Why choose to be a dog person or a cat person when you can have both? Just make sure you combine personalities that will love eachother. Here are 4 of the best dogs to get along with cats according to Pure Wow:
Golden retrievers are kind of a no-brainer entry for this list. They are easy to train, incredibly friendly and know when it’s time to chill. Goldens are an example of a breed that gets along well with kids and other pets (psst: just because a dog is kid-friendly, doesn’t mean it’ll be cat-friendly). As a rule of thumb, introduce your cat to any new dog before the pup is four months old. Learning to cohabitate as a puppy makes both parties more comfortable around each other. Plus, seeing the kitty as a litter mate typically leads to super-cute, protective-big-sibling behaviour from the golden once it’s older.
This small dog lives to love and loves to lay. Pugs were literally bred to be peppy companion dogs, so plopping them into any household (a big family on a ranch or a single-and-looking in a studio) works. A perfect combination of tough and sweet, pugs love attention but will happily snore on the sofa waiting for you to come home. Again, this is a breed that benefits from having other animals around for playtime and cat-naps (get it?). So, if you’ve got an affectionate and/or energetic kitty, a pug might be the best breed for you.
It was surprising to discover boxers are some of the best dogs for cat households, perhaps because they are known for being wildly energetic and strong. However, these qualities work well with kittens and younger cats who like to flop around and play. Boxers are also notoriously good with kids and other dogs—as long as they are introduced to them early in life. Boxers have been known to make terrific service and therapy dogs, too. Anyone who has young, spry cats eager to play should consider making a boxer part of the fam.
Beware the Maltese-cat friendship: The two of them could become BFFs and start a text thread without you. These tiny (seven pounds on average) pups know how to make friends and really enjoy being lazy. Like Cavalier King Charles spaniels, they can adapt to different schedules and energies and don’t need much outdoor physical activity. Stubborn like a cat and content to chillax around the house, a Maltese is an independent breed perfect for families with older cats or cats who prefer sunbathing to chasing the laser pointer. (Sign me up.)
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