Perhaps you have seen a grey cat around town, or a friend has one you are interested in, but you aren’t sure of the breed. It can be quite a daunting task to dig through every single cat breed to find those that can present a solid grey color, but luckily, you have us to do it for you.
We’ve assembled a list of 12 cat breeds that can present a solid grey color for you to look over and make your next pet.
The 12 Grey Cat Breeds
1. American Shorthair
Many experts believe the American Shorthair cat is a direct descendant of European cats brought here by early settlers. The Cat Fanciers Association lists it as the seventh most pedigreed cat in the United States. As promised, you can find this cat with a pure grey coat as well as more than 80 other colors and patterns. It’s very loving toward its owners and has a long-life span.
2. British Shorthair
The British shorthair is the pedigreed British Domestic cat. These cats have round faces and resemble the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. The most popular coat is British Blue, which is grey, and the eyes are bright orange. It’s a good-natured and relatively calm cat that likes to relax on the couch, but since they are not very active, they are prone to obesity.
The Chartreux is a rare grey cat from France. It’s large and muscular with short ears and a thick, water-resistant coat. The shape of their heads gives them a permanent smile, and they are exceptional hunters. It dates to the 1500s and tends to be quiet, observant, and intelligent. They can learn how to solve complex puzzles and like to travel.
4. Domestic Longhair
Domestic cats are the mutts of the cat world, and the Domestic Longhair is the long-haired version. Any American cat without a pedigree is a Domestic cat, and they come in a wide variety of colors, including grey. Since they can blend many breeds, it’s impossible to know what type of temperament they will have, but most are extremely friendly with excellent hunting skills.
5. Domestic Shorthair
The Domestic Shorthair Cat is the shorthair mutt of American cats. Like Long-haired Domestic Cats, they can come in a wide range of colors, including grey. Its temperament is also hard to guess beforehand, but it always enjoys human company and will keep your home free of mice.
6. Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau is a short-haired cat that is often grey with dark spots. It’s one of the few cats to sport the spotted pattern, and it’s considered a rare breed. It’s the fastest domestic cat and has a loyal, friendly personality. Not surprising given their name, they like hot temperatures and won’t be at home in a cold climate.
The Korat is a grey, short-haired cat with large green eyes. It’s a naturally occurring breed and is one of the oldest in the world. It’s heavy for its size and is intelligent and playful. They have good memories, and if you take them to a strange place, they can return home on their own.
The Nebelung is a long-haired Russian Blue. It has a silver-tipped coat, fluffy tail, and widely spaced ears. Its name means “creature of the mist” in German, which suits its quiet, gentle demeanor. It’s extremely intelligent and likes to open doors and drink water from faucets.
9. Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian forest cat originated in Northern Europe and is well suited to cold weather. It’s a large, strong cat with long hair, long legs, and a bushy tail. They are excellent hunters and even better climbers, known to outclimb other cats.
10. Oriental Shorthair
The Oriental Shorthair is closely related to the Siamese cat. Unlike the Siamese cat, it comes in assorted colors, including grey, but the body style and personality are very similar. They’re active cats that can be affectionate and intelligent. They tend to bond with a single person, so they are not always a desirable choice for a large family.
11. Persian Cat
The Persian cat is a long-haired cat known for its round face and flat face. It cannot clean all of its thick fur themselves, so you will need to groom them regularly. It also has a lot of health problems due to its scrunched in face. Persian cats are extremely friendly and loving and will usually spend the day relaxing on a shelf or in front of the television.
12. Russian Blue
Russian Blue cats come in a variety of colors, from silver to dark grey. It has short, dense fur that stands up straight instead of lying flat. It is a curious and tranquil breed that likes playing games of fetch and developing bonds with their family members. It lies to hunt and will chase most small animals.
- See also: British Longhair
Several breeds can sport a grey coat, but if you want to be sure, then a British Shorthair or Russian Blue are your best bets, but it’s not hard to find one in any of the breeds listed. If we have listed a few brands you have not yet heard of and have helped you find the cat you are looking for, please share these 12 grey cat breeds on Facebook and Twitter.
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