Bengal cats were breed to look like jungle cats and the result of a cross between small Asian Leopard cats with domestic cats. Bengal cats are medium large cats, highly intelligent, social and very active. If you want to know more about Bengal cats, check out my article Bengal Cats: Facts & Trivia
Are Bengal Cats Dog Friendly?
Bengal cats are social by nature makes them excellent companions for most dogs, as well as other pets and children. Because Bengal cats get bored easily, they will likely play or tease your dog when bored. This is likely to result in a fairly close relationship between your Bengal cat and your dog.
Introducing a Dog to Your Bengal Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Bengal cat, then things will go well if the dog is not highly aggressive. Bengal cats are strong, agile and intelligent and a match for almost any dog. Most likely your Bengal cat will keep your puppy busy and tired out 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 Bengal 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 Bengal cat has a safe space, although unlikely they will need it. Bengal 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 Bengal cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Bengal cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out, however Bengal cats are uniquely able to deal with dogs.
Introducing Your Bengal Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Bengal 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 Bengal 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, although this is less likely with a Bengal cat.
The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Bengal cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Bengal 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.
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
* 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 Bengal cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel