Do Turkish Van Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Turkish Van cats are large, strong, active, curious cats.If you want to know more about Turkish Vancats, check out my article Turkish VanCat: Facts & Trivia

Are Turkish Van Cats Dog Friendly? 

Turkish Van cats are always busy. While they like to follow their owners around, they do not like to be held for long. A Turkish Van cat may not be the best choice for small kids, because they do not like be held, however their energy and strength can make them a good combination with dogs. 

Introducing a Dog to Your Turkish Van Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Turkish Van cat, this should go well if the dog is not aggressive. Most likely your Turkish Van cat will play with your puppy, keeping your puppy busy and tired. 

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 Turkish Van 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 Turkish Van cat has a safe space, although this is likely to be less necessary than for other cat breeds. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Turkish Van where dogs and people cannot follow. Turkish Van cats are known to be great leapers, so your cat will probably have already found their favorite perch. 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 Turkish Van cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Turkish Van cat and dog will get along. 

Introducing Your Turkish Van Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Turkish Vancat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. 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 Turkish Van cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Turkish Van 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, however this is likely with a Turkish Van cat. 

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

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Turkish Van 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 Turkish Van 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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