Cats with blue coats are some of the most beautiful breeds out there, and it’s not surprising that felines with these coats are highly sought after. The coat typically ranges from a light grey to a steely, slate dark grey, giving them a blue appearance.
Some breeds have a naturally occurring genetic mutation that has been selectively bred for, and most, if not all, the kittens will be varying degrees of grey coloring. Other breeds come in a range of colors and patterns and often include the blue coloring made famous by breeds like the Russian Blue.
If you love the look of a blue-coated cat as much as we do, check out these 10 blue cat breeds.
1. American Shorthair
The medium-sized American Shorthair comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns, and while it is fairly rare, they can come in variations of blue too. They have characteristically large eyes and rounded ears that are set high on the head. These cats are friendly, laidback, and gentle felines that are a great choice for families with young children. It is due to this easy-going temperament that these cats are one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
2. British Shorthair
A pedigreed version of the British domestic cat, the British Shorthair has a distinctively short and dense coat. It has been developed in many color and pattern varieties, but the British Blue is the most well-known and popular variant. These cats are easy-going and dignified, and while they are not as active or playful as many other domestic breeds, they are highly loyal to their owners. They are usually fine with other pets and children but prefer to not be picked up or handled too much.
The Burmese can come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the Blue Burmese has a smoky-blue coat with large gold eyes that is a unique and eye-catching variation indeed. They are active and affectionate cats that have a natural love and devotion toward humans and are friendly toward other cats and dogs, making them an ideal family pet. They are adaptable cats that are happy to live indoors and tend to prefer it, due to their attachment and dependence on their human family.
A fairly rare breed originating in France, the Chartreux has a thick, dense, blue-grey coat that often shows breaks, similar to sheep, topped off by mesmerizing copper eyes. One unique characteristic of this breed is their silence: These cats rarely, if ever, meow or cry like most other domestic breeds. They tend to mature slowly and take around 2 years to reach full maturity and retain a kitten-like, playful character well into adulthood. They are affectionate and friendly cats that are great with dogs, other pets, and children.
5. Domestic Shorthair
The Domestic Shorthair has a mixed ancestry of many different cat breeds and thus can come in a hugely varying range of colors and patterns, including blue. While they are not considered a pedigree cat, they will typically be healthier than pedigree breeds due to their varying genetics. This variety also makes it difficult to determine the exact personality and temperament of these cats, but the numbers don’t lie: They make up around 90% of the domestic cat population in the United States, and they are popular for good reason. They are typically healthier, good-natured, and long-living cats that make great family pets.
The Korat originated in Thailand and is thought to be a good-luck charm by the local population, so much so that until recently, they were never sold but only given as gifts. They are a medium-sized breed with a short, silver-tipped blue-grey coat and distinguishing green eyes. These cats are known for their exceptional memory capability and will easily find their way home from long distances. They can be stubborn and temperamental at times but are generally good-natured and affectionate pets.
A rare breed of long-haired cat originating in Germany, Nebelung translates from German to “creature of the mist,” and with one look at this beautiful breed, it’s easy to see why. They have long and graceful bodies with vivid green eyes and a soft, silky, silver-tipped coat. They are lively, active, and playful cats that love to play outdoors but do fine as indoor cats too. They are highly devoted to their families and are fairly wary and distant with strangers but are generally friendly and accepting of other cats.
8. Oriental Shorthair
The Oriental Shorthair was developed from the Siamese and retains several characteristics from them. They come in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns, but the blue versions are some of the most striking. This coloring combined with their long slender bodies and characteristically long ears make for a unique and beautiful cat indeed. They are highly social cats that form strong bonds with their owners and are active, curious, and playful felines.
With their unmistakable flat face and nose, the Persian is one of the most popular breeds in the United States and indeed, the world. These docile, gentle cats with long silky coats come in a wide variety of colors, but blue varieties are both rare and some of the most beautiful. Persians are the quintessential lap cat that loves cuddling with their owners, and other than their long coat that needs regular grooming, they are easy to look after. These cats are generally fine with other cats, dogs, and even small children, making them an ideal family pet.
10. Russian Blue
The Russian Blue is one of the most well-known and easily recognizable blue breeds, revered for their luxurious, dense blue coats and strikingly captivating green eyes. They are curious, gentle, and tranquil animals that are friendly and loving with their families but somewhat reserved around new faces. These cats are highly athletic and rival most other domestic breeds in their jumping ability, with high intelligence and an amazing memory. While they are typically reserved around strangers, they will remember familiar visitors months apart and often run to greet them as they arrive.
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