Best And Worst Dog Breeds To Live Under The Same Roof With Cats

If you enjoy the company of both cats and dogs and are thinking about getting a dog as a pet and expand your family it is best to know which breeds are friendly with cats.

The good news is that you can have both canines and felines under the same roof. Keep on reading because I made a list of dogs that can become good friends with your fluffy friend at home, and those that can’t.

Let’s start with the best dogs to have around your cat.  

#1 Pomeranian

These fluffy canines are about the same size as cats. They are very loving and confident pets. They are characterized as one of the most pampered dog breeds and are very friendly around cats. Just remember that they have a looootttt of hair and you will have to groom them regularly.

#2 Chihuahua

These dogs radiate confidence and aren’t afraid to confront bigger canines. Since they have short hair they feel the chill faster than other dogs and this makes them very good nap buddies for cats.

#3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs are the definition of being chill. These canines are excellent therapy dogs, plus they are very tolerant of other animals. These are the best cuddlers out there!

#4 Shetland Sheepdog aka Sheltie

One of the most intelligent dog breeds that won’t mind tidying after your cat. They need a lot of grooming but they are worth it! You and your cat will have a new friend that will help you around the house…I mean, can it get any better than this?

#5 Beagle

Even though these are hunting dogs that are scent oriented, they are very gentle. They don’t mind sharing the limelight and we alll know how much a feline hates being overshadowed. So, these two will make best friends!

#6 Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever

Both are larger dogs and both are very good at obeying orders. They are very calm and extremely tolerant pets. They are eager to please which makes them good with kids, other canines, and felines.

On the other hand, below is a list of dog breeds you would want to avoid. These are not very friendly around cats. 

#1 Hunting Dog Breeds

Avoid having dogs trained to hunt and kill the prey, living under the same roof with other pets. The list of hunting dogs would include breeds such as the Scottish Deerhound, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Siberian Husky, and Alaskan Malamute.

#2 Terriers

Terriers were bred in order to dig underground and eliminate small animals like moles, rabbits, badgers, and groundhogs. The list includes the Jack Russell, Fox Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Rat Terrier, Schnauzer, and Scottie. These dogs may confuse the cat with a rabbit and try to kill it.

#3 Sight Hounds

Breeds such as the Italian Greyhound, Greyhound, Whippet, Borzoi, Saluki, and Afghan are prone to react to movement and rely on superior eyesight. Without any doubt, they will start chasing and eventually catching anything that moves. They can easily mistake cats for prey rather than a family member.

#4 Fighting dogs

Even though Pit bulls have the sweetest personality they have been trained as fighting dogs and are dangerous to have around cats.

#5 Herding dogs

Herders are not dangerous but will annoy your cat all the time. They are one of those canines that want to keep an eye on everyone at any time. Your cat wants to remain the independent individual she/he is and not be bossed around.

My advice is regardless of which breed you choose, introduce them while still young. Puppies and kittens are more likely to become friends faster that when they grow older. If you manage to make them the best your friends then your household will be a place I’d very much like living in! 


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