In principle, all breeds of cats, including domestic cats, can get used to dogs, especially if they are familiar with their four-legged friends from kitten paws. But some breeds of cats are so knitted in their character and preferences that they find it easier to access the foreign species.
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More important than the breed, however, is that your new cat is not fundamentally afraid of dogs. The likelihood of this is very low if she was already able to get to know dogs as a kitten - you can find out from the breeder and the staff at the animal shelter usually know which of their protégés is experienced with dogs. Give your velvet-pawed newcomer time to get to know your dog and give him enough opportunities to retreat and hide if the four-legged friend wants to play too stormy.
Forest cat breeds generally like dogs
Norwegian forest cats, Siberian cats and Maine Coon cats usually take dogs to their hearts quite quickly. Norwegian forest cats are considered self-confident and clever, but also very social and adaptable. Maine Coon cats are sometimes referred to as dog cats because they remind of the four-legged friends with their open, playful and faithful nature.
Siberian cats are also said to have certain dog-typical characteristics. They are good-natured, happy and uncomplicated, so that they get along well with other animals and children in the household. Most forest cats can be accustomed to a cat harness with a little patience and then like to walk on a leash. They also like to fetch - and have a common hobby with your dog.
Turkish Van and Turkish Angora get along with dogs
The Turkish Angora is witty, energetic and has no problem in asserting herself against her four-legged roommate. It can also happen that the pretty cheeky girl plays tricks on the dog. Even the water-loving Turkish Van has nothing against dogs in their home as long as they see that the cat is in charge. Especially with dogs that share their passion for water, they usually get along very well. These include the Labrador and the Golden Retriever.
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The American Shorthair is very sociable and gets along well with dogs as soon as the boundaries are clearly defined, and the four-legged friend accepts when it should leave the cat alone. Her cousin, the European Shorthair (EKH), shares these views. The domestic cat as a non-bred version of the EKH appears in many different colors, patterns and personalities, but usually it also gets along with dogs - provided they have had enough time to get used to them and can decide how close they are to the four-legged roommate.
More dog-friendly cat breeds
In addition, the following cat breeds are often referred to as dog-friendly:
● Japanese bobtail
● Ragdoll cat
● Abyssinian cat
● Bengal cat
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Of course, the sympathy between dog and cat must be mutual. Dogs with a strong hunting instinct are less recommended for socialization with cats. Dogs with a pronounced "will to please" such as Labrador and Golden Retriever are best suited. But even small, meek dogs that were bred as companion dogs usually get along well with other animal species. These include the Bichon Frisé, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Papillon and the Maltese dog. Even the pug, the pomeranian and the Havanese are easily friends with velvet paws. Herding dogs such as the Shetland Sheepdog, Border Collie and German Shepherd, as well as dog breeds that are often used as rescue dogs, such as the Newfoundland dog, also readily accept cats in their flock and family.