Cats and dogs can coexist peacefully in most households, depending on the breed of dog you choose.
Introducing cats to dogs can be challenging because “most cats prefer peace and quiet and tend to be solitary” and “they are extremely prone to stress,” notes VCA, one of North America’s largest veterinary hospital chains 1,000 veterinary practices operates in the US and Canada as well as Japan.
However, some dog breeds are more cat-friendly than others, such as dogs in the sporty group that are friendly and outgoing by nature. “These cheerful dogs are happy to make friends with everyone they meet, including cats,” explains the American Kennel Club (AKC).
“Most dog breeds can live comfortably with a cat if they are socialized as puppies and trained to leave the cat alone,” adds AKC.
Below are some dog breeds that are good at handling cats, listed in alphabetical order.
Basset Hounds are known as “loyal, patient, and restrained dogs,” and “their meek outlook on life makes them kind and tolerant of other animals,” notes AKC.
Basset Hounds seen at the Crufts dog show in the city of Birmingham, Central England, UK on March 9th 2018.
Bred to hunt in packs, beagles are usually friendly to other animals. They have “happy natures” and “probably see cats as just another member of the pack,” according to AKC.
A Beagle seen at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, England, UK on December 17, 2019
Known as “lovers, not fighters,” Border Collies are “extraordinarily gentle with children and most family pets, even those of feline persuasion,” according to The Spruce Pets, a website that offers advice on pet training and care .
Three Border Collies seen at the Sydney Dog Lovers Show 2018 in Australia on August 4, 2018.
Border Terriers are “good-natured, loving family companions” and can be good for households with multiple pets, including cats, according to Purina, the pet food company.
A border terrier in the UK, pictured in 2012.
“The intelligence and trainability of the Boston Terriers make this breed ideal for getting along with feline friends,” advises Rover, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers.
“They are small (but have big, warm personalities) and quickly become friends with the other furry animals in your home,” she adds.
A Boston Terrier seen in Florence, Italy on January 10, 2017.
While bulldogs are heavier than others and appear more intimidating for this reason, they are known for their friendly temperament, according to the AKC.
“Your easygoing personality makes it likely that you will enjoy your cat’s company,” she adds.
A bulldog seen at a news conference with the American Kennel Club and HJ Kalikow & Co. in New York on August 9, 2017.
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The Cardigan Welsh Corgi was originally made around 1200 BC. In Cardiganshire in South Wales as a drover and farm dog, according to Purina.
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi, one of two Welsh Corgi breeds (the other is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi), pictured at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 11, 2019.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The AKC describes Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as “adaptable, loving, and gentle little dogs with a fearless personality”. They are more likely to be intimidated than annoyed by cats and are likely to leave cats alone when in the same house.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 10, 2017.
Collies are known to love children, and “for some, that love may extend to cats … they are vocal dogs who have a tendency to make other family pets tolerant,” according to AKC.
A collie pictured at a dog event in New York City on September 28, 2016.
Affectionate, loyal, and obedient, Corgis are “particularly fond of children and compatible with other pets,” notes Purina.
A pair of corgis play in a park in Brooklyn, New York on August 24, 2019.
The curly-coated retrievers’ gentle temperament makes them ideal family dogs and good for multi-animal shelters, according to Purina.
A curly-haired retriever competing at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City on February 16, 2016.
English springer spaniel
These dogs are affectionate and sociable, they are well behaved, “love (and need) company, and get on well with children and other animals,” advises Purina.
A playful English Springer Spaniel and a cat pictured in a garden in England, United Kingdom in June 2014. Some dog breeds, including the English Springer Spaniel, are more cat-friendly than others.
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German shepherd dog
According to Purina, German Shepherds are “a loving, loyal and balanced family companion who loves children” and is compatible with multi-animal households.
A German Shepherd at the American Kennel Club Top Breeds of 2014 event in New York City on February 26, 2015.
They generally have playful personalities, and “their adaptability and open-minded natures make them potentially great cat companions,” according to AKC.
A Golden Retriever seen in Washington Square Park, New York City on December 3, 2020.
This “happy, friendly breed has a stable, open-minded temperament, which makes them great family companions,” advises Purina.
A pair of Irish Setters at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham in Central England, UK on March 11, 2018.
Labradors Retrievers are described as “friendly, sociable, and are known to get along with anyone they meet, regardless of species. They are gentle, intelligent, and want to please,” says AKC.
A Labrador Retriever at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, UK on March 11, 2018.
Rover explains, “Maltese are known to be great with cats thanks to their excellent manners (and maybe their classy bonnet helps in some ways). They enjoy the company very much, but also like to give the cats a little space to be alone when needed. “
A pair of Maltese was presented on May 11, 2014 at a dog show in Dortmund.
Described as “gentle giants”, the Newfoundland dogs are known for their “calm demeanor and lower energy levels” according to The Spruce Pets.
“Newfoundland dogs are great for people of all ages, including children, and pets of all types, including cats,” she adds.
A Newfoundland dog pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 8th 2018.
With a “happy and curious nature,” Papillons can “consider your cat a friend,” says AKC.
A Papillon from Belgium poses at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 10, 2019.
This “calm, dignified” breed has its origins in ancient China. Pekingese are known to be good-natured and affectionate, which makes them ideal companion dogs for households with multiple pets, notes Purina.
A Pekingese pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 10, 2018.
Weighing around three to seven pounds, most cats are taller than Pomeranians, “so these fluffy little members are rarely a threat to cat lovers. They tend to live peacefully with other pets, including cats, ”explains The Spruce Pets.
A Pomeranian featured at the Mudgee Show Society Inc. dog show in Mudgee, Australia on March 2, 2019.
Some poodles may interact with cats while others may just “tolerate” their existence. So it’s important to introduce them as soon as possible to see if their personalities go well together, advises Rover.
A poodle poses for a photo on May 15, 2020 in New York City.
Pugs have a lot of personality and love attention, so a cat would be a great companion to keep them company when their owners are away. “They may be small, but they’re tough enough to have a feline playmate,” notes AKC.
A pug at the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show in Pomona, California on February 29, 2020.
Known as the only cat-friendly breed among herding dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs are very friendly and intelligent and “actually listen when you tell them not to chase the cat,” according to Rover.
“They are easy to train and affectionate, and so are the two animals [cats and Shetland Sheepdogs] If properly introduced, you can be sure that their friendship will truly blossom, ”she adds.
A Shetland Sheepdog at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 8, 2018.
With a friendly and lively temperament, Silky Terriers are “playful, curious and eager to please”, which, according to Purina, makes them “extraordinary” companions in a household with several pets.
A silky terrier (pictured right) seen with an English spaniel.