One of the most obedient dogs around, this long-haired beauty will be happy to adapt to sharing its space with your felines.
Its rough, dense coat will require a lot of grooming. But what could be nicer than curling up on the sofa, your Sheltie on one side and your moggy on the other, for a spot of coat brushing?
Finally, if you chose cats because they don’t require walks, then a Silky Terrier could make a great canine companion for your kitty and you.
While they’ve got a proper Terrier zest for life, they don’t need much exercise. They’re eager to please, so perfectly amenable to living with other pets, including cats.
How to prevent cat and dog fights
As a pet lover, the last thing you want is to see your beloved kitty injured, or your canine clawed. So it pays to put some effort into helping your animals get along with one another.
Often, it’s best to introduce a kitten and a puppy to your household at the same time. If they grow up together, they’ll learn to get along naturally.
If you already have a cat, take an honest look at its temperament. Could it really cope with a new addition to your family? If yes, then go ahead – but cautiously.
First, you need to choose the right dog. We’ve listed some suitable breeds above, but you should also learn everything you can about your prospective pet’s personality, particularly if it’s an older animal.
Then you must handle the introductions correctly. Keep your pets separate at first, while your new addition gets used to its surroundings. Then gradually introduce them to each other’s scent by stroking them in turn.
After a few days, let the animals see and sniff each other, keeping them separated by a stairgate and always ensuring that both pets have a safe place they can retreat to.
Once they are comfortable with each other, you can allow them to be in the same space, but don’t leave them alone until you’re sure there will be no disagreements.
Going forward, take your puppy to training classes so it learns how to behave and obey your commands.
Keep your cat’s food and litter tray out of reach of the dog, and make sure both animals have private spaces just for them.
With these elements in place, your cat and dog should learn to tolerate one another – and hopefully even become best friends.
If you still have trouble, seek help from a dog trainer or behavioural specialist. Your vet should be able to advise.