Can Cats and Dogs Get Along

A Ragdoll Cat in angry mood with a Black Dog to highlight if cats and dogs can get along

You won’t believe me if I say cats and dogs can get along. They can have fun together, can share their bread and butter…Lolzzzzz and interact in many unique ways. Though this is not true for every cat or dog breed, there are some sweet-natured and good-tempered cat breeds that can get along with dogs.

While reading about these cat breeds, I am pretty sure you will forget about the famous phrase “fighting like cats and dogs”. Your photogenic memory will also deny what you have been watching in cartoons: i.e. dogs always chasing the cats!

Read on to learn about highly friendly cat breeds. They will play with your dog all day and you might even see them napping together. Isn’t that great?!

American Shorthair Cat

Domestic Shorthair Cat sitting Calmly on stairs. The image is to highlight if cats can get along with dogs
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The American Shorthair is a “pup-lover” cat breed. With an affectionate and easygoing temperament, this cat breed can easily coexist with dogs. Moreover, the American Shorthair cat breed is usually not so choosy about playmates and will happily chase or play with a dog. The most striking temperament traits of the American Shorthair cats are playfulness, friendliness to kids, and being social with other pets.

Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon Cat breed is among those who can get along with dogs
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The Maine Coon cat breed is notoriously famous for dog-like temperament traits. The Cat Fancier Association (CFA) describes this cat breed as very lively, intelligent, and friendly. The breed is relatively large and looks very beautiful with its soft and shiny coat. Due to their innate friendly nature, the Maine Coon cats have excellent harmony with dogs, other cats, and pets.

Ragdoll Cat

A Ragdoll cat with typical marking
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The Ragdoll cat breed is the one with whom your pet dog would fall in love. This cat breed is very amicable and can tolerate many pets including dogs. Ragdoll cats love pampering and company and they explicitly this behavior through various activities. These cats also have some dog-like traits. For example, they will greet you at the front doors, follow you around for attention, and welcome you home. They will even give you cuddles and snuggles when you need them the most. The most interesting thing is if your dog and Ragdoll cat are raised together, they can even share a bed at night.

Siberian Cat

Siberian Cats can get along with dogs
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As hardy as Russians are, Siberian cats with their thick and waterproof triple coats are robust cats. They are very adaptive, outgoing, playful, confident, and affectionate. That is why they get along well with dogs and other pets. For a multi-pet house, Siberian cats are a good option. They easily get used to their surroundings. In addition, Siberian cats will make no mess. Another cool fact about Siberian cats is that they are very intelligent and vocal.

Birman Cat

Birman Cat breed is best in dog friendly category
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Birman cats are undoubtedly the best playmates for dogs. The cat breed is calm and cool with a very pleasant appearance and temperament. Birman cats are medium to large-sized and have silky single coats. They need very minimum grooming but still, they are not considered hypoallergenic. Being playful by nature, Birman cats love to play tag, play fetch, and chase around other pets. Since they are usually very sweet-tempered, they get attached to their owners and cohabit with dogs and other pets easily. However, they get close to one specific person in the family and might show some jealousy when that person shows attention to other pets.

Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian Cat sitting calmly. This cat breed can get along with dogs
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Abyssinian cat breeds are very agile and playful. They love interactive play, so I am sure they will become your dog’s best pal. These cats even initiate playing sessions with dogs – which means that there is never a dull moment in the home. Abyssinian cats are affectionate and form strong bonds with their owners and family members. These cats are also very active and enthusiastic and, therefore, are the best companions for your dog in physical challenges. In addition, they are curious and you will always find them exploring around the house. Another good trait of Abyssinian cats is, that they are not very jealous and competitive. They will not fight for your attention when you are playing with your dog or other pets.

Tonkinese Cat

A beautiful Tonkinese cat
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A hybrid of two cat breeds – Burmese and Siamese – Tonkinese cat breed is very social and playful. These cats love spending fun time with other pets, especially dogs. They have a very affectionate nature so they make friends easily. Tonkinese cats are attention seekers and get bored otherwise. They are highly extroverted and love to play outdoors and prove to be a great fetch pal for your dog. Some experts even say that these cats are as good as a Golden Retriever in fetch.

Let’s Wrap it Up!

There you go… This is a short but comprehensive guide on the cat breeds that get along with dogs. It will help make up your mind to adopt the most suitable cat for your dog and pets. No matter, if you bring home the big Maine Coon or the playful Birman cat, every breed of cat has its personality, mood, and temperament. If you want your pets to become best friends with these cats, make them socialize and play together. If you buy a kitten, they bond quickly with other pets and adapt easily to your home. So, good luck in choosing the best cat for your dog waiting for you at home for a pet friend.


Glory (Ene) Sunday
DVM | Expert in Animal Nutrition and Planning

Glory (Ene) Sunday is a Veterinary Surgeon with extensive experience in animal clinical practice and a deep understanding of OneHealth. She is dedicated to elevating animal well-being through cost-effective disease prevention strategies. Proficient in animal nutrition, treatment, surgery, and diagnostics, she is passionate about empowering pet lovers/communities with cutting-edge approaches related to pet/animal health and well-being.