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17 Friendliest Cat Breeds (With Pictures)

If you are looking to buy your first cat, one of the many questions you may have is about which breed is the friendliest. The good news is most cats are friendly and enjoy being around their human masters. Breeders made them that way from the beginning. Some may express their love better than others, but all cats would prefer living in a human home.

We have searched the internet looking for every breed that goes the extra mile to show their love, and we’ve rounded up 17 different breeds to present to you here.cat face divider 2

Friendly Cat Breeds

1. Abyssinian

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The Abyssinian, also affectionately called the Aby, is an extremely friendly cat named after its birthplace, now Ethiopia. It has very short hair, but each strand of hair has bands of different colors. It has a long, lean appearance and has a reputation as the clown of the cat family.


2. Birman

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The Birman is a color pointed long hair cat. Color point is a type of albinism that affects the cat based on the temperature of its body. Only the coldest areas of the body receive pigment, which is the face, ears, and tail, and it has deep blue eyes and a broad face. This breed was down to only two cats during World War 2, but breeders brought them back afterward. It’s a friendly and calm cat that enjoys watching the home from a high perch.


3. Burmese

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There are two versions of the Burmese cat, an American and a British. They are closely related to Siamese cats and are available in many colors. It’s a small but muscular cat that is very people-oriented, maintaining a kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood.


4. Chartreux

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The Chartreux is a rare cat from France with a large muscular body and short limbs. The shape of its head gives it a smiling appearance. They rarely vocalize and are intelligent enough to press buttons and work latches. It stays playful well into adulthood and gets along with children and other animals.


5. Cornish Rex

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The Cornish Rex is a cat breed without hair covered with a fine downy that can sometimes be curly. It originated in the United Kingdom in the 1950s. This breed is extremely friendly and likes to nestle up to its humans to keep warm.


6. Exotic Shorthair

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The Exotic Shorthair looks a lot like the Persian cat with a large oval head and large round eyes. It’s calm and gentle, but also playful. They do not like to be left alone for long and enjoy lying on your lap. It requires very little maintenance, and it ages slowly.


7. Maine Coon

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The Maine Coon cat is the largest domestic cat in the world. As its name suggests, it originated in the state of Maine. Despite its immense size, the Maine Coone cat is extremely friendly and loves to be close to its humans. Many owners label it a gentle giant, and it’s renowned for its intelligence.


8. Manx

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The Manx is a short-haired breed with a naturally occurring short tail. In fact, many Manx have no tail at all. It’s available with a long or short-haired coat and is a prized coat. It likes to be near family members but is shy around strangers.


9. Munchkin

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The Munchkin breed is a newer cat breed with very short legs. Many have voiced concerns over health concerns, but the International Cat Association has recognized it as a breed since 1995. It’s an outgoing and intelligent cat that doesn’t mind when you carry them.


10. Persian

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Persian cats are a longhaired breed that is at least 400 years old. Modern Persian cats have a very flat face that causes much concern over their health. It has short legs and is available in several colors and patterns. The thick fur requires regular grooming to keep it from becoming matted.


11. Ragamuffin

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The Ragamuffin is a muscular cat breed that requires a long time to mature, and they are available in a wide array of colors. They are known for their friendly personality and for being lazy. Expect to spend long hours with your Ragamuffin sleeping on your lap.


12. Ragdoll

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The Ragdoll is a blue-eyed cat the features the color point pattern. It is a muscular cat with a medium-long silky coat. It’s extremely popular in the United Kingdom and described as doglike due to its tendency to follow you around the house. They enjoy being carried and are not aggressive toward other cats.


13. Russian Blue

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The Russian Blue occurs naturally in Russia and is sometimes called Archangel Blues. It has green eyes and a blue-grey coat. Its intelligent, reserved, and friendly, and they can remember faces and rush to greet those it likes. They are fantastic hunters and will chase small animals as large as a rabbit.


14. Scottish Fold

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The Scottish Fold has a genetic mutation that affects the cartilage throughout the body and causes the ears to bend forward. These forward bent ears give the cat an owl-like appearance. It’s known for being extremely affectionate, and its popularity among celebrities drives up the price considerably.


15. Siamese

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The Siamese cat is one of the first recognized breeds from Asia. It was one of the most popular cats in Europe and North America. It has an elongated muscular body, and the pointed color pattern is quite common. Its color will darken with age, and due to the temperature-sensitive nature of color-point albinism, cats that live in warmer climates are lighter in color. Siamese cats are affectionate and love to be around people.


16. Somali

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The Somali cat is a distant relative of the Abyssinian Cat breed. It has a bushy tail with large pointed ears, and some may say it resembles a fox. Each strand of Somali hair can have up to 20 separate colors, and the coat is softer than most cat breeds. Like the Abyssinian cat breed, the Somali cat is extremely affectionate and will stay within its owner’s few feet.


17. Sphynx

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The sphinx is a breed of hairless cats whose skin is the color the coat would be. This breed continually struggles to get warm and often snuggles with you or hide under the blankets in bed. These cats do better in warm climates and may require clothing. Room many owners remark how hot the cat’s body is to the touch without any fur. Between their desire to get warm and their natural love of people, it’s one of the friendliest cat breeds on this list.

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We hope you have enjoyed reading over these cat breeds and found a few you have not heard of before. The Exotic Shorthair, Scottish Fold, Maine Coon, Burmese, and many others make great first pets, while the Cornish Rex and Sphinx make great companions for those with a little more experience. If this guide has helped you find your next pet, please share these 17 friendliest cat breeds on Facebook and Twitter.


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