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Are poodles cat friendly?

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I've found out that Imogen is going to live with a six-year-old long-haired poodle. Being a cat person, I have no idea what this really means. I haven't found any specific information about poodles and cats. Does anyone out there have experience introducing an adult poodle to a very sweet but a bit reserved adult cat?

Cheers, all!
Kate
post #2 of 10
Poodles are generally ok with cats, always exceptions though.

Poodles were orginally bred as duck retrievers before they (except Standard) were bred down in size as house pets.
Duck, and bird dogs must have soft mouths to keep from bruising the birds they retrieve, these traits generally stay with the bred down version.
All the play I've witnessed between poodles of any size, and cats has been very gentle on the dog's part.
It should always be remembered that poodles by nature are hunting dogs, regardless of their looks, and cats to untrained, or improperly trained hunting animals are seen as prey (If it runs, catch it).

With both animals being adults, I would probably not leave them alone unattended until very certain as to the reactions they will have to each other.
Unless they dog itself has issues with cats, they will usually set their own boundaries with each other
post #3 of 10
I had a poodle (Roxanne) live with a cat (Obsession) and they loved eachother. At first, it was touch & go...chase & be chased. In time, they played, ate and slept together. Is it a large poodle or a little one...like a toy/pocket poodle? My poodle was very intimidated by my cat (believe it or not) at first.
post #4 of 10
Poodles both standard and minature are easily trained, smart and good with other pets. Here is an article about one way to introduce cats to dogs

http://www.thecatsite.com/Cats/Cat_B...s_to_Dogs.html
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Originally Posted by leesali
I had a poodle (Roxanne) live with a cat (Obsession) and they loved eachother. At first, it was touch & go...chase & be chased. In time, they played, ate and slept together. Is it a large poodle or a little one...like a toy/pocket poodle? My poodle was very intimidated by my cat (believe it or not) at first.
I think it's a standard poodle...or at least not a pocket-sized one!
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Originally Posted by hissy
Poodles both standard and minature are easily trained, smart and good with other pets. Here is an article about one way to introduce cats to dogs

http://www.thecatsite.com/Cats/Cat_B...s_to_Dogs.html
Thanks, Hissy! That's what I needed to hear. I've already sent that article to the new owners.

Kate
post #7 of 10

We recently introduced a Maine Coon kitten to our two poodles, one is a 2 year old standard and the other a 7 year old miniature.  Everything is going great in fact the cat wants to trail the dogs and be part of the pack.  She enjoys being around them and though they play hard at times neither tries to hurt to other.  Poodles are wonderful highly intelligent pets and learn very fast I don't think you will have any problems unless the cat is not friendly.  I suggest you take your time in the introductions and keep them supervised until you feel comfortable.  If you are the pack leader there should not be a problem with poodles and cats at all.

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The thread you are replying to has been dormant for 8 years.

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Originally Posted by vincenovi View Post

We recently introduced a Maine Coon kitten to our two poodles, one is a 2 year old standard and the other a 7 year old miniature.  Everything is going great in fact the cat wants to trail the dogs and be part of the pack.  She enjoys being around them and though they play hard at times neither tries to hurt to other.  Poodles are wonderful highly intelligent pets and learn very fast I don't think you will have any problems unless the cat is not friendly.  I suggest you take your time in the introductions and keep them supervised until you feel comfortable.  If you are the pack leader there should not be a problem with poodles and cats at all.

Welcome to TCS.  This thread is an oldie-but-goodie.  I'm not sure how many of these members are still around; but this is helpful input!  I don't have much personal experience with Poodles.  But I do remember visiting a great-aunt of mine who had 2 poodles and several cats.  They had a farm and their cats were indoor/outdoor.  If there was ever an issue I don't recall hearing about it.  But I was pretty young when I remember visiting.  I just remember them being in the house at the same time.  smile.gif

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Sorry if I sounded blunt, vincenovi. I was going to write more, but my electric was flickering and I hurried up the post.

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