There are around 12.5 million dogs and 12.2 million cats living in our homes in Britain, and although most of us fit in firmly with being either ‘people of cat” or “dog people”, there are many people who have both.
The automatic assumption many of us make is that dogs and cats don’t get along. However, this is a bit of a myth, as some dog breeds are very tolerant of cats and will even welcome a feline companion into the house. So, what are the most cat-friendly dog breeds?
Dog-friendly vacation rental specialist Canine Cottages has revealed six of the most cat-friendly pooches that make the perfect sibling for a cat.
The most cat-friendly dog breeds
1. Golden retrievers
One of the nation’s favorite breeds, Golden Retrievers are incredibly patient and affectionate dogs, making them a great choice for feline friends. Golden retrievers will be happy to sit down and give a cat the time it needs to settle in, even the most playful or uncertain felines.
Known for his placid personality and calm demeanor, the Gloomy-Eyed Basset Hound was originally bred as a pack dog, so he enjoys being around other pets. Their easygoing and friendly nature means they will rarely bother even a persistent cat.
As a hunting dog, you might not think a beagle would be a good cat companion, but they make excellent feline siblings. Beagles hate to be left on their own, so welcome the company of a cat when you’re on the go.
Their small size and gentle nature make Pugs one of the most cat-friendly breeds. Pugs are balls of energy, so it’s best to place them with a cat that isn’t too shy or nervous.
5. Bichon Frize
Exceptionally loving and affectionate, Bichon Frises will gladly show this side of themselves to a cat companion. They can sometimes be known to be clingy, which can be overwhelming for a cat that prefers to fly solo.
A lover, not a fighter, a Labrador will happily accept any other pet in the household. Labradors are trustworthy, gentle and tolerant and it is because of their loving nature that they make such good companions for cats.
Meanwhile, the least cat-friendly breeds include Terrors and Dogs (including Greyhounds, Greyhounds, and Greyhounds). If you already own cats and are considering getting a dog, you may want to avoid these types of breeds as they can be aggressive towards felines.
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