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Dogs That Don’t Get Along With Cats & Co.

Which dog breeds don’t get on well with other pets? Here, you'll find out!

Let us introduce you to 6 dog breeds ? that could cause problems. If you already have pets, it would be a good idea to avoid these breeds. Dogs with good hunting instincts (track, hunt, kill) can be especially difficult. You will find the complete list at the end of this article.

Dog and Cat Dog and Cat - Photo: Budimir Jevtic/Shutterstock

How Can Dogs and Cats Get Used to One Another?

Dogs might be very loving and respect you 100% as their master - but when they see a cat, some dogs can get very aggressive. Not least because their body language is so different.


Dogs go straight up to new people or animals. This kind of interaction is like an attack to a cat, as they prefer to observe new creatures from a safe, protected space first. What happens? The cat runs and the dog stays true to its nature as a predator. This is just one example for the differences between dog and cat behavior - you could fill up whole books!

They should get to know each other in small steps. It’s best to separate off a suitable room in your home with a baby gate. This way, the cat is safe from the dog and they can slowly get used to each other’s smells.

How About Small Pets Like Guinea Pigs and Rabbits?

Apart from cats, small animals like guinea pigs and rabbits can also awaken a dog’s hunting instinct and make living together impossible. In this case, you should find a dog breed that gets on well with other pets. Please note that the dogs described here “usually” or “generally” have these characteristics. Each dog has its own personality and has had its own experiences in life.

Do You Know Your Dog’s Background?

If you have a dog that had another owner before you or came from a shelter, you should definitely get to know its background. Maybe it lived with another dog or a cat - how was it? Were there any problems? If yes, what kind? It’s always a good idea to rely on a trained dog trainer in this case.

Least Pet-Friendly Dogs:

Maybe you already have a dog? Or you want a second later on? Here, you’ll find dog breeds that get on well get on well with other dog breeds or not so well with other dog breeds.



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