September 15, 2022

Do Cavapoos Get on Well with Cats?

Yes, they do. Cavapoos adore the company of other animals — even cats! Their playful nature makes them great companions for your feline friends. Cavapoos are happy go lucky and will be happy to play for as long as your cat permits.

You should supervise them the first time they are together though. You can let your Cavapoo off the leash and let him explore. When they are used to each other, it should be safe to leave them to it for a short while.

Do Cavapoos Get on Well with Cats

If you have a cat and are wondering which breed of dog you should get that is sure to get on well with it, you’ve come to the right place.

Later, we’ll discover which dog breed is mostly likely to form a good relationship with cats and discuss whether it’s better to get a dog or cat first if you don’t have a pet and are undecided.

Read my article "Do Cavapoos make good pets?"

First though, we should address the question of whether Cavapoos are good with other animals. Let’s take a walk.

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Are Cavapoos good with other animals?

Cavapoos have a loyal, sweet temperament and will make wonderful companions for other pets. Their small size means that there is little danger of them harming other animals. The worst they are likely to do is pester them to play.

These good-natured dogs who typically behave well around other animals, even if they are not raised with another animal from when they were a pup. They are friendly balls of energy eager to please everyone, especially their owners.

It is vital, however, that your Cavapoo has been properly socialised before you introduce him to your cat, or any other animal you might have. You should also bear in mind that while most Cavapoos are friendly and playful, how well your Cavapoo will behave around other animals is in large part determined by their personality.

Now, let’s find out which breed of dog is most likely to get along well with your feline friends.

Which dog breed is most likely to get along with cats?

Cats and dogs have a famous, longstanding reputation for being arch-rivals.

So, what do you do if you have a dog and want to introduce an adorable new kitty into the household? You might already have a cat and want to get a dog that will make friends with your cat.

Golden Retriever good with cats

You just have to make the right choice.

Fortunately, there are many dog breeds besides Cavapoos that get along with cats. Here are the top five.

  • The Golden Retriever – Golden Retrievers accept cats as part of the family thanks in part to their empathetic, amiable natures.
  • The Labrador – Thesedogs are exuberant and happy to welcome new members of the family, be they human or animal. They are gentle and do not often get jealous.
  • The Pug – A friendly breed that will get along with other animals and people, pugs have a sweet nature and are happy to relax. They likely won’t chase your cat.
  • The Beagle – Beagles seem to enjoy the company of cats and can easily come to see your feline friend as a member of the pack, thanks to their highly sociable nature.
  • The Bichon Frise - Bichon Frises have an outgoing personality which makes them ideal playmates for a cat. Bear in mind that their personality might overwhelm a cat who likes peace and quiet, but if you think you have a kitty willing to tolerate the new pup’s antic’s a Bichon Frise will make for a fun addition to the family.

It’s time to find out whether it’s best to get a cat or a dog first.

Should I to get a cat or dog first?

In general, the best strategy if you want a cat and a dog, is to first get an adult rescue dog who shows little interest in cats, and later introduce a kitten who has been raised in a warm, friendly environment with dogs around.

It should be noted, however, that there is no definitive answer to this question, and the ultimate decision lies with you as the potential owner.

If you already have a dog and want to help him to socialise more before introducing a kitten into the family, you could take him to a play group. Read our post on puppy play groups to find out more. 

Dogs and cats each have different needs, so your decision will depend kind of lifestyle you have, the amount of space you have, and whether you are active, as well as on which is your personal favourite.

If you’re an outdoor type who enjoys exercise and exploring nature, you might want to get a dog first and a cat later. Dogs need stimulation, attention, and regular walks, so are more suitable for you if you have a garden and access to parks and open spaces.

On the other hand, if you don’t have much indoor space, want a more independent companion, or simply have a busy lifestyle, you might want to get a cat first. That way, you can put more thought into getting a dog.

Cats are a good option for those who are less active, because if they are fed, have a litterbox, some toys and can wander outside, they are likely to be content. You will need to interact with them often, and make sure they are well groomed, particularly if you own a long-haired cat.


We hope after reading this you have more of an idea on which breed of dog to plump for if you have a cat in the house, you don’t want them to terrorise. Cavapoos will welcome your feline friend, as will the other breeds mentioned above.

Cavapoos are also great with children, see here.

There also plenty of other options if you’re looking for a dog that will get on well with your cat, such as getting a Boston Terrier, another breed known to get on well with cats. If you are unsure whether to get a cat or a dog first, we hope our opinion on the matter has helped you towards making a choice.

If you enjoyed this piece, be sure to check out our post on Cavapoos and separation anxiety to find out what you can do to make pups as comfortable in their new home as you can.

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