with being both a dog and cat enthusiast comes the dilemma of whether to pick
just one to adopt and never really feel satisfied, or get a kitten and a puppy
at the same time and just risk the possibility of their safeties being
felines and canine have an innate conflict already hard-wired in their minds. One sees
the other as prey, while another one as a predator.
this feud is so primordial and our pets have learned to keep up with the times!
Yes, some dogs and cat can finally live together – thanks to domestication which enabled humans
to train dogs in controlling behaviour and relying on them for basic needs such
culture’s perpetuation of cats and dogs being enemies in films and works of literature
is to blame for the whole unending dispute. It’s time to call into question the
idiom, “fighting like cats and dogs”
because these adorable videos of cats and dogs playing with each other will
make you think otherwise!
This article reveals a list of the top 13 dog breeds that can live well with your cat. However, the following are merely generalizations and different aspects of the dog can still affect its supposed-to-be good relationship with cats.
a herding dog, this Scottish breed is unique for its sensitivity and smartness
that makes it fit to deal with cats under a roof. This responsiveness will let
Collies act friendlier towards cats, knowing how fond you are of them. That’s
the type of loyalty they have!
like cats, are very energetic yet super gentle at the same time. Surely, they
will possess an ideal friendship between different kinds!
well-known Scottish dog breed is the Golden Retriever. This type of pooch can
be competitive and serious in its field of work which is hunting, but it can
transform into a loving and obedient pet in just a jiffy!
animals that are very much dedicated to their jobs, Golden Retrievers are great
at tasks like guiding the visually impaired and even doing rescue work.
have a cat in your house, this breed will see it as its master’s friend,
another family member or a companion of a different kind!
video of a cat and a Golden Retriever tenderly playing with each other will
make you feel golden!
are among one of the best dogs when it comes to socializing. You will giggle at the
thought of their history not having to do anything with violence such as
hunting or herding because their main hobby was fishing!
charismatic personality is the reason why they are more available and favourite
breeds of people! Introduce your Labrador to your cat at a young age so it can
grow more tolerant of the kitty.
Shepherd dogs are the most common guard dogs because of how powerful their high
energy and loyalty are, especially when combined! In most cases, German
Shepherds are less prone to sickness as long as they fed and groomed right.
This means that your cat is less exposed to the diseases that these dogs can
Hounds or Hush Puppies were initially trained to hunt smaller animals like
rabbits. But as house pets, they surprisingly have the softest hearts for their
takes is a puppy toy
and a playmate, and they can quickly establish a new friendship!
dog breed is also very calm and obliging – making it more compatible with kittens. The
only problem you may have to deal with is Basset Hounds’ obsession with
sniffing people, animals, and things!
a dog breed that’s just the size of your cat! With a pug, you’ll have no
worries about your kitten being stepped on or blocked by a heavy buddy.
possess behavioural quirks that make them stand out among others in terms of
being cat-friendly. For instance, they are very easy-going animals that love to
follow people and animals around and seek attention from everyone.
small-statured dogs are known to be comedians and gentlemen with regards to
companionship and family. You can count on them in being friends with your
house cat as long as you introduce the two gradually (a tip recommended for all
types of dogs). It will take time but everything will be worth it!
You can do this slow introduction by putting your Boston Terrier inside a crate with food and toys as the cat roams freely around the house in the same room. Soon, they will be affable with each other like friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M44fLgjA-tw
typical dog breed, which costs around $2000 according to Prince Of Price,
is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. It also has various types, so
choosing a poodle for your kitty to have a new friend might take a while.
Despite the diversity, Poodles are known for being stylish, elegant, and
competitive in shows. But deep inside, they are actually easy to train and
their behaviours can be controlled quickly in order to adapt to an environment
that has a cat.
felines, these canines are sensitive to noise – making them more compatible with
are one of the smallest dog breeds out there with the most charming and
inviting aura. Besides being energetic and having a really low prey drive,
these dogs enjoy learning new tricks and are low maintenance in terms of
their petite build catches the attention of many playmates; including your cat!
One similarity that the two animals have is their preference for being indoors
most of the time.
Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in London,
and we’re guessing it’s because of their attractiveness inside and out. Aside
from their long and shiny coats, their ability to impress families with their
stuffed joy makes them the most suitable selection for cat owners.
families with babies can be tolerated by the loving Cocker Spaniels. The only
thing you’ll worry about is the possibility to hit the cat or the baby with
their excessive tail-wagging!
also fit the list of the family-friendly dogs!
Although they may tend to be naughty, their silliness will never fail to amuse
Boxers may sound a little scary, but in reality, they are the most innocent
dogs around anyone. Their braveness only comes out in difficult circumstances.
like any other dogs, Boxers can live with cats as long as they went through
proper training and socialization. And since they are known to become
mischievous, untrained Boxers will enjoy chasing cats that may lead to harmful
There’s something about puppies that makes everyone melt.
In fact, scientists have even found that time spent with puppies can reduce depression in the elderly and make people less lonely.
However, Not all puppies or more importantly puppy breeders are Authentic. Here’s our top tips for buying your first Puppy. Scroll to the bottom to read our checklist.
Ideally both parents would be around but you should at least see the puppy’s mother.
If you are given excuses as to the mother’s whereabouts or why you can’t see her then be cautious. If the mother is happy, the puppy should be happy. Ensure you see the puppy in its breeding environment. If the puppy wasn’t bred on site then ask to see the kennelling conditions. Do not buy the puppy if the conditions don’t seem right.If the breeder is selling different breeds of puppies be wary. Unless they are a trusted breeder they shouldn’t offer up different choices of puppy to you as a buyer.
How to spot a puppy farm or puppy dealer
A place where puppies are sold without any paperwork or certification – this includes not getting a receipt after the sale. Puppies may also be sold with fake documents.
A puppy farm would typically have a lot of outbuildings with closed off rooms that you aren’t able to access. This includes trailers, sheds and barns. They may also be found operating out of seemingly normal homes.
The puppies are often shown to you in a cage or a crate in a puppy farm. Be suspicious if they have been recently bathed and look out for soiling or staining on the coat.
A strong indication of a puppy farm would be if the seller offers up different breeds of puppy for sale, or shows alternative litters if you change your mind about the one you want.
If the seller makes excuses about why you are unable to see the mother, or one who is very young and doesn’t seem to be related to the puppy. Ideally you would want to see them interact with one another to see their relationship. The mother should also recognise her own name.
If the seller has limited or superficial knowledge about the breed they’re selling. They should be able to answer every question you have about the puppy.
If the breeder isn’t interested in you or doesn’t ask you any questions about your own knowledge or situation. They should be just as concerned as you about the purchase of one of their puppies and take comfort that their puppy is going to a good home.
For pedigree breeds the actual pedigree chart should look official. If it is a hand-written document or a photocopy it is unlikely to be genuine.
Experiences during the first year of a dog’s life can make all the difference to their future temperament and character. Taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly, well-adjusted adult dog who enjoys the company of people, can be taken anywhere and lives life to the full!
A puppy who lacks experience with the world will find many things that we take for granted scary and is very likely to grow up to be a worried dog. A frightened and anxious dog is more likely to develop behaviour problems than a dog who has had a rich, varied and positive puppyhood.
Puppy parties, often arranged by your local vet surgery, are a great start. This may include a quick health check that reinforces the idea that a visit to the vet needn’t be an unpleasant experience.
This should be done in stages – too much, too soon can cause long lasting anxiety issues. Try to expose them one stage at a time. A handy list is worth keeping to hand, so you can see what he has copedwith e.g. traffic noise etc. before moving on to something else such as a children’s playground.
The younger your puppy, the easier it will be to socialise them. This is because, as puppies get older, they become more cautious when faced with new experiences. The early weeks are particularly important because most puppies will approach anything or anybody willingly and without fear.
By the time your puppy reaches about 12 weeks of age, anything not yet encountered is likely to be approached with caution.
Therefore it is vital that, between three and 12 weeks of age, a puppy meets a wide variety of people, situations and other animals.
How much socialisation is done at this early age will often determine how confident your puppy is around people, other dogs and new environments later in life.
Puppies usually go to new homes from the age of about six to eight weeks. This is a perfect time to introduce your new puppy to the world as they will be particularly receptive to new experiences. It’s important to build on and continue this as your puppy gets older as if socialisation stops, they may become worried or fearful. Continue to make a real effort, especially in the first year and you should be rewarded with a friendly and steady dog that can be taken anywhere!
Bath time can be fun as long as you are prepared to get wet alongside your pet. Keeping your puppy clean with regular brushing and the occasional wash is an important part of the bonding process, as well as a necessary hygiene measure.
Don’t leave it too long, the sooner it starts the more readily he will accept it.
Puppies that have been raised by an attentive mother enjoy being stroked and massaged. As well as being a pleasant way to spend some time, it gives you the chance to feel for any lumps and bumps, as well looking for sores that might lurk beneath his coat.
The frequency and thoroughness of the process depends in large part by the length and type of coat you are dealing with. Some require more care than others, but whatever length and thickness of coat, a quick daily brush is a useful habit to get into. While there are owners who are happy to trim stray hairs and even attempt cutting, professional groomers are on hand for more tricky tasks. Costs vary, so shop around.
A combined bristle and pin brush will deal with most short-haired varieties. While a wire slicker brush is best suited to removing dead hairs from dense short coats. Mitts are handy for an all over rub, while a good comb should untangle most long coats, avoiding unnecessary haircuts. The occasional use of a specialist flea comb will pick out any unwanted insects.
Nail clipping is probably best left to the experts. Your local vet practice or groomer will have the right equipment to make sure the job is done in complete safety.
A good bath is unavoidable if your dog becomes particularly dirty, or has a condition such as flea infestation or flaky skin. Wherever you chose to bath him, remember that once wet, your dog will naturally shake vigorously to remove excess water. You can always try to beat him to it by having a towel handy, but chances are that you and anyone else in the room are likely to get wet too.
With puppies in particular, make sure the water is tepid and support his body with one hand so he feels safe throughout.
Use a specialist dog shampoo designed to clean the hair and skin while leaving natural oils intact. Apart for exceptional circumstances, bathing with soaps should be restricted to a couple of times a year. More frequent than that and you could be stripping away his natural waterproof and leaving unduly dry skin behind. When washing, avoid eyes, ears and mouth and make sure you rinse thoroughly, removing all traces of shampoo or soap. If using a hair dryer to finish off, check the setting is cool.
When you bring a new puppy home, there’s nothing you want to do more than shower her with affection.
This is quite wordy, so get your focus glasses on!
But the little ball of energy is more vulnerable to illness than vaccinated dogs with mature immune systems. As a new dog owner or a pet sitter, you may not yet know the signs that you have a sick puppy on your hands. However, there are about seven common puppy illnesses to look out for, including: intestinal parasites, Parvovirus, Coccidia, Canine Distemper, Heartworm Disease, Kennel Cough and Hypoglycemia.
Many puppies get intestinal parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms, early in life. Symptoms include loose stool and an upset stomach. The vet can offer an oral drug to paralyse the worms and enable your puppy to pass them in his poop.
The virus is highly contagious and can be caught from direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces. Look for bloody diarrhea, vomiting and a loss of appetite. If you notice those symptoms, offer comfort care and get antibiotics to prevent secondary infections.
This parasite, which is usually found in standing water, can infest your puppy’s gastrointestinal tract and the cells inside. Symptoms include diarrhea, blood in the stool or dehydration. The vet can offer a drug to kill the parasite. Looking to avoid this illness altogether? Keep your puppy’s water and environment sanitary and squeaky clean.
If a pesky mosquito bites a dog with heartworm several houses down, it can pass the worm on to your pet if the bug then bites your dog. It takes up to six or seven months before your puppy shows signs of illness. Heartworms can cause heart failure and lung disease and are potentially deadly.
Your dog will have a persistent dry, honking cough. See your veterinarian for an antibiotic, offer supportive care (no stress or junk food for your little guy!) and keep your sick dog away from his puppy friends until he’s better. A vaccination is available.
Small dogs can end up with low blood sugar if they don’t eat enough. If your dog has hypoglycemia, she may show signs of lethargy and possibly have seizures. When caring for your suffering dog, offer a proper diet and possibly diabetes medication provided by a vet.
Here at Puppies.co.uk we are firm believers in giving back to the wonderful Communities around us. It is incredibly important to help and support those which are affected by life changing events such as blindness. As a result we are dedicating this short blog towards opening your eyes towards the wonderful work that GuideDogs UK do for people in the country. These dogs really are truly amazing and to see them in action is incredible! I have been fortunate myself to visit Alfie (mentioned below) as a little puppy!
Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind
180,000 people with sight loss rarely leave home alone.
Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. By 2050, there could be nearly four million
Guide Dogs UK rely on donations to continue their life-changing work. Every pound raised makes a difference to people in the UK living with sight loss.
You could help transform the life of someone who is blind or partially sighted. From as a little as £1 a week.
The perfect gift
Puppy sponsorship makes the perfect gift for a loved one.
Watch them grow from a six-week-old bundle of fur to a fully-qualified guide dog. It’s a great way to support Guide Dogs, and every puppy’s journey is unique! After 24 months of training, your puppy will give freedom and independence to someone with sight loss, giving you the chance to sponsor another new recruit!
Alfie is just six weeks old in this picture. This bundle of fun likes to have his tummy tickled and is often found playing in the garden with his sister, Poppy. By sponsoring Alfie, you’ll become part of his incredible adventure to change the life of someone with sight loss.