Japanese Bobtail cats are an ancient breed going back at least 1000 years. They are the model for ‘Lucky Cat’ (Maneki-neko) and are said to bring luck to their family.If you want to know more about Japanese Bobtail cats, check out my article Japanese Bobtail Cat: Facts & Trivia.
Are Japanese Bobtail Cats Dog Friendly?
Japanese Bobtail cats are very social, intelligent and like to ride on their owner’s shoulders. They are said to get along with kids, other pets and dogs. If your dog and Japanese Bobtail cat do not get along, it is because of your dog not your Japanese Bobtail.
Introducing a Dog to Your Japanese Bobtail Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Japanese Bobtail cat, then things will go well if the dog is not highly aggressive. Japanese Bobtail cats are very social and agile, which means that if your dog gets aggressive most likely your Japanese Bobtail will be able to escape the encounter unharmed.
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 Japanese Bobtail 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 Japanese Bobtail cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Japanese Bobtail, which might be your shoulder. 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 Japanese Bobtail cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Japanese Bobtail cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out.
Introducing Your Japanese Bobtail Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Japanese Bobtail 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 Japanese Bobtail 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 Japanese Bobtail.
The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Japanese Bobtail cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Japanese Bobtail 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 Japanese Bobtail cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel