45 Friendliest Cat Breeds

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Cats are some of the easiest and most independent pets you could have. While they have a reputation for being stuck up and mean, there are quite a few breeds that are quite friendly.

Abyssinian

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The Abyssinian is known for their playful manners. They will roll around with you and play with any mouse toy you throw at them for hours. However, they aren’t a breed that cuddles often.

Persian

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Sweetness just drips off of the Persian breed. They are known for cuddling up on your lap and sitting there for hours. They are pretty quiet and elegant creatures. They will make you feel special too because they have no time for outsiders.

Exotic Shorthair

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These shorthair cats have very similar facial features to the Persian cat, but their hair is much more manageable. They are very affectionate and will cuddle for hours.

Bombay

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There’s a myth out there that black cats are bad luck. That simply isn’t true when it comes to Bombay cats. These beautiful black cats are friendly and can’t get enough of your attention. Their favorite place to sit? Your lap!

Maine Coon

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Maine Coons are known for their large frames. Not only are their bodies big, but their hearts are big too. They are the definition of a gentle giant. They also get along with many species like dogs and other cats.

Ragdoll

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They are called Ragdolls for a reason. These cats will let you know almost anything to them. They are often referred to as “puppy cats” because they act like dogs sometimes. They even play fetch!

Sphynx

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These hairless cats may take you by surprise at first, but they are super friendly. While their appearance may take some getting used to, you’ll instantly fall in love with their personalities.

Moggy

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According to the British, a moggy is “a mutt.” These cats have been inbred and mixed with so many breeds you’ll have no idea what you’re getting. What you will know is that you will get a friendly and lovable cat, though.

Scottish Fold

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Known for their folded ears, the Scottish Fold cat is extremely intelligent and super friendly. They love to interact with people. They love it so much that they can’t be left alone for too long.

Tonkinese

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A Tonkinese is a mix of Siamese and Burmese cats. They require a lot of attention and are naturally friendly.

Burmese

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Many years ago the Burmese cat was bred from the Siamese cat. They are very muscular, but also extremely cuddly. They are known for getting along with almost everyone they meet.

Siamese

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The Siamese cat is known for talking back when you tell them about your day. They are naturally affectionate and love to sit on your lap. Don’t be surprised when they clamor for attention while you’re working.

Kurilian Bobtail

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The Kurilian Bobtail is one of the few cats that naturally do not have a long tail. They are natural-born hunters and are pretty darn good at it. While they can be pretty intimidating, they are also extremely playful and affectionate.

Russian Blue

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The Russian Blue, while affectionate, can be pretty shy. It can take a little while to bond with this cat, but once you do, they will be begging for your attention.

Somali

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If you are one who likes to take pictures of your pets, the Somali cat breed are natural models. Their beautifully colored coats and large ears are perfect for your Instagram account.

Manx

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The Manx is another breed that naturally has no tail. It is extremely friendly and has a ton of energy packed into it. They will also play fetch and other little games for hours.

Ragamuffin

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The Ragamuffin is closely related to the Ragdoll breed. They love affection and are known to sit in your lap for hours on end.

Chartreux

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Typically very quiet, the Chartreux have large personalities. They love hanging out with people and try to cuddle as much as they can.

Japanese Bobtail

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The Japanese Bobtail is considered to be lucky in Japanese culture. They are yet another breed without a long tail. They are extremely affectionate and like to play.

Munchkin

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Munchkin cats are accurately named for their tiny little legs. It’s only natural that a cute little cat like the Munchkin is cuddly and warm.

Cornish Rex

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While the Cornish Rex doesn’t necessarily look like your average cat, it is extremely friendly and intelligent. They don’t mind being picked up and are often used as therapy cats.

American Curls

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The American Curls breed is known for their curly fur. They beg for attention from anyone that will give it to them. They can never get enough of it!

Bengal

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The Bengal cat is much larger than the typical housecat. Their size doesn’t stop them from wanting affection and climbing up onto your lap, though.

Singapura

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This cat’s body is pretty tiny, but its eyes are huge! How could you not fall in love with this adorable cat. They live for playing, cuddling, and just hanging out with humans.

Siberian

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The Siberian breed is over a thousand years old. With fluffy fur and gorgeous eyes, they are extremely playful and love interacting with everyone, including dogs.

Ocicat

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This spotted cat doesn’t only look exotic, but it is one of the friendliest breeds out there because it is a mix of Siamese, American Shorthair, and Abyssinian. They love to be picked up and cuddled.

Devon Rex

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Cats aren’t typically known for being loyal, but the Devon Rex sure is! They will do anything for their owners and do their best to never leave your side.

Colorpoint Shorthair

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The Colorpoint Shorthair has very distinct features that may make them look unfriendly. However, they are very friendly and like to chat it up with you. They’re also known for having a lot of playful energy.

Oriental Shorthair

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The Oriental Shorthair shares a lot of traits with their cousin the Siamese cat. They look extremely similar, but are a little darker. They are also known for their loyalty and chattiness.

Turkish Angora

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These elegant cats are extremely intelligent and playful. However, they can be stubborn when they want. They are one of the few cats who would rather have another cat around to play with.

Norwegian Forest

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These gorgeous cats come right from Norway and are fairly new in the States. They are larger than the typical housecat, but are very friendly and love to play.

Havana Brown

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Don’t let the grumpy face of this rare breed fool you. They are all about receiving attention and showing affection to their owners. They also love meeting new people and aren’t very shy.

Javanese

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This unique looking cat is one of the happiest breeds around. They have similar personalities to the Siamese and are very sociable.

Egyptian Mau

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The Egyptian Mau falls head over heels for their owners. You are the apple of their eye and they will do anything for you. These cats are known to latch onto one person rather than multiple people.

Turkish Van

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The Turkish Van is one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds. They have a strange love for water and are easily trainable. They even like to be walked on a leash!

Cheetoh

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The Cheetoh cat looks very similar to other exotic cats. While you may think of a large orange cartoon, the Cheetoh is actually quite small and of more neutral colors. They love being around children and purr a lot.

Korat

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Thai people believe that the Korat brings you good luck. They are extremely intelligent and very friendly. They love to be around people, so much so that they will follow you wherever you go.

California Spangled

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While this breed looks very exotic, they are domesticated and will wander around your house all day long. They are friendly and love to play with children.

Pixiebob

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The Pixiebob has every quality you want in a friendly cat. They are playful, affectionate, and don’t mind being walked on a leash.

Himalayan

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The gorgeous Himalayan cat is known for its long hair and dark fur around its face, ears, and paws. It has a ton of energy, so don’t be surprised to see it scratching its post often.

York Chocolate

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The York Chocolate can be shy around new people, but once it bonds with them they are affectionate and loves to play. It doesn’t have a ton of energy and remains quite calm.

LaPerm

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LaPerm cats are named aptly for their curly fur. They have a great sense of humor and are very intelligent. They are very playful, but don’t always like to cuddle.

Nebelung

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The Nebelung is just a long-haired version of the Russian Blue cat. They share the same personality traits. They need some time to warm up to new people, but after that they are very friendly.

Sokoke

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The Sokoke breed enjoys going for walks, learning tricks, and playing with people. They even get along with dogs! They are great family pets and show affection when they feel someone is anxious.

Toyger

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A Toyger looks like a toy-sized tiger. They are extremely sociable and sweet around other humans. They’re the perfect companion for people who live alone.