The Friendliest Cat Breeds — Can you Guess?

March 23, 2018 in Articles

In this article, I will be sharing with you some of the friendliest cats breeds known.  All cats are wonderful in their own way!  Cats truly have their personalities, distinct from each other. But akin to dogs, cats which come from the very same cat breed tend to share or, perhaps, have at least some of the same characteristics or traits. For example, some of these breeds I’ll be mentioning behave similar to dogs, believe it or not!       

Pretty Kitty!


Some of these feline breeds truly enjoy playing while others may enjoy swimming.  Some may even come to you when you call their name. (Two of my four cats come running to me when I call out their names, which is quite pleasing to me!  I was pretty amazed when I saw them doing this for the first time.)  If you want a cat that is kind, playful and affectionate, there are some breeds that can be your pre-selected ones. In this article, I will provide you with interesting and fun facts on some of these amazing creatures!


Seven of the Friendliest Cat Breeds


1.  Balinese

Balinese Cat


These gorgeous kitties are closely related to Siamese cats. If perhaps, you want a sociable as well as one of the friendliest cat breeds, you might want to seriously consider the stunning Balinese. The Balinese are ranked as one of the most intelligent cats, among other character traits. They are known for having a good nature, a high level of energy, their loyalty, and good humor. However, if they’re not given enough attention, they may become destructive. Balinese sport a long, silky, sophisticated coat. This cat loves to interact with and speak to humans.

They frequently enjoy activities, for example, learning tricks — things a lot of people would only associate with dogs. Sleeping in soft places and sharpening their claws are some other things they like to do, so investing in a scratching post would be a good idea!

These cats may suffer from respiratory infections when they are young.  Balinese cats are also known to be at a higher risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy than other cat breeds.  Although many factors (like diet, exercise, environment)determine how long the cat may live, the usual life expectancy for the Balinese is between 10 – 15 years of age.


2.  Burmese

This great cat truly loves to be the very center of attention.  This breed has also earned a reputation for dog-like behavior. Experts characterize this breed as quietly affectionate, loving people, and also other animals. The Burmese love adventure, but also like to spend quiet time with their humans.   They bond easily with their owners and other pets that you may have in your home.  Burmese are known for their delightful, cheerful personalities. They are quite playful even when fully grown.  The females tend to rule the roost.

Burmese Cat


Their ancestors are the Siamese breed so these cats are a lot more vocal than many other domestic breeds.  However, they seem to have more quiet voices than their Siamese ancestors and have a softer, pleasant-sounding meow.  This cat is very intelligent and extremely affectionate breed.  Burmese love to cuddle and snuggle with their pet parents.

Some health concerns for this breed may include cardiovascular conditions, which are more common in males.  It is rare that they develop skin or musculoskeletal conditions.  And, if they do, it is usually not serious.  They occasionally suffer from eye conditions. The Burmese have a higher incidence of developing bladder stones than some of the other breeds. This breed is prone to developing congenital respiratory conditions (present at birth) when there is an abnormal development of the nostrils.  Burmese normally live anywhere from 14 -16 years of age.


3.  Bombay

You can say that this breed of cat resembles a panther.  Most people tend to only like the Bombay cat because of the elegant black coat and gorgeous jewel-like eyes of this breed. But did you know that Bombay is one of the most affectionate and friendly cats? The Bombay cat entertains itself and also enjoys playing with you. This breed enjoys being in warm, cozy spots as well.  This stunning cat is bred from both the Burmese and American Shorthair, so you will be getting a cat that has the traits of both: an intelligent and social cat.

Bombay Cat


Bombay cats are always black, and gorgeous!  It’s dark, glossy coat is compliments by their alluring sparkling green eyes or coppery eyes.  They are a great addition to any family due to their sociable personality. This breed does not like to be alone for extended periods of time and bonds well with humans.  It can easily become a lap cat and would love to be your companion.  The deep purr of the Bombay truly makes it stands out from the rest.

It is a relatively healthy cat breed.  Diabetes is a condition to be aware of if you parent this beauty.  Bombay cats may be predisposed to eye conditions, such as glaucoma, through genetic inheritance.  Their life expectancy is normally between 13 to 16 years of age.


4.  Chartreux

The Chartreux is yet another breed of cats which has earned a reputation as affectionate, intelligent, as well as playful. These French beauties are known for their beautiful coats which are water resistant with a bluish tinge.  Their paws are big and their eyes are an attractive gold or copper color. They have good personalities. Chartreux are known for their sweet, adorable chirrups. Chartreux are known for their learning abilities on how to do tricks. This is something people normally associate a dog being able to perform rather than our feline friends.  As they are natural hunters, they’re more interested in chasing and killing a small animal rather than playing.

Chartreux Cat


Chartreux readily accept children and pets in the home, without any problem.  They easily adapt.  These cats are very affectionate.  If you find that this cat is pulling your leg, that is an indication that he or she wants to sit on your lap.  There is no problem with this breed bonding and you may notice that if a family member is sick, they will comfort them.  You will note that they follow you from room to room; it’s like having a second shadow.  If you train this cat, it will actually fetch things just as a dog does!  They respond well to praise and would easily become upset if you scold this cat.  You must be patient with the Chartreux because they are slow learners.  This sturdy breed can be considered lazy, but watch out if they see their prey!  It is said that these cats may have helped monks keep vermin away centuries ago (16th Century).

This breed will make an excellent pet and bond well with every member in the household. If you want to adopt an affectionate, friendly, cat, then Chartreux is a great choice.  This breed’s average life expectancy is 14 – 16 years of age.


5.  Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a perfect addition to homes with children, dogs, and other cats. This cat will play happily with dexterity and joy. If maybe you are searching for a cat with unlimited affection and a sense of eternal adventure, the Cornish Rex is for you. This cat has a tightly-curled coat, giving its fur a wavy appearance.  Their eyes can be green, blue, or gold and their coats can be black, blue, orange, white, chocolate, among a variety of other colors.

Cornish Rex Cat


These cats also love to snuggle with their humans to keep warm. She will love to give a kiss, sit on your lap and follow you around. The breed of cats loves to be held and snuggled.  Although she is gentle and affectionate, this cat will not keep quiet and will carry on a conversation when voicing her opinion.They become hot or cold easily — they only have an undercoat.  This makes them much more temperature-sensitive than other felines.

This cat breed gives a refined appearance but then you will see that her highly intelligent cat has a great sense of humor and wants to be the center of attention as she strolls onto the stage and performs tricks or plays the piano.  Since the Cornish Rex has long toes, he is able to open doors and cabinets without any problem.  So make sure you secure your belongings and don’t let him see where you’re putting them!  He will retrieve toys if you throw them, just like a dog, at the speed of a sighthound.  The Cornish Rex behaves as a kitten does even well into old age because her desire to interact with people is never lost.  This cat loves to be around people and will do well in a home that can give her much attention.

Cornish Rex is generally healthy but these diseases have been seen with this breed:  hereditary baldness, and umbilical hernias (although the last case noted was in 1997).  Be sure to keep his litter box spotless because they are very fussy if their potty place is not clean.  The average lifespan for the Cornish Rex is between 10 to 15 years.


6.  Devon Rex

Would you like a kitty that is mischievous but also playful?  The Devon Rex is known to be both playful and mischievous, as well as agile.  You can say that this cat has an unusual appearance. Their eyes are large and their ears are very large, set low on the head.  These distinct facial features give this breed a look like that of an elf or perhaps a pixie. Devon Rex has some bald spots; their coat is fragile so never brush this cat.  Even their whiskers are fragile and break easily.

Devon Rex Cat


These cats are energetic and quite active.  They delight their owners by giving playful performances and expect praise and pets by their pet parents.  Devon Rex love attention and return their affection by purring. They love jumping so it is a good idea to buy a cat tree for your home so she can play and keep busy in this way.   Devon Rex love to keep warm but be mindful that they can become too warm as well.

Devon Rex makes an excellent therapy cat.  This adorable breed of cats is exceedingly intelligent, active, and you can say they are extroverted.  It is recommended that this cat breed live with families who have older children, other pets or perhaps frequent visitors.  You will love how truly social this cat is!  The average lifespan for Devon Rex is between 9 -13 years of age.


7.  Sphinx

Nearly all of the awareness the beautiful Sphinx cat receives focuses on Sphinx exceptional, hairless look. (Not all Sphinx are totally hairless, though.)  Most have a little bit of short hair on their nose, tail, ears, and even their toes.  Their ears grow in an upright (somewhat diagonal) position and are quite large, around 2″ – 3″.  Their eyes are kind of large and some have referred to them as looking like friendly aliens.  But in reality, there is much more to this unique breed. They have wonderful personalities and are highly intelligent!  We recommend that you consider this breed if you want a friendly and affectionate cat. These breeds are sweet, sociable and energetic.

Sphinx Cat


Sphinx cats love their humans, but they also get along well with dogs and other cats.  You may consider having another pet (such as a dog) or a cat to keep this very loving breed company.  They love to be touched and have an affectionate nature that can be compared to a dog’s.  Sphinx make the perfect family cat and get along with children and other pets, too.

They are not hypoallergenic, although many believe this because of their hairless coats.  If are intend to parent one of these beauties, spend some time with them (if you are allergic) to see if you are affected.  Majority of Sphynx cats are healthy; however, with this breed, there is a significant risk of heart-related problems.  Their skin does require bathing and it also needs to be protected from direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time and kept from cold temperatures during the winter months.  The average lifespan of this breed is from 12 – 16+ years.

How Do Cats Show Their Affection?

Whether or not your cat is affectionate will depend on a variety of things: his personality, his breed, and the way you train your cat. Even though some can seem distant, others cannot wait to show their affection. When a cat chooses to express his affection, it is very likely to show it, so you will have to learn feline body language, how they interact with other cats (or dogs) as well as with humans.  Some will jump up on your lap, and that is their way of showing their love for you.

When cats meet strangers or other cats, they usually receive them with a look without batting an eye. Slow blinks are often called cat kisses because they are a sign of contentment and affection. You can make a slow flicker game back to your cat and see how long the exchange can last.

Can Cats Truly Get Along with Dogs?

Best Buddies

The short answer is “Yes” but sometimes it is not as simple as we had hoped.  Surely we have seen on the Internet a lot of videos of puppies and kittens that are great friends. If we have a cat and a dog and want them to get along, we must take into account several factors on which their relationship will depend. For instance, their ages when they meet for the first time (are they both babies, is one full grown and the other a baby or both are full grown), the temperament of each one, the way in which they have been presented to one another, and the organization of the space.

It is ideal if you get your cat and dog when they are both babies.  But, it doesn’t always work out that way.  I had an adult Black Lab mix (full-grown) who got along fine with the cats who were here before she arrived and also with the new kittens we adopted.  She was just a very intelligent and loving dog who was great with pets and people!  It is absolutely possible for cats and dogs to live together in harmony in the same home.

If you are planning to bring a new cat into your home (and already have a dog who is an adult), be sure to let them have a gradual, supervised introduction so that they can sniff and learn each other’s scent and eventually become acquainted.  If the dog becomes too excited or aggressive, then try this again tomorrow.  Or, if the cat shows signs that he will scratch your dog’s eyes out, you’ll want to try this at another time as well.

If you’re planning to take a new cat home, choose one that is mild-mannered so that her temperament is not agitating to the dog.  You really will not know how they will get along until they meet each other.  If you do not see them getting along well, make sure that you block the dog/s with gates so that they cannot get to the cat and hurt it (or worse).  The safest solution when you are away from home would be to have them in crates or just separate them by placing them in different rooms where they cannot get at each other.

Ideally, they should:

•    Know each other from when they are very young and have positive contact with individuals of the other species during the stages of 3 to 12 weeks for dogs and from 2 to 9 weeks for cats.

•    If the above is not possible, introduce them to each other gradually, and take time to do this.  It may take just a few days or maybe a few weeks, or longer.  Be patient — it will eventually work if you do not give up.  Have them live in a space with routes of escape for the cat and places for each one to rest quietly.

•    They need to have the right temperament. It is ideal if the cat has a calm temperament and the dog does not show aggressive behavior toward the cat or cats; they have to be gentle when playing and see that they do not get too excited.

Help Your Feline Stay Healthy

Feeding your cat a balanced diet is of the utmost importance.  A natural diet, free of chemical-laden commercially-processed cat food, is the best choice to make for your pet.  Be diligent in making sure your pet always has clean water to keep her well hydrated; drinking ample amounts of water can help to avoid kidney crystals or stones from developing.  Exercise is another important factor in maintaining good health.  While most cats are active, some are not.  Buy toys that they can chase after so they keep a healthy body weight.

Playing Around


Keep your cat away from your houseplants.  Some of the plants in your home may be poisonous and cause the cat to become severely ill.

Diarrhea is a common ailment in domestic pets, and cats are no exception.  In fact, diarrhea is often a clinical sign of a lot of different underlying problems for pets. There are steps to take to help your cat steer clear of getting diarrhea in the first place. One thing you can do to avoid this from happening is to be sure that your cat cannot get into the waste bin. If you have noticed that he developed a case of the runs, you must remember to keep trash bin covered so that he cannot get into it again.


All cats are beautiful in their own way!  Each cat has its personality, which can sometimes differ from what is known about that particular breed. But if you are looking for an extra friendly and loving cat, take another look at the above list of the friendliest cat breeds, and you will never go wrong in choosing any one of them.

Shower your cat with a good amount of attention, taking time to play with him or her, and be sure to give tons of love and affection  — they will always love you back unconditionally!  Snuggle with your kitty.  They are precious beings that deserve the best from us!  Knowing your pet is happy and healthy is one of the best feelings that a cat parent can ever experience!

The Friendliest Cat Breeds — Can you Guess?


    1. jeffrey16201 says:

      I found your article post very interesting, I must admit some of the cats you recommended as the friendliest breeds are a bit odd looking.

      Are all these breeds easy to train to go in their litter box, I remember as a kid my mom had this cat who refused to go in the litter box no matter what she did or what brand she bought?

      • Cathy says:


        Thank you for the comment!  Yes, some of the friendliest cat breed cats have an unusual appearance; not what we are accustomed to.  But, I know that I would learn to love them just the same, even if they were a bit “different.”  A couple did have the “elf-like” appearances because of the large ears. 

        I had looked into what you asked for a few of them.  It seems that they would use a litter box, just as any other cat would — if they are properly trained and the pet owner placed a litter box in the home. 

        I have mixed breed cats and some of them, in the past, used to go outside the litter box … but we found out it was because of a health issue.

        I hope your mom was able to potty train it to use the toilet.  : /  LOL!  

        Thanks, again!


    2. Steven Cook says:

      Great posts, and love reading cat blogs. I also have a Bombay cat indoors, and find him to be so lovable and affectionate. We’ve recently had our first child, and I was always worried about our cat being around him at first (jumping in the cot etc), but he’s been so protective of him lately. Our cat does like his treats.

      We also give him smoked haddock each morning as this is his favorite. Is this a healthy option to give to a cat regularly?

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Steven,

        Glad you enjoyed reading my post on some of the friendliest cat breeds!  So, you have a Bombay?  They are so beautiful! 

        Congrats on your first-born baby — it’s such an exciting time!!  I know what you’re saying as I, too, was worried that our kitties would maybe scratch my son and daughter, when they were newborn … but they were just so wonderful, never tried to hurt either of my children.

        About the smoked salmon, I would not offer it each morning as smoked foods have been found to be carcinogenic.  I would give this only once a week; salmon is good because of the omega 3’s which are great for the heart and the oils will keep the cat’s coat shiny and healthy.  However, I would give the cat broiled or boiled  salmon.  I don’t recommend giving salmon raw as there have been reports of it having parasites sometimes.  Hope that helped!  Maybe try prawns as an alternative or chicken.  : )

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