My boyfriend and I have 2 cats and are thinking of getting a small/medium sized dog to add to our family. We are not sure of what breed would be the best to introduce to our family. We've had friends over with their dogs and the cats hide until they leave so we know that there will be a long period of getting the cats used to the new dog. We would like to get a puppy or close to puppy age so that the new dog can grow up knowing that cats are friend and not food. I think one of the cats would eventually accept the dog, not sure about the second cat.
We aren't very active although we live very close to a great dog park and would love to go there with the new dog. We work regular hours and would be able to be home for lunch a lot to take the dog out.
We live in a condo that allows dogs, and we're possibly thinking of getting a house eventually.
We are looking for suggestions for dog breeds to fit our family.
Many years ago I had a Shih Tzu. We had an indoor cat and a barn cat that she loved. She wasn't around dogs, so she thought she was a cat. They loved her as much as she loved them. My brother had a rabbit that he sometimes put in a wire fenced area outside, and we would put my Shih Tzu in with the rabbit and she would lay next to it as if she was protecting it from his Beagle. When she was about 2 years old I took in a Rottweiler/Lab mix that my friend could no longer keep and that was the first dog that she was around, and she loved him because he would lay on the floor and pat his paws in front of her to play. He was about 9 months old, but very gentle with her. Your cats probably won't appreciate any breed that you bring into the house at first, but I would think that they would adjust fine in time.
I have four cats, a Rottweiler and a Maltese. They all get along fine, but I don't leave the Rottie with the others unsupervised. My Maltese actually plays with the two male cats. I've heard a lot of cat people like Poodles. I'm sure there are many breeds to choose from for you. You should avoid individual dogs with a high prey drive.