(Closed) We have a cat, and we want a dog! How does your dog interact with cats?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have a lab mix and she HATES cats (and cats hate her).

But I really don’t think this is as much a breed thing as it is truely a case by case (dog by dog?) basis.  Some dogs get along great with cats.  Others, not so much.

I know many of the shelters around here will do some temperment testing to see if dogs get along with other dogs, get along with cats, are good with kids, etc.  Maybe you can find somewhere like that where the dog has already shown to interact well with cats.

Post # 4
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We have 2 dogs and 2 cats, and they all love each other 🙂

It did take a while for my one cat to get used to the other animals, but now they are all good friends.

Post # 5
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have a chow-corgi mix, and he HATES another animals. Like, wants to eat them all. But he loves my cat…I don’t know why, either. She hates him. She is always hissing at him, and swatting him. *But she was “ours” first. So he came into her house…maybe that has something to do with it?

Pics? Don’t mind if I do….

(a very dark pic of my dog, but it is the only one I have on my laptop. He is so black, it is hard to capture his cuteness in a dark room!)

Post # 6
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

OMG my Boston Terrier LOVES cats!  Her feelings seriously get hurt when we meet a cat who doesn’t like dogs!



Post # 7
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We have two cats- 10 years old and 2 years old. They hate our two year old dog. The dog is super interested in them, but they want nothing to do with them. There’s a lot of growling, hissing and batting at the dog when they come in contact. It’s chaos. It’s difficult to keep them apart all of the time, so I kind of regret ever getting cats..

Post # 8
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is a tough one! Each individual dog is so incredibly different. In my experience, the personality of the dog plays a huge role. Your best bet is probably to adopt from a shelter or breeder who tests the dogs for cat friendliness (this is a pretty common practice).


Post # 9
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a cat and 2 dogs. (Cat first, dogs later) the cat HATES the dogs. she isn’t a mean cat either. She will hiss, growl and scratch at the dogs whenever they come near her. 



ETA: The dogs are a Lab-Chow mix and a purebred pug.

Post # 10
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I had Smoo the cat, Mr. 99 had a golden retreiver and a great pyrenese…the day we all moved in together, we put the boys in the kitchen with a baby gate and let Smoo come over when curiosity got the best of her..well, she was more interested in the gate than what was behind it, and as she’s sniffing it, this big lunk head comes over her like Jurassic Park and kinda sighs on her head, she looks up, they look down, she shoots off and that was that.

The dogs never really were interested in her, then she figured out the Great Pyrnense is a great source of independant heat, now the snuggle all the time…you just gotta she who you get.

Good Luck!

Post # 11
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had bichons and poodles growing up and they got along with cats very well.  I think a bichon would be better for apartment living because they are calmer, poodles are high strung.

Post # 12
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our cat was 3 years old when we deicded to get a dog.  We got a dog from a Shelter and tried to get one that seemd pretty laid back and easy going.  Our dog is a white shepard mix.  When we were getting to know her at the shelter, we took her by the cat section to see how she reacted.  That was kind of a test.  Some shelters will actually test the dogs with cats and let you know.  When we brought her home, we kept the two of them separated at first and slowly introduced them.  At first there was a lot of barking from the dog and swatting and hissing by the cat, but they have slowly learned to get along.  After about 3 months we were all sleeping in the same room and the barking and hissing is minimal.  They are not “best friends” yet, but they do get along.  It just takes time.  The best thing is to introduce them slowly. 

Post # 13
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I recommend a puppy so the cat can train the dog to behave properly. Also avoid dogs specifically bred to chase small animals.

Post # 14
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t think you’re going to get a good breed specific answer. In my experience, it varies so much from dog to dog. But if you adopt, you can see which dogs are good with cats (they usually have a good idea how dogs interact with other dogs and cats) and you can also have your cat meet a dog you’re interested in and see how they do!

Post # 15
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have three dogs and we used to have a cat (he passed away this past year), and the dogs LOVED that cat, and also consequently love all cats now.  The cat was the oldest and I agree w/PP that bringing the puppies into the cat’s home, allowed the cat to “train” them with what sort of behavior that the cat was comfortable with.  My dogs also get super hurt when they meet cats that aren’t dog friendly.  They just don’t understand why they can’t all be friends.  Also, they think rabbits are cats, which is hilarious to see. 

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