Friendly cat breeds explained

Posted by Trixie. August 13th 2014.

When it comes to choosing a pet it is often said that you can be either a cat person or a dog person but what about pet owners who prefer specific breeds of each?

Cat breeds differ greatly in size, colour, shape and length of hair, while their temperaments can also vary – making it hardly surprising that some breeds are prized above others.

If you’re interested in bringing a new member into your family then you’ll probably want to know which are the friendliest breeds and here we look at just a few of them for cats.

Russian Blue Cat

1. Russian Blue

Although they may have an aristocratic look, Russian Blues are certainly not unfriendly. They do take their time and seem to like to observe before making a move, but once they are comfortable in someone’s presence they are close and loving companions.

Russian Blues love to play as well but they do have a certain reserved nature that means strangers may cause them to shy away.

Somali

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2. Somali

Most Somali cats match their impressive appearance with an intelligence that results in a very proactive approach to life. A love of game-play and an inquisitive nature means that anyone who is willing to join in with them will receive their full attention.

However, this lust for life comes with high energy levels so they are not a breed of choice for the fainthearted or anyone looking for a quiet life. They also seem to thrive best when they are the only pet in the household so may not be best if being introduced to a home with other pets.

A Siamese Cat

3. Siamese

Siamese cats are famous for their curiosity and are the most likely breed to have given rise to the old adage about inquisitiveness getting felines in general into trouble.

They crave attention and if they don’t find it in your house they’ll only be too happy to look elsewhere! This is all part of their easy going nature which means they get along with everyone and can make them the perfect feline choice for dog lovers or homes with other animals.

A Manx cat

4. Manx

This breed comes from the Isle Of Man and Manx are famous for naturally not having a tail. They are also well known for their lively nature so play and socialising are always high on their agenda.

Once the trust of a Manx is gained a lifelong bond is forged and you will always have a dedicated companion.

The Sphynx cat is often thought to be a hairless cat, but it actually has a fine layer of fur

5. Sphynx

Possibly the most physically striking of all domesticated cats, the Sphynx also suffers from having an image of being somewhat imperious. However, nothing could be further from the truth as their hairlessness means they are even more likely to want a cuddle for some extra warmth and they love any kind of attention.

In fact, many people find that out of all the different feline breeds Sphynx cats tend to be the most affectionate with strangers. The only downside to this is that they can be demanding when it comes to attention seeking and so do not enjoy spending too much time on their own.

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