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Can cats and dogs be mates?

Two different species of animals are the same animal. This is called a hybrid.

Several hybrids of domestic dogs and cats have been bred over the years – some intentionally, some by accident.  

The first known deliberate cross was between a female cat and a male dog (a mastiff) in 1871, but it wasn’t until 1928 that a female cat and a male dog were successfully mated.

Breeding between cats and dogs is not often seen as it is discouraged by many breed registries which recognize both species as separate entities.

However, there has been some deliberate hybridization in the past century by people who want to create a “designer dog” — such as a labradoodle (Labrador retriever crossed with standard poodle) or cockapoo (cocker spaniel crossed with poodle).

Some of the most well-known hybrids are:

Cockapoos, Labradoodles, Liger (lion and tiger), Tigon (tiger and lioness), Pumas, Leopons, Liligers, Cheetohs (cheetah and domestic cat), Jaguars (jaguar and leopard), and Chausies (chaos monkey and domestic cat).

Some hybrids are created by accident – for example, pet dogs that escape their owners’ homes frequently mate with the first dog they find.

These matings also produce hybrids, which are sometimes given away or sold to other people not aware of how these “designer dogs” are produced.

In many cases, the hybrid puppies have to be destroyed because they aren’t suitable for any purpose and require special care.

In nature, some hybrids do survive. For example, wild wolves and coyotes are sometimes cross-bred in areas where their natural habitats meet.

However, these hybrids are not considered distinct species of animals because the offspring cannot reproduce with either parent species.

Hybrids between dogs and cats can be viable – kittens of dog/cat hybrids have been born by caesarian section, but only when the mother cat was already pregnant with kittens from a different father.

It is not possible for dogs and cats to mate and produce live offspring (a dog’s penis contains backward-pointing penile spines which are designed to cause the female a great deal of pain during mating; when a female cat was mated by a male dog in the 19th century, each mating lasted two hours and the female almost died).

Can Dogs and Lion be mates?

Dogs and lions are different types of animals. The fact that they are both carnivorous does not mean that they can breed together.

It is scientifically impossible for dogs to mate with cats or any other type of animal; their reproductive systems simply cannot accommodate the necessary mechanics.

Can Dogs Mate With Cats?

No, it is biologically not possible for dogs to mate with cats or vice versa due to the incompatibility of their reproductive systems.

This is not only a biological fact but also a common-sense one: If we think about it, it would be weird and unsafe for the animals if they were able to accommodate such a divergent type of genitalia.

Can Cats Mate With Dogs?

Cats can mate with dogs but the offspring are usually stillborn or die shortly after birth. Although cats and dogs are both parts of the family  Canidae, they are different species with S*x organs that are not compatible.

Can Dogs and Lynx be mates?

No, dogs and lynx are different types of animals. The fact that they are both carnivorous does not mean that they can breed together.

It is scientifically impossible for dogs to mate with cats or any other type of animal; their reproductive systems simply cannot accommodate the necessary mechanics.

Why is my neutered dog trying to hump my cat?

There are a couple of possible reasons for this:

 • If your dog was not neutered as an adult, but rather at some time during his growth phase (from seven weeks to six months), this may be a holdover from the days when he was still in that phase and thought of other dogs as potential sexual partners.

When he tries to mount other animals, he’s actually trying to mount them – not hump them! This behavior should diminish or disappear at about one year (the dog’s normal adolescence) and if it doesn’t, you should discuss this with your veterinarian.

 • If your dog was neutered as an adult (at one year or older), he may be confused about his role in the home pack.

There is evidence that castration changes a dog’s perception of his place in the world and things he would have paid little attention to before (such as other pets, children, etc.) suddenly become intriguing to him.