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22 Jun 10 best dog breeds for cat owners

Cats are wonderful companions with unique personalities just like dogs, and if you’re an animal lover the chances are you love both.  But is it actually possible to have a cat and a dog living peacefully in the same household?  In short, the answer is yes, cats and dogs can actually become the best of friends, but choosing the right breed of dog will go a long way to helping this happen.

1. Beagle

Beagle wearing a harness

The beagle is a hunting dog and you might think that this would take them out of the running. But beagles are bred to hunt in packs which means they can happily cohabit with other animals, including cats.  They are highly sociable and loving, and while they might make a game of chasing your cat outdoors, they won’t cause them any harm.  And let’s face it, the cat would probably win!

2. Basset Hound

Like the beagle the basset hound is a scent hound who has been bred to be part of a pack, so they are loyal, patient and mild-mannered dogs who are happy to be friendly with other animals.  They are also slow moving because of their short legs and long, heavy bodies, so they are more likely to seek out cuddles than engage in a game of chase with your cat.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever in the forest

Golden retrievers are extremely sweet natured and see everyone as a potential friend.  They are patient and empathetic making it easy for them to bond with even the snootiest of cats; quickly seeing them as part of the family.

4. Poodle

Poodles are highly intelligent with a calm nature,  and are perfect for households with small children and other pets.  They are playful too and will enjoy having the companionship of others, even if that companionship is of the feline variety.

5. Labrador Retriever

Two golden labrador retrievers sitting amongst white flowers

This dog is definitely a lover and not a fighter.  They have sweet, gentle natures making them happy to get along with anyone.  Intelligent and eager to please, they are more likely to put up with any difficult felines, and are particularly fond of those cats who think they are a dog!

6. Newfoundland

A gentle giant who is more likely to want to please their owner than chase a cat, this breed is patient and calm.   They are protective of their family, and have lower energy levels, which means they will quite often ignore cats completely!

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting in front of leaves

This affectionate dog is happy to get along with everybody.  They have been bred as companions rather than hunters so will be unlikely to see your cat as potential prey.   But their fearless personality makes them perfect for bossier cats, as they aren’t likely to be intimidated by them.

8. Boston Terrier

As a rule, terriers do not get on well with cats, but boston terriers are the exception to that rule.  They have a good temperament and are kind and loving too, and as a small dog are less likely to make your cat feel threatened.

9. Bichon Frise

A bichon frise is an adorable bundle of white fluff, and far too small to intimidate your cat.  They are also super affectionate and will be quite happy relaxing with their feline friends.  It is possible for them to become too attached however, so they may not be a suitable mate for the more independent cat.

10. Mixed breed

Mixed breed dog out for a walk

A mixed breed can be the perfect option for a household already ruled by a cat.  By bringing three or four different breeds together,  the chances are that they won’t have the intense hunting or herding instincts particular breeds have.  This will of course depend on the type of mixed breed you decide to go for,  but the good news is that there are plenty of options out there!

Whichever breed you choose it is important to introduce them to your cat slowly.  Keep them separated for the first few days but use a barrier that allows them to see and sniff one another.  Then when they meet face to face, keep them supervised to begin with. 

Make sure you have your dog on a lead and that there is a hiding place or escape route for your cat.  When they are comfortable with each other you can relax these restrictions, and who knows, they might become the best of friends!

Whether your dog is enjoying a friendly game of chase or snuggling up with their new buddy, make sure you capture all their activity with the PitPat dog activity monitor.  With an exercise goal tailored to their breed, weight and age, you can get the balance just right and make sure they aren’t expending too much energy playing with their new friend.

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