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9 Dog Breeds that Get Along with Cats

cocker spaniel blogIf you already have a cat in the household and are thinking about a canine addition, you’re probably wondering which dog breed might be best. While the relationship between a dog and cat is highly dependent on the individual animals, some dog breeds are known to be friendlier toward feline companions than others.

Below are nine breeds to consider:

  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Pug
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Golden Retriever
  • Basset Hound
  • Irish Setter

Of course, adoption is a great option when you’re hoping to learn a little about a dog’s history and demeanor. An adoption counselor at your local animal shelter might be able to point you toward a dog that has a history of feline-friendliness.

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Animal lover January 6, 2015, 4:42 am

    I have a maltepoo I adopted as a puppy and he is FANTASTIC with my cats. They all play together and it is a joy to watch. I’ve had heartbreak with prior large mixed breed rescues and my cats so unfortunately will only bring small non-sporting breeds into my household now.

  • Beverly Foster January 6, 2015, 6:30 am

    I often pull items from your website to use in our newsletter to members of Colonial Capital Humane Society (with attribution, of course). I really enjoy these factoids and generally learn things I didn’t know, which is why I like to share them. Thanks!

  • czyk9lvr January 6, 2015, 7:21 am

    I have had geran shepards, rotties, and now pit bulls. All have gotten along with cats. It really depends on the temperament of the dog, not the breed.

    • Zhinka Chunmee January 6, 2015, 5:32 pm

      pits and rotties were not bred to kill , hunting dogs were, that is why rotties and pits, mastiffs, dobermans etc are great with cats and hunting dogs are not.
      Pits are the easiest dog to train,they love everyone lol

  • Yankee January 6, 2015, 8:15 am

    I have had 4 Dobermans…………………..1 raised from a puppy, 3 that were rescue.
    ALL have been excellent with my 4 cats!

  • Gary Rohde January 6, 2015, 8:35 am

    Love stories about dogs and cats. Wuffy the cat rescuing dog was half Chinese Shar-Pei. I believe most dogs with the proper upbringing can be fine with the feline group.

  • James January 6, 2015, 8:39 am

    It sure isn’t a Beagle, I can’t get him to understand a cat is not a Rabbit, even tho they are the same size.

    I wished I could afford a Sanannah Cat, he sure would put the Beagle in his place

  • Lois Saupe January 6, 2015, 9:34 am

    I have 2 retired greyhounds, both tested cat-friendly by the rescue organization. Indeed, my 3 cats rule the roost!!

  • Heather January 6, 2015, 10:19 am

    I think any dog breed can be good with cats. I have 2 pit mixes that adore my orange tabby. 🙂

  • Darlene January 6, 2015, 10:27 am

    I have a mixed Lab and a mixed Beagle and a 12 year old cat; the cat rules the roost at our house!

  • Caren Gittleman January 6, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Wow, I cannot believe you didn’t include Shetland Sheepdogs on the list of dogs that get along cats! I have yet to see a Sheltie who DOESN’T get along with cats (especially mine!) SHAME, SHAME!

  • Gunbar January 8, 2015, 11:02 am

    Cocker Spaniel??? Number One??? I knew a few cats who would beg to differ!!!
    No way…they are too much of a small game rabbit/bird dog. My friend had one and i accidentally locked her in the room with my Siamese when i went to work…came home and my cat was on the night stand and she was like a statue just staring up at him. I think they were like that all day!!
    I have a Golden Retriever and he is an angel in general but is wonderful with cats.
    When i fostered kittens they’d sleep with him.
    My 13 yr old Torti snuggles up with him and he lets her act like she’s nursing on his belly and they didn’t grow up together.

    • Jen January 12, 2015, 9:51 pm

      Yes, I agree! I own Cockers, and have fostered many Cockers and I don’t think I have run across even one that likes cats!

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