Do Cornish Rex Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Cornish Rexcats have short, soft, extremely curly hair that is the result of a natural mutation. Because of its lack of fur, the Cornish Rex often feels hot to the touch. If you want to know more about Cornish Rex cats, check out my article Cornish Rex Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Cornish Rex Cats Dog Friendly? 

Cornish Rex cats love to play and follow their human pets around. Some Cornish Rex cats prefer to be the only animal in the house, while others are happy to have another cat or pet around. Because Cornish Rex cats do not have much protective fur, they are particularly vulnerable to aggressive dogs. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Cornish Rex Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Cornish Rex cat, then it is important to pick a docile non-aggressive dog. Your should also assess your Cornish Rex personality. If they want your attention all the time and seem jealous of your attention, then even the calmest dog is unlikely to work out. 

For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention. If you decide to bring a dog into your house, it is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Cornish 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. 

It is important to make sure your Cornish Rex cat has a safe space. A safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be best. 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 different story. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Cornish Rex cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Cornish Rex cat and whether your Cornish Rex cat can adjust to a dog. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 

Introducing Your Cornish Rex Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Cornish Rex cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. Remember, Cornish Rex cats are often like to be the only pet in the house. 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 Cornish Rex cat to your dog slowly. Do not just throw them together. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Cornish Rex cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Cornish 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 
 Bluetick Coonhound 
 Afghan Hound 
 Bedlington Terrier 
 Standard Schnauzer 
 Australian Shepherds 
* Boxers 
 *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 Cornish Rex cats 

*Golden Retriever 
*Labrador Retriever 
Bichon Frise 
Shetland Sheepdog 
Basset Hound 
Boston Terrier 
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
German Shepard 
Cocker Spaniel 

Tell Us Your Thoughts!