8 Dog Breeds that Live Well With Cats

Although these breeds can all live with cats, successfully introducing cats and dogs often depends...

Although these breeds can all live with cats, successfully introducing cats and dogs often depends on the personality and temperament of the individual animals involved. The two species should always be introduced and monitored under the owner’s supervision. 


Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog did drafting and droving work with cows and sheep in the Swiss Alps, and his dedication to the animals he shares space with transfers over to household pets. The breed fits in well with families due to its gentle, easygoing manner and the need to be close to its people.


Bichon Frise

Cheerful and happy, the Bichon Frise is a small and sturdy dog that looks almost like a cotton ball with its bright-white, curled double coat. The Bichon is naturally gentle, playful and wants to please its owner, so could be trained to live with a cat easily. Bichons alternate between playtime and cuddling with their owners.


English Setter

This gentle, affectionate family dog loves to be with its people and does not thrive when isolated in a yard or kennel. Athletic and energetic, they also require daily vigorous exercise either on leash or in a fenced area. After hundreds of years working with hunters, the breed is adaptable and can be trained to live with a variety of animals.


Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager to please attitude, can adapt to many different living situations, including those with kids and other pets. The breed’s friendly temperament and trainability, along with regular exercise, could lead to a very happy home life with a cat.



Pekingese possess a regal dignity, intelligence and self-importance, making them good natured, opinionated and affectionate family companions. They are relatively inactive indoors, so it’s rare that they’d chase a cat, and do not need a yard, but enjoy walks. Their small size makes them a good choice for apartment life.



The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. All three sizes of the breed were bred to work with people and other animals in various capacities, so cats shouldn’t be a problem. The Standard variety originated in Germany as a water retriever. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses.



The Pug’s reason for living is to be near their people and to please them, making them a family favorite. They are comfortable in all kinds of living situations, including those with kids and pets. The Pug is well described by the phrase "multum in parvo" which means "a lot of dog in a small space." They are recognized for their even-tempers, playful personalities, and their outgoing, loving dispositions. 


Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex is one of the slower Spaniel breeds and wouldn’t be as tempted to chase a cat, as say, a Saluki. Although the breed possesses a somber and serious expression, the Sussex is friendly, with a cheerful and tractable disposition. They enjoy walks with their families and are good with children, dogs and other animals.