Dog Breeds That Do Not Get Along With Cats
About Dog Breeds That Do Not Get Along With Cats
Cats and dogs have a history of being portrayed as natural enemies, yet owners that have raised cats and dogs together can provide plenty of testimonials supporting that cats and dogs can get along and even live in harmony. The secret often is allowing them to grow up together, which means raising puppies and kittens together from a young age.
While this is the best and ideal method, adult cats and dogs introduced later in life can still get along together if given ample time to accept each other and if the owners provide timely redirection to any unwanted behaviors.
As much effort, however, as one may put into training cats and dogs to get along, in some cases, there is not much that can be done to prevent nature to take its course. Indeed, there are dog breeds that have an inherited impulse to chase, injure and even kill small animals regardless of the training methods involved.
This is called ''prey drive'' and many times it is genetically instilled deep into the dog's genetic core leaving small place for changes. High prey drive dog breeds are those that have been used for years by humans to chase and hunt small animals. Examples include many sporting breeds, sighthounds and some of the small terriers.
In these dog breeds, these hunting traits have been accentuated to a point where they get stimulated to chase anything that moves. There are also some dogs that love to chase small animals just because they get a kick out of it, regardless of their intention is to kill or play a game.
Even within a breed, there may be variances. For examples, some dogs may be bred from working lines used for successful hunting. These dogs are selectively bred for considerably stronger prey drives compared to dogs of the same breed bred exclusively for being companions.
While one cannot really generalize on which dog breeds are not suitable for feline households because there are exceptions especially when the dog and cats are raised together at a young age, there is evidence that some dog breeds have higher prey drives than other breeds, therefore upping the likeliness that it may be challenging to make them get along with your feline friend.
Dog Breeds That May Not Get Along With Cats
Below are listed dog breeds that generally may not do well with cats because of their high prey drive. If these dogs were raised with cats and trained to respect them, they still should not be left unsupervised with cats for safety sake.
Some dogs know they must respect cats in the owner's presence, but once the owner turns around the dog may take advantage of its primal instincts. Also, sometimes dogs may kill cats because of some unusual circumstance such as a cat falling off of a tree or suffering a seizure.
Dog Breeds With High Prey Drive
- Afghan Hound
- Akita Inu
- Alaskan Malamute
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Border Collie
- Doberman Pinscher
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Shiba Inu
- Siberian Husky
- Yorkshire Terrier
Dog Breeds That May Get Along With Cats
The below dog breeds are breeds that are generally more likely to be tolerant of cats. Yet, no generalization can be done, as each dog has its own personality. Raising this dogs with cats from a young age may up the chances for success. However, as much as these dogs may seem to get along with cats, supervision is always recommended.
- Australian Shephard
- Cavalier King Charles
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Shih Tzu
The above lists of dogs that get along with cats and dogs that do not get along with cats, therefore, are not a black and white declaration, rather, they just simply list breeds of dogs that are more likely to chase and view cats as prey and dogs that are more ready to accept cats as a friend.
It is ultimately, the cat owner's responsibility to do good research on the dog's breed and temperament before adopting a dog and allowing him/her to co-habitat with cats. If the dog is trying to chase the family cat, there are ways to stop dogs from chasing cats, but not always it's possible to reduce this form of chasing entirely. Caution is always needed.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Adrienne Farricelli