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Working Line puppy with cats?

Would a working line puppy be a bad idea in a house with cats due to high prey drive? I know no guarantees can be made, but wondering what the general opinion is. Obviously training and an outlet through activities play a huge part.
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You can manage this.
I have not been able to get Hans to stop chasing the cat, but he gets corrected, and the cat runs away and doesn't get hurt.


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I have three cats and a working line 10month old GSD. Just expose your puppy while it's young. Bella still annoys my cats but she's never hurt them. She's a bit obsessed with my orange cat which never comes out. We are working on her leaving them alone. I think if your puppy grows up with cats, it'll be fine. No promises though. Every dog is different. Just make sure to make it clear the cats are to be respected.


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It is really a crap shoot...I have dogs who are fine with cats and have been raised with them...got a new kitten and she thinks Csabre is her mother I think! Some pups will chase because the cat runs, but when the cat could care less, game never starts...I don't think it is bloodline or family specific...it either is or isn't a problem. No way to tell until you try.

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She's a bit obsessed with my orange cat which never comes out.


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Thats funny because my GSD tries daily to make my orange cat like her...it hasn't worked in the last year and I just don't have the heart to tell her it probably never will. She's got 4 others that love her.

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Thats funny because my GSD tries daily to make my orange cat like her...it hasn't worked in the last year and I just don't have the heart to tell her it probably never will. She's got 4 others that love her.
That is funny! Lol
I think Bella is crazy about her because she doesnt come out very often, and when she does she runs away from Bella immediately. Our two other cats tolerate her. My 8 year old Siamese cat chases Bella LOL. She does not play well with others. And our youngest cat cries when Bella comes around, but she's being dramatic. I think one day they'll be best friends.


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I have 2 cats and 2 GSD's.. my male is fine with my MC cat but wants to chase my sisters docile 10 year old cat.. go figure.

My female is good with both cats and likes to play with my MC like my male dog does as well..

Both cats are dog savvy and have lots of "get-away" places.

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My dogs will sometimes mess with the cats or rather playfully, Sam has been tormenting our one cat as of lately by almost pouncing on him, has never aggressively bit or attacked the cats, just herding moreso. I have to tell him when he starts to get rough otherwise.

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Thanks all, good info
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My WGSL/Czech WL mix killed on of my cats last spring, when he was about 3.5 years old. Although he had chased the cats before in play, I don't know what happened this time as we were obviously not home. Did my skittish little female cat just not run fast enough?

He was a dog that had had lifelong fear aggression and human aggression issues. But he had been raised since a puppy with my household animals and had NEVER shown aggression towards them before this. Did his other issues play in? Could of, definitely. Or could of been the fact that he was a high prey drive dog.

People obviously have dogs on here with cats that do just fine. Me personally, I've sadly lost trust in ALL dogs being left alone with cats. Simply because I like to think I know my dogs pretty well, and animal aggression to this extent was something I never saw in EITHER of them until that day. After that day, all his aggression issues got worse, he destroyed my rat cage trying to kill them (luckily they hid under a bookshelf), and he went after my other cat twice in one week.

I am getting a WL pup here in 2 weeks. He will be crated. When he gets older, he will either still be crated, or locked away in a separate room from my cat whenever left alone. When we had a husky in the past, a breed KNOWN for high prey drive, he was always crated and never trusted alone with the animals.

They can coexist just fine. But you as the owner sometimes just need to make sure accidents can't happen. BTW, Luther was really unable to be crated, as he had stress colitis and would have diarrhea in his crate, and then would sit in it and develop severe hot spots. Overall, he was sadly just a genetic mess. Maybe not the best example for this case, but that's simply my story about dogs and cats.

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