If you’re like me, you love all fur babies. Unfortunately, not all animals love each other equally. Many dog breeds will get along with cats just fine if they are socialized with them as a puppy, but some are inherently bad neighbors. If you already have a cat and looking to adopt a dog, the below listed are the best dogs for cats that live peacefully alongside felines.
Ironically, some of the worst dogs for cats are those that are closer to cats’ behavior in nature – breeds with strong prey drive. Some dogs were bred and raised as hunting dogs for centuries, and it’s in their genetics to chase after small animals. In general, adopting one of these dogs to live with a cat is not a good idea.
Some of these gun dog breeds with a strong prey drive are:
- Afghan Hound
- Australian Cattle Dog
That’s not to say that every hunting dog breed, or those with strong prey drive, will never get along with cats. It’s possible to train and socialize almost any canine to live alongside a feline, but it may be significantly harder with gun dog breeds, or hyperactive dogs, or genetically more aggressive dogs with strong prey drive. The best dogs for cats are typically easy going and laid back, more friendly or at the very least, lazy.
13 Best Dogs for Cats
1. Labrador Retriever
Easily one of the best neighbors for a cat is a Labrador Retriever. An ideal family pet, Labs are gentle, sweet-natured dogs. They do well with families, children, and strangers. The laid back nature of Labrador Retrievers makes them a favorite among websites for households that also have cats. These dogs are intelligent and easy to train. Labrador Retrievers are larger, active dogs. They need frequent walks, or a yard to play in.
Although the Beagle is a hunting dog, they are an exception due to their friendly demeanor and history of getting along with other animals. Our editor Samantha has a Beagle (and a Lab!) living together with cats in complete peace. They love to play, and want to make friends with any animal that will play with them. I grew up with Beagles myself, and they never bothered the neighborhood cats. They were also friendly with kids. These dogs require little to no brushing and grooming, and make a perfect companion.
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The King Charles is a favorite of the Queen of England and cat owners alike. They are gentle dogs that are affectionate and loving. This breed is gentle with kids and cats, so they make a great family dog in a diversified family setting. These little dogs generally love people and other animals. However, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not do well if left alone for long periods of time.
This is another breed that is playful and affectionate. The Maltese just wants a friend! They are a smaller dog, so they won’t be as intimidating to feline friends. Maltese…