The Best Dog Breeds That Get Along With Cats
Just because a dog loves you, doesn’t mean they’ll like your feline friend. Luckily, it’s far from impossible to have both types of fur babies in your home. The first rule of thumb is to introduce animals calmly and separate them at first. It may be easier if a dog is already trained or if you are adopting a kitten (they are more adaptable), but it largely depends on the type of dog you have. According to pet experts, some breeds make better canine companions than others. Read on to find out the best dog breeds that get along well with cats.
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Golden Retrievers love everyone they meet, including children and cats. “One of the gentlest dog breeds around, the Golden Retriever is as good with other animals as they are with people,” says Sabrina Kong, DMVa veterinarian at WeLoveDoodles. Kong attributes this friendliness to their “loving and tender nature” and says it makes it easy for them to accept cats “as part of the family, even to the point that they will defend and care for them as they would with their owners. Consider a Golden Retriever if you want a high-energy dog that plays well with others.
Goldendoodles also do well with cats, as they are friendly like Golden Retrievers with the intelligence of Poodles. Although Goldendoodles may not be better friends with your tabby cat, they will both be happy to do their own thing. This might work better for an older cat who doesn’t like to run as much.
These lop-eared sweethearts won’t give you any trouble because they’re so laid back, making them another solid option if you already have a feline friend. “Basset Hounds have the personality to get along with cats,” promises Dwight Alleyne, DVMa veterinary advisor at Betterpet. He describes this breed as “generally mild-mannered, low-key, and with a reputation for being friendly with other pets.”
It helps that Basset Hounds aren’t as active as some other breeds, so they won’t be constantly chasing your cats. They are also small – the American Kennel Club (AKC) says they hold “no taller than 14 inches at the shoulder” – so that they are at the same level as a kitten.
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Labrador Retrievers are not only cute and cuddly, they are also perfect pets for families who already have a cat (or another dog!). After all, these are the most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the AKC. “Labs and cats can live under the same roof, and most of the time they even become good friends,” explains Aaron Riceexpert dog trainer and co-owner of the Stayyy training site.
“Even though Labrador Retrievers are very active breeds, they tend to be loyal, especially to other pets in the household, and so can be great companions for cats,” Alleyne adds. You just need to make sure you have time to spend with your two pets, as Labs require lots of walks and activities.
Beagles are hunting dogs, which can make them a little threatening at first, but they have a gentle side that might even lead them to adopt a cat like their own. “Even though Beagles are bred to hunt in packs, they tend to have a carefree attitude that allows them to get along with cats,” says Alleyne. “They enjoy expressing their love for others and will likely accept a cat as a member of their pack.”
Kong agrees, adding that Beagles’ pack mentality makes them get along better with other animals. They are also good with young children and other dogs, according to the AKC. Like Labs, Beagles require a lot of physical activity, but it’s worth it to give your cat the companionship he’s been craving.
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Corgis’ calm demeanors make them perfect for multi-pet households. “Corgis are such a great breed…if you already own or are considering adding a cat to the family. Due to their similar temperament and size, Corgis and cats can get along really well,” says Alex Crow, a Happiest Dog affiliated veterinarian. “When together, corgis and cats tend to be playful and may chase each other around your home. It can be fun to watch and will help keep each other entertained.”
However, Crow warns that when you first introduce the pair, “a Corgi might try to herd the cat or think it’s a pest, not a friend,” acting on instinct. Be sure to introduce them slowly and carefully at first.
The AKC Says Pugs”live to love and be loved back.” This curious breed is happy in a small city apartment or with plenty of space in the country. They also get along well with children, the elderly, or a large group of other Pugs. They adapt easily, which means they do well with another pet in their home.” Arguably one of the friendliest breeds of dogs…Pugs are almost guaranteed to always get on well. get along with cats because of their social and welcoming demeanor,” Kong says. “Most Pugs hate fighting and hunting and love to cuddle and sleep, making them the perfect feline companion,” adds she.
As long as you stay away from puppies known to be aggressive and give cat and dog a relaxed space to get to know each other, your transition to a two-pet household should be relatively seamless.