The battle between dogs and cats is as old as time - the two just aren't meant to get along, right? Many pet owners have found that their feline and canine pets can establish deep connections with each other, despite the common misconception that these species can't be friends.
The two animals have the best chance of getting along if you introduce a kitten to an adult dog, or if you're raising puppies and kittens simultaneously. If you already have a cat, you might be anxious to add a puppy to your family, fearing your feline friend might develop some cat behavior problems like aggression, or that she'll simply hide and be unhappy all the time.
Fortunately, there are certain dog breeds that get along better with felines than others. Here are some who have a good track record of canine-feline friendships.
When size matters
Cats may be more accepting of smaller dogs because, quite simply, they aren't as physically imposing as larger dogs. However, small dogs do have a reputation for feistiness, and dog barking can be a problem for them. Despite these seemingly un-cat-friendly traits, some breeds are known for befriending their feline counterparts.
Pomeranians, which grow to be just 3 to 7 pounds, are known for their confidence and intelligence. This means they can be trained to respect a cat but will not become too fearful of the feline, either, Animal Planet reports. The Shih Tzu and Maltese are eager to please, meaning you can employ certain puppy training techniques to provide peace to your cat.
Cat-loving dogs - not an oxymoron
Chihuahuas and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are two breeds that are actually known for befriending cats. Chihuahuas have been known to enjoy sharing space with cats, and even curling up with them, the news outlet reports. King Charles Spaniels actually just like smaller creatures, and tend to be more interested in playing with cats than chasing them. They are also quick to respect an older cat's authority by nature.
Considering a breed's roots
You can consider a dog's size and temperament, but its natural instincts - instincts for which it was bred - might hold the most clout in determining how it will interact with felines. Dogs who were bred to chase and hunt small game or herd other animals - like most terriers, border collies, and corgis - might be more inclined to chase or intimidate your cat, which usually does not go over well.