13 Cat Breeds That Get Along With Dogs
Cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and while there's no predicting a cat's personality, its breed can be a good indicator of what to expect when it comes to temperament. If you're a dog owner looking to add a cat to your family, here are some breeds that may be more inclined to take a liking to your canine companion.
1 - American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is a sturdy, muscular cat descended from cats belonging to early American settlers. As a working cat, it was bred to hunt mice, rats, and other vermin. Today, the American Shorthair is known for its affectionate temperament and its adaptability to any situation.
2 - Japanese Bobtail
Japanese Bobtails are highly energetic and intelligent. They're also believed to bring good luck in Japan, so with a little luck, your dog will probably be just as charmed by this kitty's friendly and affectionate nature as you are.
3 - Siberian
Siberian cats first came to the US in 1990, and quickly established themselves as an excellent match for families with dogs. They tend to be bold and dominant, but they're also very playful and affectionate.
4 - Maine Coon
Maine Coons are perhaps best known for being a lot of cat. Like, twenty pounds of cat. They're also very playful even into adulthood, and have a reputation for being affectionate without being needy.
5 - Birman
The beautiful Birman came to America from Southeast Asia by way of France. Uh, probably. Actually, this breed's origins are a little murky. What we do know is that Birmans tend to be docile, affectionate, and curious.
6 - Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest Cat (or Wegie for short) is a strong, lively, independent cat. Although they're not generally thought of as affectionate, they make great family pets due to their gentle, laid-back nature. Also they're called Wegies. Wegies!
7 - Tonkinese
The Tonkinese has the elegant and aristocratic appearance of a Siamese cat, but under that sleek coat the Tonkinese is basically a dog in a cat's body. They're affectionate, intelligent, and playful; some of them even like to play fetch.
8 - Ragdoll
Ragdoll cats are a fairly new breed, first developed in the 1960s. They get their name from their tendency to flop down in the arms of whoever is holding them. Ragdolls are highly affectionate and make excellent lap cats as long as your lap can withstand their heft - females generally weigh 10 to 15 pounds, and males may weigh more than 20 pounds. Oof!
9 - Turkish Van
Turkish Vans are highly intelligent and well-known for their affinity for bodies of water. Yup, this is a cat that swims! Although they lack the natural grace and agility of some more streamlined breeds, Turkish Vans are lively, athletic cats that will remain active even into their old age.
10 - Abyssinian
If you've ever thought it would be cool to have a mountain lion for a pet, the Abyssinian is a good compromise. This breed loves to climb, jump, play, and hunt. They're clever, athletic, full of energy, and pretty much fearless, which makes them a great match for a playful dog.
11 - European Burmese
The European Burmese is clever, curious, and affectionate. It's also very chatty, and unafraid to share its opinion. This cat is large and in charge. Well, not that large. Medium and in charge?
12 - Bombay
Despite its name, the Bombay cat was first developed in the United States, not India, and if you think it looks a lot like a black version of the European Burmese, you're not wrong - the breed is descended from a cross between the Burmese and the American Shorthair. Like their ancestors, Bombay cats are known for being calm, friendly, and intelligent.
13 - Singapura
What the Singapura lacks in size, it more than make up for in personality. This breed weighs only 4 to 8 pounds, but it's very playful, and has a reputation for being somewhat mischievous. When it's not poking its cute little nose into every nook and cranny of your house, the Singapura will be happy to cuddle, or even ride around on your shoulder.
Final thoughts: A cat's breed may contribute to its behavior, but whether or not it will get along with your dog is largely dependent on each animal's individual personality. No matter what kind of kitty you decide to bring into your family, make sure to introduce it to your dog slowly, and keep a close eye on their interactions until they're accustomed to one another.