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Five Dog Breeds That Like And Are Good With Cats

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

The beagle is one of the top five dog breeds that are good with cats.
The beagle is one of the top five dog breeds that are good with cats. | Source
Even scent hounds can like cats.
Even scent hounds can like cats. | Source

The Five Best Cat-Friendly Dogs

We've all heard the phrase "fighting like cats and dogs." But that doesn't 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 dogs out there willing to share their beds and blankets with a good cat.

Often 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?

Beagle

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It doesn't matter whether your cat is a domestic short hair or a domestic long hairâ€, Beagles love them all.Beagles are so good with cats, that some of them will even climb the furniture to hang out with their feline friends.
It doesn't matter whether your cat is a domestic short hair or a domestic long hairâ€, Beagles love them all.
It doesn't matter whether your cat is a domestic short hair or a domestic long hairâ€, Beagles love them all. | Source
Beagles are so good with cats, that some of them will even climb the furniture to hang out with their feline friends.
Beagles are so good with cats, that some of them will even climb the furniture to hang out with their feline friends. | Source

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 watch dogs 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.

Boxer

Boxers are great with cats, well, at times they are a little possesive.
Boxers are great with cats, well, at times they are a little possesive. | Source

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.

Bichon Frisé

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A bichon looking cute.A pair of bichon frisés with haircuts fit for a show.
A bichon looking cute.
A bichon looking cute. | Source
A pair of bichon frisés with haircuts fit for a show.
A pair of bichon frisés with haircuts fit for a show. | Source

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.

A pair of Bichons with haircuts fit for a show.
A pair of Bichons with haircuts fit for a show. | Source

Golden Retriever

An old golden retriever and his good friend.
An old golden retriever and his good friend. | Source

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.

Maltese

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Maltese dogs are so small they can share any space with a cat.A cat-sized Maltese chatting with his bro.
Maltese dogs are so small they can share any space with a cat.
Maltese dogs are so small they can share any space with a cat. | Source
A cat-sized Maltese chatting with his bro.
A cat-sized Maltese chatting with his bro. | Source

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.

A Maltese and a kitten.
A Maltese and a kitten. | Source

Dogs That May Not Do Well With 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.

What About Dog-Loving Cats?

The ragdoll is a great cat around dogs.
The ragdoll is a great cat around dogs. | Source
The Siberian is a big cat that puts up with a lot from dogs.
The Siberian is a big cat that puts up with a lot from dogs. | Source
The Maine coon cat does well with dogs.
The Maine coon cat does well with dogs. | Source

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.

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.

There are other breeds you might consider if you are looking for a dog breed that likes cats, but these five dogs are a great place to start.

But of course some dog breeds like all cats!
But of course some dog breeds like all cats! | Source
The Shiba Inu is one of the dog breeds that does not bark much.
The Shiba Inu is one of the dog breeds that does not bark much. | Source

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      Dr Mark 7 weeks ago from The Beach of Brazil

      It sounds okay, and I hope they both have fun!

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      Angie 8 weeks ago

      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?

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      amoore6489 4 months ago

      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

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      lanez 5 months ago

      your dog is so cute

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      Dr Mark 5 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      Jenan Johnson 6 months ago

      Hello everyone,

      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?

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      Elizabeth 6 months ago

      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.

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      MY NAME IS KIMBERLY BRACKEN I WANT A BOXER PUPPY MY CAT LOVES DOGS AND I THINK THEY WOULD MAKE EXCELLENT COMPANIONS 7 months ago

      I SPOIL MY CAT ROTTEN . SHE IS BEAUTIFUL HER NAME IS SKYLAR SHE IS A FLOPPY CAT.

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      Melanie 14 months ago

      We had a huskie/Malamute Mix and she was great with my cats! She helped to raise them!!

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      Teresa 14 months ago

      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.

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      Dr Mark 16 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      AimeeLeigh 16 months ago

      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

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      Dr Mark 16 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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?

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      Carole 16 months ago

      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?

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      Perrywinkle 18 months ago

      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.

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      Dr Mark 18 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      John Evans 19 months ago

      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.

      Please advise.

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      Tara 19 months ago

      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.

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      Kelli 2 years ago

      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

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      tag 2 years ago

      I have and have had poms and eskies that are great with cats

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      Erick Stevi 2 years ago from Semarang, Indonesia

      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

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      Nancy 2 years ago

      A golden retriever is friendly, indeed even in other animals.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      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

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Coco sounds like a real sweetie. Mittens is a lucky cat.

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      Alicia Alarco-Hernandez 2 years ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      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.

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      JKWriter 2 years ago from Right in the middle.

      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!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      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++++

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      infoweekly 2 years ago from South Africa

      Would have never thought of a beagle

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      wandrfishreviews 2 years ago

      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.

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      Carol Fisher 2 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      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.

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      Chazz 2 years ago from New York

      We have two cats and a Shih Tzu who is very fond of them.

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      Jozef 3 years ago from Slovenia

      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

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      A very interesting hub voted up :). The photos are adorable too. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      He sounds great. Have fun!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      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.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      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.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for commenting, Lady Miel. I hope you all find the perfect dog.

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      Melissa Weisner 3 years ago from Arizona

      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!

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks, TripleAMom. Your little dog sounds like a cute combination! Liking cats is a great bonus too.

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      TripleAMom 3 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      wiserworld 3 years ago

      This is good to know for people considering a new dog if they already have cats. Thanks for the advice.

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      Julie Deschenes 3 years ago

      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.

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      Jessie Kuehl 3 years ago from Sydenham Ontario

      Basset hounds get along well with cats. Mine each have their own cat that they cuddle with.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      we have a dachshund who gets along well with our cats.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      You are a great salesman for the Border Collie! It sounds like Lash is quite the fan, too.

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      Solaras 4 years ago

      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!

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      dogfond 4 years ago

      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.

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      mroberts30 4 years ago

      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

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks FullOfLoveSites. I hope you have luck in your search!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      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.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for sharing Sally. It is great to see such a big dog with a cat.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The boxer video is super, because it's clear it's the cat who's doing the boxing. Voted up and stuff, and shared.

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      Allison 4 years ago

      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).

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I was curious after reading your profile page: what is the most pet friendly college?

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      Allison 4 years ago

      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.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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!!!!!

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      Madison Gardiner. 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      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 :)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks Rachel. I can´t have a cat in my house because of my allergies but I really enjoyed putting this together.

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Pinned! Cutest pictures :)

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      That is great! Irish Setters are great dogs, I can just imagine him boxing!!!

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      MissDoolittle 4 years ago from Sussex, UK

      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!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for watching and reading! Now I need to get a good video of a puffy little Bichon with a cat.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      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

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for the comment Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Interesting hub and waaaayy cute pictures--we have a dog which is part hound and she alerts to cats, but not always---

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      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.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi unknownspy! Thanks for the visit; great to see you here.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      the Bichon Frise are really super cute!!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks, I enjoy your visits! They are just from Youtube, and of course there were several to choose from with these great breeds.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Fantastic. Where do get the videos from they are brilliant. very well done.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      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.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      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!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      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.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I bet your Greyhound didn´t bother chasing a cat because of the Wellingtons (that is a great picture!) Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      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!