Top 10 Dog Breeds for Families with Cats

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Are you a cat loving family, but want to add a loving pup to the bunch? Although cartoons and movies have depicted those two as enemies, the dog and cat can become friends, making for a lovely family unit. However, some pawtastic pups are not as well designed for living with cats, such as breeds that were bred to chase or hunt small game. Choosing a dog that has more cat-loving characteristics will keep everyone happy in a peaceful house. These Top Dog Breeds for Families with Cats will guide you to match the right pup for your purrfectly content kitty.

Bassett Hound

The Basset Hound is a quiet sort of pup that goes through life with a chill attitude. Not really the fastest moving dog on the block, this pup will probably not give your cat a second glance. They are short, stout and very loyal. Curling up on the couch with kitty is probably more their speed.


How about a dog that might not consider your kitty a different species? The Beagle loves just about everyone and everything. They are social butterflies and like to run with the pack. Your cat might just fit into that category. They would rather call them friend rather than foe. This small pup can easily fit into to any lifestyle.


At first glance, this stout and sturdy fellow with a distinct swagger to their step might seem like a foe rather than a friend. But their chill attitude makes them happy-go-lucky, which is fortunate for the cat! Short and sweet are these pup's attributes, and kitty might just be happy to curl up next to them and introduce them as their bodyguard!

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

How about a pup that is just about the same size as the cat? Friends they will quickly become because the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a buddy to most. This kind and warm-hearted pup will take care of your kitty and best of buddies they will become. Make sure the pup bed is large enough for two!


This beautiful pup has either long or short fur and stands tall among their friends. Heads turn when they walk by, but all that attention does not go to their heads. They are down-to-earth, good-hearted pups that would love to have a friend to lounge around with. That kitty will be swept off their feet by their kindly companion.

Golden Retriever

This large breed is full of fun and would make any cat a great companion. They are rambunctious, but in a playful way. If your kitty likes to have fun, the Golden Retriever is a great choice of a puppy pal. Their larger size and flowing fur make for a nice fuzzy place for kitty to curl up.

Labrador Retriever

Kitty will want two of these pups! The Labrador Retriever is a great dog to accept kitty for who they are. This friendly sort will jump at the chance to play or just share some downtime with the cat. Their medium build and smooth coat make a great protector for their new-found tabby friend.


This showy little dog is a beauty to watch and a joy to live with. They welcome anyone and anything into their hearts, including cats. Your furry little feline will be overjoyed to have so much love coming their way. The Papillon is small in stature, but big on friendship.


The pug dog and the cat will love to keep each other entertained while their humans are gone. About the size of a kitty themselves, these pups are super friendly. Rough housing is okay since they are equally matched in size, and the pug will roll over and surrender just to be kind! 

Shetland Sheepdog

This dog was bred for herding, but their small, furry and friendly size will make any cat’s heart melt. The Shetland Sheepdog has a welcoming attitude and a gentle nature that will fit into any feline’s lifestyle. More than one cat might kick in their herding instincts, but at least they will always be rounded up for you to gather!