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Which Dog Breeds Are Good With Cats?

Find out which breeds top the list

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Are you considering bringing a cat into your dog-friendly household or a dog into your cat-friendly household? We asked Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for the low down on which dogs are the best with cats.

Q: Which breeds are good with cats?

Basset Hounds are loyal, patient, and low-key dogs. Training may be a bit of a challenge because they have the hound's stubborn streak, but their mild-mannered outlook on life makes them friendly and tolerant of other animals.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are described as trustworthy companions of children and thrive as part of the family. They are the ultimate house pets and get along fine with cats.


Golden Retrievers are known for their playful personalities. They are unlikely to be rough with cats (even when playing) and will get along better with a cat when introduced as a puppy. 


Beagles were bred to hunt in packs, so they are typically friendly with other animals. They are loving companions that are likely to see cats as just another member of the pack.


Pugs have a ton of personality and love attention. A cat can help keep them company when their humans are away.


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