Top 17 Dog Breeds that are Cat-Friendly

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot


Dogs and cats are often portrayed as mortal enemies and always hearing the phrase “fighting like cats and dogs” makes it harder to decide if you should give your feline pet a canine companion.

Contrary to these beliefs, dogs and cats can happily get along and live together like a family and become best buddies. You just need to carefully pick a dog breed that goes along well with cats and one with a temperament that’s compatible with that of your purr baby.

Here are the top 17 cat-friendly dog breeds: 

Golden Retriever

Sweet, gentle, kind, playful, intelligent, loyal, and loving, the Golden Retriever is great with kids and other household pets. They adapt easily and can be trained without any difficulty. Goldens will readily accept cats as part of the family.   



Bred to hunt in packs, Beagles are usually friendly with other animals including cats. They are sociable and friendly and would happily treat your cat as a member of the pack. They also love to snuggle and cuddle, so be prepared for that. Beagles love chasing small animals and might give your cat a chase once in a while. If your cat is not the kind who would tolerate this then this breed might not be the one for you. 


Labrador Retriever

Known for its kindness, patience, tolerance, intelligence, and gentleness, the Labrador is one of the most popular breeds. They get along well with kids and other pets including cats. They are a huge breed and can grow to be very big but this will not be a problem. They have a heart as big as their built and would love you and your cat to bits. Labs are also always eager to please so don’t worry. 


Border Collie 

Border Collies are a little more mellow than other herding breeds. They are extremely gentle with kids and other household pets. They are often described as lovers and not fighters. Even though some herding breeds don’t get along with felines, Border Collies can live well with them.  



Pugs are great around small animals including cats. They are cute, cheerful, friendly, and loving little sweethearts that need attention and would welcome a cat’s company very much. Most pugs are lazy and are not inclined to go around chasing and bothering others, a very ideal buddy for your feline baby.  



Poodles come in different sizes but size doesn’t matter as all sizes get along very well with cats. Be it a toy, miniature, or a standard-sized Poodle, this dog breed makes great companions for felines. 

Energetic, cheerful, smart, playful, and friendly. They are easy to get along with and loves to spend time with their family. 



A small dog breed that’s usually smaller than a regular-sized cat. These dogs are very gentle and sociable. They easily make friends and, just like cats, they like to curl up in their owner’s lap and take a nap. Their easy-going attitude makes them perfect cat playmates.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Toy dogs like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel were specially bred to be loyal and loving companions. They are sweet, gentle, and loving but are respectful of other pet’s space. They can easily adapt to their surroundings and love to be around other animals including cats.  



Another toy dog. Pomeranians are little fluffy dogs that are known to coexist peacefully with other pets. Perky, friendly and engaging, Poms could be your cat’s next best friend 


Bichon Frise

Playful, cheerful, and sociable, the Bichon Frise is the perfect companion to a playful cat. Known as one of the cat-friendly dog breeds, these little fluffballs love to cuddle so if your cat is the type that gets easily annoyed then this breed might not be the one for you.


Basset Hound

Another scent hound like the Beagle, Basset Hounds like to hunt but would most likely hunt for food instead of chasing after your cat. Known as dogs that are low-key, their patience, loyalty, and relaxed temperament makes them great cat companions. 


Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is another one of the cat-friendly dog breeds. Coming from the herding group, these intelligent and very friendly dogs are natural herders and would most likely treat your cat as a part of the herd he has to gather. A great company to a sociable cat. 



Fun-loving dogs with an inquisitive and cheery nature, Papillons would easily accept cats as friends and would most likely join in any activity as long as it’s fun.  


Boston Terrier

Intelligent and easy to train, Boston Terriers can be best friends with felines with proper training. Their friendliness and sociability are huge plus factors.



Boxers are known for being friendly and affectionate. Their jolly and delightful personality makes them friends with just about anybody. 



A gentle giant, Newfoundlands are a tolerant and peaceful breed that’s known to be protective of their family. They get along well with people and pets. 


Cocker Spaniel 

Gentle, sweet, friendly, and docile, the Cocker Spaniel enjoys being with people and pets. With an inquisitiveness like that of a cat’s, this dog and your cat would probably never run out of adventures.  


Are there any other cat-friendly dog breeds not listed here? Let us know in the comments below. 


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