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Top 3 Dog-Like Cat Breeds

Top 3 Dog-Like Cat Breeds

When Dogs Just Aren’t Allowed

Cats acting like dogs? It happens, and it most certainly does not mean the end is near. Oh, and by acting like dogs we do not mean barking (that would just be plain silly), but some breeds do have dog-like qualities. Here are three of our most favorite dog-like cat breeds.

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3. The Manx

Famous for being tailless, the†Manx, in fact, is not always tailless! It is, however, known to be very affectionate and friendly. Many people call the Manx a “dog-cat” because it wants to be around people.

The Manx is protective of its human family and growl at unexpected noises. It also loves being the center of attention, which makes for a great show cat. Do you desire a walking partner? A companion to play fetch? The Manx, like dogs, enjoys both of these activities, along with wading in water and riding shotgun in cars. It will even come when you whistle or call his or her name, and will actually respond to the command “no,” unlike other cats that simply sit there and stare.

2. The Abyssinian

Another water-loving cat, this extremely loyal feline will play fetch and carry its favorite toys around in its mouth, just like a dog. And like dogs, the†Abyssinian will follow their humans around, help out (whether you want it to or not), and respond to leash training, too. However, as with dogs, they need a lot of attention and will become depressed if left alone often.

1. The Burmese

The†Burmese is not only a beautiful cat, but one that has decidedly doggy-like qualities. It is great with kids and will play with them happily. The Burmese is also known to sit and wait for food in the same manner that dogs do. Just make sure this kitty has a sitter if you are going away for a few days. The Burmese is extremely dependent on its pet parents.

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Top 3 Dog-Like Cat Breeds originally appeared on petMD.com

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2:36PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

I love the Abyssinian's picture in the post. That's one beautiful cat

7:45AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you :)

10:36AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

thanks

6:43AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

thanks for sharing

12:34AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

hahaha - the article was not about cats that look like dogs, but cats that behave like dogs.
Some people may prefer dogs, but can't have one where they live (like in apartments) a cat like these might satisfy that need for a companion.
Frankly I'm happy with my cat and dog as they are. :)

11:51AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

My cousins had a Manx when we were growing up. "Hopper" would run out to "inspect" me in the driveway when I arrived at their house to see if I was friend or foe. He would chase the neighborhood dogs out of the yard if they dared to venture onto the property. It was quite a sight seeing this fairly small, tailless, short haired cat chasing a dog 10 times its size out of the yard! I don't know if that makes him "dog like" but he was a great cat.

11:51AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

My cousins had a Manx when we were growing up. "Hopper" would run out to "inspect" me in the driveway when I arrived at their house to see if I was friend or foe. He would chase the neighborhood dogs out of the yard if they dared to venture onto the property. It was quite a sight seeing this fairly small, tailless, short haired cat chasing a dog 10 times its size out of the yard! I don't know if that makes him "dog like" but he was a great cat.

6:24AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

I'll take kitty love in any form they choose to give it. I just wish there were an article about the humans who are like animals...we can use more of them!

2:22AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

I don't know much about cats, but found this pretty interesting, and cool Thank You

5:41AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Chinchilla Persians are dog-like by the way they attach themselves to one person and follow them everywhere even outdoors.
I found this characteristic out after I had adopted a rescued one and, as I can't keep a dog, it is a bonus!

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