Exotic Shorthair cats are a cross between American Shorthair and Persian cats. As a result, Exotic Shorthair are very laid back. If you want to know more about Exotic Shorthair cats, check out my article Exotic Shorthair: Facts & Trivia
Are Exotic Shorthair Cats Dog Friendly?
Exotic Shorthair cats are social by nature, as a result the get along with children, other pets and most dogs. Exotic Shorthair cats are more likely to curl up for a nap with your dog than play with them. Despite this, be sure that your do is not aggressive, because the Exotic Shorthair is not as capable of protecting themselves as some other breeds.
Introducing a Dog to Your Exotic Shorthair Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Exotic Shorthair cat, then things will go well if the dog is not unruly or aggressive. Exotic Shorthair cats are laid back and will generally take a live and let live attitude toward your dog, however it is unlikely that your Exotic Shorthair will wear out your puppy playing with them.
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 Exotic Shorthair 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 Exotic Shorthair cat has a safe space. Exotic Shorthair cats are not great climbers, so if the safe place is up high make sure your Exotic Shorthair cat can get there easily. 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 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 Exotic Shorthair cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Exotic Shorthair cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out.
Introducing Your Exotic Shorthair Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Exotic Shorthair 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 Exotic Shorthair 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 Exotic Shorthair cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Exotic Shorthair 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.
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
* 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 Exotic Shorthair cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel