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Just like people, all cats have their own personalities, so take our list with a grain of salt.
While the breeds below have a reputation for fitting the superlative, it’s entirely possible for a “mean” cat to be the most loving and the most affectionate cat breed to be a bit grouchy!
Please have a look at our choice of friendliest cat breeds.
Originally from France, the Birman cat was imported into Britain in the 1960s, exported to various countries worldwide, and became a recognized breed in the US in 1967.
The Birman kitty is a beautiful specimen with silky fur in a range of colors, white socks, and deep blue eyes.
They are relatively large cats with both males and females reaching weights of up to 5kg, and they’re generally healthy with a life expectancy of 9–13 years.
Personality-wise, the Birman usually attaches themselves to one person in the family and showers their owner with affection.
However, they tend to show a bit of jealousy when they feel ignored or are being territorial.
The playful one in the bunch, the Tonkinese, loves to goof around and draw attention to himself!
I’m seriously considering investing in one of these kitty’s myself—he’ll fit right in with my rambunctious kids!
This Siamese and Burmese cross is an entertaining, affectionate, and intelligent kitty.
They are small to medium-sized cats with rippling muscles and silky, mink-like fur in varying colors and patterns.
Their eye color ranges from violet, blue, yellow-green, to aqua. The Tonkinese received official recognition from the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1984.
I have personal experience of an aunt of mine who ‘wore’ her Ragdoll around her neck like a scarf.
Both kitty and auntie were more than happy to go through their day in such a manner.
Talk about starting a fashion trend!
These cats are unusually gentle and affectionate and have a reputation of being lap cats always on the lookout for a cuddle. They even enjoy being carried around and cradled like a baby.
The kids can also have hours of fun with this kitten as his endearing nature allows them to get away with dressing him up like a doll – hence the name.
Looking for names to name a Ragdoll? Common names for this kitty are “puppy cats” due to their absolute love of seeking human attention.
While relatively healthy, the Ragdolls are prone to a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, but reputable breeders will often check for the disease through genetic testing, ensuring their kittens are free of this condition.
Just like their origins of royalty, the Siamese are caring, highly intelligent, and distinguished.
They’re well known for their tendency to learn tricks and love all the affection their owner could bestow upon them.
Their royal ancestry is evident in how they carry themselves – in a regal and almost pompous manner.
These fairly small cats (around the 6-7 lb mark) have lovely cream and brown coloring and gorgeous blue eyes thanks to a temperature-sensitive albinism gene.
They’re also extremely low maintenance with their smooth and short coats. However, they do like a good brushing, so get your cat accustomed to the beauty routine from a young age.
5. Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau doesn’t look like a miniature cheetah for no reason!
This feline track athlete can reach astonishing speeds of around 30 miles per hour and can catapult himself to higher perches with his agile legs.
Personality-wise, the Mau is reserved, gentle, with a patient disposition, and desires affection from family members.
They are, however, wary of strangers and may wander off to their own devices when visitors arrive.
6. Maine Coon
This kitty has aliases of “gentle giants” and “dogs of the cat world” – this should be enough indication of their loving personalities.
Maine Coon cats are extremely friendly and intelligent animals, with a dash of curiosity and playfulness thrown in for good measure.
With a beautiful long-haired coat and striking eyes, this beauty will capture your heart at first glance.
You’ll be well advised, though, to realize that this kitty requires a regular grooming session to keep those beautiful locks silky and knot-free.
Don’t forget to check this Maine Coon mix breed!
With their panther-like appearance, the beautiful Bombay cat breed has a royal and quiet demeanor.
These cats are unusually dependent on their owners and require large amounts of dedicated attention.
Bombay cats are also incredibly social kitties that bond deeply with their people, and they would make a great cat for families with children!
This has to be the drama queen and glamour puss of the cat kingdom. With his lovely flowing fur, calm personality, and sweet face, all this has combined to make him an extremely popular breed.
Persian cats are known to be lazy and laid back but enjoy playing with their housemates – if they can get up the energy, that is. They love cuddling and schmoozing up to you, and are always ready for a long cheek rub.
My neighbor’s long-haired lady loves visiting me occasionally, and we particularly enjoy each other’s company – we can chat for hours. Well, I talk, and she contently purrs away the hours in my lap.
An active and energetic kitty with the beautiful coloring of both coat and eyes. While she displays abundant energy, she’s a pleasure to introduce into a human home as these felines adore people and other pets.
They keep themselves occupied by playing with their toys for hours on end but love nothing more than spending some quality time with their owners.
Abyssinian cats also adore being scratched and rubbed, and you’ll make their day complete with a good combing session.
A sturdily built cat is often referred to as a “brick wrapped in silk.” They are excellent jumpers and climbers and lap up all the adoration and love her owners can spare time to lay on her.
But, be warned, she does not particularly like her territory being shared and may not get on well with other cat breeds, making her the ideal choice for a one-cat home.
While the kittens of the Burmese are often overly energetic and curious, they do slow down a little as they get older, and become calm and tranquil pets, liking nothing better than to watch the world go by with one half-open eye.
11. Scottish Fold
Scottish Fold cats strike a balance between a lap cat and an active cat.
Not only are they cute with their folding ears and full faces, but they are also quite sociable and easy to live with.
There’s a time they’ll cuddle, and there’s when they’ll keep themselves busy. So, it’s important to get these cats mental and physical stimulation toys.
You’ll also love the funny and awkward positions they sometimes sit in, which give them a puppyish or cat-clown appearance.
Too bad the mutation that causes the folding ears also affects their cartilage, so they’re not the most ethical cats to breed. In fact, some countries are outright banning their breeding.
12. Devon Rex
These cats thrive on the attention of their owners. So, make sure you get them enough toys and schedule time to spend with them. However, they aren’t as demanding as the Siamese cats.
As long as they have enough to play with or a companion to spend time with, you can leave them and go to work, and they will happily welcome you when you come back.
13. Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex is similar to the Devon Rex in that they have a thin coat with wavy hair, but their characteristics result from different genetic mutations.
How about their personalities? Cornish Rexes are more playful and energetic than the Devon Rexes, but they are also very affectionate and form strong bonds with all household members.
The Cornish Rex will fit in, whether you want one cat or live in a multi-pet household with kids. When grooming the Cornish and Devon Rex, be careful with their coat since it’s quite delicate.
The Ragamuffins are some of the most friendly and lovable cats. Developed from the Ragdoll, they are docile, sweet-natured, and loyal to their owners.
They will follow you around the house and sit next to you, offering companionship, but they will not vocalize in any noisy or weird way.
They just want to spend time with you in the best way they know.
To spice up the time you spend with your cat, teach them a few tricks, play puzzle games where you hide treats or walk them on a leash around your neighborhood.
While their coat is long and silky, it doesn’t tangle easily. But they still need regular brushing, nail trimming, and occasional ear cleaning.
15. Exotic Shorthair
The Exotic Shorthair is basically a Persian cat with short hair. They have the same build, the same flat face appearance, and the same personality traits.
They are calm, sweet-natured and enjoy the company of their owners, kids, or even other cats.
Since they don’t like being left alone, it’s best to get them a companion if you don’t spend most of your time in the house.
This cross between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Persian is the perfect description of elegance. They are medium-sized, heavily-boned, and have a unique silvery silky coat.
If you’re looking for an active cat that’s also very friendly, the Burmilla is a good fit.
They maintain their kitten-like traits into adulthood and enjoy hanging around their owners. But they can choose to keep themselves busy and stay out of your way when you need them to.
Curious, social, and affectionate, the Donskoy is another friendly cat breed.
They are so friendly and sociable that they will willingly welcome anyone or any pet that walks in your door.
They are also quite active and enjoy games like fetch, hide-and-seek, interactive toys, and cat trees. However, if you’re not used to a hyperactive cat, it’s best to start with a more docile cat like the Ragdoll.
Donskoy cats are known for their almost hairless coat and large elf-like ears. Their skin tends to be quite sensitive, rendering them indoor cats. They also need regular wiping to get rid of any sweat or oil buildup.
18. Russian Blue
This charcoal gray cat is a native to Russia, and one of the most friendly cat breeds, especially to their human companions.
They form strong bonds and love spending time with their favorite people.
However, they may not always readily warm up to strangers. So, make sure you appropriately introduce them to new people or new pets.
These cats are also medium-sized, energetic, and moderately active. You need to engage them physically and mentally to ensure their well-being.
Some cats love a serious cuddle and like nothing more than following their owner around the house, hoping for some earnest lap time and a snuggle.
As a potential cat owner, you’ll need to carefully consider which breed you’re willing to go home to for the rest of your life.
Make sure you factor in things like other pets, small children, valuable knickknacks on the mantle, level of maintenance the breed requires, and so on.
Once you’ve made your choice, your reward will be an independent yet loving feline companion, who will sometimes give you the cold shoulder—they’re just made up that way.
Give them your household to rule (as I have done), and you’ll never be lonely or bored again!
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