Breeds that are good with cats
The old adage, ‘fighting like cats and dogs’, may have a certain ring to it, however, it is not exactly true. Cats and dogs are not the natural enemies we have made them out to be. Many get along just even becoming best fur friends. Obviously, you have to be extra careful with larger dog breeds as any aggressive behavior from them could prove fatal for kitty. One of these breeds, a gentle giant with a heart of gold, the Newfoundland, is one of the best large breeds to pair with a cat.
Big Boy with an Even Bigger Heart:
Don’t let his massive size fool you, this big guy is just an enormous softy. Newfoundlands, despite their intimidating size, generally get along with most creatures, especially those that are smaller than them (so, the majority!). He is more likely to become a friend, and fierce protector to his new feline friend, than to hurt him.
This large breed would make the purr-fect kitty-cat companion. They are friendly, loyal, protective, and surprisingly gentle. They have the perfect disposition for a multi-pet household. The one thing to keep in mind is that while your Newfoundland isn’t likely to intentionally hurt his kitty pal, his massive size could pose a hazard. Proper training and supervision (at least until he understands the size difference) are imperative. The two should not be left alone together for long periods until fully acquainted, which can take a month or two. With love and patience, these two will soon become inseparable.
2. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is especially good with cats. This dog breed is smart, social, and lovable, and with time, patience, and a few tricks ,your Golden Retriever and cat will get along in not time. For example, when introducing the dog, use a leash and be sure he knows some basic commands like sit, stay, and come. Also, exercise him before the meeting. This will get rid of excess energy and make him more calm and relaxed when meeting your cat.
You won’t want to leave your Golden Retriever and cat alone at first. It could go bad either way. Your dog could get a little too nosy and your cat takes a good swipe at his face. There’s many scenarios that could happen when a new dog and cat are left unattended, so it’s best to place barriers between them. Over time, however, these two will be the best of furry friends and you won’t have to worry about leaving them together. They’ll love each other’s company.
By using proper training techniques, you can expect your dog and cat to bond quickly, especially if the Golden Retriever is a puppy or has already been socialized around cats. As for your cat, she may take some time warming up to this new furry friend, which she may see as a threat. Cats hate change!
Final Verdict: Yes! Golden Retrievers are good with cats.
3. German Shepherd
German Shepherd are considered one of the smartest of all the dog breeds. However, instinct can get in the way of intellect when it comes to cats. Why? Because the German Shepherd has strong prey chasing instincts, making it sometimes difficult to distinguish between play and prey.
However, there is good news. Start socializing a German Shepherd with cats and kittens early on and he will grow up to be great around cats. It’s up to you to give your puppy the proper training he needs to know how to behave around cats. Some tips to help your dog overcome his instincts include:
- Feed your puppy close to where you feed your cat. He will begin to associate the smell of food (which he loves!) with the presence of your cat. You may need to start with each animal behind a closed door and on a leash before gradually getting them side-by-side. Best friends forever!
- Make sure your German Shepherd knows these three simple commands before introducing him to your cat (trust us, you’ll need to use them): sit, stay, and leave it.
Final Verdict: German shepherds are good with cats if you can socialize them young and help them overcome their prey chasing instincts.
Wondering if a collie is a good dog to have around cats? It depends. Some are great with cats, but others simply can’t overcome the urge (well, instinct) to chase that cat down like prey.
The Collie was genetically bred to herd. They’ll herd sheep, cattle, small children – and, yes, cats. If you have a particularly obsessive Collie, she may follow your cat around the house, herding him, chasing him, always keeping him in her sight. This can be stressful for an independent cat – and what cat isn’t independent?
If your dream is to make furry friends out of a collie and a cat, you might also be wondering how long it takes? Again, this depends on the dog; her temperament, her age, and her herding instinct. Some collies will be wonderful with a new cat immediately, while others may take some time and training to keep everyone safe. It’s advised not to leave a collie and cat alone together right away. There needs to be trust for the collie before this can happen.
Final Verdict: The collie is typically a good cat for dogs. They’re loving and kind and get along with pretty much everyone. However, in some cases, there are collies with high prey instincts that might not be a suitable match for a cat.
5. Labrador Retriever
It doesn’t get more easy going than a Labrador Retriever. These loving, loyal, gentle giants can be trained to get along wonderfully with cats. However, there are some Labs that are unfriendly with cats. It all depends on the dog’s temperament, previous training, and other factors.
Labs are playful dogs who also love to snuggle. Sound similar to a cat? That’s right. These two sworn enemies actually have something in common and can be best friends whether playing or curling up together on the couch for a nap.
When introducing a Labrador Retriever and a cat, it’s important to take is slow. The animals will need to works some things out on their own at first – like boundaries. In the beginning, don’t leave the cat and dog alone. Wait until you’re certain their friendship is solid.
How long will this take? It should be fairly quickly, depending on the temperament of your cat and dog. The important thing is to be patient, do your research, and provide the right training for your dog.
Final Verdict: The Labrador Retriever is a good choice of breed to have with cats.
6. Shetland Sheepdog
Like other breeds on our list, the Shetland Sheepdog, also known as shelties, is a herding dog. However, this typically doesn’t impact their relationship with a cat, who is sure to show them who’s boss.
This beautiful breed is gentle, playful, intelligent, easy to train, and will quickly adapt to sharing a home with a cat when properly trained. As with most breeds, it’s best to introduce the Shetland Sheepdog to cats when he is still a puppy. This will guarantee a great relationship with almost all cats (some kitties will not cooperate no matter what).
During the first introduction, keep the sheltie on a leash and be sure there is a “way out” for the cat if he gets freaked out. In the beginning, don’t leave the dog and cat unattended. Instead you can keep the dog kenneled while the cat roams free, or you cam put the cat in a bedroom with a litter box and let the dog roam free.
Eventually, you will fee confident enough to leave them alone. and the sheltie will be grateful for the company – he get’s bored easily, It shouldn’t long for the two to become fast, furry friends.
Final Verdict: Yes! The Shetland Sheepdog is good with cats.
7. English Setter
The English Setter is known for his good memory, extraordinary sense of smell, and finding game birds. He is also a gentle breed, a great companion, and gets along well with cats. This dog, however, requires plenty of exercise to stay calm and relaxed in the home and is, therefore, recommended as a pet for active people. Your cat certainly won’t take him for a walk.
Overall, it is safe to leave a cat alone with an English Setter. They don’t have a prey instinct and get along with pretty much everyone. How long should it take for this breed and a cat to get along. As for the English Setter, is should be instantaneous. As for the cat, that’s another matter entirely.
Final Verdict: Yes! The English Setter is a good with cats.
8. Bernese Mountain Dogs
Bred in Switzerland, Bernese Mountain Dogs were farming dogs who did the following tasks: pulled milk carts, acted as watchdogs, and herded cattle. They’re big, fluffy, and have a calm personality. Unlike other dogs, they stay in the puppy stage for up to four years, making them energetic and playful. This breed is so laid back, it is good with other dogs, strangers, kids, and cats.
Whether your Bernese Mountain Dog will get along with your cat depends upon his prior socialization, which should begin when he’s a puppy. It’s the same for the cat. If you’re introducing a kitten, she will probably just want to play, but an older cat should have some socialization with dogs to get the best results.
Tip: Start training your Bernese Mountain Dog right away as they become more difficult to control later on. Also, these dogs do not respond to harsh training. You must be as gentle and loving as them.
Final Verdict: Yes! The Bernese Mountain dog is good with cats.
Tricks to Help Your Cat and Dog to Get Along
Being an animal lover is often a very rewarding experience, as it’s a lot of fun and provides plenty of love. However, when you start combining the animals that reside with you in your home, you may find yourself with a bit of an issue. Plenty of people have struggled with getting a dog and cat to get along in the past, and while it may seem near impossible, it’s not impossible at all. But how does one go about getting their dog and cat to get along better? There are a few steps you can take to try and improve the relationship between your dog and cat, such as:
Prepare For Introduction
Half of the work when getting your dog and cat to get along well should be done in the very beginning. When introducing a new dog or a new cat, be sure to prep the area where they will meet beforehand. This may mean allowing room for both animals to escape to safety, while removing any added stressors, such as other people or loud noises. Introduce the animals slowly, and allow them to back away if they need to.
Reinforce Positive Interaction
As your dog and cat begin to explore each other, it’s a great idea to reinforce this positive behavior with treats or kind words. You may offer praise and treats, as well as physical touch to encourage the animals to continue the good behavior. Much like training your pet to do anything else, sometimes you need to train them to get along as well.
It’s important to take it slow, especially in the beginning. The animals will need proper adjustment time. For this reason, it’s wise to keep the animals separate for a few days before an initial meeting. Section the animals off in their own areas of the house. This way, they’ll be able to get used to the sounds and smells without the overload of meeting face to face. Don’t rush this process or any other process, allow the animals to come around slowly and with gentle guidance.
During this period of separation, it may be wise to introduce an article or object that smells like the other animal into each habitat or area. For example, place a t-shirt in each animal’s area, and switch the shirt location after a day or so. This will allow the animal to become more familiar with the smell and presence of the other animal, without them actually being there quite yet. Animals rely widely on their sense of smell, so introducing scent is crucial.
Let The Cat Lead
It’s wise to let the cat decide when a meeting will take place. Wait until the cat seems content and calm before introducing the dog to the environment. This will allow the cat to be more receptive to the dog’s greeting and may make or break a meeting, especially since cats may become more temperamental when threatened. Dogs are also easier to train and may follow commands to back down when cats cannot.