Do Persian Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Persian cats are the epitome of luxurious lap cats.  They attach strongly to one person, but are not needed.If you want to know more about Persiancats, check out my article Persian Cats: Facts & Trivia


Are Persian Cats Dog Friendly? 


Persian cats like to laze away the day in your lap or adorning your furniture. These mellow cats are not going to pick a fight with anyone, so they get along with mellow, cat friendly dogs. 


Introducing a Dog to Your Persian Cat House 


If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Persian cat, then things will go well if your dog is mellow and not aggressive. It may be a good idea to keep the dog in a crate or another room for a couple of days until your Persian and your dog get used to each other’s smell. 

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 Persian 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. 

You should make sure your Persian cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Persian cat where dogs and people cannot follow. However, remember that Persian cats have short legs and are not as able to jump and climb as many of their cousins. 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. This situation is only likely to work out if the dog is mellow and not very territorial. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Persian cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Persian cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 


Introducing Your Persian Cat to a Dog 


If you are bringing a Persian cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. If your dog is aggressive or rambunctious, then it is less likely that your 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 Persian cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Persian cat get used to the smell of your dog may be a good start. 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 Persian cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 


Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Persian 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 
Schipperke 
Bluetick Coonhound 
Whippet 
Afghan Hound 
Bedlington Terrier 
Standard Schnauzer 
Australian Shepherds 
*Boxers 
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
*Dachshunds 
Dalmatians 
*Golden Retrievers 
*Labrador Retrievers 
Maltese 
Husky 

* 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 Persian cats 


*Golden Retriever 
*Labrador Retriever 
Beagle 
Pug 
Bichon Frise 
Shetland Sheepdog 
Basset Hound 
Poodle 
Maltese 
Boston Terrier 
Bulldog 
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
Collie 
Papillon 
*Boxer 
*Dachshund 
German Shepard 
Cocker Spaniel 
Pomeranian 

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