Tonkinese cats are a cross between Siamese and Burmese cats and therefore have a similar personality.If you want to know more about Tonkinesecats, check out my article Tonkinese Cat: Facts & Trivia
Are Tonkinese Cats Dog Friendly?
Tonkinese cats are active, opinionated and affectionate, often attaching closely to one person. Tonkinese cats get along with the whole family, including other cats and cat friendly dogs.
Introducing a Dog to Your Tonkinese Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Tonkinese cat, this should go well as you Tonkinese cat will likely explain the rule to your puppy. Of course the most important rule is that is that the dog is below her in the pecking order.
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 Tonkinese 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 Tonkinese cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Tonkinese 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 Tonkinese cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Tonkinese cat and dog will get along.
Introducing Your Tonkinese Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Tonkinese cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. Your dog needs to be cat friendly. If not, your dog and cat will probably never 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 Tonkinese cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Tonkinese 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.
The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Tonkinese cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Tonkinese 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 Tonkinese cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel