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Old 02-11-2011, 10:35 PM
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Hi all, what in your opinions are a good dog breed to have with 3 cats?
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:45 PM
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To a degree I think it depends on the individual dog, rather than the breed.

2 years ago we introduced an 11 month old GSD into our household of 4 cats - it wasn't so much getting our cats to accept him, but getting him to accept our cats as he was an almost adult dog, with a very high prey drive and to be honest I think our cats could sense the vibes coming from him and were scared of him for a long time. That is unlikely to happen with a puppy.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:51 PM
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My cocker spaniel loves cats, but that isn't really down to the breed more down to the individual as already said, he is in general a lovely dog and wouldn't harm a fly ( only moths ). He has been around cats since he was about 1 day old though as the breeder had lots of cats who used to sleep in with the dogs etc as it was warm, so cute as when I went to see him for the first time he was asleep on a cat.

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It is down to the indiviaual dog, Weve just bought a kitten into the house and my 3 year old shihtzu Emmy is fine with her,
They are buddies,
But, my mums shihtzu (Emmys Pup) Wouldnt have it, shes quite obbsessive, and a bloody bully So two dogs of the same breed, react very differently, so again its the individual dog, not the breed x
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:56 PM
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Yeah I thought that, but I have also been told some breeds are better than others.
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As people have said, it's largely down to the individual rather than the breed.
Though I would be selective of dogs with a known high prey drive.
If you bring a puppy up around the cats then you can teach them that chasing/annoying cats is a no-no - it may be more difficult with an adult dog that hasn't lived with them before.
Of course, it also depends on the cat. If they're going to stand their ground and make the dog very much aware of who's in charge then that might help. Our springer learned after a couple of years that our cat was off-limits, and she learned not to run off as that just excited him and made him chase her.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:08 PM
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Ive got a GSD, rottie, lurcher, collie x springer, staffy x, min. poodle, yorkie x, patterdale x and 2 cavaliers and they all great with cats. It just goes to show that its not the breed you get its the way you introduce them to cats that matters.
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It is generally accepted to be easier to introduce a cat into a dog's house, than the other way around, mainly because cats tend to see anything 'different' as a potential enemy, whereas dog tend to see anything 'different' as a potential friend. So cat are less likely to welcome a puppy into their house than a dog.
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We have seven cats (it was nine but we lost two this year ) and our big malamute girl. We have had cats before and after her and she is absolutely fine, Some of them hate her due to no fault of hers and if she has to pass them in the house she just turns her face away. One loves her and comes on walks with us! He runs between her front legs, throws himself down on his back and generally gets in her way! Apart from a sniff she doesn't take much notice. She has, however, killed and et a goose, a peafowl and several chickens (I keep poultry) so the prey drive is certainly there!

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My patterdale terrier gets beaten up by cats lol
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