Do Devon Rex Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Devon Rex cats are small and have fur similar to a ‘Rex” rabbit. These cats require constant attention and many Devon Rex cats like to sit on their favorite person’s shoulder as they walk around. If you want to know more about Devon Rexcats, check out my article Devon Rex Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Devon Rex Cats Dog Friendly? 

Devon Rexcats love to play and often attach closely to one person in the family, but are also affectionate with the rest of the family and other pets, including gentle, non-aggressive dogs. Devon Rex cats have large ears, which give them a pixie appearance with a mischievous personality to match. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Devon Rex Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Devon Rex cat, then it is important to pick a non-aggressive dog. Your Devon Rex cats will adopt a puppy as part of the family and be happy to play with your puppy if they are not too rambunctious. Devon Rex need constant attention, so they are likely to play with your puppy while you are away earning the tuna. 

For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention. If you decide to bring a dog into your house, it is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Devon Rex 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 Devon Rex cat has a safe space. A safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be best. 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 Devon Rex cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Devon Rex cat and whether your Devon Rex cat can adjust to a dog. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 

Introducing Your Devon Rex Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Devon Rex cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. Remember Devon Rex cats are fairly small. 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 Devon Rex cat to your dog slowly. Do not just throw them together. 

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

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Devon Rex 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 Devon Rex 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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