9 Cats That Act Like Dogs (But Still Have Kitty Traits)

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Dog-Like Kitties

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There are dog people, cat people and people who want a little bit of both. Perhaps they don't adore the standoffish-ness that many felines are known for, yet they crave the independence of a kitty.

No one asked the cat what he thinks of us (we think we know), but here are several cat breeds that are in touch with their canine side. They might not bring you your slippers, but they're less aloof than some of their feline friends and might even come when you call them.

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Rescue

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If you want to add a cat to your family, the best place to start is at a shelter or with a rescue organization. Many rescue cats are mixed breeds, which it many cases means they have the best traits of several gene jackpots all rolled into one. Plus, because rescued cats often spend time with shelter volunteers or in foster homes, they are often well socialized and friendly. Also, many shelters and rescue groups do behavioral tests, so they know each kitty's personality to make sure the match is a good fit.

When you go to a shelter or rescue, you can often find purebred cats or cats that resemble certain breeds. Here's a look at some breeds with definite dog-like traits.

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1. Maine Coon

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Originally bred as hardy, working cats to tackle rodents and to survive Northeastern winters, Maine coon cats have a reputation as intelligent, trainable and "dog like," according to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).

Typically larger than most house cats, these "gentle giants," are incredibly friendly and charming and always want to be with their people. Many Maine coons love to play in water and are particularly good with kids and other pets.

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2. American Curl

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Known for its distinctive ears that curl back gracefully, the American curl is friendly and fun. These cats are curious and playful and like to be in the middle of the action. "Curls are very people-oriented, faithful, affectionate soulmates, adjusting remarkably fast to other pets, children, and new situations," according to the CFA.

Interestingly, the curl keeps its kitten-like personality through most of its life. The kitty doesn't talk much, but when it does, it makes cooing sounds.

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3. Manx

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The Manx is known for often (but not always) being tailless. The friendly breeds is sometimes referred to as a "dog-cat," according to PetMD, because it's so affectionate and always wants to hang out with its people. The CFA says the Manx has a great sense of humor and will play practical jokes on its family.

You may be able to teach a Max to come when you call its name and respond to the word, "no," unlike most other cats who think commands are only for their canine friends.

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4. Turkish Angora

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The rare and gorgeous all-white Turkish Angora doesn't let her beauty go to her head. These friendly felines are loving and playful, according to the CFA. They get along well with children, dogs and other animals, although they like to be top pet in the household.

Turkish Angoras will often run to the door when visitors arrive and this life of the party usually will stay to mingle with guests. This kitty also likes to swim and play in water.

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5. Ragdoll

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If you can get past the ragdoll's mesmerizing blue eyes, you'll find the feline is more than just striking. The fluffy ragdoll also has a friendly and sweet personality.

The ragdoll gets its name because when you pick it up, it tends to go limp, just like a ragdoll, according to Pet Central. These people-oriented pets can be taught to come when called and will even play fetch, according to the CFA. They will often greet you when you come home, follow you from room to room, sit on your lap and sleep with you. They are gentle and rarely use their claws when playing.

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6. Abyssinian

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One of the oldest known breeds, this dog-like cat will follow you around, sometimes with a toy in its mouth, points out PetMD, and they don't mind learning to walk on a leash. The catch is that these people-loving pets crave attention and can become depressed if left alone too much.

In the Abyssinian Breeders International "Kitten Buyer’s Guide," Carolyn Osier writes, “Abyssinians must be one of the most intelligent animals ever created...Not a lap cat...but a cat that likes to be with people, a cat that wants to know what you are doing – that wants to help. There is probably no breed anywhere more loyal than the Aby. Once you have acquired an Aby as a companion, you will never be able to complain that no one understands you. Abys are very good at training people to do just what they want them to do.”

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7. Burmese

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Smart and oozing with personality, these silky-coated kitties make great family pets because they just love being around their people. They are so much like dogs, claims the CFA, that they've convinced some canine lovers to come over to the feline side.

"Their large, expressive eyes radiate an innocence that will seduce you, and they have an irresistible appeal that has won over many a person who thought he didn't like cats. Burmese cats have an endearing quality that has won the hearts of those lucky enough to be owned by one. They have great affection for their people, wanting to be with them as much as possible without being overly demanding. Many Burmese will even play fetch with a toy, given the chance."

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8. Sphynx

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Although the unusual-looking Sphynx appears hairless, there's often a fine down on this breed's body that can make them feel like suede or a soft peach. These cats are typically lovable, silly and love attention. They adore being with people but also enjoy the company of dogs and other cats, says the CFA.

Not convinced this is the kitty for you? These happy cats are known for following their people all around, purring and even wagging their tails with affection, says Pet Central.

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9. Birman

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Sweet Birman kittens are born all white and then start to develop color as they get older. These gentle kitties are relatively quiet and very loving and social with people and other pets. They are patient and easy-going, and they love attention.

"Birmans are very helpful; they love helping you make beds, load the dishwasher, fold laundry, read the newspaper, and work on the computer," according to the CFA. "They are a willing participant in whatever you do. You will never be alone with a Birman in your home."