Do Siberian Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Siberian cats are fairly large, big boned, heavily muscled cats. If you want to know more about Siberiancats, check out my article Siberian Cat: Facts & Trivia. 

Are Siberian Cats Dog Friendly?

Siberian cats are affectionate to the whole family, including kids, dogs and other pets. Siberian cats are moderately active and are known to be kitten like their whole life. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Siberian Cat House

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Siberian cat, it is likely to go well as your Siberian cat will teach your dog the rules. Siberian cats kitten like behavior is likely to result in your Siberian cat playing with your puppy and keeping them entertained and worn out. 

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 Siberian 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. 

You should make sure your Siberian cat has a safe space. Although given the Siberian cats strength and size this is likely to be less important than with some other breeds. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Siberian where dogs and people cannot follow. 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 Siberian cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Siberian cat and dog will get along. 

Introducing Your Siberian Cat to a Dog

If you are bringing a Siberian cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. If your dog is aggressive, then it is unlikely that your 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 Siberian cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Siberian cat get used to the smell of your dog and vice versa may be a good start. 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 much less likely with a Siberian cat. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Siberian 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 
Bluetick Coonhound 
Afghan Hound 
Bedlington Terrier 
Standard Schnauzer 
Australian Shepherds 
*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 cats 

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

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