puppy classes and "graduate" puppy classes where there was off leash play, Kodi was really leery of the Retriever and Boxer pups, all of whom seem to play by batting with their front feet a lot. OTOH, there was a Great Dane puppy who was afraid of KODI, and I'm sure it was because he didn't understand the boisterous, running around type of play that Kodi likes.
But the bottom line is that when two dogs are really mis-matched in size, things can go wrong, even "in fun". One of the forum members recently had a very bad experience between her 1/2 Hav and her Anatolian Shepherd. Even though the two are usually the best of friends, the Anatolian was having a bad day, the little one was bugging him, and the larger dog grabbed and shook the little one. After intensive treatment, the 1/2 Hav is going to be alright, but has probably lost all vision in one eye. So if you have two dogs badly mis-matched in size, you really need to keep an eye on things, even if they seem to get along great.
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