The Nine Most Affectionate Cat Breeds (Photos and Videos!)
The talks about which cat breed is the most affectionate continue until now, so this list is based on the opinions from the breeders, veterinarians, and animal behaviorists, taking into consideration how warm the following breeds were with children and strangers. Therefore, if your family is looking for a new feline companion, look no further than this comprehensive list of the nine most affectionate cat breeds—you may be surprised!
1. Maine Coon
One of the most popular breeds in the world, the Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breeds of cats, with males frequently weighing up to 18lbs. They reach their full size at 3-5 years, being slow to mature compared to other cats, which reach maturity at about 1 year of age.
The Maine Coon is a long or medium haired cat, with a soft and silky coat that can come in almost any color. They have dense, water-resistant fur that is longer and shaggier on their underside, with a long and bushy tail and a characteristic ruff around their neck with tufted ears.
The Maine Coon has been said to be “dog-like” in their disposition, and are very affectionate, loyal, vocal, and easy to train. Maine Coon's have a fascination with water, and some think that this trait comes from their ancestors, who were on ships for most of their lives.
This gentle giant is sure to bring happiness, devotion, and love to your family for years to come. If you want to know more interesting facts about Maine Coon cats , then watch this video!
This uniquely colored cat is a cross between the Burmese and Siamese breeds, and are distinguished by a pointed coat pattern that comes in a variety of colors. They can come in 4 base colors: champagne (a paler buff-beige), natural (a medium brown), platinum, and blue. Other European associations of cat fanciers also accept cream, red, apricot, caramel, and fawn, while TICA (The International Cat Association) accepts all colors and patterns.
The Tonkinese cat breed is very vocal, intelligent, active, and people-oriented. They are playful and very interested in what is going on around them, and so need to be stimulated to prevent boredom or loneliness. Some Tonkinese cats will even fetch like a dog!
This cat is beautiful, spirited, and merry; making them a great addition to any family.
3. Norwegian Forest Cat
This is a breed of cat, like the Maine Coon, that has been adapted to a very cold climate; and originated in Northern Europe. They have a top coat of long, water-resistant hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation. Being larger than the average cat, females are generally up to 10lbs and males can be up to 16.5lbs. The Norwegian Forest Cat is said to be a good hunter and climber, and can even climb rocks. They are friendly, intelligent, and good with people on average.
This breed of cat is easily adaptable and quiet, making them a fabulous choice for increasing your family. You can take a look at this video about these lovely cats.
Has the following features triangular shaped heads, blue, almond-shaped eyes, and richly colored, pointed coats, the Siamese is a sleek and glamorous cat. This is highly recognized varieties of Asian cats; the Siamese is native to Thailand, which was formerly known as Siam. All Siamese is white or cream colored at birth, but darken and develop visible points with age. They come in the colors seal point, blue point, chocolate, and lilac points—all are beautiful variations.
Average lifespan in the Siamese is 14.2 years, but a cat named Scooter is dying at the age of 30, recognized as the world’s oldest male cat.
Siamese cats are described as playful, social, vocal, intelligent, and tend to seek out human interaction. They can become depressed if left alone for long periods of time, and for this reason, are often bought or adopted in pairs. They can be persistent in demanding attention, and their cries are sometimes compared to the cries of a human baby, as they have a loud, low-pitched voice. Siamese is generally very affectionate, and are renowned for their social nature.
Developed by American breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s, the Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes, a distinct color point coat and semi-long hair. Ragdolls are best known for their gentle and complacent personality, often going limp and relaxed when picked up, which is where they got their name. They come in three different color patterns: colorpoint, mitten, and bicolor. Variations of these are the Lynx and tortoiseshell patterns.
They are also known for getting along with other animals and their somewhat “dog-like” characteristics such as following people around, seeking physical attention, and even fetching.
The Ragdoll breed is a fantastic choice for almost any family but is best kept indoors because of their extremely docile nature. This may prevent them from fleeing or self-preserving behaviors in dangerous situations.
The Persian cat breed is a long-haired cat distinguished by its round face and short muzzle. In 2015 it was ranked as the second most popular cat breed in the United States by the Cat Fanciers' Association, the first being the Exotic breed. Similar to the Angora breed, Persians have a woolly undercoat in the winter only, and a soft, long, hairy outer coat.
Breeders have introduced a small-statured version of the Persian under a variety of names: the toy, teacup, palm-sized, pocket, mini, and pixie; who are not recognized as a separate breed by major registries. Persian cats can have virtually any color or markings, and show-quality cats have an extremely long and thick coat. Many Persians are shaved by groomers into a “lion-cut” pattern to prevent or remove matting, which is extremely common in the breed.
Persians were rated higher than non-pedigree cats in closeness and affection toward owners, friendliness toward strangers, and vocalization in a Cambridge University Press paper entitled “Companion Animals & Us: Exploring the Relationships Between People & Pets.”Overall, despite this breed's tendency to be fussy over food, most consider it to be a clean, predictable, and very affectionate cat breed, making it a great household addition.
The Burmese cat originated in Thailand, and most modern descendants are from a female feline called Wong Mau, who was in 1930, was sent to America from Burma. There were only dark brown Burmese cats, but now it is available in a wide variety of colors, including blue, red, cream, and tortoiseshell. There are two standards for the Burmese cat, the American and the British versions.
The British or conventional breed has a slender and long body with a wedge-shaped head, elongated muzzle, large pointed ears, and moderately almond-shaped eyes. The American or contemporary version is more stocky, has a broader head, round eyes, and a distinctively shorter, flattened muzzle with wider ears. The Burmese are small but some are medium-sized breed, but well-built and muscular, and have been called a “brick wrapped in silk.”
The Burmese cat is very people-oriented, is playful, and preserves its kitten-like energy well into adulthood. This is also a breed that is known for some dog-like characteristics, and some play fetches and even tag.
They have a soft, sweet voice and can be persistently vocal like their Siamese counterparts when they are seeking attention. This is a great breed for a larger family or someone who is at home a lot, as the Burmese does not do well when left alone for long periods of time.
Very distinctive, the Sphynx breed is known for its lack of coat, and its skin has the texture of chamois, as it has some very fine hairs. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and they can have any markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortoiseshell, etc). They lose body heat quickly because of their lack of coat, and feel warm to the touch and seek heat, making them unsuitable for the outdoors in colder climates.
This breed has a wedge-shaped head with prominent cheekbones and large, lemon-shaped eyes. They are well-muscled with a medium-length torso, a barrel-shaped chest, and a whip-like, tapering tail.
The Sphynx are also called dog-like in their behavior, and are renowned extroverts, being friendly with family and strangers alike. This breed is friendly and affectionate, and is sure not to disappoint as an important member of the family!
9. Egyptian Mau
This is one of the popular breeds of domestic cat, and their spots occur only on the tips of the hairs of the coat, making them unique as well as gorgeous. Maus come in six colors: caramel, silver, bronze smoke, black, and blue or pewter.
The Egyptian Mau is the fastest of the domesticated cats, and has been clocked at running more than 30 miles per hour, making it an effective and efficient hunter. They are slender, muscular and have some anatomical differences from other cat breeds, such as their legs being slightly shorter in the front than in the back and under the belly you will notice a skin fold, resembling that of a cheetah, which helps them run by enabling the legs to extend back further.
This breed is more sensitive to temperature as compared to most breeds, being very fond of warm temperatures, and they are also more responsive to medicines and anesthesia than the average cat, according to a study done by Siegal & Cornell Cat Health Centers in 1989. The Egyptian Mau also has an abnormal long gestational period, that last for 73 days, with the average feline pregnancy lasting 65-67 days, which contributes to its uniqueness.
The Egyptian Mau possesses a very musical voice, and are known to be a loyal, friendly, and a happy breed overall. They are a relatively rare breed and may be hard to find, but if you do, you will be absolutely enchanted with your new family member!
If you are looking for an affectionate cat breed that will be an excellent candidate for a family pet and enrich your life for years to come, look no further than this complete and thorough list. We have intensively researched these breeds for you, and they are all extremely friendly, each with unique characteristics that you will find charming, delightful, and irresistible!