Do Selkirk Rex Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Selkirk Rexcats are medium sized cats with curly hair.If you want to know more about Selkirk Rexcats, check out my article Selkirk Rex Cat: Facts & Trivia


Are Selkirk Rex Cats Dog Friendly? 


Selkirk Rex cats are affectionate, laid back cats. They are very patient with kids and do well with cat friendly dogs. 


Introducing a Dog to Your Selkirk Rex Cat House 


If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Selkirk Rex cat, it is likely to go well if your dog is cat friendly. Once your Selkirk Rex cat gets to know your new dog, it will accept it as part of the family. Because Selkirk Rex cats desire constant attention, it is likely that your Selkirk Rex cat will play with your dog when you are not around. 

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 Selkirk 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. 

You should make sure your Selkirk Rex cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Selkirk Rex where dogs and people cannot follow. 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 Selkirk Rex cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Selkirk Rex cat and dog will get along. 


Introducing Your Selkirk Rex Cat to a Dog 


If you are bringing a Selkirk Rex 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, then it is unlikely 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 Selkirk Rex cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Selkirk Rex 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 Selkirk Rex cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 


Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Selkirk 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 
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 Selkirk Rex 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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