Believe it or not, cats and dogs can coexist. Here are the best cat breeds that get along with dogs.
Cats and dogs have long been portrayed as mortal enemies. Who remembers the 2001 film, aptly titled Cats and Dogs, about the top-secret war going on between the two types of pets? (Spoiler alert: Dogs won!) Then there's the constant bickering enjoyed by rescue pup Chance and house cat Sassy in Homeward Bound. And while Tom's biggest rival has always been a mouse, he certainly isn't pals with the dog named Spike in the beloved cartoon Tom and Jerry. This strained relationship between the furry foes has been perpetuated by pop culture for decades, but sometimes cats and dogs can actually become--dare we say it--friends.
Of course, some breeds of cats and dogs can coexist better than others. Golden retrievers, beagles, labs, and other affectionate dog breeds with low-prey drive will likely be more accepting of a cat as the newest member of the family. However, not all dogs will do well with the addition of a cat, so you'll need to test it out on a case-by-case basis if you are bringing a cat into your home for the first time. On the flip side, there are certain cat breeds that get along with dogs better than others. These friendly felines are known for their laid-back personalities and affectionate natures.
The family dog is likely to love any of the cats on this list, but be sure to research the breed of both your pets before introducing a new animal into the home. Even the most easy-going dogs or cats may take a little time to get used to a new furry friend. While all dog and cat breeds have the chance to become playmates with the right introduction and socialization, these are the best cat breeds that get along with dogs.
15 Cat Breeds That Get Along With Dogs
1. Maine Coon
Maine coons are a Cat Fanciers Association favorite and incredibly friendly cats. These gentle giants are known for their dog-like nature. They are also incredibly helpful and like to fetch, so it makes sense that they would get along well with their canine counterparts.
2. American Shorthair
According to the CFA, these kitties are famous for their "sweet personality and amiability with children, dogs, and other pets." American shorthairs also typically live a long and healthy life. Basically, they are a unicorn that ticks all the boxes.
3. Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest Cat may take a while to warm up to a dog, but the pair is sure to be best friends once they do. These are larger cats, much like the Maine coon, with affectionate and gentle personalities. Introductions may be slow going at first, but it will be worth it.
Bombay cats are known as miniature panthers, though there is no genetic correlation between the domestic cat and the wildcat. According to the CFA, the Bombay's personality is like "a dog, a cat, and a monkey all rolled into one mischievous package." These cats are highly trainable and can do things like walk on a leash and play fetch. They are also highly social lap cats who love to play with people, children, and other pets.
Burmese cats came from a mix of a cat from Burma and Siamese cats. They have the uncanny ability to make even the most ardent dog lover a fan. The Burmese has no fear and can be incredibly playful. They are more likely to turn a dog into a playmate than to scratch their eyes out, but some may merely tolerate a dog's existence.
6. British Shorthair
The British shorthair loves being around their people and other cats, so why wouldn't they love being around a dog? It takes a lot to get this cat annoyed, so if you bring a new puppy into the household, you have a long lead before this kitty snaps. In fact, they are more likely to walk away and find a place to hide before getting upset, making them the perfect companion to a pesky puppy.
This rare cat breed is extremely smart and trainable. In fact, some can even be seen playing fetch with their owners. These sweet cats love to get to know new people and pets, including those of the canine variety.
8. Abyssinian Cat
Abyssinian cats have the perfect personality for gaining a doggie companion. They are curious by nature and love to be around their humans. Abyssinians are also quite playful, so they may enjoy having a dog to pal around with.
Bengals are full of energy and very affectionate. According to the CFA, Bengals can do well with other pets when they are "properly introduced." They are much like German shepherds who love to be included in every aspect of their family's lives and thrive on playing and learning. They also love water and will be a good fit for a water-loving dog.
10. Siamese Cat
Siamese cats are an ancient breed that is smart, beautiful, and loving. They love to talk to their people as much as they like to hang out. You can find a Siamese sitting on their owner's beds, laps, or following them around. Siamese cats are also the curious type. They will definitely give a dog a chance with their curiosity and big heart.
11. Ragdoll Cat
Ragdoll cats are another feline that exhibits dog-like behavior. They are excited when you get home and are sad when you leave. Not to mention, they love a good cuddle. They have an even temperament which makes them a good doggie companion. Ragdolls and dogs have the potential to become the very best of friends, and you may even find them cuddling together.
12. Birman Cat
Birman cats have various personality traits. They are dramatic, sweet, loving, patient, and adventurous. Patience is key in pet to pet introductions. While their dramatic side could get in the way if a dog rubbed them the wrong way, their loving and adventurous side hopefully will take the lead.
13. Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora is known for being smart, loving, and very friendly. They love to play and can easily adapt to new situations. Because they can adjust to new people and pets, they do well with young children and dogs. However, they like to have the title of top
dog cat in their homes.
14. Japanese Bobtail
Japanese bobtails love being the center of their family's attention. They love their people and are keen on participating in even the most mundane aspects of daily life, like watching TV. Japanese bobtails are athletic and excel at agility sports, love to travel, and enjoy spending time outdoors. They do well in homes with children and dogs.
15. Siberian Cat
Siberian cats are very smart. Cat lovers are drawn to this breed because of their adventurous side. These easy-going cats are open to sharing their homes with dogs, kids, and other pets. Nothing seems to ruffle these cats, because they are naturally calm and fearless, making them a great playmate for a canine friend. They love to play with toys and will even take part in a game of fetch.
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