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No sibling rivalry here!

No sibling rivalry here!
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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.

American Shorthair

American Shorthair
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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.

Japanese Bobtail

Japanese Bobtail
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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.”

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Siberian

Siberian
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“This cat breed hailing from Russia is very hearty and incredibly confident around other cats and dogs in the home and, in fact, may end up being the leader of all pets!” Dr Marks says. Maybe it’s their size – up to 7.7kg – or their luxurious waves of floof that give them their confidence. As the “mayor” of the feline world, the Siberian is a friend to everyone. Siberians are rare outside of Europe, so this may be the first time you’re hearing about them.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon
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Throw a ball for a game of fetch and your dog and Maine Coon might compete to see who gets to it first. Native to America, specifically Maine, Maine Coons are sturdy and built for activity, but they’re also easygoing and get along well with other furry members of the family. “Some pet parents find incredible similarities between the Maine Coon and a canine, as this breed typically loves to fetch and walk on a leash,” notes Dr Marks. Maine Coons are fond of the water, but most cats aren’t.

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British Shorthair

British Shorthair
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It’s not just British Shorthairs’ laid-back demeanour that’s suited for being a dog’s buddy – it’s also their physique. “Their heavy, muscular body means that they’d be up for a bit of physical play with your dog,” says Teresa Keiger, a judge with the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) who has lived with and shown several cat breeds. “Nothing much bothers them.” Except being picked up, that is. And it’s no wonder: They were originally known for their physical strength and hunting ability, so it would be beneath them to be picked up!

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Birman

Birman
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If you’re worried about your pup being lonely while you’re at work, you might want to add a Birman to the family. Given their posh appearance and luxurious fur, you might not think they’d be the perfect playmate for your pooch, but Birmans love dogs. “The traditional ‘cat and mouse’ game becomes a ‘cat and dog’ game with this breed in your house,” Dr Marks explains. “Birmans love to chase, play tag and even fetch balls, becoming the best playmate for your dog.”

Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat
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The Norwegian Forest Cat hails from Norway, where it’s made its home for thousands of years. You might confuse it for a Maine Coon, as they are similar in size and appearance. The Norwegian, however, has almond eyes and a straight profile. Their personalities are similar, too – both of these breeds are relaxed, friendly, and adaptable. Yet Dr Marks says Norwegians adapt even better with a dog if they grow up together, so adopting a dog at the same time would be ideal.

Abyssinian

Abyssinian
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“Abyssinians are a curious breed, and [they] want to interact with everything and everyone. A dog would be no exception,” says Keiger. They’re not lap cats, so your dog won’t have to compete for that coveted spot. Still, that doesn’t mean they’re not into humans – quite the opposite, in fact. Abyssinians are very people-oriented and want to be near you and know what you’re doing so they can “help.” They are always on the move and would be the perfect companion for a dog that thrives on mental and physical challenges. The only downtime Abyssinians seem to have is when they are eating or sleeping.

Tonkinese

Tonkinese
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The Tonkinese gets its striking looks from its Burmese and Siamese gene pool. Like the Siamese, the Tonkinese is quite vocal and may even chime in on some barking sessions with your pooch! “It may be the only cat breed to rival the fetching skills of a Golden Retriever,” Dr Marks says. “This cat breed is super social and active, and it loves being around people and dogs. It detests being alone or ignored, so a dog would definitely be a good companion for when you’re not home.”

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