18 best cat breeds

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

The choice of a cat must be approached with all responsibility. After all, this is not just a pet. This is a friend for many long years – and it depends on the breed whether it will delight you or, on the contrary, push and frighten you.

We have compiled a rating of the 18 best cat breeds that are suitable for both an experienced breeder and a beginner lover.

Rating of the best cats

Nomination a place Name of product price
The calmest cat breeds 1 British Shorthair 4.9
2 American shorthair cat 4.8
3 Ragdoll 4.7
4 Scottish lop-eared 4.7
5 Burmese cat 4.6
6 Persian 4.5
7 Selkirk Rex 4.5
The best hypoallergenic cat breeds 1 Balineisian cat 4.9
2 Oriental shorthair cat 4.8
3 Cornish rex 4.8
4 Javanez 4.7
5 Siberian cat 4.6
The most sociable cats 1 Abyssinian cat 4.9
2 Toyger 4.8
3 Bengali 4.8
4 Maine Coon 4.7
5 Siamese cat 4.7
6 Russian blue cat 4.6

The calmest cat breeds

British Shorthair

Rating: 4.9

British Shorthair

The British are one of the most independent cats. Of course, they love the owner very much and are infinitely attached to him, but they can easily get by themselves. They can be left alone in the apartment for several days – and they will not go crazy. The main thing is to feed.

The “British” are distinguished by their intelligence and aristocracy. They will never allow themselves to pounce on a person – if he, of course, observes the boundaries of decency. Not too affectionate, but charming, they also need a polite, attentive and calm attitude. They love children, but do not tolerate familiarity.

Advantages

  • Self-sufficient;

  • They love the owners;

  • Radiate charm and charm.

disadvantages

  • Require polite, respectful treatment;

  • Not too affectionate to strangers or just family members.

American shorthair cat

Rating: 4.8

American shorthair cat

Sociable, but very independent cats. They love to be close to the owner, but they rarely find themselves in his arms – and they just don't really allow themselves to stroke themselves. It is easy to worry about the absence of the owner if he is at work all day or often travels on business trips.

They are very active and love to play. Such a cat definitely needs rattles or something similar. They retain their hunting instinct and easily catch mice.

Get along with children, but do not allow themselves to be squeezed.

Advantages

  • Playful and funny;

  • Very easy to care for;

  • Sociable.

disadvantages

  • Not too affectionate;

  • Need games and toys.

Ragdoll

Rating: 4.7

Ragdoll

Very affectionate cats. They completely relax and go limp in the hands of the owner, love caresses, scratching, games and just tenderness. They are sociable, but not annoying, they have a very quiet and melodic voice. Calm, smart, but very trusting. Loyal to the owner more than life.

Get along very well with children. However, due to the low pain threshold and absolute non-resistance, the child can accidentally, without knowing, harm the pet.

Advantages

  • Affectionate and loyal;

  • They remain kittens for a long time (maturity occurs at the 4th year of life);

  • Soft and affectionate.

disadvantages

  • Care is required both when leaving and during tenderness;

  • They need a special balanced feed and constant visits to the veterinarian.

Scottish lop-eared

Rating: 4.7

Scottish lop-eared

The 'Scots', like their neighbors – geographically and by rating – the 'British', are very independent and aristocratic. It is more of a partner cat than a pet. Calm, independent, she needs her own place, which no one will touch.

However, the Scots are quite playful. They need fun and mobility. Therefore, these pets get along well with children – but not particularly affectionate. Rather, the 'Scotsman' and the child will happily rush around the house, knocking down furniture, than sleeping together.

They differ in intelligence, react quickly to the mood of the owner and therefore are not inclined to be capricious when this is not worth doing. They love people, but in terms of communication, not affection. It will be possible to pet such a cat only if she herself wants it.

Advantages

  • Calm, balanced character;

  • They love children;

  • Not particularly capricious and whimsical.

disadvantages

  • Not the most affectionate cat breed.

Burmese cat

Rating: 4.6

Burmese cat

'Burma' is a cat with dignity. She is not very active, she can lie for hours and look at her possessions, like the ruler of the state – even if it is limited to an apartment. Calm, intelligent, unobtrusive – this cat will decorate the apartment.

Moreover, she is very sociable. She will be happy to 'talk' with the owner, if he wants it, and get to know the guests who have come. Very curious and not at all cowardly. She gets along well with other animals, loves children – she treats them like a parent, that is, she can play, and protect, and warn. Claws practically does not release, if something is wrong – rather, it simply moves away.

Advantages

  • Calm and dignified;

  • Helps to relax and let off steam through sociability;

  • Smart and unobtrusive.

disadvantages

  • Needs hair care;

  • She does not know how to land, so it is better not to let her on the closet or keep the windows closed.

Persian

Rating: 4.5

Persian cat

A phlegmatic, sedate, calm cat. Even a playful child or an overly intrusive guest is not able to infuriate the 'Persian'. Rather, the cat, with its characteristic dignity, will look askance at the intruder and go on to sleep in a quiet and safe place.

It often seems that Persian cats are cold to their master. But this is not the case. They love the owner tenderly and loyally, they are ready to follow him to the ends of the earth, but at the same time they understand that he also needs personal space. They will not be imposed, but they will gladly accept affection, hugs and games.

At the same time, they may be too arrogant towards other family members. But the attitude towards children varies. Some Persians will adore the baby, allowing him everything; while others – to maintain royalty and arrogance.

Advantages

  • Calm, phlegmatic, patient;

  • They love the owner;

  • Doesn't require attention.

disadvantages

  • Too ostentatious arrogance and royalty in relation to other people.

Selkirk Rex

Rating: 4.5

Selkirk Rex

One of the friendliest cat breeds in the ranking. Loves affection, games, attention. Very cute and funny. Sociable, does not lag behind the owner, but does not particularly invade his personal space. During petting, he likes to climb on his shoulders and sit there for a long time while the owner goes about his business.

He treats children calmly, joins in games with pleasure, and takes part in upbringing – as much as a cat can do, of course. Patient. Even if the child crosses the boundaries of what is permissible, he would rather run away to the owner or hide than release his claws.

However, in need of care. Curly hair requires combing and washing, since the pet itself does not cope well with the 'curly hair' with its tongue.

Advantages

  • Gentle, loving cat;

  • Patient and calm;

  • Gets along well with children.

disadvantages

  • Requires regular brushing and washing.

The best hypoallergenic cat breeds

Balineisian cat

Rating: 4.9

Balineisian cat

Sociable, strong and often too smart cats. Too means they can easily learn to open fridge or toy boxes. They become attached to people, do not leave them a step away, play with pleasure. They need attention and love to be shown to them.

They get along well with children, often play and show parental qualities. But a tandem of a child and a Balinese cat is capable of doing a lot more pranks than either of them individually. In addition, they are very talkative, often meow, purr – and, again, love to be the center of attention.

Very dependent and not suitable for people who only spend the night at home.

Advantages

  • Sociable, playful, sociable;

  • Get along well with children and animals;

  • Very smart.

disadvantages

  • Require attention;

  • Sometimes they play pranks.

Oriental shorthair cat

Rating: 4.8

Oriental shorthair cat

A playful cat that needs an emotional connection with its owner. Even the word 'love' cannot describe her attitude towards the owner – rather, 'dependence'. She is absolutely trusting, misses the owner if he leaves the house for a long time, perfectly understands his mood and is ready to help cope with stress or join the game.

Likes to be in the center of attention, attracting it both with play and communication. A lot of 'talks', so not very well suited for lovers of silence. Very energetic, but by the end of the day calms down and just needs a hug.

Advantages

  • Quickly and permanently attached to the owner;

  • Easily determines the mood of the owner;

  • Calm about children.

disadvantages

  • Demanding attention, noisy and playful;

  • Does not forgive betrayal.

Cornish rex

Rating: 4.8

Cornish rex

A very energetic and curious cat. He needs constant games, activity, in the first days of his stay he will study all the cracks, boxes and mezzanines in the house. And then he will go to study them a second time. Differs in observation, will quickly get used to the owners' schedule and will begin to help with household chores – as much as possible for a cat, of course. And even if it doesn't work out, he will still try to help.

Therefore, this is one of the most demanding breeds in the ranking. Moreover, the attention is due not only to her character. If there are dangerous places in the house, you will have to make sure that the cat is not there.

It is important to consider that this pet is distinguished by its appetite. She eats a lot – and then spends calories on heating herself (after all, she has practically no wool) and on physical activity.

Advantages

  • Curious and active;

  • They like to be close to the owner;

  • Smart, observant, even with a sense of humor.

disadvantages

  • Require attention;

  • Need regular bathing.

Javanez

Rating: 4.7

Javanez

The Javanese cat, or Javanese, descended from about the same breed family as the Balinese and Oriental. Therefore, their character traits are similar. However, Javanese is more 'passive affection' than demanding attention.

In particular, Javanese constantly spends time with the owner. He will sit on his arms, sleep in the same bed, just sit next to him when doing something. But at the same time he is active, needs games, toys and walks. Boredom can start to be naughty.

Advantages

  • Loyal and sociable;

  • Loves games and walks;

  • Good for all family members, children and guests.

disadvantages

  • Needs activity and games;

  • Susceptible to various diseases.

Siberian cat

Rating: 4.6

Siberian cat

A good-natured, benevolent and friendly cat – which is not particularly associated with her completely 'forest' appearance. Differs in activity and playfulness, and retains such a disposition for a long time.

A smart and smart cat. She will not be naughty in the house. Do not expect strong affection from her – this is a companion with dignity. At the same time, she is very calm about children and does not show aggression, even if they pull her tail. However, the Siberian woman will gladly take part in education.

Advantages

  • Calm cat with dignity;

  • Friendly and communicative;

  • Unpretentious in care.

disadvantages

  • Not particularly affectionate;

  • It gets along poorly with rodents or other small animals in the apartment.

The most sociable cats

Abyssinian cat

Rating: 4.9

Abyssinian cat

'Abyssinians' are sociable, friendly cats who love to participate in everything that humans do. And if people also gather in a group … That's it, the cat will be in the very center of this company and will in every possible way 'help'.

Abyssinian cats are one of the most curious and active in the ranking. They are constantly playing, walking somewhere, running, doing something and just don't sit still. They actively study every corner of the apartment, meet guests, catch insects and love to spend time with the owner, especially if he is doing something active.

Advantages

  • Active and friendly;

  • Spend time with the owner;

  • They love guests and groups of people in general.

disadvantages

  • Not suitable for lovers of a passive lifestyle;

  • They need a closed window and balcony, as they can fall out of there.

Toyger

Rating: 4.8

Toyger

Toygers are both plush and very active cats. They are happy to run, play, participate in all human activities. Toygers especially love children, because they always have time to play and run. Cats are notable for their friendliness – and are happy to 'make contact' with any person who is ready to play with them.

Toygers will love semi-free content – and they are the first to want to go with you to the dacha. But in the apartment they will take root with pleasure. The main thing is not to forget to play with them, because these cats remain active until very old age.

Advantages

  • Active and playful;

  • They love walks and generally semi-free content;

  • They are distinguished by good health.

disadvantages

  • They really need games.

Bengali

Rating: 4.8

Bengali

'Bengalis' are very socially active and outgoing cats. Therefore, they are suitable only for a person who is ready to devote a lot of time to them. They pay for this with a deep emotional attachment that lasts for life.

An interesting feature of Bengal cats is their love for water. They are happy to play with the stream from the tap, and in extreme cases, even climb into the bath or shower with the owner. In addition, the 'Bengalis', even though they are very active, love to sit on their arms and just hug.

The rest of the time they play, open drawers and wardrobes, rush around the house and just frolic. Also that this pet is for active people who are ready to devote a lot of time and attention to games.

Advantages

  • They like to sit on their hands;

  • They love water very much;

  • Active, playful and outgoing.

disadvantages

  • They need attention and activity.

  • It is better to close the shower room, taps and toilet – cats love water very much;

Maine Coon

Rating: 4.7

Maine Coon

Despite its huge size and rather harsh appearance, the Maine Coon is incredibly friendly. He loves people and animals, adores children, plays with everyone who wants it with pleasure and amazing grace. But at the same time, Maine Coons have a sense of their own dignity. They are not intrusive, but they also do not like familiarity.

Being sanguine, Maine Coons need to play. They need constant activity. Thus, they do not have a completely feline character – rather a canine one. They even love to walk!

Like the previous breed in the ranking, the Maine Coon has a soft spot for water. He not only swims with pleasure, but even swims – if the size of the reservoir, of course, allows. It's a very big cat after all.

Advantages

  • They love games and walks;

  • They are attached to people, but have a sense of their own dignity;

  • They love water, but without fanaticism;

  • They love children.

disadvantages

  • Too large, need a spacious apartment and do not sit very often in the owner's arms.

Siamese cat

Rating: 4.7

Siamese cat

Siamese cats love to be the center of attention. But at the same time, they show friendliness only to their master. But they are so attached to the owner that they are ready to follow him everywhere.

Moreover, the Siamese are very intelligent. They can even learn some tricks! It is worth considering that such pets need not only games, but also communication – you need to talk to them, and they will respond in kind. And most of the time, initiate a dialogue at all.

But it is worth considering that Siamese cats are jealous. And this is manifested in many ways. They may even take revenge on the owner for showing too little attention.

Advantages

  • Affectionate and gentle;

  • Beautiful and elegant;

  • They love communication.

disadvantages

  • They have an unpredictable character;

  • Are prone to bouts of jealousy;

  • Sometimes they are aggressive.

Russian blue cat

Rating: 4.6

Russian blue cat

A cat with a calm and playful character. Cheerful and active, she will chase everything that is poorly fastened to the floor around the house. But at the same time it is neat enough so that the grandmother's vase on the edge of the chest of drawers will not be damaged. Not very quickly attached to the owner, but remains faithful to him for many years. Differs in quick-wittedness and sense of humor.

True, this is the only cat in its segment of the rating that is unfriendly to guests. As soon as a stranger appears in the house, the animal hides in a hard-to-reach place. In addition, she does not like to sit on her arms and stroking too much – rather, the cat will be located somewhere nearby or at the legs and will simply be 'present'.

Advantages

  • Cat with dignity;

  • Playful but not intrusive;

  • Differs in intelligence.

disadvantages

  • It takes a long time to get used to the owner;

  • She is very careful, does not like screams and scandals, she is afraid of guests.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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