I have 3 cats at home and I want to adopt a puppy. Does anyone have an idea of what dog breeds are best with cats? I have been researching them but can't come across any good info. I am thinking of getting a hybrid dog so I need help! Thanks! PLEASE REPLY!
The problem with a hybrid, or mutt is you never know what you are going to get. A lot of terriers like to chase small fuzzy things, as most were breed to go to ground after things.
In reality, any pup you bring in the house will have to learn your rules, and one rule is getting alot with your cats. A breed really doesn't have much to do with it, it is more a training issue for a young dog to learn.
I agree with Illusion. Our dogs are great with cats, but every dogs personality is different. I think it will be trial and error or if you are going to adopt from a shelter, ask at the shelter. If you get a dog from a breeder, I would think that the terrier, sporting, hound and possibly herding breeds would naturally respond more to a cat than other groups. The younger you get a pup, probably the better if you want them to grow up with a cat.
by "Hybrid" do you mean Mutt/Mixed breed, or part wolf/coyote? If it's a wolf or coyote mix, probably would not recommed it. However, any type of domestic dog would work, I imagine, as long as the boundaries and rules are firmly established and enforced.
If people had emotions as pure as animals, our hearts would have to tripple in size.
Most any breed can do well with cats as long as they were trained properly, or were exposed to cats at a young age.
Your best bets to increase your odds of it working out is to 1) get a puppy. The puppy will be inclined to chase at first, but most any breed will learn to become bonded and live happily with a cat. 2) Shelter....find one who has been surrendered by the previous owner rather than a drop off or stray pick up. When they are owner surrendered, the owners usually fill out a questionnaire stating the dogs temperament, training history, if it is good with kids, other dogs, cats etc. If it was a dog who has already lived hormoniously with a cat, it increases your odds of it working out :)
I don't have hard data, but I suspect the prey instinct is hard wired for many dogs, regardless of the way they are raised. The reason I think this is after checking out the adoption pages for retired greyhounds. The two primary adoption groups in my area check all the dogs coming off the track for their compatibility with cats. Some are very cat-focused (and therefore not appropriate for a home with a cat). Some don't care (and are great with cats). Some are somewhere in the middle. I would suspect that the dogs coming off the track have about the same experience with cats (read: none), yet they have widely different reactions to them. Of course they are all the same breed.
We got our first brittany as a pup. As he got older, his stalking and hunting of the cat became more and more problematic. Our cat is middle ground for temperment. If she got nervous, she would turn and run -- and this only encouraged the hunting instinct of the dog. Our second brittany (also obtained as a pup) is more submissive, and the cat is slowly able to teach him who is boss. (We've also spent more attention teaching "leave it" with this second pup.)
I think your best bet is to get an adult dog from a shelter that does "cat proof" testing. The majority of the tests that I have witnessed go like this: They have a confident cat in a crate in a quiet room. They bring the dog into the room and observe. Ideal situation: the dog glances at the cat, then turns away to sniff around the room. Worst case: the dog's eyes lock onto the cat and the rest of the world disappears.
Yes, you can get a pup -- and maybe they will grow to be friends, but I wouldn't count on it. Get an adult and have him tested for his cat compatibility. I think it will be easier on everyone involved.
I have beagles and I had a persian. I had the cat for 14 years before she sucome to cancer but prior to then she ruled the roost. The hounds would chase her and then she would chase them back. Always running after each other . They were partners in crime. The cat would knock food to the floor so the beagles could partake in food theft. So i think maybe it has more to do with pup being raised with the cats. As long as they except the pup I don't forsee an issue , however I would possibly stay clear of terrier types . I know Jack Russels and rat terriers that will actively hunt for a cat to chase. While Yorkies that I have been around seem to enjoy being around a cat. Kinda up in the air.. There really are lots of things to consider. How big a dog are you looking at getting? Do the cats have a safe place they like to go to? will they all be togther in the same open space when no one is home? good luck I am sure you will research.
So, still the 'how they are raised' plays in even on the Greyhound example. The greyhounds are raised to have a high prey drive...which is the motivation they use to get them to run the track. That fuzzy thing they are trained to chase can easily be mistaken for a cat.
If the greyhound, as a pup, was not trained for racing and for chasing the cat like item around the track.....then their behavior around cats would be different.
If the greyhound, as a pup, was not trained for racing...
As far as I know, ALL of the dogs these organizations handle are coming off a racing career. They don't all come from the same kennel, so there's probably some variability in their training, but I still suspect much of the difference is innate.
When reading the profiles on different breeds, many will state whether the breed would be good with small animals or not. Read about the breeds that interest you, what they say about small animal compatibility, and go from there.
I think it is natural for all puppies, no matter the breed, to chase cats. At least that has been my experience raising my dogs with cats. Teaching them not to can be done, but I also believe that in some breeds, or in some individuals of a particular breed I should say, you just cannot override instinct.
NoDogYet.... Sorry, when I read the initial post, I missed that you were referring specifically to 'retired racers adoptions' I was thinking of the breed overall not in the aspect that they were definite ex-racers. In your example, I guess it goes unsaid,,,they were racers, lol.....my bad.
lpn - No blood - no foul. I only said "retired greyhounds." While I typed that, I was thinking there was only one activity from which a greyhound would retire. Shows that I haven't spent any time in the show ring or coursing field.....