20 Worst Dog Breeds for Cats

If you own a cat and are considering adding a dog to your family, you’re usually wondering which breeds are more likely to chase or attack cats, so you can avoid them in your search. However, with over 150 breeds to choose from, looking at each one can be quite tedious.

We’ve gone through a list of all dog breeds for you and selected the 20 breeds that are most likely to chase your cat, so you can avoid them when shopping. For each entry, we have included a short description to tell you more about each entry. We’ve also included an image so you can see what it looks like.

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20 Worst Dog Breeds For Cats:

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

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Temperament

  • Full of love

  • Full of love

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a muscular dog with a loving and affectionate temperament. However, these dogs have a fighting spirit and may choose to chase cats and squirrels around your yard and home. Early socialization can help your dog get used to living with a cat, but they are still more likely to chase him even if they don’t mean to hurt him.


2. Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound standing on the beach
Temperament

  • Dignified

  • Benign

  • Friendly

Scottish Deerhound is a hunting dog that is often used by its owners to hunt deer. Not surprisingly, these dogs have strong play instincts and will likely chase cats and other small animals even if they don’t mean to hurt them. Early socialization can help reduce the risk of injury, but your cat is unlikely to like being chased.


3. gray dog

greyhound standing on the grass
Temperament

  • Intelligent

  • Athletic

  • flat character

Greyhounds are very fast hunting dogs. Because it enjoys hunting, it tends to chase your cat, and its size and speed provide an advantage. Greyhounds can be dangerous around cats and especially kittens if you don’t socialize well as a puppy.


4. Samoyed

Samoyed dog in summer forest
Temperament

  • Warning

  • Friendly

  • Stubborn

The Samoyed is a medium-sized dog that has facial features that make it appear smiling. However, these dogs tend to chase small animals despite their happy faces and will likely kill them if they can catch them. These cold weather sled dogs will likely have to hunt small animals for food in the wild.


5. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
Temperament

  • Full of love

  • kind

  • Full of love

The Bedlington Terrier is an alert breed, which makes it an excellent guard dog. Unfortunately, their keen eye over their domain rarely allows intruders like cats to roam freely. They will usually chase these animals away even if they have no desire to harm them. This breed will also often bark and be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex.


6. Weimaraner

weimaraner standing on the beach
Temperament

  • strong

  • Warning

  • Far

The Weimaraner is another large and lean hunting dog. It is very fast and has the instinct to hunt small animals. It will often chase squirrels and rabbits in your yard and will have an impressive amount of success. He’s also likely to chase your cat, although proper socialization when he’s young can minimize this risk.


7. hunting dog

a beagle chews a nuisance stick
Temperament

  • Intelligent

  • Friendly

  • Determined

A former hunting dog, the Beagle is a small but persistent breed that may not be as fast as a Greyhound or Weimaraner, but can fit in much smaller spaces, and your cat will have a hard time finding a hiding place. Once the Beagle traps the cat, it’s likely to stay there and bark until someone comes to see it. These traps can stress the cat out and make it hide permanently.


8. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
Temperament

  • Independent

  • Full of love

  • Cheerful

The Shih Tzu is another small dog breed that can easily get into many cat hiding places, making them a bigger threat than you might think. However, unlike the races we have seen so far, the driving factor for aggression is jealousy. Shih Tzu dogs like lots of attention and won’t like you petting a cat. Will likely try to kick him out as a result.


9. Schnauzer

Schnauzer lying down
Temperament

  • Full of love

  • Very tense

The Schnauzer is a loving but often tense breed who also tends to bark a little. It makes a great guard dog but will spend a lot of time barking and chasing small animals in the yard. Fortunately, rabbits and squirrels tend to run away, but domestic cats can be stressed. Early socialization can eliminate aggression between pets, but the Schnauzer will likely always pursue yard animals.


10. Irish Wolf Dog

Irish Wolfhound resting on the grass
Temperament

  • Be patient

  • Dignified

  • Loyal

Many owners describe Irish Wolfhounds as having a unique personality. It is a large breed, with many dogs reaching over 150 pounds, however, it can reach extreme speeds. These dogs get along well with domestic cats but will usually chase small animals in the yard, and their fast pace can harm some people.


11. Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cow Dog running along the beach
Temperament

  • energetic

  • protector

  • Loyal

The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium sized muscular dog that is incredibly fast and has endless energy. This breed will often try to herd your other pets, which can be very annoying to them, causing increased tension. Australian Cattle Dogs do not usually become aggressive unless they are not socialized.


12. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier climbing the mountain
Temperament

  • energetic

  • Stubborn

  • vowel

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small breed with a lot of energy to chase cats over long distances. It is very persistent and stubborn and can hunt down a cat that it has trapped for several hours. Early socialization will help your dog get used to other pets, but he’s more likely to keep chasing yard animals.


13. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier standing on a wooden table
Temperament

  • Brave

  • Self-confident

  • Brave

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small barking dog that is quite nosy and will often run if it catches you petting a cat. However, early socialization will help them get along well. Nonetheless, small animals in the yard, including cats, are more likely to be chased and treated to a rapid bark designed to send them on their way.


14. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Temperament

  • Full of love

  • Brave

  • Intelligent

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, muscular dog similar to the Pit Bull. It is friendly and protective of its owner, but has a strong prey drive that will make it chase small animals. Early socialization can help your pet live together, but dogs still tend to chase cats every now and then.


15. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky dog
Temperament

  • Warning

  • Friendly

  • Gentle

The Siberian Husky is another cold-weather dog with a strong prey drive, possibly due to its need to forage in the snow-covered wilderness. These dogs tend to chase yard animals, but you can train them to get along with other pets by socializing them early. Once the dog is older, he may recognize the cat as food, so it’s probably not worth the risk to bring him home.


16. Afghan Dog

An afghan hound walking in the yard
Temperament

  • Independent

  • Far

  • hick

The Afghan Hound is a large dog with long hair, but despite its dignified appearance, it is capable of incredible speed and will have a hard time fighting its instincts to chase small animals, including cats. Its speed makes it extremely dangerous, and you should keep an eye on your pets while you socialize with them.


17. Manchester Terriers

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Temperament

  • Active

  • Warning

  • Loyal

The Manchester Terrier is a rodent, so it should come as no surprise that he not only pursues small animals but is also good at catching them. Since ratting is in their genes, it won’t be easy to ensure your cat’s safety, even with a lot of initial scrutiny. You’ll also need to have a good fence to keep the animals away from your yard, or the dog will likely catch them.


18. Schipperke

schipperke
Temperament

  • Agile

  • Self-confident

  • Curious

The Schipperke is a smaller dog with thick fur. These dogs can get along with the pets in your home but are very mischievous and can increase your cat’s stress levels. It will chase and bark at yard animals but is too small to pose much of a threat.


19. Smooth Fox Terrier

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Temperament

  • Active

  • Full of love

  • Warning

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a small but active dog. This alert breed will quickly detect and immediately pursue yard animals and will likely pursue your cat as a puppy as well. In fact, he can make friends with pet cats through sufficient socialization. On the lawn, you have to watch it because it’s fast, determined and capable of impressive jumps.


20. Pharaoh’s Dog

Pharaoh Hound_Shutterstock_Lenkadan
Temperament

  • Full of love

  • Full of love

  • Cheerful

The Pharaoh’s Dog was a popular breed for its dignified appearance and friendly temperament. However, it can also be stubborn and strong-willed. He often feels very eager to chase small animals and will ignore your commands when chasing, even when he is an adult. Its fast speed and large size can make it very dangerous for cats and rabbits.

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Summary

If you own a cat, we highly recommend avoiding the above breeds although many of them will get along with cats through early socialization. You never know when basic instincts will kick in, and some of these dogs are so big they can cause accidental injury. Even with these 20 removed, you still have over 150 breeds to choose from to find your next pet.

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