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10 Cat Breeds That Get Along With Dogs

Introduction

If you’ve ever thought about adopting a cat but already have a dog, don’t worry! You’re in the perfect place. We’ll be showing you in this blog post which cat breeds get along with dogs the best. These sweet cats share your passion for dogs!

We’ve all seen pictures of cats with dogs that don’t get along. The dog appears confused and doesn’t understand why the feline with an arched back is hissing at the poor pup. 

But with these cat breeds, you might see something different—partly because they behave like dogs. They enjoy playing games like fetch and human company; some even enjoy being in the water.

Abyssinian

The Abyssinian cat, often called “Aby,” is what you’re looking for when you think of athletic, enigmatic, and ancient cat breeds. Currently one of the most well-known cat breeds in the world, the Aby’s origin is mostly unknown.

Owners adore Abys for their nearly canine drive to socialise and follow their people and other pets around the house. They are lean, muscular, and intensely interested.

They have a high IQ and energy, making them great explorers. They’re also friendly with their canine siblings and have no problem with playtimes!

They’re super energetic, and their only downtime is when they sleep or eat. So, don’t forget to set up their cosy bed so they can quickly recharge.

American Shorthair

The American Shorthair is renowned for its laid-back nature and liking for canines. They’re direct descendants of the European cats transported in the early 1600s to the United States.

American Shorthairs were once revered for their extraordinary capacity to keep rats and mice away from grain harvests, and they were chosen and raised solely for their ability to hunt.

However, pet enthusiasts began noticing their broad chests, athletic frames, and vividly coloured, dense coats.

These creatures immediately gained popularity among the American public, who started to welcome them into their homes because of their intelligence and compassion.

And because American Shorthairs can live for up to 15 years, they might even outlive your dog.

As American Shorthairs are often cuddly even with their dog Fluffy Friends, give them different beds so they can have some alone time as well.

Birman

Another cat breed that’s a dog lover is the Birman.

Birman cats are pretty close to perfection.

Also referred to as the Sacred Cat of Burma, Birmans are an ancient member of the cat family that has been captivating people for ages.

These beauties, once adored by temple monks, are now common pets worldwide.

Birmans are medium-sized and have bright blue eyes, a thick, cream coat with dark tips, and white-gloved paws.

They’re always gregarious, easygoing, and well-behaved cats. They also love playing tag and fetch with your dogs!

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Bombay

The Bombay is a cross between the black American shorthair and the Burmese and bred expressly to resemble the Indian black panther.

The result is a black beauty that, despite having no wild blood in his ancestry, does resemble the large jungle cat.

The Bombay combines the Burmese breed’s toughness, devotion, and intellect without being nearly as loudly outspoken.

It also has a stunning, solid black coat—combining some of the most remarkable characteristics of both parent breeds.

Aside from being a great companion to your pups, Bombays love greeting new people and are very affectionate.

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is among the most well-known cat breeds in the world.

They not only have thick and plush coats but also have a no-nonsense, cheerful sense of humour about life that is very British.

These furry kitties make excellent family pets and enjoy spending time with their dog siblings and owners, but they may object to being handled or petted excessively.

Many other hues and patterns are available for this lovely breed, but the typical British shorthair has greyish-blue fur.

The great thing about this medium-to-large cat is its general health and well-being.

Maine Coon

Maine Coons are loving cats that enjoy playing with their owners.

Although owners of this breed recognize and appreciate these cats for being affectionate family pets, the species is mainly known for its enormous size—up to 40 inches in length.

They get along with everyone—their owners, the family cats, and dogs.

They’re even seen playing with water when other cats don’t. Make sure to clean their paws using a handy paw cleaner!

Even though this breed nearly went extinct, its popularity is still remarkable. It was ranked second in popularity among kittens registered by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Depending on pedigree, a Maine Coon kitten typically ranges in price from $400 to $1,500.

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Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest breeds are giant, loving cats known as “Wedgies” by breed enthusiasts. Wedgies, also known as skogkatt in their native Norway, are loved there more than anywhere else.

More often than not, Wedgies are often confused for Maine Coons because of their similar size and appearance. Still, the Norwegian features almond eyes and a level profile.

Despite their enormous size and quiet, sensitive demeanour, Norwegians are sweet cats that make wonderful pets.

Skogkatts make devoted, easygoing pets and are primarily adaptable to pups that grew up together with them.

The Wedgie will make an excellent family companion if you can give it lots of affection, careful grooming, and safe surfaces to climb.

Ragdoll

Ragdolls are big, adorable cats that are extraordinarily kind and patient. Despite their commanding size, these felines are calm and serene, and they adore nothing more than cuddling and playing with their owners.

This breed is often very friendly—almost dog-like—and simple to care for. Ragdolls get along nicely with children and love to be taken on a leash for walks with your dogs.

Ensure your cat collar is sturdy whenever you take this baby outside. This sweet cat will shower you with unending love and loyalty if you are willing to give her your time and attention.

Ragdolls may be less popular than other cat breeds because they require precise breeding. Prices for this breed can range from $400 for kitties to $2,000 for display cats. The cost will vary depending on its age and pedigree.

Siberian

Siberian cats are indigenous to Siberia, Russia, which is known for its harsh winters and severe climate. However, their long, waterproof triple coat and sturdy bodies help with the cold weather.

These attentive, well-built tabbies have child-like temperaments and are adorable. Siberians are entirely dedicated to their owners and can be around kids and other pets.

Depending on pedigree and age, Siberian kittens often cost between $1,200 and $4,000. And why is the pricing so high? As they are uncommon in the US, they are in demand, and there’s only a tiny number of purebred Siberian cats outside Russia.

Turkish Angora

 

Turkish Angoras happily accept other Fluffy Friends, including dogs, and are pretty friendly and affectionate.

Fair warning, though: If a Turkish Angora is present in the house, your dog might not be the alpha dog.

These cats frequently exhibit a dominant demeanour and an outspoken personality, making them the “alpha” pets in the home.

According to breed standards, the Turkish Angora is a medium-sized cat with a dignified, regal personality and conducts itself with grace.

The breeds from the Ankara Zoo in Turkey have a slightly larger frame, but their temperament is similar to their medium-sized counterparts.

Final Thoughts

We advise that you gradually introduce your family members to new pets to ensure having a satisfying and enduring relationship. It’s ideal to confine the new cat to a separate room, where there will be food, drink, a litter box, cat bedding, and anything else they’ll require.

Install a baby gate or partially open the door in a few days but secure it in place, so the animals can see each other while they eat, but they won’t be able to interact directly. Also, make sure to offer each of them items, such as blankets and toys, that have the fragrance of the other animal on them during this initial phase. Lastly, let the new pet roam the area when the dog is outside.

Related: Introduce Cats to Dogs

Conclusion

Who said that bringing cats and dogs together couldn’t be a good thing? With preparations, research, and owner dedication, you’ll surely get your pets to love each other in no time.

Don’t miss out on our blog for more tips in pet care. And check out our shop for your pet needs. We have all the necessary accessories to make your fur babies comfortable!

4 comments

  • I use to have 2 Siamese, male and female, that got along great with my Male Jack Russell…the male cat mainly…they wrestled and played together daily ! What do you think about Siamese ?
    Thank you

    Dan
  • Thank you for the information. What about the Tabby getting along with dogs? Is it best to start when both are babies?

    Brenda
    01/12/23

    Brenda M Russell
  • I enjoyed your article so much in it I affirmed many conclusions I had about my brood.
    May I compliment you on the majestic photos clearly showing each fur baby’s coat, it’s beauty and versatility.

    Nora Brown
  • I really enjoyed reading about these various breeds of cat – and the tips about getting dogs and cats to live together was very useful. Thank you

    Helen Chambers

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