Before bringing a dog into the home with a resident cat, consider the dog’s age, breed and individual personality. A mature terrier with intense prey drive may view your kitty as a rabbit. Issues to consider:
- Because prey drive develops with maturity, most dogs taught to respect the family cat as puppies never regard her as prey.
- Breeds known for a gentle nature, such as Golden Retrievers and Collies, coexist most easily with cats, making adolescent or adult adoptions more likely to succeed.
- The flightier the cat, the less prey drive is desirable in the dog. Darting cats elicit prey instinct.
- If you want to adopt an adolescent or adult dog with strong prey drive, find one accustomed to living with a cat.
Any doubts concerning your cat’s safety demand professional help to ascertain the dog’s suitability for your home and subsequent training. Hopefully your dog and cat become friends, but tolerance suffices.