Do Abyssinian Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Abyssinian cats are highly active and playful and known as the ‘clown of cats’. They are also highly social, lithe, athletic, and like to follow their owners around. The resemble the African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) from which all domesticate cats are believed to be derived. If you want to know more about Abyssinian cats, check out my article Abyssinian Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Abyssinian cats dog friendly? 

Abyssinian cats are known to be one of the most dog friendly breeds. Because they are highly actively and not lap cats, they are always looking for something to do and someone to do it with, including a dog. Barring your dog being very mean or one of the breeds known to not get along with dogs, your Abyssinian cat is likely to get along with your dog. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Abyssinian Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Abyssinian cat, then things are likely to go very smoothly. Your Abyssinian cat is likely to keep your puppy engaged and worn out, with their limitless energy. This is likely to result in a very close bond between your dog and your Abyssinian cat. 

Despite this, be sure to provide both of your pets attention. It is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Abyssinian 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. 

Another important point is to make sure your Abyssinian cat has a safe space. Generally, Abyssinian cats like to be up somewhere high. From this perch they can observe what is happening, without a dog or perhaps a human disturbing them. If this is not sufficient, which is unlikely in the case of Abyssinian cats, 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 kettle of fish. People have suggested that people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Abyssinian cat. Because Abyssinian cats are so playful and energetic, they are more likely to get along with almost any dog. However, be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with a Abyssinian cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 

Introducing Your Abyssinian Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Abyssinian 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 even a semi-proper temperament, then you should introduce your Abyssinian 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, however this is less likely with a Abyssinian cat. Abyssinian cats are so playful and clownish, they will bug your dog until they love your Aby. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Abyssinian 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 ‘dogs that do not like cats’ and ‘dog breeds that do well with cats’. I am inclined to believe that these 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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