When I first met my husband, I was worried about our compatibility.  You see, he’s a dog guy while I’m a definite cat lady.  Owning pets is a non-negotiable for both of us, but it was hard to see what our future would hold.  Were we going to have to choose between owning cats or dogs?  Is it possible for felines and canines to get along?

The good news is that yes, it’s certainly possible to have cats and dogs in the same household.  To help those of you thinking about introducing a pup to your feline friend, Nancy has kindly invited me to share some information here on Pampered Dog Blog about some of the best dog breeds to get along with cats.

 

  1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is one of the most well-known family dogs.  Its gentle and tolerant nature means that it gets along well with both children and other animals.  Although cats may find their large size intimidating at first, golden retrievers are extremely unlikely to attack even if provoked.

This is a good dog if you have a mischievous or energetic cat as the two will play together until they’re worn out.

  1. Bichon Frisé

On the smaller side we have the bichon frisé.  According to veterinarian Dr. Mark they are one of the most loving dog breeds and will play and cuddle with your cat if she allows it.  Bichon frisé dogs are generally obedient and easy to train so it shouldn’t take too long to introduce one to your other pets.  Bichon frisés often become anxious when left alone so a kitty friend should help to keep your pup company.

  1. Basset Hound

Basset hounds actually have a lot in common with cats – not least their stubborn personality!  They too prefer to live in the comfort of their human’s home instead of being left outside in the yard. Although training a basset hound can be a challenge, their relaxed and friendly nature makes them great companions for your feline.

  1. Poodle

I must admit, poodles are one of my favorite dog breeds (although it’s almost impossible to choose – I love them all!).  Not only do they look adorable but their personality traits are very endearing too.  A poodle is more likely to act as protector to his feline friends than to chase them.  Poodles are smart and easily trained so with your guidance and supervision, an introduction between cat and poodle should go very well.

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small and meek dogs – two characteristics which make them a good companion for cats.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will likely let your feline take the lead but enjoys play if kitty initiates it.  This is another dog breed that likes to form close attachments so if all goes to plan, your pets should make friends for life.

 

Other Tips

If you have a timid cat, choose a smaller dog breed – will be less intimidating.  Likewise, breeds that bark a lot can scare cats.  Do your research and spend time with the breeder getting to know your dog before taking him home if possible.  Some even offer a trial period.  Adopting from a breeder or owner who also keeps cats is a guaranteed way to make sure your new pet will get along with your feline fluffball.

 

Although it might be tempting, you can’t just release your new dog into the same room as your cat and hope that they’ll work things out by themselves.  During the introductory period, make sure to deter bad behavior and reward friendly interactions with a treat.  Make sure to supervise all interactions until your pets are fully comfortable together.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget that while choosing one of the above dog breeds increases your chances of a harmonious household, every pet has its own unique personality.  Some cats don’t like company at all, whether it’s a human, a dog or another cat.  In addition, a poorly trained dog may find himself unable to resist chasing the smaller animal.

With a little luck and a lot of patience, you should be able to create a cat-dog friendship that will last a lifetime.

Author bio:  Annie Cooper blogs at catobsessed.com.  She lives in Australia with her husband and two very fluffy felines.  Apart from cats, Anne loves traveling, DIYing and all things cute.

 

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