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5 Cat-Friendly Dog Breeds


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Life is better with animals, and we don’t just mean dogs. If you have a pup at home and you would like to expand your furry family to include a cat, or if it’s the other way around, you’ve come to the right place. Many dogs can live with cat companions if they are socialized to do so. 

The American Kennel Club recommends the following cat-friendly dog breeds.

Basset Hounds

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Basset Hounds can make great cat companions due to their loyalty and patience. According to the American Kennel Club, “their mild-mannered outlook on life makes them friendly and tolerant of other animals.” Basset Hounds are almost always wonderful with felines housemates. Plus, how cute are those ears!

Labrador Retrievers

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Labrador Retrievers are known for their gentle disposition. According to the AKC, these enthusiastic dogs are far larger than a cat, but they have more than enough love to give as these pups are known for being kind and outgoing. Another special trait of the Labrador Retriever is their ability to get along with everyone they meet, regardless of species.


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Collies are another great cat-friendly dog breed as they are known for their tolerance and appreciation of companionship. According to the AKC, Collies are famous for their love of children. For some, that love can extend to cats. They are an excellent choice as a family dog and usually get along with other pets.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an affectionate and gentle nature, and are among the most cat-friendly dog breeds. According to the AKC, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not only beautiful and wonderful companions, but also love other animals. It’s not uncommon to find this breed playing with felines, particularly if the cat is outgoing and good-natured.


A Beagle dog stands in a field.

According to the AKC, Beagles are typically friendly with other animals. Their happy-go-lucky nature makes them a pleasure to live with. They are loving companions that are likely to see cats as just another member of the pack.

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