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6 Dog Breeds That Get Along Well With Cats

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For cat parents, the idea of getting a dog to complete your companion circle can be intimidating. Given the age-old rivalry of cats and dogs, this is a thought that must be considered carefully.

If you're really hell-bent on bringing a dog home, several factors need to be considered, among them the dog breed. And while they have distinct characteristics, cats and dogs can be happy siblings, live happily together, and even become best buddies.

If you have a feline and want to welcome a dog into the family, here is a list of 6 dog breeds that can get along with your cat.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are the ultimate family companion, and they do very well with cats. They're playful but also have a calm and kind nature. They will want to involve your cat in almost everything. 

They're also happy to cuddle up to cats and their human companions. 

With proper training not to chase after your feline friend, your home is destined to become a happy palace.

Labrador Retriever

Being a close relative of Golden Retrievers, it's not surprising that Labrador Retrievers also have a thing for cats. These gentle giants are well-suited for families with babies as well as cats.

They'll befriend your cat, but they're not excessively intrusive on personal space. 

These dogs are also willing to share their space with friendly cats and won't be jealous if you spend more time with your cat.


Beagles are another dog breed that makes an excellent feline companion. 

Being pack dogs, they get excited by company and will view your cat as a pack member.

As for temperament, these dogs are sociable. They tend to be relatively calm. That said, it's advisable that you go for one Beagle dog due to their pack mentality. 

Two or more Beagles may gang up on your cat.

Basset Hound

Like the Beagle, the Basset Hounds also pack dogs who are friendly and amicable. 

Their short legs and long, heavy bodies mean that they move slowly, which is ideal for cat homes. 

They're loyal, easy-going, cuddle buddies laid back, and will barely intimidate your feline friend.


Energetic, friendly, and outgoing, Pugs aren't your average dog. Although small, they got lots of love they don't mind sharing with anyone, even your cat. 

So long as they're properly introduced, Pugs and cats can form a life-long friendship. With love for attention unmatched, your kitty and Pug can bond and play while you're away. 

Like cats, Pugs also don't take up a lot of space and love lounging.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Little, loyal and lovely, Cavaliers are well-suited for any cat homestead. They were bred to be loving lap dogs and will extend their affection to all family pets, cats included.

These sweet dogs will adapt to most lifestyles, don't take up a lot of space, and are gentle little dogs. Their fearless nature means they might lead your cat into outdoor explorations.


In truth, most dogs will get along with cats when properly introduced and under strict supervision. Some dogs like the ones listed above have proven to handle cats better than their counterparts.

You ideally want to select a dog breed that's a good house dog, one that matches your family's needs, your environment, and one that's compatible with your cat.

Our list is by no means exhaustive. Breeds such as Bichon Frise, Shetland Sheepdog, Poodle, Maltese, Boston Terrier, Collie, Newfoundland, Corgi, etc., are also good with cats. Rest assured, there is a dog companion out there that suits your family.

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