Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Which Breeds of Cats and Dogs Get Along?
We've all heard the phrase "fighting like cats and dogs," but that doesn't always have to be the case. I have treated a lot of corneal lacerations over the years because people think that any old dog is suited for any old cat, but if you put care into the type of dog or cat you select, there are plenty of great pets out there willing to share their beds and blankets with other species.
Below, you'll find...
- a list of dogs that may get a long with cats,
- a list of dogs that usually don't,
- and the three cat breeds that are most likely dog-friendly.
The 5 Most Cat-Friendly Dogs
Often, those dog breeds that are known for being good with kids are also good with cats, though not necessarily—there is still a lot of debate in this area. The list of cat-friendly dogs here is not perfect, but it does reflect my personal experience. None of the dogs I have met from these breeds have had a problem with cats, but as I said, there are always sure to be exceptions.
So what are the five dog breeds that get along best with cats?
This small scent hound was originally bred to be a hunter, but beagles do amazingly well with cats. While they will usually chase cats while out in the yard, they treat cats gently inside the house and will snuggle up contentedly with any cat that shares their living space.
However, keep in mind that a beagle is not the right breed for everyone. They are okay as watchdogs but make friends too easily to be guards. They are also not easy to train, so if you are looking for a dog to obediently follow household commands, you need to search elsewhere. Beagles are famous for ignoring anyone calling them home when they have found an interesting scent and are following it where it leads.
This breed is also vocal; although they do not bark much, they do tend to howl. A lot. If you cannot handle the howling, you might look for another dog breed that will get along with your cats.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this breed tends to get overweight without exercise. If you get a beagle, make sure to exercise him daily.
This great dog breed will more likely wrestle with your cat than try to do her any damage. However, most boxers are strong and lively, so they need a tough cat to play with.
Unlike the beagle, this dog can serve as a good guard dog. Boxers are also fairly easy to train and almost always respond to their owners. If you want a big dog who is good with the family and great with your cat, this breed is a good choice.
3. Bichon Frisé
This is a very happy, very social dog breed that will likely view a cat as just another small playmate. Just make sure that you have a playful cat. For very laid-back cats, you will need to supervise their interactions closely, since the bichon may be a little too happy at times when the cat wants to be left alone. If the cat is not a cuddler, a bichon might find himself a canina non grata. Several sites also list this dog as one of the best breeds for a family. In fact, they are so loving, my main worry about the Bichon is that he might miss you too much when you're not around.
The bichon frisé is a small dog, and his white coat doesn’t shed much but does need to be taken care of. These dogs need to be trimmed and brushed like a poodle and bathed regularly; if they are ignored, they can develop some serious matts and skin diseases. They are easy to train, fun to have around, and will not bark excessively once they get to know the visitor.
Do you want a small companion to keep your house busy and your young cat occupied? The bichon might be a great choice.
4. Golden Retriever
This dog is one of the best dog breeds with kids and is also tolerant around most other pets in the household. They are excellent with cats of all sizes and ages. The golden retriever is unlikely to be rough with your cat even when playing, and, like most dogs, will just consider the cat part of his family if they are introduced while he's still a puppy.
They are not good guard dogs but they will protect a kitten that they have decided to nurse and raise. Goldens are considered one of the easiest breeds to obedience train and are willing to do almost anything, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. If you want a great family dog, a hard worker, and a good companion, the golden is an excellent dog.
The smallest of the dog breeds that likes cats, the Maltese is a slacker who sometimes just lies around on the couch and ignores anything else going on, including the activities of a cat. In fact, maybe this dog does not really like cats; he just knows better than to ask the cat to move off of his favorite spot. That is a good thing. It would take a tough Maltese to take on even a lazy cat.
Normally they are small lap dogs that don’t care for much more than hanging out, which makes them one of the best breeds for a first-time dog owner. However, if they have an opportunity to play and their opponent does not outweigh them ten to one, the Maltese can be an entertaining member of the household. This is a great dog breed for both new and old cats, because they are unlikely to mess with a new member of the family but are also fine with a cat that just wants to be left alone.
Worst Dog Breeds Around Cats
My personal observation is that almost any dog is willing to accept cats in his environment, as long as the cat is willing to accept him. When I owned Siberian Huskies, even they would leave the cats alone because my cats were able to move around our garden and remain aloof. Terriers have a bad reputation when it comes to cats, but I have often spoken with owners of Westies and Cairn terriers that get along fine with mellow cats. The sighthounds might be an exception to the rule, since they have been bred with a very strong prey instinct, but I have heard stories of retired greyhounds that do okay with cats in their house. It is important that the cat does not run and act like prey; some dogs never seem to understand the concept that all pets are part of the family.
Anyway, although there are sure to be plenty of people who disagree, here is my list of dog breeds that do not usually do well with cats:
- Sled Dogs (Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, etc)
- Sight Hounds (Whippets, Salukis, Azawakh, and some others)
- Terriers (Jack Russel Terrier, Rat Terrier, etc)
- Guard dogs (this can vary a lot but some breeds like the Presa Canario, Cane Corso, and Fila Brasileiro usually do not do well with small animals in their territory.)
But, as I mentioned above, a lot of those dogs can do okay if introduced to a cat early in life.
Cat Breeds That Do Well Around Dogs
If you do not yet have a cat, it is also a good idea to get a cat breed that like dogs. Not all cats will put up with a canine companion in the house, and some dogs (especially breeds like the pug, with its protruding eyes) can be hurt by an aggressive cat.
Ragdoll, Siberian, and Maine coon cats are all muscular cats that are large enough to feel confident around dogs. This means they are less likely to feel threatened and try to run away when your dog approaches them. There are many other breeds to choose from, of course.
Questions & Answers
Question: I have never owned a dog before, and I have a seven-year-old cat. Which breed of dog would you recommend?
Answer: I do not know if you prefer big dogs or small dogs, hairy dogs or dogs that do not shed much, if you rent or own your own house, if you live in the country or city, etc.
My personal recommendations are the dogs on this list. I had a Maltese, one of the best dogs ever, but he passed away several years ago. If you want small, the Maltese is a great choice.
I also have a Boxer mix. She is a great dog, so if you like big and do not mind a bit of slobber, they are a fun dog you can wrestle around with and still trust with your cat.
Question: Will a Maltese puppy get along with a four-year-old cat?
Answer: A Maltese puppy is unlikely to try and chase a four-year-old cat. They should get along just fine.
Question: I have a three-year-old Rottweiler and want to get a cat, but he has never been around cats. Will they get along?
Answer: It will depend on the dog, but there is a good chance that they will not get along if the cat runs away or displays any prey characteristics. If you decide to get a cat, you have to always be around them for the first few months. If the dog displays aggression to the cat, you need to let him know that it is not acceptable, right at that moment. If you do not, he will probably catch and kill the cat.
Question: I have two cats that are about 3 years old and have been together since birth. I really want to get a dog also, I’m just not sure which would be a good choice to have with two cats. Any recommendations?
Answer: Yes, this article lists five dog breeds that usually get along with cats. If you choose one of the breeds on this list you will probably have success.
Question: Will a Yorkshire terrier get along with a cat?
Answer: Yorkies were originally bred to hunt rats. They have been selected to have a high prey drive and to chase and kill things that run away from them.
Some Yorkies will do okay as this has not been an important factor in their selection in some time. I would not want to risk my cat´s well being on a Yorkie, however. If you do decide to get one, and own a cat, make sure that you monitor them when together.
Question: My dog is half Maltese and half white highland terrier. Do you think she will get along with cats?
Answer: Although Maltese get along with most cats, many Westies do not. This is not a rule, by any means, since some lines have had the terrier bred out of them and are mild and do well with cats and other small animals.
If you bring home a cat, you need to think about adopting an adult that is already used to dogs, and preferably a Ragdoll or one of the other cats on the list. Let her around your dog, but only under supervision until you are absolutely sure the dog will not chase.
Question: Do Cocker Spaniels like cats?
Answer: Most cockers I have been around are good with cats.
Question: I have two cats that are about 4 years old and have been bonded since birth. I really want to get a corgi after doing a lot of research on them. Do you think that the corgi would get along with my cats?
Answer: Since the corgi is a herding breed, he has a tendency to chase prey. If you get an adult from a rescue, and the first thing he does is chase your cats, it will be difficult to stop it. If you get a puppy he will probably not be able to push your adult cats around and will be more likely to get along.
Question: My parents have a bichon poodle, four years old, very fluffy and sweet and get along with kids very well. I just moved into their house with my cat Goochi who is four as well. Do you think these two pets will get along?
Answer: The best thing you can do for cat is keep him calm and try to encourage him to hold his ground. If he runs from the dog it will stimulate his prey drive and he will chase. If he chases, he will most likely chase every time unless he gets bored of the game.
Question: My friend has two old cats, and she wants a German Shepherd. She will not change her mind. She has never owned a dog before, is not sure if her cats like dogs, and (of course she says that they do) and I just want to make sure she’s not going in over her head. Any advice?
Answer: All dogs can be hard to handle around cats, but some are worse than others. She will need to train her new dog in basic obedience, train him to not chase, and enroll him in a program like the AKC´s Canine Good Citizen program. Since her dog will be large and may be difficult to handle, her cats might end up suffering for her.
Question: Will Bernedoodles get along with a Siberian cat?
Answer: That is very hard to say. Bernese do not have much of a prey drive, but Poodles were hunting dogs and will be a lot more likely to chase.
A Siberian cat, however, is very confident and not likely to run. If your cat is confident enough to face the dog it is unlikely he will ever mess with the cat again.
Question: Is a Saint Bernard cat friendly?
Answer: Many Saint Bernards do well with cats. If you are getting a puppy, be sure to introduce your cat in a controlled environment so that the dog does not start to chase.
If you are getting a cat, try to get a large breed like a Siberian or a Maine Coone. Those breeds are much more confident around dogs.
Question: Will an Australian shepherd get along with cats?
Answer: Since Australian shepherds are herding dogs, they are not a breed that does well with cats. If you have not yet brought home a puppy, I would consider another breed.
If you have already put a deposit down, or have your heart set on this breed, the best thing you can do is introduce your puppy gradually, and make sure that your cat or cats feel secure and does not run from the puppy. If the cat runs from the puppy, and the dog gets into the habit of chasing the cat, the situation will be difficult.
Question: How can I tell if my two cats like each other?
Answer: Just like with two dogs, they will tend to hang out together, sleep in the same bed, play together, eat at the same time, etc. It is a good question, because we cannot know what is going on in the dog and cats mind but we can at least judge their reactions.
Question: Do big mixed breeds of dogs like cats?
Answer: There is no way to generalize for all mixed breed dogs. Some do, some do not. Look at the dog and try to figure out what the mix is, and see if the parent breeds have a high prey drive. Dogs with a high prey drive are more likely to chase cats, especially if they run or show any fearful movements.
Question: Do Labs like kids and cats?
Answer: They are known to be a kid-friendly breed, but they are a hunting dog and are not especially good with cats. If you get a puppy, however, and he is exposed to the cats, you will probably not have any problems.
Question: Are Cavalier dogs friendly with cats?
Answer: Cavalier dogs are an affectionate breed and usually prefer to lie around and enjoy their owner's warm lap. Almost all of them are good with cats.
Question: I've heard Papillons are good with cats. Is this true?
Answer: Yes, many small breeds like Papillons are great with cats. If you already have a cat and introduce the dog when still a puppy, there should be no problems.
Question: I have a 10 year old female Maine Coon cat and am moving in with someone who owns a 3 year old female Dalmatian. Will they get along? What steps can I take to help their transition?
Answer: It is always a good idea to introduce the dog and cat while the dog is very young, but as long as the cat does not run away when introduced they should do fine. Maine Coon cats are usually very confident animals and much less likely to run than some of the other breeds.
How should you introduce the Dalmatian and the cat? That is hard to say because it depends on their individual personalities. If the dog is calm and obedient, you can allow him to come into your apartment when your cat is on your lap. If the dog is more rambunctious, he might need to be put in a crate before introduced to the cat.
If your cat is nervous, and likely to bite you, a slow introduction (where the dog is locked up and the cat is free) is a good idea.
You mentioned that you and your cat are moving in with the Dalmatian, but I definitely recommend that you let the two of them get together for the first time on the cat´s turf. After they have met and are able to get along you can take the cat to the dogs territory. NOT before that.
Question: We have a very docile 5 year old male indoor Siberian cat and would love to introduce a King Charles spaniel and/or another Siberian. Which mix would you advise, if at all?
Answer: Both combinations are fine. Cavs are a very mild dog and do great with a confident cat like a Siberian, so you should have no problems with that mix. Enjoy your new family member!
© 2012 Dr Mark
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 02, 2020:
Rick, no guarantee for any breed of any dog, but GSDs might be a better choice. It really depends on the individual, and how the cat responds to their first contact. If your cats are pretty mellow, and not likely to run off, there is much less of a chance of a problem.
Rick on June 27, 2020:
Hi, I have 3 cats but need to get a guard dog(s). I can potentially house the dog(s) outside but I am worried that will mean they will see the cats as prey or an enemy...
What would you do? I had wanted Rhodesian ridgebacks or GSDs
Kathryn on November 10, 2019:
I had a Jack Russell which we adopted as a rescue. He was probably about 4 years old when we got him. I had 2 indoor cats, and he got along with them wonderfully. As importantly, I have 2 friendly feral cats who live on my deck (don't worry, they have a heated house lol) and he made friends with them! He never chased them, and they would all greet each other when he went out. It was pretty amazing. He was a pretty wussy Jack Russell though lol.
Julia on August 25, 2019:
We have had Fila Brasileiros since year 2002. They have all been good with our cats, as they consider them to be family members. We also had Great Pyrenees who are a cat’ best friend. Even our Catahoula was able to get along with the felines. Training and guidance can go a long way in assuring a peaceful menagerie.
Penny A Stewart on January 23, 2019:
My large male Boxer, Henry is known as the kitten whisperer. My 3 cats adore him. They go to him for comfort and one of them is always curled up to him. I am quite envious.
Cathy Bauer on January 21, 2019:
I have cats, l started getting Chihuahuas(rescues)....they get along beautifully...l rescued a small standard Doxie...after a bit, everybody is family!!!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 14, 2018:
RH, doxies are not usually the best dogs with cats. Since it is a little kitten, however, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. (One of my pitbulls, for example, hates cats and chases them all but when I found an abandoned kitten on the side of the road she just looked at him and has never been aggressive.)
I think you should give the Doxies a chance and see how they do. Be aware that you might need to find another home for the kitten though.
RH on August 14, 2018:
I have 3 2-yr-old female mini Dachshunds and a newly rescued male kitten. Any chance they will all get along or would I be putting the cat at risk.
Laurel Shimer on May 24, 2018:
I got my wonderful dog Jasper through Petfinder. I sent out a list of questions to different rescue groups indicating I was looking for a dog who was currently being fostered and had known behavior around kitties/ Lou at Tiramisu Dog Rescue followed up and found my perfect pooch Jasper. He and our kitty get along fine. All Petfinder groups gets pets from shelters.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 25, 2018:
Spaniels, since they are hunting dogs, can have a high prey drive and are usually not recommended with cats. Some hunting dogs, however, do not recognize a cat as prey and as long as the cat does not run from them do very well. A lot of this will depend on how the cat acts when the dog is introduced, and if the dog is still a puppy the results are often good.
You will notice that there are several hunting dogs on this list. (Beagles and goldens.)
Samryan20 on April 24, 2018:
Would a springer puppy be good with two 3yr old cats
Grace on March 31, 2018:
I have 3 cats and 1 dog and the dog is lovely to the cat!!!Its a Labrador.
bookpaw on March 28, 2018:
my boxers try to eat my cats
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 28, 2018:
Hi puglover, since Pugs do not have a high prey drive most of them do not have any problems. If you already have cats and are getting a new puppy, just introduce them somewhere that the cat is not going to run away. That is what makes most dogs chase.
I would actually be more worried about the Pug. Those large eyes are delicate and if scratched by a cat you can have a big problem. Be sure to supervise them at first to make sure the cats are not picking on the puppy.
Puglover852 on February 28, 2018:
And I have a cats
I don’t know if they
Will like each other
PLEASE TELL ME YOUR WAYS!
Natasha on January 18, 2018:
I have five dogs and they all tolerate my old cat as long as he doesn't unexpectedly charge across the garden as they're all sitting on the verandah ... not likely though as he's already 14 yrs old. The German Shepsky completely ignores him, the Rhodesian Ridgeback will happily lie with him on the bed, the little Terrier cross snaps at him as he jumps off the chairs but she only has about three teeth left and is almost completely blind (an old rescue) and the Jack Russell X is also completely tolerant but will join in cat chasing fun if the others are going to join her. The only one who's ever been scratched by the cat is the Pomeranian X and he's now very careful around him.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 12, 2017:
Lunad, most yellow Labs are okay, and of course most Golden Retrievers are also good dogs with cats. Many breeds do okay if the dog meets the cat while still a puppy, and since your Tortoiseshell is older there should be no problems.
lunad on November 12, 2017:
I have a Tortoiseshell Cat. I want to know what is the best dog breed to pair my cat with? I love Golden Lab.
I just don't know if the would be a good match.
Jesse on November 08, 2017:
I don't agree about Bichon Frise liking cats. My stepsister had one and it kept barking in the cats faces and they would both hiss at him to get him to stop. The only time my cat Attila ever hissed was at the Bichon Frise.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 04, 2017:
It sounds okay, and I hope they both have fun!
Angie on July 29, 2017:
I recently got a beagle puppy mixed with something else of the unknown. We also rescued a tiny kitten no more than 8 weeks old. I hear that Beagles are great with felines and I am trying to get them to live in harmony under the same roof. The tiny kitten is in no way afraid of the dog which is cool but I feel as though the dog is super tough with her. I don't know if he wants to hurt her or if it's simply just that he is big. When he sniffs her, he forcefully pushes his snout into her body and he is always kind of nipping at her. Is is safe to just let them play and learn about one another on their own terms?
amoore6489 on May 09, 2017:
I know every dog is different- I have seen pits that love cats. I just wanted to say that I have four dogs- all different breeds- and my jack Russell absolutely LOVES the cats, she tries to kiss them every chance she can-though normally the cats want nothing to do with it. I have had cats before that would play with my cairn terrier. None of them would hurt the cats- I raised them that way and they have no reason to. I would say it is mostly how you raise them, and yes getting them young together helps. Growing up we had a sheltie and she loved our cats, but would chase others out of the back yard.--example
lanez on April 11, 2017:
your dog is so cute
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 28, 2017:
Jenan, I have had clients that tell me their Sibes are good around cats, so it is not impossible. If you want to adopt a senior, great, but a lot of the behavior of a senior or puppy is going to depend on the cats.
Jenan Johnson on March 27, 2017:
I already have 2 cats, they're not fully grown yet, almost there though and I want to add 2 more to the family. I've been eyeing the Huskies and Gold Retriever. I know Huskies have a harder time being around cats as they have a higher hunting drive.
Does anyone have any advise for having a husky around their cats and not worrying that the dog is gonna chomp the cats head off? Would adopting an older husky that is ALREADY good with cats be better OR would introducing a puppy be the best?
I have had Retrievers around cats before so that I know how to handle but I've always wanted a Husky and I just wanna know if it's possible for them to peacefully coexist?
Elizabeth on March 06, 2017:
That is cute because I us to have a dog like that and it was the most cutest thing because she likes cats and they snuggle together.
MY NAME IS KIMBERLY BRACKEN I WANT A BOXER PUPPY MY CAT LOVES DOGS AND I THINK THEY WOULD MAKE EXCELLENT COMPANIONS on February 14, 2017:
I SPOIL MY CAT ROTTEN . SHE IS BEAUTIFUL HER NAME IS SKYLAR SHE IS A FLOPPY CAT.
Melanie on July 25, 2016:
We had a huskie/Malamute Mix and she was great with my cats! She helped to raise them!!
Teresa on July 11, 2016:
I have found if you already have a cat and introduce a puppy they tend to get along just fine. My rat terriers like to nose up to my cat in the mornings to say hi and when she doesn't want to be bothered she hisses at them and they leave her alone.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 18, 2016:
Aimee, with four dogs I would be hesitant to get any cat. The dogs are much more likely to act like a pack and would chase any cat. The Maine Coone, Siberian, or Ragdoll may be able to handle it, but with those breeds, and so many dogs, I really doubt it.
AimeeLeigh on May 18, 2016:
I have four dogs (Siberian husky, Alaskan malamute, Czechoslovakian wolfdog and a bull terrier) and I'm thinking of getting a cat. Which cat do you think I should get, or perhaps do you think I should even get a cat because i'm worried either my terrier or Malamute might beat or hunt the poor cat. :I
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 04, 2016:
Carole, where do you think you are reading that? You do realize that the Beagle is a scent hound, and not a sight hound, right?
Carole on May 04, 2016:
How come, according to this website, the beagle seems to be number one for being friendly with cats, and also on the list of dogs who should never left unsupervised with the family cat? How can we trust anything else we can read on this website after that?
Perrywinkle on March 21, 2016:
Great Pyrenees are great with small animals and with cats. I have had 4 pyrs in my home with various cats including fosters -- They are wonderful with them.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 14, 2016:
John Evans: perhaps you should look into a breed like the Fila Brasileiro? They are into Mixed Martial Arts, quite good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but are not gun dogs.
John Evans on February 27, 2016:
I have a Maine Coon cat and would like a dog that would get on with the cat.
My cat is quite large at 17lbs and was brought up as a small kitten at the breeders in a home with two dogs, a Doberman and a Dalmation. My question: I really favour either a golden retriever or a Labrador puppy but have a concern over gun dogs as they might shoot my cat as they are are proficient in the use of firearms.
Tara on February 25, 2016:
I have to disagree with rat terriers not likeing cats. I've had two ratties and dozens of cats and they all got along just fine.
Kelli on September 18, 2015:
I've owned 3 beagles(from 8 weeks old) one was an inside dog the other 2 are strictly outside dogs, those 2 bark at every little thing, barely ever howl (only when hunting and occasionally when they hear sirens). The two outside dogs also don't listen, yank you down the road on walks, run off every chance they get. The one I had inside, was perfect, didn't bark, walked great on a leash, didn't run off, I taught her to leave birds alone (I raise parrots) so she'd even leave the outside birds alone, She also left the squirrels alone knowing I fed them and they were part of our "family", she'd run a rabbit in a New York Second, but never once left the yard! her only downfall (and it's my own fault) is she was my 1st dog when I moved here, I never thought to socialize her with other dogs, I've always just had a dog, and got another dog (or a friend brought theirs over) and the dogs got along great right off the bat same with cats, But she did not like any other dog. rather it was on our property or not, she tried to take down a pit bull that was 4xs her size! The Pit wanted to play (very sweet loving dog) my dog went for the pits throat :/ no harm was done I separated them , but she was not friendly to other dogs. she didn't mind the cats, pretty much ignored them
tag on March 20, 2015:
I have and have had poms and eskies that are great with cats
Erick Stevi from Semarang, Indonesia on February 24, 2015:
it's according to how you interact your dog with your another pets... i have 14 dogs (dogo argentino, rottweiler, GR, boxer, great dane, and mastiff) in my backyard and all of them live side by side with our 2 cats. You just need simple trik to do these, let's they are play together ;-)
conclusion is, all breed of dog could share territory with cat
Nancy on January 06, 2015:
A golden retriever is friendly, indeed even in other animals.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 05, 2015:
Love this. The kitties and pups together. I have no inside pup but my daughter has one who chases the outside kitties at her house. The pup is an outside pup as well.
I do not plan to get an inside pup right away but may. I have a Hemingway kitty who lives inside and may be getting an inside pup.
thanks for sharing this. The photos are adorable.
Angels are on the way to you today ps
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 20, 2014:
Coco sounds like a real sweetie. Mittens is a lucky cat.
Alicia Alarco-Hernandez from Old Bridge, New Jersey on November 20, 2014:
Love this article especially the videos. I have a a mixed boxer/pitbull (Coco) and she loves our cat (Mittens). They love to play fight and then cuddle. Mittens doesn't like any other dog only Coco. I think it's because he was a kittens when he was introduced to Coco. I enjoyed reading the different breeds getting along with cats, good to know.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 03, 2014:
Thanks JKWriter. Years ago, when I brought home our first Siberian cat, I was amazed at how well she got along with dogs. There are a lot of good choices out there, but I think they are one of the best.
JKWriter from Right in the middle. on November 03, 2014:
Absolutely agree with the Maltese! However, they can be very annoyed by a lovey-dovey cat!
I've always had good luck finding dogs that liked cats, but not always so much luck finding cats that liked the dogs back. When they do though, it is an awesome relationship!
Nice informative article!
Suzie from Carson City on October 27, 2014:
This is wonderful info that I surely could have used in previous years. I always had to have a cat and a dog. (at least one of each) but I never had the foresight to check out who might or might not get along with whom. I always believed if they were raised together, they'd eventually warm up to one another.
I have discovered this is not always so. Overall though, I've lucked out where I have not had a really bad case of sibling hatred or rivalry.
My 2 babies right now....Tommy (cat) seems to like to be close to Toby(cocker) as in taking naps together. But I notice that Toby will only do this when I'm not around. When I am, he makes sure he takes "HIS" place near Mom......LOL.....OMG, they're so human. Up++++
infoweekly from South Africa on October 23, 2014:
Would have never thought of a beagle
wandrfishreviews on October 21, 2014:
Great article . As a person that is in the pet retail business I would have to agree with this. Ive seen Beagles and Goldens act kindly to cats.
Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on October 21, 2014:
We had a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who loved cats and was loved back by them. Our two cats (just moggies, no special breed) would rub against him and purr. They would sleep with him and groom him extensively. Of course, that was probably to remove some of his doggy smell. He never understood why, when we visited someone else, their cats didn't want to be instant friends with him.
Chazz from New York on September 25, 2014:
We have two cats and a Shih Tzu who is very fond of them.
Jozef from Slovenia on August 12, 2014:
Nice is to draw attention to friendship and understanding. I hope you do not mind, to warn even one such example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zz_VIrILuc
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 03, 2014:
A very interesting hub voted up :). The photos are adorable too. Thank you for sharing :)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 24, 2014:
He sounds great. Have fun!
Beth Perry from Tennesee on July 24, 2014:
Thanks for the info, DrMark1961!
My grandmother had a German Shepard/Police dog mix, and he got along extremely well with her cats. In fact, he was quite protective of them and played with the kittens even as an adult dog.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 24, 2014:
Almost all of the wolf hybrids and many German Shepherd dogs have a high prey drive, and if your cats run away at all will likely be pounced on and torn to pieces. (If the cat holds her ground the dog will usually back off, which is why the Siberian and Maine Coon are so good with dogs.)
I just published a hub about American Alsatians. I do not know if any are available in your part of the country, and although fairly new they are being developed with a low prey drive. Definitely look into it before you end up with an accident at home!
Beth Perry from Tennesee on July 23, 2014:
I enjoyed reading this hub and you supplied some good info. The photos are awesome!
My husband wants a wolf pup and I want a German Shepard - and we both hope they like cats as we have several.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 07, 2014:
Thanks for commenting, Lady Miel. I hope you all find the perfect dog.
Melissa Weisner from Arizona on July 07, 2014:
We have three cats but my husband has been wanting a dog for quite some time now. I have been slowly researching different breeds (as has he, he has a few he'd like to bring home!) and articles like this really help! I want a happy home and the best way to have that is to make sure the dog we choose has the best chance of successfully merging into our already busy family!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 04, 2014:
Thanks, TripleAMom. Your little dog sounds like a cute combination! Liking cats is a great bonus too.
TripleAMom from Florida on July 03, 2014:
Very fun hub and great pictures :) We had 3 cats before we got our dog (she was 5 weeks when we got her) so she was sort of raised by the cats. Sometimes it looks like she thinks she is a cat. the cats and the dog play all the time and it's really fun to watch. She's a mutt (rescue) but we think she's either a boxer or a pug and a cavalier spaniel mix.
wiserworld on March 02, 2014:
This is good to know for people considering a new dog if they already have cats. Thanks for the advice.
Julie Deschenes on February 17, 2014:
We have two indoor only cats. The kindest dog breed to cats, in my opinion, is the Great Pyrenees. They are gentle and protective with every creature living under the same roof. Their family.
Jessie Kuehl from Sydenham Ontario on February 02, 2014:
Basset hounds get along well with cats. Mine each have their own cat that they cuddle with.
Janis from California on December 26, 2013:
we have a dachshund who gets along well with our cats.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 04, 2013:
Thanks.The page loads slow but there are so many great pictures of these dogs and cats. I just had to show them getting along.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 04, 2013:
Love this hub! I have retrievers and they seem to be able to get along with anyone. I truly enjoyed the pictures in this hub as well. Proof that dogs and cats really can get along!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 10, 2013:
You are a great salesman for the Border Collie! It sounds like Lash is quite the fan, too.
Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on June 10, 2013:
Love it! And of course you can add border collies to the list of 10 breeds. My boy dogs line up to clean out my Siamese cat's ears. Lash is a tough cat, and likes the rough stuff!
dogfond on April 24, 2013:
I'm surprised that beagle like cats. I have a beagle named Sam and I'm not really sure if she likes cat because she barks at them like crazy. Thanks for sharing. Seeing the photo of bichon frise makes me wanna have one.
mroberts30 on April 24, 2013:
This is great!! We have a cat but we want a puppy too for our 1 year old daughter and we didn't know which breed to get that would get along with the cat. So yes this is some very helpful content and thanks for sharing. Here is a site that may be interesting and helpful as well. Again thanks and feel free to visit mroberts1.findnowbuynow.info
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 01, 2013:
Thanks FullOfLoveSites. I hope you have luck in your search!
FullOfLoveSites from United States on April 01, 2013:
I love cats but sometimes I wish for a dog too. Thanks for your very informative hub, a good guide to pick a dog breed that will get along with felines. Up and useful.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 05, 2013:
Thanks for sharing Sally. It is great to see such a big dog with a cat.
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on January 05, 2013:
The boxer video is super, because it's clear it's the cat who's doing the boxing. Voted up and stuff, and shared.
Allison on November 15, 2012:
DrMark, sorry for the late response. I finally finished a hub about living at a pet friendly college. To answer your question briefly though, Stephens College (where I attend) and Eckerd College have the top two pet programs in the United States. There are surprisingly few colleges that allow pets, and if they do allow pets it is often only specific types of pet (like hamsters, or sometimes cats).
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 30, 2012:
I was curious after reading your profile page: what is the most pet friendly college?
Allison on October 28, 2012:
My 8 month old American Bulldog mix loves my foster cat, but the foster cat has quite another view on the whole situation. At my old house my next door neighbor on one side had a bichon frise and my neighbor on the other side had an outdoor cat. The two of them would wrestle together everyday. I hope some day my pup will come across a cat that likes her as much as she likes it.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 27, 2012:
Well, madimadimadimadimadimadi (I really don't know when to quit--great nick, by the way), the world is in need of a dork dog every now and then! Sing her praises to the stars, and rejoice in her dorkiness (is that even a word?). Is this your shar-pei? I hear they mellow out after about twelve years. Just keep her away from cats in the meantime!!!!!
Madison Gardiner. from Denver, Colorado on October 27, 2012:
Oh these pictures are PRECIOUS! I wish my dog got along with cats... I wish my dog got along with dogs... She's just a dork and doesn't fit in. But great hub :)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 27, 2012:
Thanks Rachel. I can´t have a cat in my house because of my allergies but I really enjoyed putting this together.
Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on October 27, 2012:
Pinned! Cutest pictures :)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 26, 2012:
That is great! Irish Setters are great dogs, I can just imagine him boxing!!!
MissDoolittle from Sussex, UK on October 26, 2012:
I've had a variety of dogs ever since I was born. By far the best breed with cats I have had is my current Setter! He would love to play with my cats but unfortunately one of them is a grumpy old ginger man, the other a timid stray and the other is a soppy one that he loves to get into boxing matches and romps with! Voted up and useful!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 21, 2012:
Thanks for watching and reading! Now I need to get a good video of a puffy little Bichon with a cat.
Debby Bruck on October 20, 2012:
Dr Mark - I loved this article, especially the videos. The Boxer dog and cat fighting was so funny, especially when they were distracted, stop to take a look at what was happening around them, and then returned to their little playful fight. It seemed almost like the cat had arms, pushing the dog away. Too funny. These pets keep each other busy and make good company. Blessings, Debby
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 20, 2012:
Thanks for the comment Audrey!
Audrey Howitt from California on October 20, 2012:
Interesting hub and waaaayy cute pictures--we have a dog which is part hound and she alerts to cats, but not always---
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 20, 2012:
Hi Stephanie thanks for sharing! I think you are correct in that almost any dog will do okay if given a chance when still young.
DzyMsLizzy, we used to have a Maltese and it was so funny seeing him wrestle with our Siberian cat. The cat towered over him. Unfortunately I was never into taking videos back then! Sorry you don't have a dog anymore. I am allergic to cats and have not found Siberians in the area I live so I too am missing half of my house! I really think it is better for them, and us, when they have another species to wrestle around with.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 20, 2012:
Very interesting and well done. We no longer can keep up with dogs, so we only have cats.
The Chow-Shepherd mix we used to have did not bother our cats very much...One is a dilute Tortie, and definitely has "Tortie-tude," and would 'whap' and growl at the dog if she got overly rambunctious; the other is a good-sized Maine Coon mix, who at the time, was a kitten, and was willing to play. Sadly, the pooch passed in 2004, so now we are just 'cat people.'
Loved the video of the cat and the boxer wrestling on the chair--it was obviously all in fun, since the cat was staying there.
Voted up, interesting and useful.
Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 20, 2012:
I loved all your pictures of cats and dogs together! While there may be some breeds that are more likely to make friends with cats than others, my experience has been that young animals will adapt pretty well. We've always had both dogs and cats. Our dogs were German Shepard, Border Collie and a medium sized poodle/collie mix. They all were very loving to our cats and our cats loved them. Enjoyed your hub a lot, voted up and shared.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 15, 2012:
Hi unknownspy! Thanks for the visit; great to see you here.
Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 15, 2012:
the Bichon Frise are really super cute!!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 08, 2012:
Thanks, I enjoy your visits! They are just from Youtube, and of course there were several to choose from with these great breeds.
Highland Terrier from Dublin, Ireland on October 08, 2012:
Fantastic. Where do get the videos from they are brilliant. very well done.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 08, 2012:
Hey wetnosedogs it sounds like your old cat deserves a Maltese. Good thing Bella and Jenny have learned to back off.
eHealer, thanks for the comment and for sharing. ALMOST any breed would be okay in the right circumstances, but I would be wary of several. Nettlemere made an interesting comment about his retired greyhound but most of them would not be safe.
Deborah from Las Vegas on October 08, 2012:
DrMark, what a beautiful hub. The photos are just amazing. I never knew that a particular breed was fond of cats. What a concept! I was always under the impression that dogs either had to grow up with cats as a puppy, or just had the personality that likes or was tolerant of cats. I am sharing this! Great Hub!
wetnosedogs from Alabama on October 07, 2012:
Love the video on the boxer and cat. My daughter's two boxers got along pretty well with my daughter's cat when she was alive.
As for my cat and Jenny and Bella(roscoe shows no interest), they play their games and seem to know when enough is enough. Especially now that the cat is older, he doesn't always want to romp and lets them know with a swat, hiss, or growl.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 07, 2012:
I bet your Greyhound didn´t bother chasing a cat because of the Wellingtons (that is a great picture!) Thanks for leaving a comment.
Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on October 07, 2012:
really good idea for a hub and sound choices of breeds I think. On the greyhound front, I had an ex racing greyhound who was excellent with Cats, even outside - she'd take one look at a running cat and know it was a cat so wouldn't chase.
As for cute pictures - those two bichons are hilarious - they look like a pair of those dodgy (or doggy) animal slippers!