Cat-Friendly Dog Breeds

We all know that cats and dogs aren’t always the best of friends. It isn’t always the dog that’s the aggressor, either. Sometimes it’s Fluffy that bullies Fido! At the other end of the spectrum, there are many households where the cat and dog not only tolerate one another, but even become the best of friends. While Fluffy and Fido can co-exist peacefully, and often do, there are never any guarantees that your canine and feline buddies will get along. Every animal has a distinct, unique personality. Breed, prior experience, and environment will all factor into a pet’s temperament. That said, there are some breeds of dog that are somewhat more likely to get along with Fluffy than others are. Here, your local veterinarian Indianapolis lists some dog breeds that are known for being tolerant – and even friendly – to kitties.


Snoopy, the most famous Beagle, didn’t have a feline buddy, but lots of his relatives do! These cute little hound dogs are known for getting along very well with feline ‘siblings’. Beagles were originally bred as hunting dogs, so even if they are best buds with the household cat, they may sometimes chase a strange cat that wanders through the yard.

Bichon Frise

The adorable Bichon Frise has a very friendly and playful temperament. These guys often consider kitties to be just another playmate. They can sometimes get a bit too enthusiastic about playing with the furball, though, so you will want to keep an eye on them, but there’s a good chance that if Fido is a Bichon, he’ll do just fine with Fluffy.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in America today, and it’s easy to see why. These family favorites are known for having a sweet disposition and being very friendly and docile. They often get along well with feline housemates. Their cousin, the Labrador Retriever, also tends to get along well with kitties.


Pomeranians may be small, but they are bursting at the seams with playful energy. Poms tend to be very cute and cuddly, and often love to doze on their owners’ laps, just like kitties. These furballs tend to be pretty close in size to cats, which puts them on somewhat more even ground than some dog/cat matches.

Keep in mind that there are no guarantees that any dog will get along with cats. Be sure to put safety first when introducing a new pet into your household.

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