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8 Cat Breeds That Could Get Along With Your Dog

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If you love both cats and dogs, it's not easy choosing between the two as your companions. Given the general opinion that cats and dogs can't get along, you may be concerned about adding a cat to the family. But should you? Certainly not.

Cats and dogs can peacefully coexist and even become inseparable friends. However, choosing the right cat breed is vital for a harmonious relationship. Certain cat breeds are known to get along with dogs better than others.

If you already own a dog and would love to add a cat, here’s a list of some of the best dog-friendly cats that could make suitable companions for you and your dog.

1. Abyssinian

Abyssinians are active, affectionate, and expressive cats, which is immediately evident to anyone who has one. They are incredibly lively, curious, playful, and social enough to get along with dogs, cats, and other animals. They enjoy playing with dogs as much as they love playing with their cat parents.

2Maine Coon

This Maine Coon are sweet, fluffy, and friendly cats which are extremely popular for their dog-like behavior and temperament. They will follow their owners from room to room, coming when called, walking on a leash, and even fetch. Also known as "gentle giants" for their large body and easy-going nature, Maine Coons have no trouble getting along with dogs or other cats. They love cuddles and wouldn't mind a cuddle buddy. They're also big enough to let their space be respected by your dog.

3American Shorthair

The American Shorthair is mainly known for its intelligence and easy-going nature, often popping up on most favorite cat lists. Given their mellow temperament, confidence, and good disposition, this breed will quickly get along with children and other family pets, including dogs, once they get to know them.

4. The Norwegian Forest

Like the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forests are large, loving, independent, and gentle family cats. The cats are also great with dogs and can just put up with anything due to their large size and muscular body. Furthermore, they're quite affectionate, curious, and easy-going, and respond well to training, leash if trained at a young age. They even like to fetch toys and can significantly thrive in the company of dogs.

5. Ragdolls

Ragdolls have a reputation for being docile, easy-going, and their unwavering affection despite their large size. They like to follow people around, play fetch, rolling over, beg and learn the same tricks as dogs. It's with such characteristics that they're often referred to as "puppy-cats" because of their dog-like personality. They're cool and good at just about everything, and getting along with dogs won't be a problem.

6. Birman Cats

Birman cats are friendly, intelligent, and affectionate, with a calm, easy-going tendency. They're known to get along with other household pets with a strong interest in playing fetch, making it likely that they'll enjoy your dog's company.

7. The Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail are great companions for families with young kids, even babies. They're friendly, affectionate, and social with just about everyone, so it isn't surprising that they're great with dogs. This intelligent breed can walk on a leash, perform dog-like tricks. Their outgoing temperament means that they don't mind the companionship of other pets.

8. The Siberian

Siberians are loving, affectionate, and playful, so they get along with just about everyone. They love to interact with humans and other animals. Given their curious and playful nature, you'll catch them hanging out with your dog or going on adventures together. They can fetch, walk on a leash, and more if trained.

This list isn't exhaustive. Other cat breeds such as Tonkinese and Bombay cats also do exceptionally well with dogs. That said, most cat breeds can live peacefully with dogs if they're socialized at a younger age and the dogs are trained to respect the cat.

Proper introductions are also critical. Never leave your new dog alone with your cat until you are confident they won't fight. Finally, each cat is an individual. These are breed generalizations that may or may work in every home.

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