Top 8 Affectionate Cat Breeds

Ragdoll cat

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds at a Glance

  • Burmese
  • Devon Rex
  • Singapura
  • Birman
  • Ragdoll
  • Abyssinian
  • Siamese
  • Sphynx

Purebred cats come in all shapes and sizes, and all have unique traits, some are energetic, others are calm, some are independent while other cats love to be with their human family at all times. We look at some of the more loving breeds of cat.

Most affectionate breeds of cat don’t like to be on their own for long periods. If you are out of the home a lot, consider adopting two cats for companionship.

Burmese

Chocolate Burmese kitten
Chocolate Burmese kitten

The Burmese features in almost all of my articles recommending suitable breeds, they are great with children, seniors and are happy to be indoor-only cats. They are an exceptional breed who possess the personality to fit into almost any home.

They are loving, playful and easygoing, many love to flop at your feet for a belly rub. Burmese cats get along with people and other pets, and unlike their Siamese cousin, they love everybody equally.

Activity: Moderate/high

Coat: Short

Suitable for: Everyone, the Burmese is a laid back and loving breed who make a great family pet.

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Singapura, Bombay, Tonkinese, Australian Mist

Singapura

Singapura kitten
Singapura kitten

The Singapura breed of cat is still quite rare, which is unfortunate as they are a truly loving breed of cat who is very similar to the Burmese in temperament. We had the pleasure of sharing our lives with a Singapura for 11 years, and he was able to melt the hearts of everybody he met, even non-cat lovers.

The Singapura loves to be up high, and many love to ride on their human’s shoulders. I recently asked on a Singapura Facebook group if other Singapuras were shoulder riders and was bombarded with photo after photo of Singapuras sitting on their human’s shoulders. This is a breed who is playful into adulthood, but not over the top. Singapuras get along well with other pets and children.

Activity: Moderate/high

Coat: Short

Suitable for: Everyone, the Singapura is a laid back and loving breed who make a great family pet.

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Burmese, Abyssinian

Devon Rex

Devon Rex kitten
Devon Rex kitten

The monkeys of the cat world, the Devon Rex is a very active and cheeky breed. Playful into adulthood, the Devon Rex is a busy cat who will follow you around, sit on your shoulder and keep you entertained. This is a cat who loves to be the centre of attention and will keep you amused with their antics.

Activity: High

Coat: Short

Suitable for: Families with children. Devons are extremely active and playful; people looking for a quiet and laid back cat may consider a calmer breed.

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Devon Rexes can produce excessive ear wax, which will need to be removed. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Cornish Rex

Siamese

Siamese kitten
Siamese kitten

One of the most intelligent breeds of cat, the Siamese happy to give you a running commentary from morning to night. Siamese cats often bond closely with one family member, displaying fierce loyalty to their chosen human.

Activity: Moderate

Coat: Short

Suitable for: Almost everyone. It is common for Siamese cats to choose one human to bond with, this is a breed who thrives on human company, and suit homes where somebody is around most of the time.

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Oriental Shorthair, Tonkinese, Balinese, Havana, Peterbald

Birman

Birman kitten
Birman kitten

Birman cats are a laid back, affectionate breed who thrive on attention. They are calm, quiet, gentle and great with children and other pets.

Activity: Low/moderate

Coat: Semi-longhair

Suitable for: Families and homes where somebody is around most of the time. The Birman is one of the more laid back breeds and fits in well with older people who are looking for a more placid breed.

Care: Easy, a daily to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Ragdoll, Persian

Ragdoll

Ragdoll kitten
Ragdoll cat

One of the largest breeds in the cat fancy, the Ragdoll is a beautiful and laid back cat who loves nothing more than being with their human companions. When picked up, many will flop in your arms. It is not unusual for a Ragdoll to have a favourite person, but still get along with everybody. They get along well with children and other household pets.

Activity: Moderate

Coat: Semi-longhair.

Suitable for: Families, retirees, the Ragdoll is a gentle, quiet and laid back cat who will fit into most homes.

Care: Easy, a daily to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: RagaMuffin, Birman

Sphynx

Three Sphynx kittens
Sphynx cat

The Sphynx is a hairless breed of cat who is part cat, part monkey. This is a breed which is on the go all the time. They are extremely friendly, outgoing, personable and get along with absolutely everybody.

Activity: High

Coat: Short

Care: Fairly easy. The Sphynx can produce more oil than other cat breeds, and it may be necessary to bathe the cat every 1-4 weeks. As with other breeds, daily dental care and trim the claws every 4-6 weeks.

Suitable for: Families, active households and people who are home most of the time. The Sphynx gets along great with children and thrives on human company.

Similar or related breeds: Don Sphynx, Peterbald

Abyssinian

Three Abyssinian kittens
Abyssinian cat

The Abyssinian is an intelligent, extroverted, cheeky cat who thrives on human company. This is an energetic breed who love to play and climb. They get along with everybody and like to be the centre of attention.

Activity: High

Coat: Short

Suitable for: Everyone, Abyssinians make great family pets due to their friendly and playful nature.

Care: Easy, a daily to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Somali

Choosing a cat

While different breeds have unique character traits, not every purebred cat will fit the personality type. Always do your homework before deciding on a breed and know what you are looking for.

Active cats are fun, but they can be exhausting too. Some people love talkative cats; others prefer breeds who are less vocal.

Look for a breeder whose kittens are raised inside the home. Take your time selecting a breeder, and be wary of breeders who try to rush you into a purchase. Keep records of conversations and document everything.

Read here for more tips on buying a purebred cat.

Toyger Cat Breed Profile

Toyger cat

At a glance   About   History   Temperament   Appearance

At a glance

  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving, intelligent
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4.5 – 5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Brown Mackerel tabby
  • Grooming: Requires weekly grooming

About

Toyger cat

 

The Toyger is a man-made breed of domestic cat which was created by crossing the Bengal with domestic mackerel tabby cats to create a cat which resembles a miniature tiger.

Toygers are highly intelligent, energetic, playful and get along well with pets and children.

History of the Toyger

Toyger cat

The name Toyger is a combination of toy and tiger, which aptly describes this cat to a tee. The Toyger is a relatively new man-made breed which came about when in the 1980s, Bengal breeder Judy Sugden of EEYAAS Cattery (daughter of Jean Mill, the founder of the Bengal breed) crossed a striped domestic shorthair with a Bengal to produce a stunning cat with a striped appearance. This came about when she noticed two small spots of tabby markings on the temple of one of her cats, named “Millwood Sharp Shooter”. Realising this could be the beginnings of developing a breed with circular tiger markings on the head.

Two cats were to become the founders of the breed. A mackerel tabby by the name of Scrapmetal who had uniform stripes and a black dorsal stripe down his back and a Bengal by the name of Millwood Rumpled Spotskin. A street cat by the name of Jammu Blu was imported from India in 1993. This cat had spots between his ears. Judy wanted to use this as a foundation and turn the spots into stripe by carefully selecting suitably marked cats

Other breeders came on board and in the early 1993 TICA accepted the breed for registration only and gave them new breed status in 2000. The breed received full recognition in 2007.

The breed is still in development and breeders are still working to create a breed that resembles a miniature tiger. Computer imaging is used to help breeders determine exactly the type the Toyger should be.

Appearance

Toyger cat

The Toyger is a stunning cat with a short, sleek glittered (gold-tipped hairs) pelt, like their Bengal cousins. Darker stripes are more desirable on a pumpkin orange background.

They are a medium to large-sized cat with large bones and a muscular body.

The head is medium-sized, with a heart-shaped face, small, rounded ears that are set wide apart — Round, small eyes, with gentle hooding on the upper inside. The muzzle is strong and broad, nose long and broad, widening towards the end.

Toyger cat temperament

Toyger cat

The Toyger is one of the most intelligent breeds of cat who are easy to leash train and love to play fetch.

They are an extremely energetic breed of cat, love to be up high. Like their Bengal cousins, many Toygers are love water and are easy to bathe.

They love to be around people and get along with other animals and children and make a fantastic family pet.

Related breeds

Bengal

Domestic shorthair

Sphynx Cat Breed

Sphynx cat

Sphynx at a glance

  • Origin: Toronto, 1966 and Minnesota
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, yellow, blue, copper
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Grooming: None but does require a regular bath
  • Good with children?  Excellent
  • Cost: $1,000 – $2,000

Read moreSphynx Cat Breed

Munchkin Cat Breed Profile

Munchkin cat

Munchkins at a glance     History     Temperament     Appearance     Care

Munchkin cats at a glance

  • Origin: Louisiana, USA
  • Scientific name: Felis catus
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, easily trainable
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Eyes: Blue, green, gold, yellow
  • Colours: All colours
  • Grooming: Requires weekly grooming
  • Also called: Weiner cat, American Munchkin, Sausage cat, Midget cat
  • Cost: $1,800

Read moreMunchkin Cat Breed Profile

Maine Coon Cat Profile: Personality and Care

Red Maine Coon

At a glance

  • Origin: USA
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Green, gold, copper and white cats can have blue or odd eyes
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, intelligent, gentle
  • Weight: Males 6-8 kg (13.2 – 17.6 lbs), females 5-7 kg (11 – 15.4 lbs)
  • Colours: Solid, tabby, bi-colour and shaded
  • Coat: Long
  • Grooming: Requires daily grooming
  • Good with children? Yes
  • Also called: Coonie, Maine Cat, Maine Trick Cat, American Longhair, American Forest Cat, American Shag and American Snughead.

Read moreMaine Coon Cat Profile: Personality and Care

Longhair Burmilla – History, Appearance & Temperament

About     History     Appearance     Temperament    

At a glance

  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Green
  • Energy: Low to medium
  • Temperament: Placid, loyal, easygoing, playful
  • Weight: Males  5 – 6 kg (11– 13.2 lbs), females 4.5 – 5.5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Black, brown, chocolate and blue in shaded or ticked
  • Grooming: Weekly

Read moreLonghair Burmilla – History, Appearance & Temperament