They might even become the best of friends.
Though pop culture has socialized us to think that cats and dogs are mortal enemies, many of them actually get along well and can become close friends. But some dog breeds are better with cats than others. For example, the American Kennel Club notes that dogs in the toy and sporting groups are often known for being sociable, affectionate, and friendly, while dogs in the terrier group, which were bred to hunt, might mistake a cat for prey.
Even if you have or choose to get a dog in one of the "cat-friendly" groups, it's important to keep in mind that the cat-dog compatibility often depends a lot on the individual personalities of the dog and cat. Pet owners can help set their animals up to be best friends by properly introducing them, and making sure the cat always has an escape route from the room, according to the AKC.
With the right socialization and training — and some patience — a cat and dog might grow to love each other just as much as they love you. Here are 13 breeds of dogs that are good with cats.