Top 10 Best Dog Breeds for Cats

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
Dogs and cats can be best friends… if you choose the right pairing. If you’ve got a feline and are looking to add a canine to the mix, here are our top picks for best dog breeds for cats.

You’ve all heard the saying, “fighting like cats and dogs.” While there are some pooches that love to chase and torment cats, there other dogs that want nothing more than to cuddle up with a feline buddy. Check out our list of top 10 dog breeds for cats.

Bichon Frise

Known for his energy charm, the Bichon Frise tops the list for great dog breeds for cats. Not only are these dogs about the same size as a large cat, but they get along with just about everyone and everything. (Photo credit: Ilike/Bigstock)

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is simply one of the nicest, most gentle dog breeds on the planet. These dogs are known for their mild temperament and they are always eager to make friends, no matter what the species. Your Golden Retriever and your cat might even become best friends! (Photo credit: 135pixels/Bigstock)


Though these dogs can be a bit high-maintenance in terms of their coat, they are one of the most agreeable and mild-mannered breeds out there. The only thing you might have to worry about is your cat picking on the dog! (Photo credit: Amaviael/Bigstock)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Primarily known for their social natures and their love for children, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also a cat-friendly breed. Simply put, these dogs are the ultimate house pet and canine companion – they won’t bat an eye at having a cat around. (Photo credit: Lilun/Bigstock)

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is known for being an energetic and goofy breed, but as mischievous as these dogs are, they don’t have a mean bone in their bodies. As long as your cat doesn’t mind having a dog that wants to play with him, all of your furry friends should get along fine. (Photo credit: Anna-av/Bigstock)


Pugs live for the love and attention of their humans, so there are few things that bother them. This breed generally doesn’t mind sharing his home with other pets as long as none of them get more attention than he does! (Photo credit: Yastremska/Bigstock)


Not only is this breed likely to be the same size or smaller than your cat, but Papillions are also a highly adaptable breed – they’ll adjust to any living situation, including one that involves cats. Just don’t let your cat take up all of the space on your lap! (Photo credit: photopix/Bigstock)


The Newfoundland is the epitome of the term “gentle giant”. As big as these dogs are, they have a heart that’s bigger. Your Newfoundland may not become your cat’s best friend, but he definitely won’t mind having a cat around. (Photo credit: Porter/Bigstock)

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds can sometimes be a bit of a handful when it comes to obedience training, but you’ll never have to worry about your dog not getting along with your cat. Just remember that this breed becomes extremely attached to his human family members so make sure he gets plenty of love. (Photo credit: bodza/Bigstock)


One of the most friendly and playful dog breeds out there, many Boxers love having a cat to play with. As long as your cat is amenable to having a friend of a different species, your Boxer will be more than happy to have him around. (Photo credit: Jagodka/Bigstock)

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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