"Dog-Like" Cat Breeds

Jay Matthews

Cats are great. Dogs are great too. Why not combine the greatness of both creatures in a single pet? Below we’ve rounded up cat breeds that have dog-like personalities. Read on for the most canine-like felines and remember, when you’re ready to adopt be sure to check your local shelter or rescue. There are even many breed-specific shelters out there to help you find the perfect doglike cat companion.


Manx cats are affectionate, friendly, and love being around people. And they’re tailless due to a genetic mutation. These cats are very intelligent – they can come to you when you call their name and they can even play fetch. You really don’t get more dog-like than that.


Abyssinian cats are an outgoing and extroverted breed that also play fetch with their human friends. These cats are loyal and love to follow their owners’ movements – they’re even known to walk on a leash. It’s a very dependent breed, and it could become depressed if left alone too much. So be sure you’re ready to give this cat plenty of attention.


Burmese cats are a great choice for homes with kids and even dogs. These intelligent cats need regular playtime sessions, and like the Abyssinian they’re very devoted and dependent on their human owners. Burmese cats should not be left alone for too long, so they’re not ideal if you’re away from home for long periods of time.


Ragdoll cats are named for their tendency to go limp when they’re picked up. These are very laid back and docile lap cats. Unlike most felines, these cats adapt easily to their environment. They’re intelligent and playful and they’ll even greet you at the door when you get home. Great as an indoor cat and for homes with children, dogs, and other cats, these friendly felines are a great choice for an affectionate companion.

American Curl

A very rare breed, the American Curl is named for the way its ears curl backwards. These cats are exceptionally attentive to their owners and like to follow them around. They do well in homes with children and other pets. Many breeders keep American Curl kittens for the first four months to decide whether they are show cats or pets, as these kitties’ ears develop dramatically during this time. Turkish Angora Turkish Angora cats are smart, highly trainable, and form quick, strong bonds with their owners. They love playtime – even in water. Yep, unlike most cats, this breed is known for its swimming skills.


Sphynx cats, otherwise known as hairless cats, are outgoing creatures that like to play and soak up attention from their owners. They become very attached to their human companions along with other pets in the home, and they’ll even follow you from room to room. They are great cats for families, and they can be good for people who have allergies too (although no cat is completely hypoallergenic). These cats do need to be bathed regularly to avoid skin problems due to their lack of fur.

Devon Rex

Devon Rex cats also work well for homes with allergic owners as they have very thin fur. These cats exhibit a dog-like loyalty and will follow you around. They have loads of energy and need plenty of playtime. Their affectionate nature also makes them great lap cats. Just know these cats need some extra maintenance: their ears and paws need to be cleaned frequently. Both the Devon Rex and the Sphynx need a warm bed in the colder months due to their lack (or near lack) of fur.


Birman cats are great companions who love playtime and affection. They’re also known to leave you alone and stay quiet when you’re busy. How considerate! These cats are very loving and easygoing, and their gentle disposition make them a good fit for homes with children.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. They can be between 10-18 pounds – as large as some small dogs. It’s a very devoted, playful, and easygoing breed. They’re known to be loving around their owners while more reserved around strangers. These large cats require regular brushing due to their thick coat.


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