Are you a dog family considering bringing a cat into the family? Dogs are amazing in every way, but some behaviors and habits are not ideal for some cats. That’s why it’s essential to know which cat breeds make compatible companions for dogs. Here are twelve of our favorite cat breeds for dogs!

Maine Coons

The giant Maine Coon cat is very social and friendly, so they get along well with dogs. They also love being around people and spend a lot of time snuggling in the lap or on the couch next to their owners. Maine Coons like spending time outdoors and may be interested in taking hikes outside — making them a perfect adventure cat candidate. And indoors, make sure you spoil them with many toys and a large litter box!

Siamese cats

They are generally very active and playful, making them excellent cat breeds for dog owners who need an extra bit of exercise. They’re also one of the most vocal breeds of cats, which can be entertaining for both you and your dog. They’re also one of the most vocal breeds of cats, which can be entertaining for both you and your dog.

Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinian cats are brilliant and active, so they don’t like to sit around all day. They need plenty of exercise or playtime with their owners to stay happy and healthy. Although Abyssinians can be a little reserved when meeting new animals for the first time, many enjoy playing with other pets that live at their home.

British Shorthair Cats

British Shorthair cats are a mellow breed that doesn’t mind being around other animals. They’re also one of the larger breeds of domestic cats, so they make a great addition to homes with large dogs. British Shorthairs typically rather lounge around and taking naps but will always be up for an afternoon play session with their owners.

Birman Cats

Birman cats are known for being very social and calm animals. They love to be around people and other pets, making them a perfect fit for homes with dogs. Birmans also has a long coat that needs regular brushing, so they’re great for people who like spending quality time grooming their pets.

Ragdoll Cats

Ragdoll cats are one of the largest cat breeds, so they’re another top pick for people who also have bigger dogs. They tend to be very gentle and quiet animals that appreciate being around other pets. This cat breed got their namesake from “going limp” when picked up. At the same time, they tolerate even the most energetic of dogs.

Sphynx Cats

The seemingly hairless Sphynx cats are very intelligent and loving animals that get along well with dogs. They’re also one of the most affectionate breeds and can be an excellent fit for people who enjoy spending lots of time cuddling their pets. Sphynxes don’t require much grooming but regular bathing is needed.

Ragamuffin Cats

Ragamuffins are a calm and social breed that adore being around their owners and other pets. They’re also one of the most affectionate breeds, so they’ll always be ready for cuddles with you or your dog. Ragamuffins have medium-length hair coats that need regular brushing to prevent mats and tangles.

American Shorthair Cats

American Shorthairs are a mellow breed that generally doesn’t mind being cat breeds for dog owners. They’re also one of the largest breeds of domestic cats, so they make a great addition to homes with large dogs. American Shorthairs love lounging around and taking naps but will always be up for an afternoon walk with their owners.

Siberian Cats

Siberian cats are very intelligent and active, making them a great companion for people who also have large dogs. They love to play and be around other pets, but they’re not as vocal as other breeds of cats. Siberians need daily brushing to prevent mats from forming in their long coats.

Manx Cats

Manx cats are known for being very social and gentle animals. They love to be around people and other pets, making them a perfect fit for homes with dogs. Birmans also has a long coat that needs regular brushing, so they’re great for people who enjoy spending time grooming their pets.

Persian Cats

Persian cats are very gentle and mellow, making them an excellent addition to homes with dogs. They’re one of the most laid-back breeds in existence, so they’ll chill and relax on your couch while you hang out with your dog. Persians have long hair that requires daily brushing to prevent mats and tangles.

In Closing

As you can see, many breeds can make the best cat breed for dogs and each breed has its unique personality and set of needs. But realize the above are also just breed generalizations. Each cat is unique and may or may not display those perfect personality traits. No matter what breed you choose though, be sure to provide them with plenty of love, attention, and snuggles!


About the Author: Gary H. is the owner of (or owned by) a fifteen pound Maine Coon, and writes for Maine Coon Hawaii, a site all about Maine Coon cats and other cat-related fun.