Do American Bobtail Cats Get Along With Dogs?

American Bobtail cats have a bobtail that gives them the appearance of the wild bobcat. They are fearless, sturdy, loyal and will take walks with their humans.I had an American Bobtail that would take walks with me on the beach. If you want to know more about American Bobtail cats, check out my article American Bobtail: Facts & Trivia

Are American Bobtail cats dog friendly? 

American Bobtail cats are fearless, but also incredibly laid back. While your American Bobtail is unlikely to develop a close relationship with your dog, they are also unlikely to quarrel with your dog. Their are laid back nature is likely to result in a live and let live attitude toward your dog, while their strength and fearlessness mean they are unlikely to be intimidated by your or almost any dog. 

Introducing a Dog to Your American Bobtail Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have an American Bobtail cat, then things are likely to go very smoothly. Your American Bobtail cat is likely to generally ignore the new puppy, however the more it sees the dog as part of the family the more protective your American Bobtail will be. 

For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention. It is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your American Bobtail cat. Also remember that cats should not eat dog food and vice versa. For more on what to feed you cat and why not to feed them dog food, check out my post What Should I Feed My Cat?

As an example of why you should be sure to feed your cat and dog in separate places. I had a Soft Coated Wheaton terrier who was as docile, floppy, and lovable as could be, but if she felt her food was threatened she transformed into Dr. Jekyll. She hardly had any teeth, so generally it was a lot of bluster but no bite. Unfortunately, I counted on this one time too often and she did actually hurt another bigger but older dog. Causing me much embarrassment and costing me some money also. 

For most cats it is important to make sure your cat has a safe space. However, your American Bobtail cat is unlikely to be intimidated by your dog and is likely to actual confront your dog directly if she feels the dog is being aggressive. Despite this, it may be a good idea to make sure your American Bobtail cat has a safe place up high where the dog cannot follow. If this is not sufficient, which is unlikely, a cat door can provide a safe escape where the dog cannot follow. 

Note that if you are introducing an older dog, such as a rescue dog this is a whole different story. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your American Bobtail cat. Because American Bobtail cats are so fearless it is unlikely that introducing an older dog will result in more than a standoff. However, be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with an American Bobtail cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 

Introducing Your American Bobtail Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing an American Bobtail cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. If your dog is highly territorial or aggressive, then it is unlikely that the dog and cat will ever get along and worse one of them may get injured. You also may get injured trying to separate them. 

Assuming your dog has even a semi-proper temperament, then you should introduce your American Bobtail cat to your dog slowly. Do not just throw them together. Over time in most houses with a cat and a dog, the two basically ignore each other. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your American Bobtail cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Cats 

As I was researching this topic, I wondered if there were certain breeds of dogs that don’t get along with cats. Sure enough there are a number of dog breeds that are generally recognized as not doing well with cats. 

In general, the breeds that do not do well with cats are hunting dogs that will see the cat as prey or are highly territorial. For instance, a Whippet is likely to see a cat as prey, much like a rabbit and chase your cat. Whippets are very fast with peak speeds of around 56 kph (35 mph) and also very agile, so your cat is unlikely to be able to outrun a Whippet. 

Here is a list of dog breeds that people say do not get along with cats. 

 Manchester Terrier 
 Bluetick Coonhound 
 Afghan Hound 
 Bedlington Terrier 
 Standard Schnauzer 
 Australian Shepherds 
 *Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
 *Golden Retrievers 
 *Labrador Retrievers 

* These dogs I found on both the lists of ‘dog breeds that do get along with cats’ and ‘dog breeds that do well with cats’. I am inclined to believe that the Retrievers will actually do well with cats. 

Dog breeds that do particularly well with cats 

*Golden Retriever 
*Labrador Retriever 
Bichon Frise 
Shetland Sheepdog 
Basset Hound 
Boston Terrier 
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
German Shepard 
Cocker Spaniel 

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