Categories: dog behavior

Dog breeds that don’t chase cats

The better and more generalised question is to ask which dog breeds have a low prey drive. Because it is the prey drive which makes a dog either dangerous or disconcerting, at the least, when they are around cats and other pets. If the prey drive is high they are more likely to chase a cat or any other animal that is running away. If the prey drive is low then they will be less interested or perhaps disinterested in chasing and harassing a cat who may be living in the same household.

Cockapoo – low prey drive. Video screenshot.

Clearly, another factor, and this is probably as or more important, a dog fully socialised to live with a cat will be unlikely to chase a cat but be friendly towards them. We see countless numbers of cat and dog pictures in which they are clearly best mates. Both the cat and dog are socialised to the other species. Therefore, it is probably a little unwise to discuss whether a dog gets along with a cat with reference to dog breeds i.e. a group. We should really be referencing each individual dogs and whether they are socialised or not to domestic cats and other animals.

The title is slightly misleading because it is absolute in what it says. It asks for a list of dogs that do not chase cats and I don’t think you can provide an answer which is that certain. Even dogs with a low prey drive may on occasions, it seems to me, chase cats because the circumstances might provoke a dog’s instincts to come to the fore.

With that introduction out of the way, I will suggest some dog breeds that don’t chase cats or are less likely to based upon my research on the Internet. However, I think it would be sensible if each individual cat owner who is thinking about adopting a dog do their own research by using Google or Bing to search for “dogs with a low prey drive“.

Dogs with a low prey drive

A website called pethelpful.com suggests the following dogs: Maltese, Japanese Chin, Bichon Frisé, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Viszla, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Old English Sheepdog, Great Pyrenees.

Longer list

A website with a good reputation for advice on dogs, dogbreedinfo.com, refers to rating dog breeds by their reliability with non-canine pets. They too refer to a dog’s prey drive. As some dogs are natural hunters they have a very high prey drive. This makes them unreliable with other pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and cats et cetera. She wisely states that there are exceptions to the general rule. This is a reference to individual dogs which I’ve mentioned above. She also advises that you train and socialise your pets at all times.

I have selected out a long list of dogs which she recommend as being reliable with other pets. I had been selective because this author provides an incredibly long list. I decided to be selective after the first 20!

I recommend that you visit her website by clicking on this link. I have only selected those dogs that she says are generally good with other pets without more. She also selects dogs that are good with pets if raised with them from puppyhood i.e. are fully socialised to other pets. Further, she lists dogs that are untrustworthy with other pets and dogs that you cannot trust with non-canine pets.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • American Eskimo Dog
  • American Lo-Sze Pug
  • American Water Spaniel
  • American White Shepherd
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Terrier
  • Banter Bulldogge
  • Bassett Artesein Normand
  • Basset Hound
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Griffons
  • Belgian Shepherd Groenendael
  • Belgian Shepherd Laekenois
  • Belgian Shepherd Tervuren
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chinese crested (hairless)
  • Cockapoo
  • Collie
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • Dalmatian
  • Dakota Shepherd
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dutch Shepherd Dog
  • English Setter
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Poynter
  • Poodle
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Scotch Collie
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Standard Poodle
  • Toy Poodle
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Welsh Terrier
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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