Along 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 threatened.
Naturally, 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.
However, 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 as food.
Pop 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.
Historically 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!
Collies, like cats, are very energetic yet super gentle at the same time. Surely, they will possess an ideal friendship between different kinds!
Watch this video of Teddy the cat showing affection to Chico the Collie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnZK8S-Lbr8
Another 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!
As 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.
If you 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!
This video of a cat and a Golden Retriever tenderly playing with each other will make you feel golden!
Labradors 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!
Their 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.
Take a peek at this Bengal cat licking a Labrador puppy in its dog bed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktqCb8_JNBA
German 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 catch.
Despite coming off as intimidating because of their large and muscular body, they are actually really friendly toward cats. Take Bleu and Beck as an example! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2XCepwaYDc
Basset 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 fellow beings.
All it takes is a puppy toy and a playmate, and they can quickly establish a new friendship!
This 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!
See how bravely your cat frolics with Hush Puppies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0_hiWoTZJ4
A Beagle is always born cheerful and so full of spirit. Give it a new playmate and notice how easily it will acknowledge its presence!
Sure, Beagles can be stubborn and difficult to train, but they don’t have to be taught how to enjoy the company of others because that’s their inherent skill.
Since they also enjoy exercising, beagles would love to walk and run around with your feline.
Watch this cat and dog act like they’ve known each other since forever when in reality, they had just met! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ok8_Py5xOg
Oftentimes stereotyped as lazy and sleepy, Bulldogs actually just have that sweet and benign character. These four-legged friends are not aggressive, so expect them to be understanding of cats.
They might even have a lot of things in common! Both Bulldogs and cats enjoy the quietness, nap times, and they both dislike bathing and grooming.
This is what it will look like having a cat and a Bulldog at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8p5GlAhnmc
Finally, 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.
Pugs 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.
They will do just about anything to please you; maybe even take care of your kittens just like how Peppa adopted these three baby furballs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVK6IvgFRsw
These 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
This 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.
Like felines, these canines are sensitive to noise – making them more compatible with silence-loving cats!
Here’s a video of a poodle and a cat having a good time together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsOQmje7zu0
Maltese 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 training.
Furthermore, 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.
Watch this clip of Sofie and Milo being adorable together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jA8PKqxHVA
Cocker 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.
Even 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!
Look how cute Beaux and Barney are while they playfully fight! · https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iR1vFP-8qI
Boxers also fit the list of the family-friendly dogs! Although they may tend to be naughty, their silliness will never fail to amuse their audience.
The 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.
Just 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 fights.
Still, well-taught dogs will automatically treat your kitty like best friends just like these two in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW48_c0K0WY
Author: Miranda LaSala