What Dog Breed is Best for My Cat?

cat and dog playing together

If you are a pet lover, you must have a fair idea about keeping cats and dogs together. But which dog breed is ideal to keep with cats and what can be the reaction of your kitties? Questions like these will arise in your mind.

Do not worry!

This article will provide a comprehensive guide on dog breeds that can go well with cats. Let’s discuss each of them:

Small dog breeds for cats

If you are short of space, finding a big dog breed is not an ideal decision. So many dogs from the small breed are there to become your cat’s companion. They include:


Cavapoos have an average height of 9-14 inches and weigh between 9-45 pounds. The breed is famous for having a loving nature. They are affectionate and love staying around the family.

Visit a Cavapoo rescue near your home to give the adorable a new life. Though they love human companionship, they go well with cats.

And you won’t find them hard to train. Show some love, give treats, and train consistently. In a few weeks, they will get settled with the other pets. 

But only consider Cavapoos if you have enough time for your pets. They love going for a walk and prefer socialization too.


People living in an apartment often prefer Maltese. Their miniature size and loving nature let them go well with other cats, especially smaller cats.

But, just like Cavapoos, they will be needing your attention and care. Apart from it, they are less likely to involve in your cat’s business. You will always find your Maltese lying on a pouch.

Cats, on the other hand, love their gentle personality. They can play with their soft hair and have a good time together.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats can be great friends


Another good option among the tiny breeds is Chihuahuas. They love playing with their feline companions and won’t show any threat.

People often opt for Chihuahuas due to their miniature size. They can even share their bed and toys with cats.

At times, they can be aggressive, but it is a rare case. Give them proper training and you won’t see their harsh side.

Bichon fries 

If your cat has a fun-loving nature, there is no better companion than Bichon fries. They are famous for being naughty and playful.

But they prefer mingling with other pets of the same nature. If your cat is ready to give them a warm welcome, they will have a great time.

Large dog breeds for cats

If space in your house is enough, you can have a look at the large breeds too. Here are some ideal options:


Like humans, Beagle also loves other loving pets. All they want is someone to play with.

You might notice them chasing your cats, but don’t worry. Let them play around, they will never hurt. 

People often get confused because of their hyperactive nature. They just need space to have fun, show love, and stay active. That is why we recommend them for spaces with huge backyards.

Standard poodle

Poodles are widely known because of their friendly nature and extraordinary intelligence. This dog breed is very playful so they find it difficult to socialize with other pets. 

But, remember, Poodles are full of energy. Don’t be amazed to see their hyperactive behavior. You need to give them enough space to roam around the house.

Cocker spaniel

If your cats love an affectionate companion, Cocker Spaniel is a good choice. This breed is famous for pleasing the owner and other family members. 

And, they love cuddling other pets as well as humans. Their good temperament is often a reason for choosing them to stay with other pets. You can see how well they behave with their feline friends.

Siamese cat with dog
Especially when together from a young age, cats and dogs can be friends for life

Dog breeds that are dangerous for cats

Though you will have a great experience keeping both c ats and dogs at home, making a good choice of breed is important. Not every dog breed behaves well with cats. some of them can be extremely dangerous.

Experts suggest refraining from dogs with a high prey drive. Such dogs can hurt your kitties at any time. The same is the case with hunting dogs. Terriers and sight hounds are examples that can pose danger for cats.

Other breeds like the Border Collies, German Shepherd, and Australian Shepherd may go well with cats. But these breeds might have a herding instinct, which can be dangerous for the cats.

When bringing these breeds home, try to give special attention so that your cats won’t feel uncomfortable.

Experts believe that every dog possesses a unique nature. Though terriers seem risky with cats, they might become their best friends.

Do not get confused. The first few weeks will give you a good idea if the combination is the right choice.

Some other considerations

Apart from looking at the dog’s breed, you also need to consider a few other facts. These include:

The cat’s nature

Some cats are possessive. They don’t want other pets in the house. If they find any other pet cuddling the owner, they become their enemies.

No one knows your kitty friend better than you. Analyze its nature and see if the cat can tolerate other pets in the house.

The dog’s age  

Adult dogs are more serious and often show aggression. Puppies, on the other hand, are gentle and friendly.

Puppies from the age group between 4 to 12 weeks don’t show any negative behavior when introduced to cats. Therefore, make your life easy and opt for an adorable pup to become your feline’s friend. 

The cat’s breed

Just like dogs, cats also come from various breeds. Some possess a friendly attitude while others are harsh and reserved. Siberians, Ragdolls, and Main coons are a poor choice to live with dogs.

Our final thoughts

Many pet owners enjoy keeping cats and dogs together. You can also be the one. However, choosing a suitable breed and considering other factors are important.

Look at the space in your house and the time required for training. Initially, let them look at each other from a distance. After some time, allow them to stay together but a leash is still necessary.

Gradually increase this time and both of them will accept their new companions. So, your kitty can have a great time with its new furry friend.

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Tom Alexander is a life-long cat parent and enjoys sharing a home with his cat Max and his family. Being a devoted cat person, his passion for everything feline and blogging is the driving force behind catnfriends.com. As the founder and editor at Cat & Friends, Tom aims to provide an interesting and great resource for cat owners.

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