Do you have a cat and want to add a canine companion to your family? Despite what we’ve been told to the contrary over the years, cats and dogs can be bffs.
Although every dog has the potential to get along with the feline species, some of them a more kat-friendly than others. So to up your chances of making that perfect match, here are 7 dog breeds that get along with cats.
There are several reasons why the Labrador Retriever (Lab) is America’s most popular dog breed. This canine is an all-around happy and friendly pooch. He enjoys spending time with his humans and, yes, even the family cat.
The Lab has been used as a working dog for retrieving hunted fowl, assistance for those with disabilities, search and rescue and a fierce competitor in the show ring.
With its dark eyes and fluffy, white as snow coat, the Bichon is as cute as it is friendly. In fact, pet parents of this breed often describe it as being happy-go-lucky, enthusiastic and perky.
This breed shouldn’t get any bigger than 12 pounds but don’t let his small size fool you. The Bichon is a hardy pup that won’t be bothered by your family feline.
Bred for the hunt, the Basset Hound is built low to the ground with a superior sense of smell. His long floppy ears and dark, pleading eyes are sure to melt even the hardest of hearts.
Although this breed can be stubborn, a bit difficult to train and often very gassy, his laid back (some may say, lazy) nature is sure to be okay with your cat.
Another fluff ball that shares an affection for the feline species is the Pomeranian (Pom). Descended from large sled dog breeds, the now tiny Pom is prancing its way into the hearts of pet parents all over the globe.
Nicknamed the “little dog who thinks he can” nothing is left unchallenged with the Pomeranian. For this reason, he does well at agility courses and obedience training but most of all he makes a great compact family companion.
With his big bug eyes and pushed in snout, the Pug may be described as having a face only a mother could love. However, what he lacks in the looks department is well made up for in his charming and clownish personality. If that’s not enough, the Pug also has a great sense of humor which he isn’t afraid to let fly (perhaps, this is why he can be friends with the feline species?).
The Pug is considered a Toy breed but does have a tendency to pack on the pounds. So keep an eye out that this little fella is not inhaling Kitty’s kibble when you’re not looking.
Another short-snouted breed to make our feline-friendly list is the lovable Boxer. Known for its enthusiastic “wiggly bum” greeting, the Boxer is a high-energy pooch that loves to go for long walks with his favorite human companion.
Although the Boxer does fall under the Working classification of dog breeds, he wants and needs to be a part of the family unit. Left alone for too long and your boxer will become depressed and sometimes destructive.
Nicknamed the Sheltie, this furry dog was once the farmer’s best friend guarding his crops against bird invasions and protecting the property. The Sheltie is also great a herding and may do so with small children or even your family cat.
This breed is extremely intelligent, so giving him a job to do will only increase his sweet personality. The Sheltie can be a bit stubborn to train but can and will excel at agility courses and fly ball if given a chance.
Even though there are no guarantees that any dog is going to get along with a cat, the above breeds have proved themselves to be more feline-friendly than others.
If you are planning to adopt a dog from a shelter, then be sure to ask if the pooch is good with cats. Some shelters will be willing to introduce the canine you are interested into a resident cat to see how the interaction goes.
Once you feel you have found a potential cat-loving dog, then be sure to make the process of introduction as stress-free as possible. This includes keeping the two separated from each other, followed by a slow and controlled meet and greet.
With the proper time, patience and dog breed on your side, your cat and dog can live in purrfect harmony.