Do American Curl Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 American Curl cats have ears that curl back. They are inquisitive, love to play fetch, but also love to sit in their owner’s lap and nuzzle them. If you want to know more about American Curl cats, check out my article American Curl: Facts & Trivia


Are American Curl cats dog friendly? 


American Curl cats are moderately active, intelligent and get along with kids, strangers and friendly dogs. American Curl cats are most likely going to ignore your dog and focus their attention on you. They will not pick a fight with your dog, however they are medium sized, laid back cats that are not going to be able to protect themselves from an aggressive dog. 


Introducing a Dog to Your American Curl Cat House 


If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have an American Curl cat, then things will go well if the dog is not aggressive or too rambunctious. Your American Curl cat is likely to generally ignore the new puppy. 

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 American Curl 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. 

It is important to make sure your American Curl cat has a safe space. American Curl cats are good climbers so a safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be ideal. 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 American Curl cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your American Curl cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 


Introducing Your American Curl Cat to a Dog 


If you are bringing an American Curl 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 the proper temperament, then you should introduce your American Curl 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. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your American Curl 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 
 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 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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