Our expert says:
I'm glad you are thinking about these things now and not when you already have the puppy and a big problem. As you say the small breeds are not going to be much of a deterrent, so you need a larger breed, but one that is gentle and not likely to bite the cats. I assume you have enough space for a big dog and are willing and able to take it for daily walks and for training. Dogs also need company for most of the day so bear this in mind. Avoid all terriers (e.g. staffies) and guard dogs (e.g. GSD, Rottweiler) and go for the gundogs (e.g. Labrador) or hounds (e.g. Ridgeback). Then it is important to get a puppy from a home where they have cats around the puppies. Your cats will have to be introduced carefully by putting them in a cage when they are in the same room as the puppy, for a few days or weeks. They have to learn not to run away and the puppy has to learn that they don't run away.
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