Sassy, playful, loyal, aloof … feline personalities come in all shapes and sizes, but today we’re focusing on the friendliest cat breeds. The felines on this list of friendliest cat breeds clamor for the chance to turn a frown upside down and go the extra mile to comfort their humans with constant cuddles. So, who are these purrfect picks? You’re about to meet seven of the friendliest cat breeds right here!
In a 2012 study conducted by the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 129 cats from 14 breed categories were ranked based on geniality, and the Sphynx came in as the #1 friendliest cat breed! Not really a surprise when you take into consideration the fact that the Sphynx lives to please his humans. If he’s not acting wild and crazy to keep his owners entertained, you can find him helping with household chores — and even snuggling up to strangers who stop by for a visit.
With a name like ‘Ragdoll,’ it’s no wonder that this feline comes in toward the top for friendliest cat breeds! Known for keeping her kitten-esque nature well into old age, the Ragdoll thrives on attention and affection — allowing her body to go completely limp in the arms of a loved one. While many cats have a curious side, the Ragdoll is a bit more chill, preferring to follow her pet parents around the house, ready for a quick kiss or cuddle at any moment.
If the Burmese had a slogan, it would be “living for loving.” This feline makes our list of friendliest cat breeds since he will charm the socks off of you with his friendly nature … and gladly accept hugs, kisses and cuddles from humans and other animals alike! He’ll happily spend hours languishing in your lap, talking about his day and purring like a motor. He’s also known for grooming — not just himself, but you, and his feline and canine companions. Hey, we told you he was friendly!
4 & 5. Abyssinian and Somali
Fun fact: The Somali is simply a long-haired, fluffier version of the Abyssinian (aka Aby), so we’re calling it a tie for these two in terms of friendliest cat breeds! High in energy and crazy curious, the Aby and Somali aren’t typically found lollygagging in your lap. Why? They prefer entertaining you with their agility and intelligence. But what really lands these two types of felines on our list of friendliest cat breeds? Acceptance and adoration of all! There’s no stranger danger here — both of these breeds will mix and mingle with anyone they meet!
The Siamese earns a spot in this roundup of friendliest cat breeds because she’s the life of the party and a furry friend to all. She’s one loud lady and has no qualms about voicing her opinions (or complaints) for the world to hear. The Siamese is also sassy, sociable and affectionate — traits that help her win admirers wherever she goes. She’s so affectionate and easy to get along with, in fact, that some compare her personality to that of a canine.
7. Maine Coon
Dubbed America’s Gentle Giant, the Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed — and his heart is every bit as big as his size! This breed loves everyone he meets — from children to other animals, and adores long, quiet cuddle sessions or a rambunctious bit of playtime. A few other personality traits that make him a no-brainer on our list of friendliest cat breeds? He’ll give frequent head butts, and play shadow with his favorite humans to let them know how special they are!
A friendly reminder on the friendliest cat breeds
While the felines above make our friendliest cat breeds round-up, every kitty has his or her own personality. Therefore, you may come across an aloof Aby or a standoffish Sphynx. It doesn’t mean that they’re any less special … it simply indicates that they like to pussyfoot to the beat of their own drum. And really now, who can resist individuality like that?
To be more positive about the personality of your future feline, you may consider adopting an older cat, whose demeanor is already developed. But if you’d like to mold your cat’s character, a kitten may be in the cards. The choice is yours!
Tell us: Do you share your home with any of the friendliest cat breeds? Do you have a super-friendly kitty? Tell us all about your friendly felines — and their personalities — in the comments section below!
Thumbnail: A Somali cat. Photography ©grase | Getty Images.
This piece was originally published in 2018.
About the author
Erika Sorocco has been writing about cats for more than a decade; and rescuing animals since the age of 3 when she spotted a chipmunk drowning in her backyard kiddie pool. She currently shares her California home with one finicky feline (Gypsy), one crazy pup (Jake), and a collection of sweaters covered in cat hair.