I'm looking for a medium-sized dog whose breed history is generally okay for cats. I have three indoor cats, one of whom may be aggressive, and the dog would be an indoor/outdoor dog as well. I've done some research, and I'm well aware that breed is not a guarantee (nor is training,) I'm just looking to get an idea. :) (I'm looking in particular at Catahoula mixes right now.) Also, the dog would come from a shelter and most likely be a mix. Any suggestions?
to what degree will the dog be an indoor/outdoor dog? I say that our dog is an indoor dog, but on sunny days, he is happy to be outside all day long. He's just as happy to come inside and be with us though! A lab mix, or a spaniel mix would probably be best, and those are generally easy to find at the humane society. If the dog is older, ask the humane society if they know how well it does with cats? If it's a puppy, you really don't have nearly as much to worry about. Just make sure you train the puppy right away that hte cats are not it's playtoys, and make sure the cats have a place to escape the exuberant puppy.
dogs that have prey drives may not be good with cats; those are greyhounds (some of them), terriers, pit bulls, pointers, maybe huskies, shiba inu, chesapeakes. individual dogs do vary, and if raised with cats from a puppy may do just fine. they may only chase the cat and not do any harm, too. i have a pug, lab, and border collie mix that love my cat but he doesn't love them. they all run over to give him a sniff when he comes in from outside and he has learned to tolerate that.
The best breeds for you would be; 1. Bearded Collie 2. Sheltand Sheepdog 3. American Eskimo 4. Keeshond 5. Standard Poodle The Catahoula Leopard Dog wouldn't be a very good breed for you. They are large, have a strong prey instinct, and they do not do good in cold weather. Bearded Collies, Sheltand Sheepdog, American Eskimo Dogs, Keeshonds, nad Standard Poodles are all very easy to find in shelters. These would be your best breeds.
Coincidentally, we also have three indoor cats and are on the same search so your question was very timely and all the responses were helpful. Can anyone comment on how a Basenji might do (I believe it's a tracker) with cats.
I had a shepard mix that was great with our cat. We got her when she was a puppy and the cat was a few yrs old. The cat tolorated the pup. Like others said if you get it as a puppy you should have no problem at all no matter what breed it is. But ,my suggestion for you would be getting a low-med energy dog that won't care if the cat is there or not. I've met many dogs that get along with cats. You should look on petfinder.com. They have right next to the listing whether they get along with cats or not. You may even find a dog for you in your area on there. Sorry I couldn't name any specific breeds. Good Luck!
As long as the dog is brought into the home as a pup,its relationship with the cats will get better with time.The dog will learn what he can do and what he can't do. usually the cats will make the rules. The body language of cats is the opposite to dogs. So often dogs who meet strange cats usually will chase them even when they don't chase the ones at home.Thats why when your dog say sees a cat at a distance and the cat stares at him (because hes scared)the dog will see this as a sort of threat and go to investigate,then the cat crouches down and trys to make itself small as possible (in fear) but the dog sees this as submission (being smaller already puts it at a more submissive level) so then you get conflicts, and the dog putting its nose where it shouldn't go.
I have a shiba inu that's great with cats. If would ever consider buying one, you would definetly want to get it as a puppy. The spinone italiano is great with any kind of animal, but they are very expensive.
lol... I'm sorry, i have no information on this topic but had to check in on this post as I was racking my brain trying to figure out why someone would want to breed their dog with cats.... I was relieved to find that that was not the nature of the query.
I have a miniature schnauzer, toy poodle, and two schnoodles. I had an unexpected roommate move in who happens to have a cat. Needless to say I was worried. But to my surprise they get a long great. They work on my nerves - but they love playing and running. The cat especially loves the schnoodles because they are still pups. She slaps at them and pounces and rolls - they are so cute together. The older dogs pretty much just chase her when she feels like running. But to say they never had any contact with cats that I knew of - they adapted pretty good to her. They also like to play with my guinea pig!! So I think as long as you get the dog as a pup - the cat will adjust itself to it. And as pups, they really don't know the diff.
wegot an adult cat when my chow mix was 2 years old. the chow had never been around cats before and chased scully relentlessly. until the day came when scully said enough and started swatting back at him. since then they have been just fine. scully will occasionally still swat at him for no reason except maybe to remind him she is still in charge.
I know I'm always suggesting this breed but Boston Terriers are good small-medium sized dogs that are usually fine with cats. The only thing I'd worry about it that you said your cat was aggressive, and a cat could really damage a Boston's big eyes. Same with Pugs..you'd need to be careful of the eyes. Most terriers are okay with cats if raised with them. What about a Tibetan Terrier (not a terrier)? How much grooming would you want to do?
Hello, I raise himalayan cats and have 3 boxers. They are great together. It was a little adjusting at first for everyone. But now when I have kittens the boxers sniff them and even groom them. They are so funny. Like I said it will just take some time for them to get used to each other.
Hello, I think all dogs are good with any other put if they grow up around them and with them just like children. I have a Siberian husky 7 yrs old and a 8 week old Great Dane and I have 2 inside cats and a bunny inside the house and they are best friends. To tell u the truth my husky is a little afraid of my persian cat!LOL! That is the sad part! LOL! And they all are great with my 5 yr old daughterand 2 month old son.GOOD LUCK!!