|Barked: Tue Jul 12, '11 6:51am PST |
|This is a hard one. On the one hand, prey drive doesn't really kick in until maturity, so raising a puppy with cats might or might not work. On the other hand, I've known rescues who were initially good with cats, but then after a month or so in the home would attack the family cat out of the blue. It will really take some careful thought.
I can tell you breeds I absolutely wouldn't have with cats: Siberian Husky, Shiba Inu, Pit Bull types. Huskies and Shibas have the absolute highest prey drives you can find, and although there are cat safe exceptions, I'd never choose one if you have your heart set on a multi-species home. Pit Bull types I also mention because they have very high prey AND play drives as well, and can do a great deal of damage to an unwary cat. A lot of cats come into our vet attacked by pitties, even pittie puppies who were just overzealous. Case in point, most breed specific rescues really know their breed, and all three of these automatically put "homes without small animals" as a requirement, regardless of the individual.
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