Categories: Dog

Dog Breeds For Cat Companions

Dog with Cat. The cat is an Abyssinian.

Is there a dog breed that is more likely to get on well with cats? You can look at in two ways:

  1. The conventional view: some dog breeds are more suited to getting along with cats, or…
  2. The more realistic view: whether a dog gets along with cats depends on how the dog has been socialized which means whether the dog has been raised with cats in a friendly animal loving home. The breed of dog or whether the dog is purebred or not is irrelevant.
  3. In addition to number 2, individual cats and dogs have their personalities, likes and dislikes which includes liking and disliking other animals. Both 2 and 3 dictate if a dog gets along with a cat rather than the dog’s breed although some breeds may be more placid which probably helps the process.

See some dogs with cats

If you believe number one then the lists below come from a variety of websites. You can see that some dog breeds are listed more than once. This may not be significant because people copy information but at least it provides some pointers – maybe.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I had recently visited a resort in the "Little Rann of Kutch" in Gujarat called "Rann Riders" which had a horse stud farm and a "Old McDonalds" farm complete with pet geese, ducks, peacocks dogs and cats. I was surprised to see two Labrador retrievers and a St Bernard get along excellently with the two free living Traditional Persian cats.It was also for the first time in my life that i saw Persian cats leading the typical farm cat life normally a reserve of the common Moggy cat.I have posted a photo of myself with one of the cats, a male( identical copy of "Matata" in Mumbai) named "Snowbell" while the labrador "Moti" and the St Bernard "Freya" sleep peacefully on the resort estate.

    • This is interesting Rudolph. Persians who are usually coach potatoes being farm cats and getting along nicely with a couple of dogs. Perhaps this is the way it should be always. Going back to the last century, there were more farm cats and I am sure they were socialised to farm dogs so they more or less got along. Behind the Persian's pampered fluffiness is a normal cat waiting to get out.

  • Many years ago I had a male Boxer dog when I adopted two kittens. Despite being siblings,the kittens never got on that great and as adults, had as little to do with each other as possible. However the male kitten and the dog became best friends. They loved playing together in the garden and were affectionate towards each other.

    I'm of the opinion that it's down to the personality and temperament of the individual animal as to how sociable or tolerant of others they are.

    • Good point. I'll add that to the page. I had forgotten to add it in. It is down to socialisation as a fundamental and overlaid on that is the individual cat and dog's personality.

      • Marvin came to live with us for daisy's last six or more months of her sweet life. Yes. It is almost as if, he came to give her confidence and comfort for the passing. He will be my hero for the rest of his life. I let him live how he wants. Inside during the day, outside at night. It doesn't fit my desire, but it has to be that way. He is truly a special cat. Top cat, as Michael calls it. Boss of his hood.

    • I know you are right DW. It is sort of convenient to think that certain breeds are more suitable. The harder thing is to make any dog suitable. I have always liked your photo "touching hands".

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