Do You Have a “Dog Cat”?

Have you ever tried to explain your cat’s personality to a non-cat person? If you have, you’ll find that the personality spectrum felines prescribe to can be difficult to put into words. As most cat owners know, felines are probably some of the most misunderstood creatures on this planet. That is until you come across one that doesn’t (in the eyes of non-cat people) act its species.

I’m talking about those cats that, for all intents and purposes, seem to act more like dogs. To put it plainly, they are “dog cats.”

Is this a cat dog?

They are, as any Animal Planet program would call them, the Alpha-male (or female). Dog cats rule the roost. Whether you have a mix of cats and dogs in the house or not, they make it known that, in the animal hierarchy, they are the boss.

And, as I know them, they partake in activities that one would most likely reserve for a dog. Dog cats enjoy playing fetch, they’ll romp around with other animals (regardless of species) and, in extreme cases, even get involved in a good old-fashioned game of tug-of-war. (They lose, but they show willingness to jump into the fray no matter how futile the cause seems to be).

Dog cats are, in any animal family, the police officer and Papa Bear simultaneously. My cat Aramis (a true dog cat), for instance, keeps a family of seven other animals (three cats, four dogs) in line, but is also the first to comfort one of them if he senses they are hurt or in pain, regardless of species. He even acts as the diplomatic bridge to the human element of our family, serving as an ambassador representing everyone’s wants or needs.

Dog cats are, to be sure, a rare kind of animal. They are brazen, bold, outgoing, intensely loyal and unafraid of anything. They exemplify the best traits that we value in our furry friends. Truly, these four-legged felines show that their species can also lay claim to the title of “man’s best friend.”

Have you ever been owned by a dog cat, or encountered a cat that seems to act more like a dog? Share your thoughts in a comment.