Looking for dog-like cats? Check out these 8 cat breeds who totally act more like dogs than felines!
Believe it or not, not all cats are aloof or just sort of “meh” about having a human in the house.
While pretty much any cat can behave in a dog-like manner – I’ve had a couple of random mutts who loved belly rubs – some breeds are more dog-like than others. So let’s take a look at a few cat breeds who definitely act more like dogs!
These breeds are known for their friendliness and actually enjoyment of their family. None of these breeds show the classic “cat” personality that has become the source of so many jokes. Rather, all of these breeds enjoy being around the family, and many of them do well with other pets, as well. This post contains affiliate links. We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you.
1- SAVANNAH CATS
I have owned one, and this breed will always top my list of dog-like cats.
- Achieved by crossing a short-haired domestic cat with an African Serval, Savannah Cats are incredibly dog-like.
- These cats are far larger than standard house cats.
- They are easily trained and they love to play in the water, walk on leashes, and even play with other pets.
2- AMERICAN BOBTAIL
- The American Bobtail is another highly affectionate and trainable breed.
- This breed is people-oriented and excellent with other pets and children.
- They are an active bred that loves to play with their family, whether they have two legs or four.
- Their intelligence also makes them incredibly easy to train.
- Descended from the interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair cats, Ocicats are very dog-like cats.
- They are known for following their people around the house, being very playful, coming when called, and be very trainable.
- They are also known for being all-around cuddle bugs.
- If you want a dog-like cat that is basically the feline equivalent of a lap dog, then the Ragdoll is for you.
- They get their name not from their looks but from their personality.
- They go completely limp when held or sitting in a lap.
- These mild-mannered cats love people and other dogs and cats.
5- MAINE COON
- Maine Coons are dog-like cats in both personality and size.
- One of the largest domestic cat breeds, the Maine Coon can top out at 18 pounds, and I’ve even seen them a bit bigger than that at the vet.
- In addition to their dog-like size, this breed is known for being devoted, playful, and loving with their family – human and otherwise.
- Although their look may take some getting used to at first, these dog-like cats more than makeup for their… unique… look with a personality that is just so awesome.
- These cats are known for pestering their owners for attention, following them around, and even wagging their tales at them.
- These are dog-like cats on almost every level. In addition to following their owners around and loving a good game of fetch, these guys can actually become depressed if their owners leave them alone for too long. Awwww.
8- AMERICAN CURL
- Known for their curled back ears and winning personality, these guys have all the traits you find in dog-like cats.
- They are energetic and love to play with their owners.
- They are also incredibly loving and thoroughly enjoy children.
DOG-LIKE CATS ARE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
As an owner of both dogs and cats, I’ve often said that I’d either love a dog who potty trained himself or a cat that was more like a dog. If you feel the same way, then bookmark this page of dog-like cats for future reference when you look for a new cat.
These dog-like cats have all the traits we love about dogs with the added bonus of ease of potty training a cat! LOL As always, make adoption your first option. There are cats for days in your local shelter. If you’re looking for a specific breed, go online. You’d be surprised at how many breed-specific rescues there are out there.