25 Dog Breeds That Are Good With Cats

Cats and dogs can coexist peacefully in most households, depending on which dog breed you choose.

Introducing cats to dogs can be challenging because "most cats prefer peace and quiet and tend to be solitary creatures" and "they are exquisitely susceptible to stress," notes VCA, one of North America's largest animal hospital chains that operates more than 1,000 veterinary practices across the U.S. and Canada as well as Japan.

But some dog breeds are more compatible with cats than others, such as dogs in the sporty group, who are naturally friendly and outgoing. "These happy-go-lucky dogs are pleased to make friends with anybody they meet, including cats," the American Kennel Club (AKC) explains.

"Most dog breeds can live calmly with a cat if they are socialized as puppies and are trained to leave the cat alone," AKC adds.

Below are some dog breeds that are good with cats, listed in alphabetical order.

Basset hound

Basset hounds are known to be "loyal, patient, and low-key dogs," and "their mild-mannered outlook on life makes them friendly and tolerant of other animals," AKC notes.

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Basset hounds seen at the Crufts dog show in the city of Birmingham in central England in the U.K. on March 9, 2018. Getty Images


Bred to hunt in packs, beagles are usually friendly to other animals. They have a "happy-go-lucky nature" and "are likely to see cats as just another member of the pack," according to AKC.

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A beagle seen at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on December 17, 2019 in London, England in the U.K. Getty Images

Border collie

Known to be "lovers, not fighters," Border collies are "exceptionally gentle with children and most family pets, even those of the feline persuasion," according to The Spruce Pets, a pet training and care advice website.

Border collies
Three Border collies seen at the 2018 Sydney Dog Lovers Show in Australia on August 4, 2018. Getty Images

Border terrier

Border Terriers make "a good-tempered, affectionate family companion" and can be good for homes with multiple pets, including cats, according to Purina, the pet food company.

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A Border terrier seen in U.K., pictured in 2012. Getty Images

Boston terrier

Boston Terriers' "intelligence and trainability make this breed ideal for getting along with feline friends," advises Rover, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers.

"They're on the small side (but have big, warm personalities) and will quickly become buddies with the other furry animals in your abode," it adds.

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A Boston terrier seen on January 10, 2017, in Florence, Italy. Getty Images


While bulldogs might be heavier in weight than others and appear to be more intimidating for that reason, they're known for their kind temperament, according to AKC.

"Their easygoing personality makes it likely that they'll enjoy your cat's company," it adds.

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A bulldog seen at a news briefing with American Kennel Club and HJ Kalikow & Co. in New York August 9, 2017. Getty Images

Cardigan Welsh corgi

Originally used as a drover and farm dog in Cardiganshire, in southern Wales, around 1200 B.C., the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is mostly a companion dog today and a great match for multi-pet households for its "even-tempered, loyal and affectionate" nature, according to Purina.

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A Pembroke Welsh corgi, one of two Welsh corgi breeds (the other one being the Cardigan Welsh corgi), pictured at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 11, 2019. Getty Images

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

The AKC describes Cavalier King Charles spaniels as "adaptable, affectionate, and gentle little dogs, with a fearless personality." More prone to be intimidated by cats, rather than antagonize them, they are likely to leave cats alone if they are in the same home.

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A Cavalier King Charles spaniel pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 10, 2017. Getty Images


Collies are known for loving children and "for some, that love can extend to cats...they are vocal dogs that tend to be tolerant of other family pets," according to AKC.

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A collie pictured at a dog event in New York City on September 28, 2016. Getty Images


Affectionate, loyal and obedient, Corgis are "especially fond of kids and are agreeable with other pets," Purina notes.

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A pair of corgis playing at a park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on August 24, 2019. Getty Images

Curly-coated retriever

Loving with children and eager to please, the gentle temperament of Curly-coated retrievers make them ideal family dogs and good for multi-pet homes, according to Purina.

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A curly-coated retriever competing at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City on February 16, 2016. Getty Images

English springer spaniel

Affectionate and sociable, these dogs are well-mannered, "love (and need) company, and get on well with both children and other animals," advises Purina.

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A playful English Springer Spaniel and a cat pictured in a garden in England in the U.K. in June 2014. Some dog breeds, including the English Springer Spaniel, are more cat-friendly than others. Tim Graham/Getty Images

German shepherd

German shepherds are "a loving, loyal and even-tempered family companion who is fond of children" and compatible for multi-pet homes, according to Purina.

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A German shepherd seen at the American Kennel Club Top Breeds of 2014 event in New York City on February 26, 2015. Getty Images

Golden retriever

They generally have playful personalities and "their adaptability and outgoing nature make them a potentially great cat companion," according to AKC.

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A golden retriever seen in Washington Square Park, New York City on December 3, 2020. Getty Images

Irish setter

This "merry, friendly breed has a stable, outgoing temperament, making him a great family companion," and suited for homes with several pets, Purina advises.

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A pair of Irish setters at the Crufts dog show in the city of Birmingham in central England, U.K. on March 11, 2018. Getty Images

Labrador retriever

Labradors Retrievers are described to be "kind and outgoing and are known to get along with everyone they meet, regardless of species. They are gentle, intelligent, and eager to please," AKC says.

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A labrador retriever at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England of the U.K. on March 11, 2018. Getty Images


Rover explains: "Maltese are known to be wonderful with cats thanks to their excellent manners (and perhaps their classy coif helps in some way). They do really enjoy companionship but are also happy to give cats a bit of space to be on their own when it's needed."

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A pair of Maltese dogs presented at a dog show in Dortmund, western Germany on May 11, 2014. Getty Images


Described to be "gentle giants," Newfoundlands are known for their "calm demeanor and lower energy levels," according to The Spruce Pets.

"Newfoundlands are great with people of all ages, including children, and pets of all types, including cats," it adds.

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A Newfoundland dog pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England of the U.K. on March 8, 2018. Getty Images


With a "happy and curious nature," Papillons may "see your cat as a friend," AKC says.

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A Papillon from Belgium posing at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, on March 10, 2019. Getty Images


This "calm, dignified" breed originated in ancient China. Pekingese are known to be good-natured and affectionate, making them an ideal companion dogs for homes with multiple pets, Purina notes.

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A Pekingese pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, on March 10, 2018. Getty Images


Weighing around three to seven pounds, most cats are larger than Pomeranians, "so these fluffy little members are rarely a threat to feline friends. They tend to live peacefully with other pets, cats included," The Spruce Pets explains.

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A Pomeranian seen at the Mudgee Show Society Inc. Championship dog show in Mudgee, Australia on March 02, 2019. Getty Images


Some poodles may interact with cats, while others may only be "tolerating their existence," so it's important to introduce them as soon as possible to see whether their personalities are a good match, Rover advises.

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A poodle poses for a photo during on May 15, 2020 in New York City. Getty Images


Pugs have lots of personality and love attention, so a cat would be a great companion to keep them company when their owners are away. "They may be small, but they are tough enough to have a feline playmate," AKC notes.

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A pug at the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show in Pomona, California, on February 29, 2020. Getty Images

Shetland sheepdog

Known to be the only cat-friendly breed among herding dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs are very friendly and intelligent and "will actually listen if you order them to not chase the cat," according to Rover.

"They're easy to train and affectionate, and so as long as the two animals [cats and Shetland Sheepdogs] are introduced in the appropriate way, you can feel confident that their friendship will truly blossom," it adds.

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A Shetland sheepdog at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, on March 8, 2018. Getty Images

Silky terrier

With a friendly and lively temperament, Silky Terriers are "playful, inquisitive and eager to please," making them "exceptional" companions in a multi-pet household, according to Purina.

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A silky terrier (pictured right) seen with an English spaniel. Getty Images

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