7 Dog Breeds that Can Purr-fectly Coexist With Cats

We’re all under the assumption that dogs and cats can’t get along. Perhaps that’s the reason why the majority of us opt to either just have a dog household or a cat household, but never both.

Contrary to this belief, not all dogs are born to be your cat’s mortal enemy. In fact, there are far more cat to cat skirmishes than dog to cat. On the other hand, there are quite a number of pet parents who claim that both cats and dogs can actually coexist purr-fectly.

This is quite common with pets that are properly introduced to each other. And when we say properly, we mean slow baby steps. Proper introduction aside, what makes or breaks your dog’s relationship with your feline is its breed.

Let's face it, there's just some breeds that are safer for your cat than others. That's why we've put together this list of the seven best dog breeds that can get along with cats.

1. The Maltese

Maltese dog smiling for the camera

Maltese are a smaller breed of dog in more ways than one, they sometimes act very much like a cat. These dogs love to nap and cuddle. You'll often find them in their own little corner having some "me time". You guessed it, right? Taking a nap.

When not sleeping, the Maltese have a way of ignoring everything and everyone around them – including cats. 

Therefore, if you're looking for a pet to get along with your cat, is low-maintenance and doesn't require much attention, this breed is perfect for you.

2. The Boxer

Boxer and cat laying together as best friends

Boxers are known to put more value in family relationships than anything else. They're pretty big and you might be thinking that they're ready to pounce at a moments notice. However, they make excellent companions for pets or even children.

They’re loyal, gentle, and extra sweet. And because of their family-oriented personalities, it's natural for them to accept a cat into the family. Although, adult cats are best for this breed, as kittens might be intimidated by the boxer's size.

3. German Shepherds

Happy German shepherd laying on carpet at home

German shepherds are very intelligent and easy to train. And while this breed of dog can look intimidating, they are family dogs at heart. They are often trained as guard dogs, so they'll have no issues following orders - that includes orders to be friends with your cat.

4. Basset Hounds

Lazy basset hound sitting in the grass

Basset hounds, just like the Maltese, are dogs that tend to ignore almost everything happening around them. You can’t expect the basset hound to bother the cat that much. However, be sure to give your canine as much attention as you do that cat. Basset hounds are known to be the jealous type.

5. Shetland Sheepdogs

Shetland sheepdog with maine coon cat

Aside from this breed being the intelligent kind, they’re also massively sweet which makes them ideal pairs to cats. Just keep an eye out, as sheepdogs have the tendency to herd - that includes you, your kids, and an occasional unwilling cat.

6. The Poodle

Golden poodle with yellow and white cat

Poodles have all the energy in the world. They’re also a very happy dog breed and can get along well with everybody in the household. This breed is known to be intelligent and easy to train. They love nothing more then spending time with the whole family - cats included.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy in a basket with a kitten

At first glance these dogs may seem a little distant and unfriendly, but this is just a mask hiding a sweet personality. They also respect an animal’s territory and would never go beyond the line into dominating a space that’s not theirs.

However, this breed may harbor feelings of anxiety and loneliness when left alone for long periods of time. This characteristic makes the cat’s presence very much welcome as it gives the dog a feeling of security and belonging.

Final Thoughts

It’s really all about the manner by which you introduce one pet to another that matters the most. In a perfect world, it would be great if they grew up together. However, if your household is already a dog (or cat) - dominated, introducing the other pet slowly would mean a peaceful cat-dog relationship moving forward.

Do not expect to get results right away. Let your pets adjust to each other’s company. Also, make sure to give equal amounts of affection to both pets for one not to feel superior/inferior.

In some cases, it may take a while before each pet becomes comfortable with each other’s company. But once it happens, you’d never regret the kind of peace and affection both pets offer.

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