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13 cat breeds that behave like dogs

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These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs

For the most part, our world seems to be divided into two camps: Cat people and dog people — and there are a whole lot of dog people that straight up can't stand cats.

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But these feline breeds are sure to change any dog-lover's mind. If you're a natural canine person living in a place that doesn't allow dogs — or maybe just want to broaden your pet horizons — check out these guys.

1. Abyssinian

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Abyssinian has a true fondness for water and for humans. Loving to play fetch, the cat will retrieve and carry a toy in his mouth similar to a canine. In addition, he loves being around humans and helping them out with household chores. Unfortunately, he can become easily depressed if not given enough attention or time from his owner.

2. Turkish Angora

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Another breed that loves going for a swim, the Turkish Angora also enjoys playing with toys and games with humans. A playful kitty, he can often be found getting mischievous in the dirt. Like some dog breeds, the Turkish Angora makes an awesome family pet as he loves children as much as he adores adults.

3. Burmese

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Like the Turkish Angora, the beautiful Burmese enjoys being around children. A wonderful cat for the dog-lover, this breed is known to for his canine behaviors which include similar feeding rituals, playful nature and dependence on his owner.

4. Ragdoll

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Ragdoll got it's name for the lax posture he makes when picked up by people. Responding well to affection, this breed is similar to dogs for the fact that they enjoy being a lap-cat and are often found greeting his master at the door.

5. Manx

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Manx is a rare cat breed not only because it can be found tailess, but also because it truly likes people. Known for responding to his name, as well as listening when being told "no," this kitty loves affection and her human family.

6. American Curl

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Most people recognize the American Curl for it's unique curl in the ears. The breed is another family friendly cat, having a true fondness for children and an overall kind demeanor.

7. Maine Coon

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Not only is the Maine Coone's size similar to that of most toy dog breed's, but so is their larger than life personality. Another playful and affectionate cat, the Maine Coone takes pleasure in hanging out with his human companions, while shying away from strangers.

8. Sphynx

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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He may not be the prettiest kitty in the room, but the Sphynx will be your number one fan for life. An extremely loyal breed, the hairless cat is known for following his family around while wagging his tail affectionately. Extremely outgoing, the soft Shynx loves with his entire heart and makes for a wonderful family pet.

9. Bombay

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Bombay is an attention-seeking, high-spirited cuddle bug. Resembling most dog breeds, this black cat yearns for affection and playtime. Having the perfect mix of excitement and chill, this cat makes a superb house pet.

10. American Bobtail

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Similar to the Bombay, the American Bobtail has a delightful personality that combines playfulness and relaxation. Keen on toys, games and devotion, this smart kitty is versatile and affectionate with all humankind.

11. Birman

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Birman is pretty much the perfect cat for devoted dog lovers. Not only does this breed bask in activity and playfulness, but he calms down when you need to relax or get things done. Furthermore, the Birman is easy to care for and dotes on the entire family, including children.

12. Chartreux

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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The Chartreux has pooch-like mannerisms because of his lively personality and charming attitude. An intelligent breed, the Chartreux is likely to learn and respond to his name, as well as play fetch with his owner.

13. Ocicat

These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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If you're looking for a kitty that you can train, you've come to the right place. The Ocicat loves to learn just as much as you love to teach him. Like other breeds on the list, the Ocicat enjoys being apart of a family and receiving a lot of quality attention.

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These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs

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These cat breeds are just as cuddly and affectionate as dogs
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Originally published February 2015. Updated January 2017.

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