There has always been a clear division between Cat People and Dog Lovers. Cats and dogs are classically opposites and natural enemies. While dogs are social and eager to please, cats are seen as aloof and overtly independent. For better or worse, the two make very different pets and it’s natural that some people would be drawn more to one than the other. However, there are some cat breeds that defy all stereotypes and frequently make their owners ask, “What do you think you are? A dog?”
Certain cat breeds act more canine than feline with traits like: socialness, increased need for affection, an affinity for water, playing fetch, greeting their owners, and even learning basic dog-like commands… All things that most cats just don’t seem to have the time for! Here are six cat breeds that tend to act more like dogs.
Immediately recognized for their luxurious white coat, these furry beasts crave more attention than your average house cat. The Turkish Agora is a fun-loving cat that thrives on playing games, like fetch. This breed is known to be friendly even to strangers, although they are fiercely loyal to their owners. They love swimming and need frequent social activity to stay happy.
The Maine Coon is well-known as one of the largest breeds of domestic cats. By size alone, this breed frequently gets to the size of a small dog. Lesser known is their incredibly intelligence and “handiness.” Maine Coons have been known to open doors, turn on lights, and get themselves food. Their high intelligence makes them easy to train and particularly good at games. Their size also just makes them like giant teddy bears…if they ever run out of energy!
These vocal felines talk even more than your average dog. It seems like they’ve got a mewl, meow, or growl for every mood. Just like a moody teenager, they’ll even sass back when you tell them, “No!” But aside from their chatty demeanor, they are also one of the most affectionate breeds and are likely to form deep bonds with their owners, uncharacteristic of your average house cat.
Notorious for their lack of tail, the Manx form some of the strongest bonds with their owners. Just like a puppy, a Manx will follow its owners from room-to-room, never wanting to be out of sight. They’re also one of the few breeds that love car rides and are easily leash trained. They’ve also been known to growl at intruders making them a good candidate for a “guard cat,” if a little less effective than their canine counterpart.
Ragdoll cats are named for their floppy demeanor when picked up. These cats are notably quick to train by using positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise. They’re a quiet breed, but they are attached to their owners, preferring to stay in the same room whenever possible. Ragdolls are most easily compared to a lapdog due to their cuddly nature.
Perhaps the exact opposite of the calm Ragdoll, the Abyssinian is the athlete of the cat world. These cats love heights and can jump just about wherever they want. While not overly affectionate, Abyssinians love to play and are full of endless energy, making them a great pet for kids.
While there is a “typical” personality for each breed, it’s important to keep in mind that every cat is an individual. Personality traits and behaviors may vary from cat to cat. You might find a Turkish Angora that hates water or a Ragdoll that can’t stand being touched. Overall, it’s important to get to know your pet and to make sure they are as comfortable as possible so that their true personalities can shine through.
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