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10 Dog Breeds That Get Along Well With Cats

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It’s no secret that cats and dogs have long had a reputation for being sworn enemies. But the truth is that cat and dog siblings can live happily together or even become best friends. Maybe you have a feline and want to welcome a dog into the family, or maybe you have a dog and want a new kitten. In either case, supervised introductions and learning how dogs and cats co-exist will help socialize these animals and get them used to each other.
How different dog breed groups interact with cats
While a good introduction to your pets can be very helpful, some dog breed groups have instinctive behaviors, which can affect how they tend to get along with cats.

For example, dogs in the terrier group were historically bred to hunt, and the hound group includes some naturally determined chasers, according to the American Kennel Club. Therefore, a running cat may trigger this predatory drive. Similarly, the sheepdog group was trained to herd and protect livestock – and cats may not appreciate this group’s instinctive tendency to herd other animals they encounter.

On the other hand, dog breed groups known for their low-energy or easy-going personalities are usually the ones that work best with cats. For example, the companion dog group includes lapdogs that make excellent furry siblings because of their sociable nature, and the sporting dog group includes many breeds known for their friendly nature toward humans and animals.

It’s important to note, however, that the personalities in these dog breed groups are generalizations; there are many breeds in all groups that can make excellent furry siblings! Check out these ten dog breeds that get along especially well with cats. Keep in mind that the individual personalities of the dog and cat also play a role in this relationship.

1: Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the best dogs for cats, and “golden” is an appropriate word to describe this classic breed. Kind and empathetic, Golden Retrievers readily accept cats as part of the family. However, this breed of dog must be trained not to chase the cat from the start. Once this is done, the Golden Retriever and the cat are sure to be a perfect match. Plus, this dog breed is naturally friendly with other people and pets!

2: Labrador Retriever

The exuberant Labrador Retriever, is lovable, not a fighter.. He will gladly welcome a cat into his circle of friends. In addition to befriending your cat, Labs are gentle giants that will make ideal companions for your children. While Labs are not the jealous type and are more than willing to share their space with the cat, the cat must also be willing to share its space with the dog.

3: Beagle

The friendly Beagle seems to enjoy the company of felines, perhaps because he was raised to hunt in packs. Therefore, he considers a brother or sister cat a member of the group. Stick with one Beagle, however; together, these dogs can develop a “pack mentality” and are more likely to team up against the cat, according to BeaglePro. Beagles’ sociable personalities make them a pleasure to have around the family as well as other people and pets.

4: Pug

The Pug is the epitome of a friendly breed and another dog that gets along well with cats. As long as a cat allows a pug into its domain, they often become fast friends. Since Pugs love attention, the cat and Pug can bond and play while the humans are not home. Plus, since this breed of dog loves to lounge around, you won’t have a problem with them chasing your cat. Pugs have a gentle nature and are generally safe for small animals, like guinea pigs.

5: Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises have a cheerful and fun personality, making them ideal siblings and playmates for cats. However, the Bichon Frise’s outgoing personality can be too overwhelming for a cat that likes to be left alone. Therefore, this sweet dog breed will accept and befriend any cat that tolerates (or participates in) its charming antics!

Learn more about the cheerful Bichon Frise.

6: Shetland Sheepdog

Although part of the herding dog group, the Shetland Sheepdog, or “Sheltie,” is known for being kind to cats. Their gentle nature, great trainability and welcoming attitude make Shetland Sheepdogs a good bet for cat parents, as they will obey you once they learn how to behave with the cat. Plus, Shelties tend to bark when they’re bored, so a little brother or sister can keep them company and limit this behavior!

7: Basset Hound

Although the Basset Hound is a natural hunter, it is more interested in hunting for dinner than for cats. The Basset Hound can be stubborn in training, but its laid-back personality makes it friendly to other animals, including cats. Not to mention that the Basset Hound’s laid-back attitude is often an invitation for the cat to snuggle up to its furry brother or sister!

Learn more about the loyal Basset Hound.

8: Poodle

standard poodle

All three sizes of poodles make excellent companions for a feline friend. Toy Poodles tend to play with cats, miniatures generally tolerate them and standards pretend they don’t exist. This breed of dog is devoted to its family, and its protective instincts extend to the cat as well! The active Poodle performs best when given plenty of exercises, so with daily walks and play, the relationship between Poodle and cat can flourish.

Find out more about the intelligent poodle.

9: Maltese

The Maltese is sure to be kind to the cat, especially because this gentle dog breed is often busy lying on the couch rather than meddling in the cat’s business. However, the cat can be the one to take advantage of the Maltese’s gentle and kind personality. On that note, these two can live in peace if the cat agrees not to tease the Maltese, for example, by playing with the long hair of this breed of dog. So be sure to keep an eye on your kitten when introducing it to your Maltese and they will get along just fine!

Learn more about the charming Maltese.

10: Boston Terrier

While terriers are generally not compatible with cats, we can make an exception for this gentleman: the Boston Terrier, or “Boston.” Although Bostons may go after cats, it’s usually for fun, not for prey. The Boston Terrier is good-natured and polite with cats and other animals.
Learn more about the humorous Boston Terrier.

Other dog breeds that get along well with cats
In addition to the list above, here are some other examples of the best dogs for cats:

Boxers
Bernese Mountain Dog
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Irish Setters
Newfoundland
Pekingese
Pomeranians
Cocker Spaniels
Cat and Dog Breeds
Like dogs, some cat breeds have unique personality traits that may make them more likely to accept a dog-like household companion. Here are several dog-friendly cat breeds and their main characteristics: American Shorthair – Playful, easy-going, confident.

Japanese Bobtail – Intelligent, active, gentle.
Maine Coon – Gentle, social, affectionate
British Shorthair – Relaxed, loyal, independent
Abyssinian – Curious, lively, affectionate

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