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Dog breeds that get along with cats and dog breeds that don't!

You might be considering welcoming a new dog into your home which is very exciting for the whole family but perhaps not so for your kitty who has had the reign of the house for longer than you can remember. However if you take time to find out as much as you can about the different breeds of dog and whether they are more likely to interact well with your cat, you will be making the process a whole lot easier for both you and your furry friends.

Here are some of the dog breeds which are renowned for getting along well with cats:-

Golden Retriever

They are happy, sociable and enthusiastic dogs who get on with anyone and everyone including cats and children.

Labrador Retriever

It is not surprising that these dogs are very popular with families. They get along with everyone including cats because of their easy going personality.

Bichone Frise

These dogs have a lovely playful nature and are accepting of cats. They will probably encourage your cat to play which is ideal if your cat is still quite young.


This intelligent and sweet natured breed will interact well with the whole family including cats and other dogs.

Cocker Spaniel

These dogs are gentle, passive and very sweet natured. They would be a great companion for a cat.


They are full of energy, smart, loving and easy to train. They are very accepting of cats and due to their nature will be an ideal companion for your cat.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs are loving, affectionate and gentle. They also respect other animals' territories which means that your cat will still have their own space. These dogs can suffer from anxiety and do not like to be left on their own for too long so a cat could be a blessing for them.


Don’t be put off by their size because these dogs make excellent family pets. They are loyal and sweet natured pets who will readily accept a cat. A kitten might find the size of this dog overwhelming so it would be a better choice for an older cat.

Basset Hound

These dogs are loyal, patient and tolerant. They are unlikely to pester your cat. They are loving and enjoy lots of attention.


These dogs love to lounge around, sleep and curl up on your lap.They exhibit cat behaviour which makes them an ideal companion for your cat.


These little dogs are very gentle and their size makes them ideal as the newest family member. Your cat will feel less threatened with a smaller dog.

Now for the worst dog breeds to live alongside cats (however there are exceptions to the rule):-

Australian Cattle Dog

They have that herding instinct which could result in them chasing your cat to keep up with the park.


These dogs were bred to hunt so your beagle may find it fun to chase your cat.


There is nothing they enjoy more than hunting rabbits and foxes but this hunting instinct could be a big problem for your kitty.

Jack Russell Terrier

They were bred to hunt small game and as a result they will chase small animals. Their lively personality could be overwhelming for your cat.

Miniature Schnouzer

Although this breed isn’t aggressive, they have a lot of energy and chasing your cat would be one way of using up that energy.

Siberian Husky

Huskies are very energetic and will most definitely chase your cat. This breed could be more of a challenge to train.


These dogs were initially bred for hunting. They will have a strong urge to chase small animals.

Hopefully this gives you a quick snapshot of the different breeds of dog and how they may interact with your kitty. There are also other factors to take into consideration such as the ages of your pets and their personalities. Your cat may be lucky enough to have a happy ever after with your new family member but if this is not the case you can seek the services of a professional dog trainer.

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