Some dogs just cannot resist chasing cats, but if they grow up together our feline friends and their canine counterparts usually end up being the best of friends for the rest of their lives. With this said, it would be a mistake to trust some breeds around cats because they boast having high prey drives. If you are hoping to share a home with a dog and a cat, the best way to go about it is to get them both when they are young so they grow up together which usually guarantees they will get on well together although to begin with, things might be a little tense. However, there are some breeds that are known to be good around cats because they have friendly, laid back natures and therefore get on with everyone and everything.
Labrador Retrievers are renowned for being laid-back dogs by nature becoming part of family and enjoying every minute of it. Loyal, loving and incredibly trustworthy, the Lab has always been thought of as a dependable canine companion to have around. Labs get on with everyone and everything which includes their feline counterparts enjoying each other's company when owners are out. Both dogs and cats become great pals throughout their lives and will even look out for one another.
The Havanese is an adorable dog and one that rarely shows any sort of aggression towards anything or anybody. Always ready to welcome everyone they meet, the Havanese also has a real affinity with children and other animals which includes their feline counterparts. Anyone looking to share a home with a dog and a cat would not go far wrong by choosing to do so with a Havanese and a cat with the added bonus being they can keep each other company when their owners are out of the house.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a lovely dog and one that enjoys being part of a family. They are loyal, affectionate and adore being around people although they can be a little nervous when they are around very young children. Like their larger cousins, the Rough Collie, Shetland Sheepdogs have a strong herding instinct which is deeply embedded in their psyche and will round things up whenever the mood takes them which includes the kids. With this said, Shelties like having a friend around and when they have grown up with a cat in the house, they form a strong bond with their feline counterpart which is great because it means they are less likely to suffer from separation anxiety when an owner is out of the house.
Pugs are incredibly friendly by nature and enjoy the company of people and other pets. They are known to have a real affinity with children and love playing interactive games whenever they can. They also seem to have a real affinity with cats more especially if they have grown up together. The great thing about sharing a home with a Pug and a cat means they keep each other company when there is nobody around which gives an owner the peace of mind their pets won’t get lonely.
The Basset Hound is another laid-back character that likes to take things at their own pace which tends to be slowly or a little faster, although they can show a turn of speed when the mood takes them. They are great around children and enjoy their company which is one of the reasons they make sure wonderful family pets. They also get on well with other animals which includes cats, more especially if they have grown up together in the same household and again, it makes leaving pets on their own that much easier.
Coonhounds are a laid-back breed, but are known to be an energetic and active dog to have around both when they are puppies and right through their lives to when they are mature adult dogs. With this said, they are gentle and placid dogs by nature which means they tend to get on with everyone and everything they meet which includes the family cat, more especially if they have grown up together in the same household. They are also known to be good around children although playtime can get a bit boisterous at times because Coonhounds like to play it rough.
Dogs and cats can get on if they are introduced to each carefully. With this said, if a puppy grows up with a kitten, they usually end up being the best of friends for the duration of their lives which is great because not only do they keep each entertained, but they keep each other company when everyone else is out of the house.