Birman cats are moderately active cats with an easy going nature. They love to sit your lap or play fetch If you want to know more about Birman cats, check out my article Birman Cats: Facts & Trivia
Are Birman Cats Dog Friendly?
Birman cats are social by nature makes them good companions for most dogs, as well as other pets and children. Experts rate Birman as one of the top breeds for getting along with dogs, however their gentle nature will not mix with an aggressive or rambunctious dog.
Introducing a Dog to Your Birman Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Birman cat, then things will go well if the dog is not highly aggressive. Birman cats are strong, agile and intelligent and a match for almost any dog. Most likely your Birman cat will keep your puppy busy and tired out when you are not around.
For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention. It is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Birman cat. Also remember that cats should not eat dog food and vice versa. For more on what to feed you cat and why not to feed them dog food, check out my post What Should I Feed My Cat?
As an example of why you should be sure to feed your cat and dog in separate places. I had a Soft Coated Wheaton terrier who was as docile, floppy, and lovable as could be, but if she felt her food was threatened she transformed into Dr. Jekyll. She hardly had any teeth, so generally it was a lot of bluster but no bite. Unfortunately, I counted on this one time too often and she did actually hurt another bigger but older dog. Causing me much embarrassment and costing me some money also.
It is important to make sure your Birman cat has a safe space. A safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be best. If this is not sufficient, a cat door can provide a safe escape where the dog cannot follow.
Note that if you are introducing an older dog, such as a rescue dog, this is a whole different story. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Birman cat. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Birman cat. In general, the older the dog the more likely this situation will not work out, however Birman cats are uniquely able to deal with dogs.
Introducing Your Birman Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Birman cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. If your dog is highly territorial or aggressive, then it is unlikely that the dog and cat will ever get along and worse one of them may get injured. You also may get injured trying to separate them.
Assuming your dog has the proper temperament, then you should introduce your Birman cat to your dog slowly. Do not just throw them together. Over time in most houses with a cat and a dog, the two basically ignore each other, although this is less likely with a Birman cat.
The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Birman cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Birman Cats
As I was researching this topic, I wondered if there were certain breeds of dogs that don’t get along with cats. Sure enough there are a number of dog breeds that are generally recognized as not doing well with cats.
In general, the breeds that do not do well with cats are hunting dogs that will see the cat as prey or are highly territorial. For instance, a Whippet is likely to see a cat as prey, much like a rabbit and chase your cat. Whippets are very fast with peak speeds of around 56 kph (35 mph) and also very agile, so your cat is unlikely to be able to outrun a Whippet.
Here is a list of dog breeds that people say do not get along with cats.
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
* These dogs I found on both the lists of ‘dog breeds that do get along with cats’ and ‘dog breeds that do well with cats’. I am inclined to believe that the Retrievers will actually do well with cats.
Dog breeds that do particularly well with Birman cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel