Do Savannah Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Savannah cats are a cross between domestic cats and the African wildcat, Serval.Some jurisdictions may not allow private ownership of these cats.If you want to know more about Savannahcats, check out my article Savannah Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Savannah Cats Dog Friendly? 

Savannah are large, svelte, muscular cats. They are loving to their family, but are standoffish toward strangers. Savannah cats will probably get along with cat friendly dogs. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Savannah Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Savannah cat, it is important to introduce your Savannah cat to your dog slowly. Perhaps leaving your dog in a crate or a separate room for a day or two. Once your Savannah cat gets to know your new dog, it will probably accept it as part of the family. 

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 Savannah 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 Savannah cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Savannah where dogs and people cannot follow. Since Savannah cats can reportedly jump 8 feet into the air with ease, this will probably not be a problem. If this is not sufficient, which is extremely unlikely with a Savannah cat, 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 Savannah cat. However, remember that Savannah cats do not adjust well to change. 

Introducing Your Savannah Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Savannah 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 Savannah cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Savannah cat get used to the smell of your dog and vice versa 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 Savannah cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Savannah 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 Savannah 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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