Top 10 Cat Friendly Dog Breeds

Boxer sleeping in bed with a kitten

Dogs can make wonderful pets. They are generally playful, loyal and happy creatures. However, if you have a cat, then you may be, understandably, wary about bringing a dog into your home. Stereotypes would suggest that dogs and cats don’t get along. However, there are some dog breeds that get on particularly well with felines.

Bichon Frise

Well groomed Bichon Frise posing for the camera

The Bichon Frise is a small, white dog, which usually only weights around twelve pounds. Bichon Frises overall are a friendly breed of dog. They generally have a happy and gentle nature, which makes them perfect with cats.


Boxer sleeping in bed with a kitten

Boxers are medium sized dogs, which are playful and happy. While they can be boisterous, boxers are generally gentle in nature, which means they are unlikely to attack smaller animals. For cat owners who are looking for a bigger dog breed, which is friendly with cats, and easy to train, a boxer is the perfect choice.

When introducing a boxer to your cat, keep in mind that boxers are a fairly large breed of dog, and, while not aggressive, they can be quite boisterous.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large dog that originates from the Swiss Alps. They weigh between 80 and 110 pounds, and they have a thick coat. They are friendly dogs for children and other small animals.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is also easy-going and loyal. Bernese mountain dogs are an ideal choice for cat owners looking for a large breed of dog.


Maltese Breed Picture

Maltese dogs are a breed of small dogs, with a white silky coat. They only weight around six pounds. Maltese dogs have a docile and easy-going temperament, which makes them ideal pets for cat owners. They can make great companions for cats.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever standing on a beach

Golden retrievers are a large sized breed of dog. They weight between sixty and seventy five pounds. Golden Retrievers are popular pets in the UK, Australia, and in the USA, where they are the third most popular family pet. They have a friendly temperament, and they are easy to train.

Golden retrievers are also notable for their patient temperament. They generally play well with cats, and will treat them as a member of their family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Owner walking 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a small breed of dog. It has a silky coat and weights between ten and eighteen pounds. They are affectionate dogs, with a patient nature, which makes them great companions for cats.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog Breed Picture

Shetland sheepdogs are small dogs that are highly intelligent. They resemble a small collie, but they have a completely different temperament. They are cat friendly due to their intelligent, loyal and patient nature. They can be easily trained, and once they know how other pets in your home should be treated, they will become a great companion.


Pomeranian posing for the camera

Pomeranians are small fluffy dogs, which are a cat friendly breed. They only weigh three to seven pounds. Pomeranians are an intelligent breed, which means that they can be trained to get along with cats.


Bulldog puppy standing on porch

Bulldogs are medium sized dogs with a stocky, muscular build. While they may look intimidating, they are actually docile dogs with a gentle and loving nature. They also have a patient nature. This makes them ideal for those who also own cats.


Newfoundland standing on a sandy beach

Newfoundlands are working dogs, which can weight between 99 and 154 pounds. Newfoundlands may be large, but they are gentle giants. They have a calm, docile and gentle nature, which means that they are a perfect addition to homes with include children and small pets, such as cats.

While these particular breeds do generally get along better with cats than others, you still need to exercise caution when bringing any dog into a home with a cat. You need to ensure that all initial meetings are closely supervised, and that you introduce them to each other slowly.