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The 10 Most Cat Friendly Dog Breeds

| Published on January 7, 2015

Do you already have a feline but want to add a canine companion to your household? Here’s a good place to start your search for a new dog. These 10 dog breeds are generally known for being good with cats.

Remember though: these are just generalizations and there are exceptions to every rule. Be sure you take care and properly (slowly) introduce your dog and cat. Contacting a dog trainer or local animal rescue for help can make the introduction safer and smoother.

#1 – Golden Retriever

The Golden is just a nice, all-around dog that gets along with everything. He should be fine with any cats you have in the house. In fact, they may even become best friends!

golden retriever cat friendly dog breed

#2 – Bichon Frisé

The Bichon Frisé is known throughout the dog world for his happy-go-lucky personality. Truly, this breeds seem to love everyone and everything, so a cat shouldn’t be a problem.


#3 –  Labrador Retriever

Like the Golden, the Lab makes a great all-around pet and is usually fine with cats. As long as he doesn’t think he needs to retrieve the cat for you (most cats wouldn’t appreciate a ride in a dog’s mouth, no matter how “soft” his bite is), they should get along great.

labrador retriever dog breed loves cats

#4 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavi is described by the American Kennel Club as a “trustworthy companion of children and thrives as part of a family.” They are the ultimate house pet and get along fine with cats for the most part.

cat friendly dog breed cavalier king charles spaniel CKC

#5 – Papillion

The “butterfly” dog was bred as a noblewomen’s lap pet. As such, it is a happy breed and adapts quickly to any living environment, including one with cats.

papillon dog like cats

#6 – Maltese

This breed is known for its gentle, mild nature, making them a great family dog for a multi-species household. Just make sure you cat doesn’t pick on them!


#7 – Pug

The pug is an adaptable dog that is really up for anything. As long as he is getting attention, he doesn’t mind sharing his home. That makes this little dog one of the most cat-friendly dog breeds.

pug dog like cats
Chuck Abbe via Flickr

#8 – Basset Hound

The Basset Hound has a reputation for being lazy. Not sure if he just doesn’t have the energy to go after a cat, or that he likes the company, but most of them get along just fine with a feline roommate.

dogs that love cats basset hound

#9 – Boxer

The lively and playful boxer does well with cats, as long as the cat does not mind a dog that wants to play. If you have a cat that wants a dog to ignore him, the boxer is probably not a good choice. But if your kitty enjoys getting in on the action, the two will become fast friends.

dog love cat boxer

#10 – Newfoundland

This gentle giant does great with all types of animals. Bred to protect livestock, they don’t seem to extend that to other living beings and have no issues with cats.

cat friendly dog breed newfoundland

The bottom line is, there’s no way to completely predict whether your cat and dog will get along. Still, if you want both of these animals in your life, these breeds are the best bet for a happy household.

For tips on how to introduce your dog and cat, look here. Remember to also be patient, as some animal friendships don’t just form overnight.

Featured Image: Chuck Abbe via Flickr

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