Do Sphynx Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Sphynx cats are hairless medium sized cats with large ears. If you want to know more about Sphynxcats, check out my article Sphynx Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Sphynx Cats Dog Friendly?

Sphynx cats are active, constantly looking for attention and warmth. Their lack of fur, means Sphynx cats are usually looking for warmth and love to curl up with you. Most experts suggest that you keep your Sphynx cat as a solely indoor cat. For similar reason, Sphynx cats are not generally a good choice if you have a dog or are planning on getting a dog. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Sphynx Cat House

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Sphynx cat this is probably not a good idea unless you intend to keep them totally separate or your dog is a small, cat friendly dog. A second cat is probably a better choice if you are going to have a two pet house. 

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 Sphynx 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 Sphynx cat has a safe space, if you decide to have a dog also. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Sphynx 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 Sphynx cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Sphynx cat and dog will get along. 

Introducing Your Sphynx Cat to a Dog

If you are bringing a Sphynx cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. Your dog needs to be small, docile, and cat friendly. If not, your dog and cat will probably never 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 Sphynx cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Sphynx 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 Sphynx cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like 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 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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