Here you will find a list of cat breeds that are very likely to get along with dogs. However, please remember that getting one of these breeds doesn't guarantee peaceful co-living. Proper introduction is always necessary, and you should never disregard the cat and dog's individual qualities. Sometimes, in spite of all your efforts, the animals just won't make it.

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American Shorthair

Origin: Emigrated from Europe to United States
Colors: Any, except chocolate, sable, lavender, and colourpoint
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately obedient

American shorthairs are easy-going, adaptable, affectionate, and intelligent cats.

American Curl

Origin: California, USA
Colors: Any color and pattern
Size: Small to medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair and longhair
Grooming: Occasional (shorthair); twice a week (longhair)
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Moderately obedient

Breed video: American Curl


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Birman

Origin: Thought to be Burma
Colors: blue-point, chocolate-point, lilac-point, seal tortie-point, cream-point, blue cream point, chocolate tortie point, lilac tortie point. Same go for tabby variety.
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Breed Video: Birman


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Exotic Shorthair

Origin: United States
Colors: Any colour
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Easy to handle

Exotic Shorthairs, as well as Persians, have a calm temperament but they are slightly more active than their ancestor.

Breed video: Exotic cat


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Himalayan Cat

Origin: North America and Britain
Colors: White or beige with the colorpoint pattern
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Daily
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Easy to handle

Himalayans are very affectionate cats whose choice will be to cuddle up to you rather than to run around your house breaking vases and other memorable knick-knacks.

Breed video: Himalayan cat


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Maine Coon

Origin: USA

Colours: Any

Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

The appearance of Maine Coons can make you think they are of the blood royal.


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Ocicat

Origin: United States
Colors: Tawny, chocolate and cinnamon, their dilutes, blue, lavender and fawn; also all these colours with silver
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: Very high
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Can be a handful

Breed video: Ocicat


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Persian

Origin: Iranian plateau (Persia)
Colors: Any
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Daily
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Easy to handle

Breed video: Persian - perfect family cat


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Ragdoll

Origin: United States
Colors: Seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, read, and cream
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Low
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

The Ragdoll's character can be described by three simple words: obedient, sweet and neat.

Breed video: Ragdoll


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Siberian

Origin: Siberia (Russia)
Colors: Any
Size: Large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Large, furry, and mighty. What else would you expect of a cat from Siberia?


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Sphynx

Origin: Canada
Colors: Any
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Hairless
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Vocal
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful


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