Do Burmese Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Burmese cats are highly vocal and active cat that follow their humans around. They are said to want all the attention on them. If you want to know more about Burmese cats, check out my article Burmese Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Burmese Cats Dog Friendly? 

Burmese cats get along with most dogs and also get along with children and other pets. Your Burmese cat will let your dog know that they are below them in the pecking order, but will happily play with your dog. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Burmese Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Burmese cat, then things will go well if the dog is not highly aggressive. Because Burmese cats are active and intelligent they will play with your puppy, especially when you are not around. This will keep your puppy entertained and tired out and lead to a close relationship between your dog and your Burmese cat. 

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 Burmese 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. 

It is important to make sure your Burmese cat has a safe space. A safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be best, although this will likely not be necessary with a Burmese. If this is not sufficient, 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 different story. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Burmese cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Burmese cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 

Introducing Your Burmese Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Burmese 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 the proper temperament, then you should introduce your Burmese 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. This is unlikely in the case of a Burmese cat, because of their active inquisitive nature. 

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

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Burmese 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 Burmese 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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