Top Ten Dogs for Cat Owners

As popular culture would have us believe, dogs and cats are natural rivals, and while this can certainly be true for individual cases, if you create the appropriate situation, dogs and cats can be like siblings—sometimes entering into an occasional spat, but ultimately some of the best companions. If you already have a cat in your home, but are considering adding a dog, there are plenty options to consider, but much of it depends on the personality of your cat. If you have a playful and social kitten, you will want to find a dog that will match its love of play. If you have an older cat that likes to be left alone, consider a dog that can easily be trained to respect your cat’s space and for the most part leave it alone.

As with any pet, consider as much as possible before you introduce the new family member to your home. Make sure you know where your new dog will sleep and eat and whether or not that will interfere with your cat’s space. When it comes to cuddle time, will your cat be jealous if your dog takes over your lap? It’s best to introduce the two as early in life as possible so they learn sociable skills to respect and tolerate one another. A puppy can learn to love your cat much faster than an older dog that already has its mind made up. You may need to keep your dog on a leash or in a crate under strict supervision until it has gotten used to your cat so you can control the exposure and ensure a safe situation for both pets. To help you find a dog that will live peacefully alongside the cat in your life, consider the ten recommended breeds below:

Pomeranian

These small dogs (3 to 7 pounds) are loyal and intelligent, which makes them easy to socialize and train as a cat-friendly dog. Because of their playful attitude, Pomeranians and cats enjoy chasing each other around the house. Because of their small size, you cat won’t be intimidated.

Maltese

These dogs are also small (around 6 pounds), gentle-mannered, and intelligent. They can be easily trained to live well with cats when socialized well. This lapdog is perfectly content with lying around the house with or without your cat. They are also fast learners, so they will quickly learn the appropriate behavior to be around your cat.

Shih Tzu

These small dogs are calm, adaptable, and devoted. They do have an arrogant streak which has the potential to clash with that of your cat, but with training they can easily been good friends.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This lap dog is obedient and actually enjoys smaller animals. As much as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to cuddle and lounge around, it will happily play with your cat as well if they are both outgoing and well mannered.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a happy dog with lots of energy and is extremely playful. If your cat loves to play as well, these two will get along just fine. This breed is well known for being compatible with other pets.

Golden and Labrador Retrievers

Retrievers are known for universally getting along with any person and any animal (have you seen Homeward Bound?). These dogs are much larger than cats but are gentle companions and excellent playmates.

Boxer

Boxers are friendly and have a pleasant manner. Although their predator instinct tend to kick in around unknown cats and smaller animals, they can easily be socialized to get along well with family cats and are known for getting along great with other pets when properly introduced.

Beagles

Beagles love to play and as much as they are hound dogs, they actually make excellent companions for cats who love to play back (especially cats who love to run and chase).

Boston Terrier

These dogs are highly intelligent and easy to train to be well mannered and respectful of your feline family members.

Japanese Chin

These smaller dogs are mild mannered and being very cat-like themselves (in both appearance and characteristics), they make excellent cat-friendly additions to the household.

Ultimately the breed of the dog does not matter as much as the socialization, introduction, and training. It is up to you as the pet owner to create the scenario that will lead to your pets’ friendship and a peaceful household.

Do you have a mixed household? What were your experiences when introducing your dogs and cats? Which breed of dog have you found to be a favorite feline friend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Rhonda Pazdzioch says:

    I would add Collie to the list. Collies are very protective of family including the cat. My collie grew up with a cat and loves ALL cats, unfortunately they don’t always love her back 🙂

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