No sibling rivalry here!
We’re all familiar with the images of cats and dogs who don’t hit it off. The cat has an arched back and is hissing at the dog, while the dog looks bewildered and doesn’t understand why the cat is having a hissy fit. But you’re likely to witness something entirely different from these cat breeds – in part because they act like dogs. They love to be around their humans, are eager to play games like fetch, and some even love the water! Of course, forging a good relationship between your pets starts with a slow introduction process, but overall, these are the cat breeds that usually get along with dogs.
Easygoing and affectionate, the American Shorthair is known for its brotherly (or sisterly) love for dogs. “This breed is considered very social, confident and playful, and once boundaries are established in the house, they love to play with housemates, including the family dog,” says cat expert and veterinarian Natalie Marks. And the American Shorthair may just outlive your dog, as it can live for 15 years or longer.
There’s no mistaking a Japanese Bobtail, with its trademark pom-pom tail. These cats consider themselves part of the family and want to join in on all the activities – whether that’s curling up next to you and your pup on the sofa, helping you send emails, or greeting company at the door. “You might see the Japanese Bobtail right in the mix, retrieving toys next to his canine housemate in the home,” Dr Marks says. “Or he might be next to the water bowl, playing and splashing. This fun-loving breed is a great sibling to your resident dog.”