The rivalry between dogs and cats is a tale as old as time, but not all dogs have a problem with cats. In fact, some breeds of dog can get along with cats quite well. Here are our recommendations:
Dachshund – This small breed is known for its happy-go-lucky demeanor and spirit. Sausage dogs, as they are known more colloquially, are also very devoted to their families. If you are lucky, they may be about the same size as your cat, which could help them to get along.
Cocker Spaniel – These dogs are a very people-oriented breed, so as long as you give them plenty of attention and exercise, they will be unlikely to develop problem behaviors. This breed is very gentle and playful, unlikely to cause a problem with your cat.
German Shepherd – Not only are German Shepherds one of the most intelligent dog breeds, but they also tend to get along with cats. These characteristically black and tan dogs are easy to train because they are so smart, so if you train Fido not to chase your cat, you will not have any problems, unless Mr. Whiskers chases after Fido!
Collie – The Collie was originally bred for herding livestock and they are widely regarded as one of the most intelligent dog breeds. .
Poodle – Another very clever breed, the Poodle was developed as a retriever for hunting waterfowl. These fluffy-haired pets come in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard) and they are all very friendly. The Poodle bonds closely with family and usually does not have a problem with cats.
Border Collie – Similar to the Collie, this breed of dog was developed for herding. You might have to worry about this breed getting into trouble because he is too smart for his own good, but you should not have to worry about him chasing or hurting your cat.
Basset Hound – The Basset Hound is a gentle breed that loves to spend time with family. These dogs are not particularly active or energetic, so chasing your cat probably won’t make it onto the to-do list.
Beagle – This small breed was developed as a scent hound and the Beagle has a very friendly, even temperament. Though these dogs can be used for some hunting applications, Beagles are unlikely to have a problem with cats.
Labrador Retriever – Smart and playful, the Labrador Retriever makes a great family pet. These dogs are usually even-tempered and devoted to family, which may include the family cat.
Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds, and for good reason – they are incredibly friendly, gentle, and loyal. These dogs love to spend time with people and they usually do not care much about cats.
Though some dog breeds are more likely to get along with cats than others are, you still need to supervise interaction between your pets. Raising a puppy in a household with cats will increase the dog’s chances of getting along with them as an adult.