Aby-a-Day – April 28: “Well, dog my cats!” (Cartoon Tuesday)

You’ll find in many, many books and websites about cats in general or specific to Abyssinians, that this breed is often described as being “dog-like.”


I mean, there’s even a YouTube video about it!

And while it is true that Abyssinians are one of the oldest breeds (going all the way back to 1860), and Abys have probably lived alongside humans for more of the breed’s history than other “natural” breeds (Abys are the first breed that was based on human’s desire to make a cat look a certain way rather than being based on a genetic trait like tailessness or thermo-restrictive partial albinism)…somehow, I don’t think they’d find being called “dog-like” exactly complimentary.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

2 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – April 28: “Well, dog my cats!” (Cartoon Tuesday)

  1. There are other breeds I’ve also heard of being called “dog-like” including ragdolls, siamese, orientals, etc. I think it just means they are more interactive with people, which makes sense since most breeds that have been around for a while have been selected for this trait (especially if you think of the fact that most serious cat breeders take their cats to shows, and require a certain personality for that – & let’s face it, we all know “that” cat that would NOT be ok being handled by a stranger in an unknown room!)

    Of my 3 past and present cats, the siamese and ragdoll mix were/are definitely more “doglike” (former went for car rides/latter plays fetch) and my aby is the more reserved “catlike” (doesn’t follow me around like the other 2, sleeps most of the day, comes for pets a few times a day, then goes back to her own thing). When I think of it she’s also not very “aby like” when I hear stories of other peoples abys…


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