Do Himalayan Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Himalayan cats are a cross between a Persian and Siamese. They are loving and laid back cats. Their short legs make it hard for them to jump to high places like most cats.If you want to know more about Himalayan cats, check out my article Himalayan Cat: Facts & Trivia


Are Himalayan Cats Dog Friendly? 


Because Himalayan cats are partly Persian, they get along with kids, other pets and dogs that get along with cats. If your dog and Himalayan cat do not get along, it is because of your dog not your Himalayan. However, each Himalayan cat has its own personality. 


Introducing a Dog to Your Himalayan Cat House 


If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Himalayan cat, then things will go well if the dog is not aggressive. Himalayan cats are very social and get along with almost everyone and everything. 

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 Himalayan 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 Himalayan cat has a safe space. Remember Himalayan cats are not as good at climbing and jumping as many cats, so be sure that if you select a high place that your Himalayan can get there easily. 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 Himalayan cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Himalayan cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out. 


Introducing Your Himalayan Cat to a Dog 


If you are bringing a Himalayan 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 Himalayan 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, but this is unlikely with the highly social Himalayan. 

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


Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Himalayan 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 Himalayan 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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