Night and day, oil and water, cats and dogs – is it true that these opposites can simply never mix? We at the DOGPWND don’t think so, and we’ve come up with a list of 13 dog breeds that are likely to get along with cats. If you are considering adding a cat to your doggy-run household (or vice versa), this article is for you!
Please enjoy the list we’ve compiled below, but also keep in mind that there is no substitute for obedience and socialization training for your dog to become his best self.
Dog breeds that get along with cats
1. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a member of the scent hound family, and is known for being gentle, obedient and friendly to all household members, including small children and other pets. Some say that this is because they’re so lazy and will go along with just about anything, but we believe it’s because they have very big hearts. 😉
The Beagle is also a member of the scent hound family, and are known to be gentle, good-tempered, and easy to get along with. They are pack animals, which means they will likely consider other household members, including other household pets, part of their “pack” and become fast friends.
3. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a toy dog that has been described as jolly, affectionate, sociable and obedient. They are full of energy and love to play, which is why they are sure to get along swimmingly with children and other pets.
4. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a small-sized dog that is merry and very friendly. They are quite intelligent & eager to please their owners, and therefore are easy to train. With early socialization training, they are sure to get along with the entire family, including other pets. Also, they don’t bark much, making them perfect pets for those who live in apartments.
The Bulldog is a medium-sized dog that is kind and easy to get along with. They are a popular choice for family dogs because they quickly become friendly with small children, and generally get along with any other pets in the household.
6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy dog; very affectionate, playful and eager to please. These qualities pretty much ensure that they will get along with other canine and non-canine pets in the house. They do, however, have some hunting instincts, and will require early obedience & socialization training if they are to live in a house with smaller animals such as birds and hamsters.
7. Border Collie
The Border Collie is a medium-sized herding dog breed, particularly known for its obedience, athleticism and intelligence (it’s the smartest of all dog breeds!). They are also very energetic and playful, making them great for households with small children and other pets to play with.
8. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog; they are particularly playful, have a love of water, are obedient, easy to train, and are known for their gentle temper and ease in getting along with everyone in their surroundings. They are very patient with small children and quickly become friendly with other household pets.
9. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is also a large-sized gun dog, characteristically kind, gentle, and eager to please. This breed makes an excellent family pet, as they are capable of getting along with small children, as well as with other pets in the household. They are also a popular choice for disability assistance dogs.
The Newfoundland is a large-sized Canadian working dog, known for being calm, intelligent and quite strong & athletic. They are also an obedient, gentle-tempered breed, almost ensuring that they will get along with all other pets in the household, canine & non-canine alike. Its sheer size may cause some accidental problems (it’s really a giant dog!), but this can easily be remedied with some early training.
The Papillon is a French-origin toy dog, known for the unique butterfly-shaped hair around its face (Papillon is French for butterfly). This is a friendly, intelligent & playful breed, one that would make a great addition to households with multiple pets, as they will become fast friends with other pets in their surroundings; however, extra care should be taken around smaller children; they tend to get a bit heavy-handed with dogs of this size, as is often the case with small children and toy-sized dogs.
The Pug is a toy-sized companion dog, known for being friendly & gentle-tempered, often being described as charming. They crave attention, get very attached to their owners, and have a fondness for small children. They also get along well with other animals, becoming playful when the mood strikes.
13. Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as Sheltie, is a small-sized herding dog, known for being loyal, playful and eager to please. This is also one of the more intelligent breeds of dogs, one that will appreciate excitement from constant playmates such as small children and other pets to keep from getting bored.
The dog breeds in the above list are the most likely to get along with cats (and other pets) due to their temperaments, but equally important is how a new pet is introduced into a household full of other pets, along with the age & temperaments of the other pets, and the dynamic between pets that is hard to predict. If you want to ensure a smooth first meeting between your new and old pets, make sure to have a supervised social visit between the new and each of the old pets, greased by toys and lots of treats, of course. 😉
If you’re looking to add a cat to your doggy-filled household, check out our companion article over at CATOVERDOSE.com: 11 cat breeds that get along with dogs