As you've probably already noticed, the world is divided into two groups: cat people and dog people. These two animals have polarized human opinions for years — but is it possible to love both? Yup! There are a ton of us who love the big, fluffy cuddles that come with adopting a dog, but are also in love with the temperaments of cats.
With these 10 breeds, you can have your cake and eat it too.
The vizsla is highly active, but boy does he ever love his human companion. Loyal, affectionate and full of adoration, this pup is comparable to kitty-kind for his tender mannerisms and obsession with cuddling up with his owner.
2. Manchester terrier
Another loyal breed, the Manchester terrier may look a little intimidating but he's an affectionate dog through and through. Forming a tight bond with his owner straight away, he loves to cuddle up on a lap all day long. Similar to a cat, the pup will likely follow a rat or insect out of the house if he feels the need.
A great companion, the papillon is happy playing outside or cuddling close to his owner all day long. Friendly and outgoing, this breed easily gets along with most adults and children, although he does need to learn to socialize properly. Intelligent like a feline, the papillon is also very assertive and sure of himself.
The breed most like a cat, the basenji is energetic, caring and shy when it comes to people he doesn't know. Choosing one human to attach to, he's a very devoted dog. The basenji is athletic and a very supple and self-assured pup.
5. Shetland sheepdog
Another devoted dog, the Shetland sheepdog prides himself on his eagerness to obey and follow his owner's directions. Similar to a cat, he's extremely smart and warm with his family and shy with strangers.
Next up: Italian greyhound
Originally posted November 2013. Updated September 2017.
6. Italian greyhound
Although a loving breed, this is not the main reason the Italian greyhound is like the cat — instead, it's his need to chase after any intruders. And like some cat breeds, the greyhound does best with adults and elderly owners.
Like a kitty, the whippet enjoys spending his day relaxing around the house. And though he enjoys a run or two outside, similar to the cat he's intelligent and quiet.
8. Shiba Inu
Daring, courageous and extremely pleasant to be around, the Shiba Inu is cat-like in more than just his temperament. He enjoys keeping himself clean and groomed, and you'll often catch this pup meticulously licking himself like his kitty friends do.
Laid-back like most cat breeds, the Mi-Ki is a very relaxed pooch. Liking all humans — strangers included — he's a very friendly guy. Smart and adaptable, it's difficult for a human to dislike being around a loving breed such as this.
Perhaps the least to resemble its kitty friends, the poodle is similar to the feline for the fact that he loves no one more than he loves himself. A dog who carries himself with merit, he may also believe he owns the house in the same way cats feel this. Enjoying a lot of activity, he's bound to get into mischief if bored.