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Are There Dog Breeds That Get Along With Cats?

Do you have a cat in the house but also want to have a dog? Then you have probably considered the question: are there dog breeds that get along with cats? Since we all know how dogs and cats seem to be natural born enemies, we sometimes think that such a thing might be impossible. However, there are some dog breeds that can come to good terms with cats and save you from house trouble.

Having personally owned many dogs and cats over the years, I can safely say that just about any dog can get along with a cat, but there are some breeds that are better at it, and some that are not so good. However, you must keep in mind that even if the breed you have does relate and cope well with cats, the best way to keep them in good terms (for any breed) is early puppy socialization. When your dog knows how to deal with strangers and other animals, then any cat and dog fight is less likely to occur. Lots of times “coming to terms” with the cat happens when the cat claws the puppy across the nose!! And that is usually the end of the dog’s aggression.

A good way to help a dog be on good terms with your house cat is to socialize it with the cat as early as possible, preferably during the puppy stage. The process must be gradually done, and soon your two pets will be best friends.

Are There Dog Breeds That Get Along With Cats?

However, there are some breeds that are known to connect well with felines. These include: Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Samoyed, Newfoundland, Golden Retriever, Old English Sheepdog and Labrador Retriever. These dogs are best known to be intelligent and with a good temperament, which makes them naturally friendlier towards cats and other animals. They can also adapt to new experiences more easily. However, the friendship and relationship between the dog and a cat may still vary depending on their personalities, past experiences, and new situations that may rise or occur in the household.

As there are dog breeds that are compatible with cats, there are also breeds that vets and other experts generally do not recommend being around felines. These are: Parson Russell Terriers or Jack Russell Terriers (the most cat-hating breed known), Pit bulls (as they are mostly depicted in popular media such as cartoons and TV shows), Greyhounds, Cairn Terrier, Weimaraners, Rottweiler, Welsh Terrier, German Pinscher, Border Collie and the Irish Terrier. Border Collies are actually friendly dogs but because they are often used for herding, they can have a certain hatred for cats.  Weimaraners are also known to be extremely aggressive towards felines.

These dogs can be a problem in your household if there is a cat. But there can also be exceptions, such as some reports of Pit bulls being friendly towards cats. However, one should also be aware that there are many cases of cats that were attacked by Pit bulls. Some dogs breeds are aggressive in nature, so this can be a problem — use your best judgment.

My own experience is that any dog can get along with cats if they have started with early exposure to them. As stated in a Suite101.com article:

Some dog breeds tend to be good with cats while others can be problematic, though almost any dog can be cat-friendly with the right upbringing.

Most dogs are good with cats if they have lived with them from an early age, but some dog breeds tend to be particularly cat-friendly.

So for the question are there dog breeds that get along with cats, the conclusion here is that no matter what your dog’s breed is, it still can depend on certain factors whether your dog will get along well with cats. Proper training and socialization is very important, as well as the temperament of both. Dogs can be trained to like cats, and vice-versa, so you can have a peaceful and harmonious life with them.

My cats and dogs have always gotten along well. How about yours?

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Fay

    Nov 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I have had Dobermans, a Shepherd, and a Sheltie that got along well with all of our cats. I do not recommend having a Dalmation with cats unless raised from the time they are little. I rescued a Dalmation who as he lost weight attacked my Dobermans and terrified them. My Dobes were trained in Shutzhund and came from careful breeding so they were not wimpy, just stable and could not understand aggression for no reason. We have 3 cats and a horse and when at some point I would love to have a Pappillon!

  2. Luci

    Jan 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I had a Weimaraner that used to sleep together with my Siamese cat. They loved each other. Plus I had other two cats that were fine with my dog. It is true that the Weimaraner was always trying to ‘hunt’ the cats at the very first moment that they would starting running but they definitely never hurt each other and they were all happy together. :)

  3. Suzanne Lincoln

    Oct 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

    My sister has 2 Chihuahuas and when I moved in with 2 cats and 1 dog all hell broke loose. My dog always got along with my cats, played and napped with them daily.
    We had to put up baby gates because the 2 Chihuahuas were so aggressive towards the cats. We had to put up a little gate across the yard so the cats could safely go outside. There have even been a few incidents where a cat jumped over a gate or a gate was left open or a cat would come in through the pet door and try to make it over the gate into the safe zone and all THREE dogs go after the cat.
    Sometimes there’s just one dog at the gate and it looks like the dog just want to play and its a game, she’ll put her nose through the gate and the cat will bat at it….
    We hope for a day when we can take the gates down all live harmoniously.

  4. Namara

    Jul 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This was fairly useful, though I believe it’s not the breed that gets along well with cats, but the dog itself. I had a cat named Moe and he was great with my beagle, Cooper. But with the dachshund, Holly, they did not get along at all. Now Moe and Cooper live with someone else, we had to get rid of them when we moved, and we have a new 14 month old lab puppy named Daisy. We don’t have cats anymore, but our neighbors do, and Daisy keeps running after them. I’m not sure if she’s keeping them away or trying to play with them, but it looks like she’s trying to play. And my old neighbors had a Pitt Bull and it got along great with Moe. Anyway, I’m just saying that the dog likes cats, it’s not nessiccaraly the breed that does.

  5. Julie Deschenes

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

    In my experience, having had cats for 15 years, and dogs. The most protective and gentle toward my cats were Great Pyrenees. They have no prey drive, and were bred to care for sheep, goats and their young. They are also very tolerant of children. One I know lives with ferrets and lets them climb all over him.

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