Cat Breeds That Get Along with Dogs

You have seen the typical cat/dog images of a dog barking at a hissing cat with it’s back arched or cat up a tree with a waiting dog at the bottom. In this article, I will familiarize you with a list of cat breeds that get along with dogs in peaceful harmony in part because these cat breeds act like dogs. These breeds love dogs as well as their humans. Some even love the water & fetch. please also read my article on the 20 best dogs for kids & families to adopt.

As a young boy, I had a Manx Cat named “Biscuits” who used to fetch an aluminum foil ball, bring back & drop it in my hand. I also had another cat named “Boogar” that used to follow me in tow around the block while I walked my wife’s Pomeranian dog. The neighbors always got a kick out of watching me walk my cat/dog.

Of course, a slow introduction to each other is recommended. You don’t want to throw a cat into a room with a dog & hope for the best. If you do that, you may be taking one or both of your pets to the veterinarian.

American Shorthair

This is one of the affectionate & easygoing cat breeds that get along with dogs. Known for its brotherly, (or sisterly) love for dogs, the American Shorthair is a very playful, confident, & social breed. Once boundaries are established in the home, they love to play with their housemates, including the family dog, says Natalie Marks DVM, a cat expert and veterinary partner with Royal Canin. The American shorthair has an average lifespan of 15 years & just may outlive your dog.

Japanese Bobtail

Sometimes mistaken for a Manx breed, which is a similar-looking, but an entirely different breed. The Japanese Bobtail is known for its trademark pom-pom tail. This breed instantly assimilates into the family & is eager to join in on all the family activities—whether that’s curling up next to your dog & you on the couch, helping you surf the web, or greeting the Pizza delivery person at the door. You might even see your Japanese Bobtail retrieving toys right next to his dog housemate in the home, Dr. Marks says. You may also find them splashing around in the water bowl, so keep a mop handy or monitor the water bowl. This is a wonderful breed to add to your mixed pet household.


Obviously, this cat breed hails from Russia & is very hearty & confident around cats & dogs in the household, in fact, they sometimes can end up being the leader of the pack as this cat can grow of to 17 pounds. Despite its large size, the Siberian is a friend to everyone. The Siberian cat breed is rarely seen outside Europe, so you may not have even heard of this breed until now.

Maine Coon

If you throw a ball to fetch the main Coon & your dog, my compete to see who gets it first. Native to America, this breed has the esteemed honor of being the official cat of Maine. They are sturdy cats & built for activity, but are also easygoing & play well with other cats & dogs in the household. Maine Coons are very doglike in nature as they will walk on a leash & like to play in the water.

British Shorthair

British Shorthairs are not only laidback, but they have a muscular body that makes them well suited for physical play with your dog, says “Teresa Keiger, a judge with the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) who has lived with & shown several cat breeds. Nothing seems to bother this breed except being picked up. They are known for their physical strength & hunting prowess.


This Breed loves dogs and will be well suited to keep your canine company if you are gone for long periods of time. The cat & mouse game becomes a cat & dog’s game with this breed in the house, Dr. Marks explains. Birmans love to play tag, chase, & even fetch a ball. Don’t let their posh appearance and luxurious fur fool you into thinking; this is an uppity type. Birmans are just one of the girls or boys.

Norwegian Forest Cat

Though a relatively new breed to the USA, The Norwegian Forest comes from Norway, where it’s made it’s home for thousands of years. Sometimes this breed is confused with The Maine Coon because of their similarity in size and appearance. However, the Norwegian Forest has almond eyes & a straight profile. This breed is relaxed, adaptable & friendly. They do better with dogs they have grown up with.


This curious breed likes to be all up in your business, interacting with everything you & your dog are doing. Definitely not a lap cat so that you can reserve that spot for your dog. Abyssinians are very people-oriented & love to be near their peeps, and into what you are doing to supervise, of course. They are always on the go & pair well with an active breed of dogs like a Border Collie. The only time they slow down is when eating or sleeping.


The Tonkinese gets its captivating looks from its Siamese & Burmese gene pool. This very vocal breed will converse with you as well as your dog. This breed loves to fetch & may even rival a golden retriever in that nature. Tonkinese is extremely social & active. They love dogs, people & hates being alone or ignored—the perfect companion for your dog when you are not home.


A Ragdolls personality is much like a dog’s personality. They will greet you at the door after a long day of work just like a dog & follow you around until you acknowledge them with some loving. Make room on your bed when you go to sleep because the Ragdoll will be right there, snuggling with you. They can be taught to walk on a lease & may even go on joint walks with you & your dog.

Turkish Van

If you have a water dog, then the Turkish van is a perfect partner for your pooch. In fact, it comes equipped with water-resistant, cashmere-like coats that make children play, or should I say cats play. So much so the Turkish Van has been dubbed “the Swimming Cat” in their native regions of central & Southwest Asia. They absolutely love to be around & play in water & coexist well with dogs.

Turkish Angora

This breed is the trickster of the feline world. They are hilariously entertaining to watch & have been known to play pranks on their dog siblings. Very affectionate & social. They easily welcome new furry housemates, including dogs. This breed has a very assertive & commanding personality, making them the alpha pet in a house with other animals.

Paws-off introductions

Dr. Marks recommends a slow introduction to help build a friendly and long-lasting relationship between your fur babies. “To start, it’s best to confine the new cat or dog to a separate room with everything he or she will need, like food, water, bedding, and either a scoop free litter box or standard litter box for a cat,” she advises. “Feed both the cat and dog on either side of the door. This will help each pet smell the other and feel a positive feeling of reward (food) at the same time.”

In a few days, install a baby gate or crack open the door slightly (and secure it in place). This will let the animals get a glimpse of each other while they eat—but not touch. During this introductory period, also be sure to give each of them things like blankets and toys that have scents of the other animal on them. Finally, allow your cat to explore the dog’s territory while the dog is outside. “This swap of living space continues to allow your cat and dog to explore each other’s scents, and your cat will have the ability to start exploring the new space without any threats.

Sources; Lisa Marie Conklin