Do you think dogs can get along with cats?
It’s no secret that dogs have never liked cats that much. And somehow we can’t blame them! Cats are naughty and they have their own personality, therefore it is pretty hard to tame them even if you adopt one from an early age. But when you already have a cat in your house and you want to welcome a dog into your family it’s better to know what are the most docile breeds that get along pretty well with cats.
In this article, we will show you which dogs are very well-behaved in an apartment, a big house, or even a mansion, but with one major advantage: they coexist very well with felines. Let’s start!
Aw, adorable! I bet you never thought of this dog as being docile and friendly with cats. However, it truly is! Tiny, chubby, and looking like they’re always smiling for their owners, pugs are super friendly both with humans and cats. They love attention as much as a cat, which is why I can say it’s safe to leave them both at home, unsupervised because, in the blink of an eye, they will be buddies for sure. But be careful to remove things that can be chewed off or bitten, since both of them can be very naughty when they play with each other.
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If you remember Lassie from the movies then you definitely love this dog. If you’re thinking about adopting one, a friendly advice from me is to totally get it! They are sweet, loving and caring for their owners, but they will also get along with cats. In fact, a lot of people who had or still have a collie said they were super affectionate with other cats and their interaction was like between two siblings.
3. Golden Retriever
This is definitely one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet! Even if they were initially used for hunting, they can become your friend in an instant. Being super empathic and nice they accept cats or other pets very easily in their hearts. However, dog trainers recommend if you have the possibility to train it accordingly in order to behave around the cat because some may not be that docile especially if both of them are young and full of energy. But eventually, the two of them will be inseparable.
4. German shepherds
This is one of the dogs that really shows loyalty to their masters! Because of that they will never try to bond or make any connection with other dogs when they go out for a stroll. But if you adopt another pet (in this case a cat) while you have a German Shepherd in your house, you will notice that they will instantly consider it a member of the family!
Beagles are one of my favorite dogs! And according to various sources, this breed will be the most compatible with felines. Why? Besides the fact that they are super friendly and playful, they also enjoy being around other animals. If you’re looking to welcome another member of the family to your house, specifically a cat, but you already have a beagle, don’t have second thoughts!
They will bond in a couple of days, and you will be surprised how many things they can do together, or destroy… Haha! Jokes aside, a beagle will always be attached to a cat, mostly because they seem like siblings. That’s cute, right? What do you think? Let’s chat in the comments section below!
6. Basset hound
Those floppy ears I could easily use them as a furry blanket! These dogs are some of the most incredible dogs someone can adopt. Besides being a little noisy at times, they are super patient and loyal to every little member of the house. Because they are natural-born hunters, they will be more distracted by birds than the family cat.
Compared to other breeds on our list, the Basset Hound is not super active. In fact, they prefer to be lazy and sleep most of the day, especially if they’re not that young. One thing cats like too! In less than a couple of minutes, you will see them both snoring and cuddling together. One moment that should be captured on your camera!
Maltese are sure to be gentle with cats, especially as this laid-back dog breed prefers to lounge on the couch rather than get involved with feline affairs. The Maltese’s soft and kind nature, however, may be exploited by the cat. If the cat agrees to stay away from making fun of and teasing the Maltese’s long hair, the two can coexist in peace. So, while introducing your cat to your Maltese, make sure to keep a close eye on them, and they will get along just fine!
8. Cocker spaniel
One of the greatest dog breeds for cats are these lovable people-pleasers that also love the company of other animals. Cocker spaniels are friendly, energetic dogs who adore attention. And the good thing is that they don’t have a preference as to who provides them with that attention. They enjoy receiving head scratches from you, and given their submissive personalities, they’ll probably tolerate licks from a meticulous cat sibling as well. After all, someone needs to maintain those lengthy, curly ears!
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Can you imagine a tiny cat making biscuits on this fluffy and curly fur? And Barbet is definitely one of the dogs that will never mind this because the cat’s claws will never get too far in its fur. Plus they will feel extra comfortable and spoiled too! While you and your doggo go for a few daily walks or engage in some backyard activity, your cat can relax and spread out. Be prepared for one funny thing your cat will do: she will casually enjoy cuddling next to that plush fur for a quick nap when it’s time to go to bed.
10. Boston Terrier
Despite the fact that terriers in general don’t get along with cats very well, the Boston Terrier is definitely the exception. Being short and super agile, the Boston Terrier is going to have a lot of fun with a small cat, especially if you have a nice backyard or a bigger space for them to run around.
The disposition of the Boston breed is favorable, and it tends to be loving and friendly. Additionally, when asked if their Boston is fine with cats, most owners responded in the affirmative, even becoming extremely protective of them over time. Who knew, hee hee?
11. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
I bet you love these dogs as much as I do, and if you are lucky enough to own one but also want a cat, then don’t fret because they will get along so well, probably right after the first day! Most “Cavs” owners say about their dogs that they are great emotional support animals, always there to show you affection after a long and bad day. Moreover, these dogs also care, provide encouragement and show empathy for patients with terminal disease.
So, how do you think they’ll act around a little kitten? They’ll probably enjoy the cat’s companionship every day, but especially when you’re gone for a few days because this breed tend to be fairly needy.
You want a pet, but you can’t decide between a dog and a cat? Check out this article: Dogs vs. Cats: Which One Is Better for You?