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From golden retrievers to pugs: these are the most cat-friendly dog breeds


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It can be difficult to make dogs and cats get along, especially when bringing a new buddy into the family.

Breeds such as terrier and hounds tend to be less cat-friendly and can be aggressive towards felines, but here are six of the most cat-friendly pooches who can become your cat's new best friend.

Cats and golden retrievers make good pals
Cats and golden retrievers make good pals

Golden retriever

As one of Britain's most popular breeds, golden retrievers can be a great choice for feline friends as they are incredibly patient and loving.

If your cat is unsure or playful upon first meetings, this pup will happily sit back and give your cat the time it needs to settle in without barking back.

Basset hound

The calm personality of basset hounds makes a them great feline siblings.

Originally bred as pack dogs, basset hounds love being around other pets, so they'll rarely bother with even the most stubborn of cats.

It would be good to introduced puppies to cats as soon as you can
It would be good to introduced puppies to cats as soon as you can

Beagle

Despite their fame of being hunting dogs, beagles are a good cat-friendly breed.

These loving and affectionate pups hate being left alone, so they'll really appreciate your cat's company once in a while!

Pug

The tiny and gentle pugs are also one of the best cat buddies.

That's because many owners will find their pugs snuggling up to their cat for a nap!

However, they can be full of energy, so they're better off placed with a cat who isn't too shy or nervous.

Despite their fame of being hunting dogs, beagles are a good cat-friendly breed
Despite their fame of being hunting dogs, beagles are a good cat-friendly breed

Bichon frisé

Bichon frisés can be the perfect kitty buddies due to their extremely loving and affectionate personality.

However, they can become too clingy at times, perhaps a bit overwhelming if your cat is more independent.

Labrador

These giant balls of love will happily accept any other pet in their home.

Labradors are known for being very trustworthy, gentle, and tolerant. Therefore, the ideal companion for your cat.

Labradors are also very good with cats
Labradors are also very good with cats

What if my cat and dog don't get along at first?

Many furry friends simply won't bother with a new arrival, as they can show signs of distress and resistance, such as ears being pinned back, running away or getting their body stiff.

Shannon Keary, from Canine Cottages said: "We’re a nation of animal lovers, and it can be sometimes difficult introducing a new pet to an existing cat or dog already living in your home.

"Although these are generally good breeds for cats, the relationship between a cat and dog is dependent on the character of the animals and the manner in which the two are introduced and managed."

So here are some ways you can do to safely introduce them to one another.

Pugs are also one of the best cat buddies
Pugs are also one of the best cat buddies

Face-to-face method

A good way to start is by putting your pets face-to-face, that way they can sniff each other out and allow them to become used to them.

Try holding dog on a loose lead and allow your cat to roam freely.

If your cat is not arching back or hissing, and is being somewhat ignored by the dog, that's the major sign your pets will get along just fine.

Desensitization method

If putting your pets face-to-face doesn't work, maybe try desensitization which means reducing your dog's reaction to a cat until they simply ignore them.

This is because a dog tends to have more interest and cause more issues with a cat than the other way around.

Start by separating your cat in a room with a baby gate across the door, making sure it has everything it needs including a litter tray, food, water and access to outside.

Let your pup see the cat through the gate, but get them to focus on something else, like a toy or treat.

Praise and reward every time your dog is able to take their focus away from the cat, and continue the process until they are fully desensitized to the cat.

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