The Best Dog Breeds That Get Along With Cats

The Best Dog Breeds That Get Along With Cats

A majority of people will tell you that they are either a dog or a cat person, while others couldn’t think of living without both. If the latter describes you, you will find that some dogs tend to look at smaller creatures in the family as something to take care of. For example, working dogs are bred to protect and watch over other animals or human family members.

Some hounds are bred to work closely in packs, and they are usually friendly with other furry family members, and pets (cat’s included). Sporting dogs like retrievers and spaniels are friendly and often get along with any pet, including cats. Toy dogs are small and they are mostly bred to be loving companions.

In this article, we are going to take a look at 10 dog breeds that have a tendency to get along with cats and make them ideal companions.

1. Beagle


Beagles are a subset of hound called a scent hound, which means they use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out prey. These dogs traditionally hunted in large packs of dogs with hunters accompanying the packs on foot or on horseback, so it was imperative that they got along with other animals. Beagles are gregarious and congenial, most will live happily with other animals, including cats, which they will likely view as just another member of the pack. 

2. Basset Hound

Basset Hound

the basset hound is also a scent hound Like the beagle. A fellow pack dog, basset hounds are friendly and amicable. With their short legs and long, heavy bodies, basset hounds are also slow-moving, a great combination of traits for living with cats. These are loyal, patient, and low-key dogs. 

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is part of the American Kennel Club Toy Group. Toy dogs were bred to be loyal, loving, lap dogs and companions. The Cavalier is as sweet as they come. This breed can get along with almost every animal and person imaginable, including cats. These are adaptable and gentle little dogs.

4. Border Collie

Border Collie

If you recall Lassie (a rough collie), you know that collies are lovers, not fighters. Although not all herding breeds live well with cats, border collies are mellower than some other herding breeds. Border collies are very gentle with children and most family pets, even those of the feline persuasion. 

5. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

One of the most popular breeds in the world, the golden retriever is a truly gentle dog, and its good manners extend to cats also like people. Golden retrievers are loving and sweet-natured, as well as adaptable and outgoing. Most goldens can live successfully with cats as long as they are properly

6. Poodle


Poodles are smart and tend to be calm in the home. The poodle is one breed that comes in three size varieties: standard (more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder), miniature (10 to 15 inches tall) and toy (less than 10 inches). Often averaging 4 to 6 pounds, some toy poodles are smaller than cats. All poodle varieties can potentially live peacefully with cats in the home. 

7. Maltese


Weighing less than 7 pounds, the Maltese is sized similarly to a toy poodle; it is often smaller than an average-sized cat. Also categorized as a toy, the Maltese is considered as a gentle and loving companion with an easy-going attitude. A Maltese is usually fine lying on the couch, ignoring much of anything else going on, including the activities of a cat.

8. Newfoundland


Newfoundlands are the gentle giants of the dog in the world. Newfies are so patient and calm, and protective of their family members. Typically, Newfoundlands are great with people of all ages, including children, and pets of all kinds, including cats. These large breeds are generally known for their calm demeanor and lower energy levels.

9. Pomeranian


The Pomeranian is a spirited and engaging little toy dog. At just 3 to 7 pounds, most cats tower over Pomeranians, so these fluffy little members are rarely a threat to feline friends. They always tend to live peacefully with other pets like cats. 

10. Pug


Pugs are charming and happy little fellows that get alongside with almost anybody. Most pugs lack the inclination to chase or otherwise bother a cat, so they can live successfully with felines when introduced properly. A cat can help keep them company when their owners are away. 

Breeds You Should Avoid

In general, lower-energy, more laid back breeds could be a far better than high-energy breeds with many of prey drive or instinct to chase. For instance, terriers are tenacious, feisty, and full of energy. They were primarily bred to kill and hunt small furry things. Most retain this instinct to chase and exterminate smaller animals, and cats are not any exception. Herding breeds most of the time can’t stop themselves from herding all family members and cats might not appreciate being hounded by an enthusiastic dog.