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What type of dog breeds are best for cats?

Kali in Waltham, MA
Dec. 2, 2017

I am an owner of two adorable cats and am looking to adopt a dog.  I was curious which breeds are best for a cat-filled home.  Thank you! 

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User in Temecula, CA
Nov. 6, 2017

It is possible for any dog breed to be good with cats. It is all about giving the dog proper training. It is best to start from a younger age. If you are looking for an adult dog, a couple dog breeds that are known for being very family-oriented and pet-friendly are Golden/Labrador Retrievers and Cocker/Charles Spaniels. Avoid trying to mix hunting dogs or fighting breeds for a more easy transition.

Kali in Waltham, MA
Nov. 6, 2017

Thank you Brittany!

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Keri in Fort Bragg, NC
Sept. 12, 2018

Least amount of prey chase need so no hunting or herding dogs. But personalities play a large role in how they get along. Do you want a lazy chill dog or a hyper pup that can play with the cats. Are the cats fiesty or do they like to cuddle.

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Nicole in Denton, TX
Aug. 27, 2018

labs are a great family dog. gets along with cats well

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I think it just depends on the actual dog itself. Some like cats, some don't

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Every dog is unique but i would avoid herding/hunting breeds if you are concerned.

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The best breeds of cats for dogs are either (Shih Tzu) small dog or (golden retriever) large dog, if you have the golden retriever from when it was a puppy.

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Any breed as long as they are properly introduced!

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Abby in Ventura, CA
July 26, 2018

long haired

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Any dog can be a great for a home with cats, but if your cats aren't familiar with dogs or the dog you want isn't familiar with cats things may go bad. It would be best to get a dog as a puppy or one you know is not going to hurt the cats.

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Large dogs: Lab, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Collie, Some pitbulls, poodles, Bordercollie, or Aussie..etc Smaller dogs: Beagle, Bulldog, Boston terrier, Doxie, Bassethound, or Beagle..etc If you end up getting a puppy then any breed because theyll grow up around the cats.

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It honestly just depends on the dog. Dogs and Cats can be great companions ranging from small to large, it just depends on the personality of the dog.

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Here is a good article to look over from the American Kennel Club! https://www.akc.org/expert-adv...

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Brianna in Yakima, WA
Feb. 20, 2019

Golden retrievers are exceptional with any animal so far in my experience. Really I believe the younger the dog and the more exposure to various situations and environments, the better the chance they have not developing anxiety,aggression issues and other undesirable behaviors. Some traits can be more prominent in certain breeds more than others;yet can most often be controlled by starting early and the right (reinforcement) techniques, should one be willing to take the time to do so. The outcome is most always worth the input. Maybe the question to be asked is: how well will your cat kids do with the addition of a dog to the household? All things take time and patientce, either way you won't know until you try it out.

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Jessica in Ogden, UT
Feb. 13, 2019

It's not so much the breed as it is the individual dog. That said, some breeds are more prone to prey / protection drive. Some good breeds to look at are Boston Terrier, Papillon, Pug, Lab, Golden Retriever, Beagle, & some Spaniels. As for other breeds in general, it REALLY does come down to the individual dog.  I've had Great Danes/ pit bulls / bulldogs that love cats, and some that hate them. I feel that when a dog is raised with cats who are friendly to dogs, they grow up thinking a cat friend is normal. - Key words being "dog friendly cat". Even then, I NEVER leave a dog and cat alone while I'm gone, no matter how friendly they are. Animals are animals. Sometimes things can just get out of control real fast, so there's no point taking the risk.

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Eva in Fort Myers, FL
Feb. 11, 2019

Look online for breeds with low prey drive. I'd definitely suggest letting a potential new dog meet your cats to ensure they're likely to get along before deciding on the dog for sure.

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jack russell are nice and loving and cat any kind of cats

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jack russells are the best

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 24, 2019

I think it depends on the owner.

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it honestly all depends on the dogs personality. A lot of people find that any dog can be trained to live with cats from a young age. most dogs introduced to cats as puppies get along fine.

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Susan in Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14, 2019

I don't think that it's a breed specific thing but up to each individual dog. Maybe not do Rottweiler, Doberman, or German Shepard. I have had those breeds growing up and they didn't get along with cats.

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User in Stratford, CT
Dec. 18, 2018

I would say husky, golden retriever, or a labrador. I have experience with all of these dogs and their very sweet- despite what you read online if you look up dogs most likely to bite- Huskies are usually on that list, but I have yet to meet an aggressive one, even one you don't know.

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Kaylie in Felton, DE
Dec. 14, 2018

There is never a sure way to say a whole breed is good with cats, but I would personally say to look at breeds that are more laid back. I would also make sure to ask if the dog has been exposed to cats and make sure they are not very prey driven. A prey driven dog will think the cat is a toy and go after them over and over when/if the cat were to flee. Good luck on you search!

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Generally most breeds are good with cats, as long as they are not prey-driven, if they are exposed to cats at a young age, and are taught not to chase or play too hard. A few good breeds with low prey drives would be Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Great Pyrenees, Old English Sheepdogs,Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Viszla, King Charles Spaniels.

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Honestly I don't think there's a specific breed that will be good for cats except maybe smaller breeds like dachshunds or chihuahuas, but any dog can be good with cats if they're raised around cats or get used to them, so I would say either a puppy or a small breed dog.

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Golden retrievers are great with cats! They are such sweethearts in general. I think the same goes with labs. Most small to medium dogs would be a great choice. Introduce them slowly please!

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Logan in Ruskin, FL
Oct. 18, 2018

Some adorable dogs that are great around cats and babies is Basset Hounds, they are loyal, patient, and laid back dogs. Another good breed is a Beagle. A Beagle is typically good with other animals. Bulldogs, Collie, Labrador Retriever, and Papillon. :) hope I could help in some way!

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Lindsay in Moscow, ID
April 22, 2019

I have no personal experience with this, beyond the fact that my black lab acted like an angel despite the twerp of a cat I owned at the time, but anyway, I wouldn't take my word as your final advice. At any rate, I researched and found these dog breeds to be allegedly good with cats: Basset Hound, Beagle, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Collie, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, and Pug.

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Hi, It's difficult to determine who a pet may get along with sometimes, especially if the primary animal has lived there a long time as the only animal. I would suggest that if you find a breed/dog you like, that you ask about a "trial period" to test out the interactions between your animals. Safety and happiness are most important.

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Terri in Holland, MI
Oct. 5, 2018

The kitties adapt very well to Labrador retrievers, any small dog breeds and poodles are my personal favorite! One way to be sure is to employ the dog from a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker whom you trust to bring their dog for a visit to meet your adorable cats and then THEY choose who they like or dislike with a passion!

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Any dog could fit that spot. The best suggestion I could say is adopt a puppy they grow with the cats its much harder to train an adult dog. I'm not saying don't get an adult but it will take time to train them.

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Savanna in Omaha, NE
Oct. 11, 2018

Golden retrievers and labs would be ideal because of their friendly nature

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Paul in Durham, NC
April 6, 2019

Like humans every animal is different and has its own personality. Always best to have them meet first!

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Well definately not a border collie. A dog usually learns from other dogs how to react to cats. Larger calm dogs, mastiff mix, lab mix. If its a puppy all the better. The animals will sort it out. But definately NO Border Collies...they'll herd the cats constantly.

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User in Colonia, NJ
April 3, 2019

A puppy !!

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Cristiane in Lewes, DE
March 26, 2019

Preferably to get a puppy independent of the race.

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It's important to fine a more submissive and gentle natured dog, maybe a smaller, less hyper one, I would think. Unfortunately, we have an Australian Shepherd mix that is too high strung and prey driven for befriending cats.

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Abyssinian, The American Shorthair, The Birman, The Bombay, The Maine Coon, The Norwegian Forest, The Ragdoll, The Siberian

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Shannon in Weston, FL
March 19, 2019

There is no right answer to this question... it will depend entirely on the personality of both animals. Is your cat tolerant of other animals being in your house? Maybe try having a friend with a dog come over and see how the cat responds. Another key factor is making sure they are introduced properly. Cats are not big fans of change and sometimes they don't tolerate it so well. Another living thing thrown into the mix and messing up their routine is sometimes not appreciated. Make the process as easy as possible by not even letting them see each other for the first 24 hours. Keep them in separate rooms for a few hours (they can sniff under the door if they want and they will be able to hear each other, so they will be AWARE of each others presence but there is no chance or threat of confrontation) then switch which rooms they are in. That way the dog gets familiar with the house, the cat isn't confined to one room the whole time, AND most importantly, they become familiar with each others scents. On the second day you can let them see each other but don't allow any interaction until both of them (but especially the cat) seem comfortable. They can express interest in eachother but should not appear FIXATED. The longer you can draw out this process... even up to a week.. the better it will be for both the cat and dog.. whatever the breed. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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Walt in Las Vegas, NV
March 4, 2019

Normally, any breed of dog can get along with the cat peacefully through systematic training. Some hunting dogs may be in trouble. Studies have found that dogs of these breeds are more likely to get along with cats, and you can give priority to them. Such as: Basset Hound, Beagle, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Collie, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Papillon

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I find it's more the personality than breed...definitely want to do a "test run". But the more the merrier, it's very doable!!

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Golden retrievers are very friendly towards cats, they're very lovely, friendly and active dogs. However, if you are looking for a smaller pup, consider cocker spaniels, beagles, collies, and pugs.

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Bailey in Haslet, TX
Feb. 22, 2019

Theres no best type of dog breed for cats. take your cat with you when you look at dogs and see how the dog acts around the cat if they get along it should be fine.

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