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Top 10 Small Dog Breeds For Families With Cats – TopTenz

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So your family has cats. You love cats, but you’d like to add a small
four-legged friend of the barking variety to your family. Here are Top 10 Best Small Dog Breeds for
Families with Cats. 10: Pomeranian Starting off our list at number 10 is the
much-beloved Pomeranian. It’s hard to make a video about small dog
breeds without including the Pom. If I do, the comment section goes wild, telling
me I forgot the Pomeranian. According to pomeranian.org, the Pom can definitely
get along well with cats. Usually around the same size as the cat, can
become a companion to your feline friend. As a true toy dog, the Pomeranian was bred
to be a companion animal. Poms are generally not aggressive and have
a perky, friendly demeanor. Like all dogs on this list, introduction to
your cat or cats should be well-supervised to make sure no harm comes to either animal. 9: Shih Tzu The docile temperament of the Shih Tzu makes
this breed a great choice for cat lovers. The Shih Tzu gets along with other dogs, children,
and yes even cats. The Shih Tzu gets an overall friendliness
rating to 5 out of 5 stars from dogtime.com.

Like the Pom, the Shih Tzu was bred solely
to be a companion. The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing
housedog who loves nothing more than to follow its people from room to room. 8: Chihuahua In general, the Chihuahua is known for being
very well behaved around cats. In some households, a Chi and a cat can become
best friends, seeing one another as a peer, even going so far as to become protective
of one another. The introduction should be taken carefully
though as most cats can weight 2-3 times as much as the average Chi. Tip: When you have two animals that haven’t
met in the same room, your behavior must be calm and casual. Don’t anxiously sit and stare.

If you tense up, the animals can pick up on
those feelings. You do not want your actions to silently be
telling a dog or cat that something is wrong or that danger is imminent. 7: Maltese The Maltese is a slacker who sometimes just
lies around on the couch and ignores anything else going on. Sound familiar? Normally this small dog doesn’t care for
much more than hanging out, which makes them one of the best breeds for a first-time dog
owner.

However, if they have an opportunity to play
and their opponent doesn’t outweigh them ten to one, the Maltese can be an entertaining
companion for the household cat. This is a great dog breed for both young and
older cats because they are fine with either a cat that just wants to be left alone or
to engage with a playful cat. 6: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel One of the most endearing and unusual traits
about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is its affinity for felines. Cavaliers love cats and will try to cuddle,
lick, and love any cat that comes within sight. Most cats will allow these little dogs to
be their friends, and often interspecies cuddling can result.

Perhaps this is because Cavaliers think they
are cats, or at least they sure think so when they try to perch on the back of your chair,
your neck, your table… Like the Chihuahua, the Cavi is a tiny breed
though, so make sure the cat is as friendly as your new Cavi is. 5: Boston Terrier While in general Terriers are not good with
cats, the Boston Terrier tends to be a little less terrier than most terriers, lacking the
hunting background of most terrier breeds. The American Gentleman is too cordial for
any feline chasing shenanigans and gets a five out of five stars for cat friendliness.

Of course, the Boston Terrier is friendly
with everyone, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Tip: Dogs must not be able to reach the litter
box. If given the chance, the dog will eat the
contents which can lead to serious health issues and a yucky mess in your carpet. Since cats are more nimble than dogs, try
to place the litter box in a spot that the dog cannot reach or use top entry litter boxes.

4: Chinese Crested This small breed of dog is willing to please
and shows intense devotion to its family. The Chinese Crested is good with everyone,
including the cat. By nature, the Chinese Crested combines qualities
of a sensitive companion, a calm lapdog, and playful elf. Like the Cavi, the Chinese Crested loves to
perch on top of things to get a better view and it never tires of playing with other pets. When it comes to quiet time, this little dog
will definitely seek a warm place and if your cat is willing, a good kitty cuddle is as
good as it gets. 3: Shetland Sheepdog When I first started researching this video,
I didn’t think a herding dog would end up making the list. Even though Shelties have a strong urge to
herd other animals, they are quick learners, a cat will generally teach them that it’s
not going to happen and then they can become good playmates. An YouTube search will show many videos of
shelties and cats having fun together. The Shetland Sheepdog is gentle and playful.

They are active, intelligent dogs that are
easy to train and, providing they are properly introduced, will quickly adapt to sharing
a home with a cat. 2: Japanese Chin Like most of the dogs on this list, the Japanese
Chin was first bred as a companion dog. Which means, it is naturally affectionate
and loving and can get along well with kittens, adult cats, other dogs, even small children. If you’re looking for a small breed that’s
likely to pair well with one of them, the Japanese Chin might be your answer. 1: Bichon Frise The Bichon Frise, the cousin of the aforementioned
Maltese, is a gentle, playful, cute ball of fluff that tends to get along well with other
pets, especially if introduced at a young age.

When raised together at the same time, a Bichon
and a cat will probably become best friends, even playing and romping together regularly. They’re great companions for humans and
other pets! Even if there is an age gap, the Bichon is
an intelligent quick learner that will adapt quickly to your kitties quirks, likes and
dislikes. Keep in mind that this is only a short list
and that there is no guarantee that every dog of any one of these breeds will get along
with your cat or that your cat will tolerate a dog of any breed.

In addition, many dogs not on this list can
become best friends with an unlikely cat companion. And don’t rule out mutts. In general, mutts are well-balanced, less
extreme dogs and can adapt to a wide variety of living situations. And for the safety of your cat and your new
doggy companion, when in doubt, don’t push it. Hey, thanks for hanging with us. If you want more doggy videos, you can check
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