My fiancÚ and I are looking for a dog that can get along w/ cats. We have a 6 year old, 20lb., indoor cat who is extremely mellow. He gets along great w/ adults and children but was frightened by a 5lb. chihuahua. Do you guys know of any dogs that are good w/ adult cats? Also - we don't want a dog that will ignore a cat since they can eventually end up fighting them over something later on. Thanks for your help!!
If you are looking for an adult dog try looking in shelters or petfinder in your area. Many rescues do testing to see how dogs respond to other dogs and cats> The rescue or foster parent should be able to advise you on each individual dog's reaction to cats. If you are looking for a puppy, you should first do some research on which breed best fits your home/lifestyle and take your time as you research the breed. Speak wtih reputable breeders who can discusss their puppy's reaction to cats.
"Also - we don't want a dog that will ignore a cat since they can eventually end up fighting them over something later on. Thanks for your help!!"
Who ever told you that is dead wrong. Playing and interacting is more likely to lead to fighting. For the most part both of my dogs and my mom's dog ignore cats and there has never been a single problem. My mom's dog is 12years old and has been around cats since he was 6 months old. My Maltese, has been around cats the entire 9 years I've had him and he does play with one or two of the cats. He is smaller than the cats, but if he were bigger, it could lead to injuries. I'm very happy with the fact that my Rottie completely ignores the cats.
I have five Bullmastiffs, a Chihuahua,a Rat Terrier and five cats and they all share food,water, toys and sleep together and actually groom each other. I would avoid any breed that is known for strong "PREY DRIVE" or any individual dog that shows signs of wanting to stalk other animals.My cats are all rescues so it took some of them a while to understand that none of the dogs would hurt them.
However, your best bet is to find a breeder who raises her puppies with at least one cat in the house. My puppies are very kind and respectful to cats - but that's because my housecat has them trained before they leave. She likes the dogs and puppies - and isn't afraid to let the puppies know that you don't bounce on kitties heads.
Or rather - find a puppy who the breeder has raised with manners around other dogs/animals. You don't want a pup from a litter that has just spent time with people and their littermates - especially if they have a passive mother...