Everyone has heard the saying “they fight like cats and dogs,” but contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats are not mortal enemies, in fact, they can get along just like brothers and sisters! They do share their differences which may causes for a bit of fuss here and there, but overall it will be mostly cuddling and playing.
If you are thinking about incorporating a dog and cat into your home but want to improve your odds of them getting along, you may want to opt for a cat who is known for their canine compatibility. While there is no guarantee that your feline and canine are going to get along, the following ten cat breeds are known for exhibiting the ideal characteristics for a multi-pet household.
1. Turkish Angora – Both mischievous and energetic, the Turkish Angora will have a blast playing subtle yet harmless tricks on their new pooch pal with the help of their quick wit and playful sense of humor.
2. American Shorthair – The American Shorthair loves the company of other pets, even dogs! Their fun-loving tendencies is sure to create tons of excitement but they are confident enough to stand their ground when the dog starts to play a little to “ruff.”
3. Siberian – They may be strong but Siberian cats are some of the most playful around. These delightful cats typically get along with everyone as long as they do not try to get in the middle of their spontaneous adventures.
4. Japanese Bobtail – Active and clever are the two best words to describe the Japanese Bobtail. These cats usually love to splash around and are known to be rather good at fetch, making them the perfect companion for a dog!
5. Birman – Birman cats have a silky coat and a sweet personality. These cats absolutely love playing tag and being chased, which ensures they are sure to get along with an equally fun-loving canine.
6. Maine Coon – Maine Coon cats may be big and size but it only makes them more fun cuddle with! These confident cats are extra curious and will enjoy having a doggy friend around to help them explore and get into mischief.
7. Norwegian Forest Cat – The relaxed attitude of a Norwegian Forest Cat make them perfect for homes with dogs. Yet, they are sturdy enough to let a dog know when it is time to relax but are always friendly when doing so.
8. Tonkinese – Welcoming and sociable, the Tonkinese will enjoy relaxing with their canine pals and will even join in on a game of fetch.
9. Ragdoll – Just as their name suggests, the Ragdoll breed is both easygoing and gentle. Their caring nature makes for a delightful friendship with humans and more importantly, dogs!
10. Turkish Van – The Turkish Van cat has the potential to get along with dogs who live in the same house, as long as they know that he is the one in charge. Once they socialize a bit, this energetic cat will encourage lots of excitement.
Although every dog and cat is different, these breeds have helped prove that they can be best friends for life. Have you ever had a cat and dog in the same household? How was it?