We’ve all heard the saying, they’ll fight like cats and dogs…
Well, not really if you find the right dog. There are certain qualities a dog needs to have in order for it to get along well with a cat. The initial thing to take into consideration is the dog’s breed group. Breeds in the Terrier Group were designed to hunt smaller animals, such as a cat! Dogs in the Hound Group were bred to follow, pursue, and chase animals. Dog breeds that fall under the Herding Group were designed to do just that, herd. Cats are certainly independent animals and may not do well being led, however, herding dogs tend to get along well with them. Below is our list of the Top-4 herding dogs that we feel would make the best fit in a household that has a cat.
The Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is a highly intelligent and loyal dog breed that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Despite its name, the breed actually originated in the western United States in the 19th century, where it was used for herding livestock on ranches. It is believed that the breed’s ancestors were brought over by Basque shepherds who came to America from Australia.
The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a breed of dog that has been around for over a century. Originally bred in Germany as a herding dog, they quickly became popular as police and military dogs due to their intelligence, loyalty, self-control and bravery. Today, German Shepherds are still used in these roles but have also become beloved family pets.
The Border Collie is a medium sized breed of herding dog. They are widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed who are easily trained. They are descendants of landrace sheepdogs that were once found all over the British Isles, but became standardized in the Anglo-Scottish border region. They are gentle and caring dogs who grow close to family and other pets within their household.
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog that originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. The original name was Shetland Collie, but this caused controversy amongst Rough Collie breeders of the time, so the breed’s name was formally changed. The Shetland Sheepdog is a working dog and has a lowkey and generally laidback personality. They enjoy the company of other animals and rarely show signs of aggression.
Regardless which breed of dog you eventually decide to go with, the initial introduction between the animals is very important. Many animals are territorial and learning to share their space is something that may take a little time.