20 of the preferred cat breeds

We keep track of 20 of the most popular cat breeds – from size to grooming needs to everything else you need to know.

The Abys is one of the most popular cat breeds that are well trained and able to walk on a leash. Photo: Dixi | Getty Images


In the Abyssinian alphabet, A stands for active, M for malicious and S for super clever. The agile and sporty cats are known for their love of size, their lively nature and their insatiable curiosity. With a tickled fur, large ears, a wedge-shaped head, and a sleek but muscular body, the Aby resembles its distant ancestor, the African wildcat (Felis lybica).

Abys come in four colors: reddish, red (also known as sorrel), blue, and light brown. Some registers also recognize the colors silver, lilac and chocolate. Her green or gold eyes with dark borders provide a striking contrast.

The Aby is very trainable and can walk on a leash. However, expect him to set the pace. This entertaining cat isn't shy about sharing its stupid side, leading to the common nickname, "Aby-stupid-an".

Weighing 6 to 12 pounds, he is a medium-sized breed. Possible health problems are patellar luxation. Genetic disorders that can affect your quality of life include red blood cell pyruvate kinase deficiency, amyloidosis, and progressive retinal atrophy. Ask breeders if their cats have been tested for these diseases. A healthy Abyssinian can live 12 to 15 years or more.

This breed has severe gingivitis (gum disease) known as the "Aby Mouth". Strict dental care is a must! Other grooming needs: Weekly brushing and regular nail cuts.

Does well with: Many types of houses. However, its quick movements and tendency to squirm between the legs can make the breed a danger to those who cannot stand, including the elderly and young children. Read more about the Abyssinian.

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These highly intelligent cats and love anything that gets their brains to work are one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: kipuxa | Getty Images


The Bengal is wildly sociable and one of the larger native breeds. Although Bengals are a hybrid of an Asian leopard cat, they belong to the class of domestic cats. However, if you are considering adding one to your family, the cat should be at least four generations away from wild bloodlines.

Bengals are athletes through and through who are both very active and always on the move. Water play is something that they enjoy – whether they shower or bathe, play in the sink or swim next to their people.

Bengals are highly intelligent and love anything that gets their brains working. Puzzle games are a huge hit for them, but they can also be trained to perform tricks using the clicker method.

The Bengal is the only domestic cat breed that can be found with the rosette markings that are usually seen on the lush coats of their true wild counterparts – ocelots, leopards, and jaguars. The rosettes appear as lively cocoa, chocolate brown, rust, black or charcoal stains or as marbling on a contrasting background such as buff, gold, sand, ivory, rust, brown or orange.

The Bengal is most commonly seen in the brown tabby pattern and the occasional marbled brown tabby pattern. They weigh 10 to 15 pounds.

Her coat is fine with occasional brushing, though it does brush the shed regularly in the spring. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Children and dogs – this breed is very loving! Read more about the Bengal.

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A healthy Birman can live 14 years or more. Read on to find out what makes this breed of cats one of the most popular. Photo: Vadimborkin | Getty Images


With white gloves and a silky coat, the Birman may seem a bit la-di-da, but this lovely half-haired cat is a social butterfly who loves people. Fans say they are the ideal family cat.

Burmese are known for their pure white feet in a pattern known as gloves (the white area on the front paws) and shoelaces (the white area on the back leg).

The Burmese are attentive and loving and enjoy spending time with their family. They enjoy watching TV with you for an afternoon, supervising the kitchen or helping your children with their homework.

Burmese people usually enjoy being treated and love children who are kind and respectful to them. They can be gentle and companionable friends with seniors or others who want a laid-back cat.

Burmese are generally healthy, but problems the breed can experience include higher than normal levels of urea, creatinine, or other waste products in the blood, which may be related to kidney disease and cardiomyopathy (a type of heart disease).

A healthy Birman can live 14 years or more. These medium-sized cats weigh 6 to 15 pounds, with the males being larger than the females.

Grooming needs are simple. The silky single hair does not usually form a matting, but cats should be groomed weekly with a wide toothed comb to remove dead hair and stimulate blood circulation for healthy skin and coat. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families with children who they treat gently, and seniors who are looking for a loving companion. Read more about the Birman.

No wonder the British Shorthair is one of the most popular cat breeds known for being easy-going, loving, calm and calm. Photo: Viorika | Getty Images

British shorthair

The chunky, chunky British Shorthair cat is a comfort cat: it is made to sit in laps, twist around your legs while preparing meals and majestically follow a toy mouse. With his size and dignified demeanor, he is sometimes referred to as the Winston Churchill of the cat world.

He is known for his easy-going, loving, calm and calm manner. True to his British heritage, it takes a lot to pucker his fur, which makes him a preferred companion for almost every family.
British Shorthairs are calm and prefer to live on the floor with four. They are unlikely to jump on counters or climb the curtains, and they have a reputation for being something of a Klutz. The adult British Shorthair will sleep all day while you are at work, but they like to be around, beside, or on top of their people when they are at home.

The males weigh 9 to 17 pounds while the females are slightly smaller at 7 to 12 pounds. This breed is easy to get chubby especially since they have a sedentary lifestyle after childhood. Don't let him get overweight. British Shorthairs mature slowly and do not reach full size until they are 3 years old. You can live for 14 to 20 years.

Grooming isn't bad: the thick coat doesn't tangle and should be combed or brushed once or twice a week. Like most cats, it sheds mostly in spring and fall. Take care of him more often during these times. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Other cats, dogs, rabbits and birds. Read more about the British Shorthair.

This isn't your classic fussy cat. The Devon Rex loves to nibble off your plate and try exotic products like olives, asparagus tips or whatever it can put its paws on. This is why the Devon Rex is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: Vivienstock | Getty Images

Devon Rex

The Devon Rex looks like it was straight out of a Japanese anime movie. Its triangular head, oversized ears, and crazy personality hardly deny that this is an unusual cat. He likes to ride shoulders, learn tricks and chat with you about his day. The Devonian is dressed in short, silky, fine hair and has fur that feels like soft suede, or it can have a swirled and curled look.

This social and curious cat loves the company of people and will be unhappy if left to its own devices. The Devon is fun-loving and playful, combining the characteristics of a cat, dog, monkey and Dennis
the threat.

This isn't your classic fussy cat. The Devon Rex loves to nibble off your plate and try exotic products like olives, asparagus tips or whatever it can put its paws on.
The Devon Rex is susceptible to certain illnesses, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common form of heart disease in cats; an orthopedic condition of the knees called medial patellar dislocation; and hair loss, which leads to permanent baldness. The Devon Rex is small to medium in size and weighs 6 to 9 pounds.

Its fur melts as it matures from a kitten. The coat can also change seasonally. Its scales are less noticeable than many other cat breeds. For care, simply rub his coat lightly with a chamois or just run your hand over it. However, its naturally waxy ears require frequent cleaning. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: People with allergies. Loves children and gets along with all types of pets. Read more about the Devon Rex.

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Despite being a social, people-loving sweetheart, this girl likes things on their terms and she is not afraid to tell you this fact – any time, day or night. Photo: Nina Reistad | Alamy Stock Photo

Egyptian Mau

If exotic looking cats are the key to your heart, you will quickly fall in love with this spotted beauty. The Egyptian Mau has stripes and natural spots. In fact, it is the only native breed to have such markings. And they go perfectly with the three natural colors that the Egyptian mau is in – silver, bronze and smoke.

Despite being a social, people-loving sweetheart, this girl likes things on their terms and she is not afraid to tell you this fact – any time, day or night. The Egyptian Mau is an extremely devoted and loyal cat and loves to hang out with her team, but she will be the most loyal to her "special person". This breed is very athletic and restless. She loves to climb, fetch, hunt and settle down. One of the favorite pastimes of the Egyptian Mau? Water feature! The Egyptian mau is proof that cats don't like water.

The Egyptian Mau's rear legs are longer than their front legs, giving the illusion that they are standing on their tiptoe (or wearing high heels). From a standing position, the Egyptian Mau can jump up to 6 feet in the air! She will also sit on your shoulder parrot and giggle in your ear with sweet things (or self-conscious demands on meals). The Egyptian Mau has reached 30 miles per hour – clearly why the breed is known as the greyhound of the feline world.

This muscular, medium-sized breed weighs between 7 and 9 pounds, with the males weighing more. Maintenance is simple: just weekly brushing and regular nail clipping.

Does well with: People of all ages. The Egyptian Mau could easily be called a family cat. Read more about the Egyptian Mau.

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Plush and personable, the Exotic is one of the most popular cat breeds. Photo: Petograph | Alamy Stock Photo


Do you love a cute and laid back Persian personality but dread the thought of grooming one? Look at the exotic. Plush and likable, the exotic is aptly described as the "Persian of the lazy person". This dedicated and loving cat has short, thick fur that is beautiful but easy to groom. In his personality he is more sociable than the Persian, but still maintains a mild mood.

Exotics are calm and relaxed, playful but not loud. They like to be in the same room with you but don't demand any attention – except for an incessant gaze that you may not be able to resist.

Exotics pick up your habits. They wait at the door when you come home and they sleep when you sleep. The exotic will adapt to many types of homes and families as long as it receives lots of love and attention from people who appreciate its constant presence.

This medium-sized cat weighs around 8 to 13 pounds. With good care and nutrition, an exotic can live 10 to 14 years or longer. These cats tend to mature more slowly than other breeds. Make sure your kitten's parents have been tested free of heart disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) as well as polycystic kidney disease. Some may have mild eye or upper respiratory problems due to their flat facial structure.

Maintenance is easy. Exotics have low-maintenance coats that don't tangle easily. Comb their fur and give them a face wash every week. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families with children and other pets, or even someone who lives alone. Read more about the exotic.

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The Lykoi, a new breed of cats, became championship status in 2016 in the color TICA in the color black-brown, which is the show standard. Photo: GlobalP | Getty Images


This showy breed, known as the werewolf cat, gets its unusual coat from a natural mutation in the shorthair that has appeared in domestic cats over the past 20 years. Don't worry: the test results show that the Lykoi's hair pattern is not from a disease or disorder and that this breed is healthy. The name "Lykoi cat" is Greek for wolf cat.

The Lykoi, a new breed of cats, became championship status in 2016 in the color TICA in the color black-brown, which is the show standard. From 2018 the cats could be displayed in the CFA under Miscellaneous.

This breed has no undercoat and less hair than most cats. The black roan coat is two-tone as an adult – white and black in equal parts – although she is firmly born black. There may be more coat colors in the future. So stay tuned.

This wolfcat lives up to its name and loves to hunt and play fetch. Loving and loyal, she is very social and likes to talk. She is an intelligent cat who is aware of her surroundings – best for people who like a cat by their side.

Men are taller than women and weigh 10 to 13 pounds. Women weigh
5½ to 9 pounds.

Similar to hairless cats, the need for bathing depends on the amount of oils produced.

These natural oils collect in the ears, so clean them regularly. The oils also build up on the claws and can be easily cleaned. Nails need to be cut regularly. This is not a hypoallergenic cat. It spills and may go bald from time to time.

Does well with: Families and other animals when properly introduced. The Lykoi likes companionship. Read more about the Lykoi.

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These large cats can weigh 9 to 18 pounds. Photo: Nynke van Holten | Getty Images

American forest cat

This furry "cat of size" takes its name from the great story that it is the result of a love game between a cat and a raccoon. Regardless of the brown tabby fur and ring tail, the Maine Coon is indeed a cat – a very large arm full of cats. The Maine Coon, known as the "gentle giant", is one of the largest pedigree cats along with Siberians, Norwegian forest cats and ragdolls. The "gentle" part comes from his famously laid back personality.

Maine Coons love to hunt down toys and bring them back to you. When pest control is your priority, Maine Coon "barn cat" lineage can make him your new best friend. A Maine Coon will follow you and offer you help, but they are not a cat in your face. He's not always a lap-sitter, but he likes holding paws with you. The Maine Coon prefers to keep four on the ground. He is a curious cat and is good at learning to walk on a leash. He enjoys playing in the water, although that doesn't always mean enjoying a swim.

These large cats can weigh 9 to 18 pounds, with the males being larger. A Maine Coon can be 12 to 15 years old, with some living well into their late teens. Health problems can include hip dysplasia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Regular brushing must be on the to-do list. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Children and other pets. Read more about the Maine Coon.

The cute and calm Persian is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: cynoclub | Alamy Stock Photo


The sweet and calm Persian likes to sit on one lap and is gently caressed by her admirers. Known for her luxurious coat and affectionate manner, she prefers family members over strangers. Choose a Persian if you want a cat who isn't a climber and if you don't mind daily grooming.

Persians prefer quiet, calm surroundings. They don't mind if children treat them carefully and respectfully. In their soft, pleasant voice, they politely mention that it is meal time or that they would like to play something with their favorite peacock feather, please. As long as she receives attention at home, the Persian woman is content to rule her domain from a comfortable sofa or chair while family members are at work or at school.

Their flat faces can cause Persians to suffer from a variety of health problems, including noisy or difficulty breathing. excessive tearing of the eyes; Heat sensitivity; and misaligned teeth. Buy a kitten whose parents have been tested free of polycystic kidney disease.

Persians typically weigh between 7 and 10 pounds, with men being taller than women. Healthy Persians live 12 to 17 years.

The Persian's long, beautiful coat needs to be combed and brushed daily to avoid matting and tangles. Taking a regular bath is also a good idea. Wipe the corners of your eyes daily to prevent stains from cracking excessively. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families with gentle, calm children and seniors. Read more about the Persian.

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These active cats are one of the most popular cat breeds. Photo: Petograph | Alamy Stock Photo


Tufted ears like its namesake, the bobcat, a brown spotted tabby coat and of course a wobbly tail come together in the Pixiebob, a relatively new breed of cats that gives the impression of wild blood without it actually being present. The distinctive appearance of this breed includes white markings around the eyes that resemble glasses. Facial fur that gives the cat the look of sporty “mutton chops”; golden, brown, or gooseberry green eyes; a rolling gait when he walks; and an original belly pouch. Most pixiebobs have a variation on a short tail that can be kinks, knots, curlicues, or just plain straight.

These active cats prefer to be at "heart level" so that they can help you or keep you company in whatever you are doing. Pixiebobs want to be with you, near you or on you, but without being obnoxious. They are intelligent and very trainable. Pixiebobs love to chat with people.

In addition to the usual meows and purrs, they rattle, chirp and chuff. They also enjoy driving their cars. Most pixiebobs love to play in the water and don't mind taking a bath.
The pixiebob is a large cat weighing between 10 and 18 pounds. About 25 percent of pixiebobs are polydactyl, which means they have extra toes. You can have up to seven toes on each foot. It can take four years for a pixiebob to reach full physical maturity.

Grooming is easy with a weekly brush, but more frequent for medium- or long-haired varieties to avoid matting or tangles. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families, children and other pets. Read more about the Pixiebob.

Calm and serene, this is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: Larry Johnson


RagaMuffins are so relaxed and cute that you just want to eat them up. These gentle giants of the cat world love nothing more than a good round and an admiring audience. The extremely friendly cats, who can approach or even exceed the size of a small dog, are cute and soft. If you're looking for a pet to cuddle with, these people-loving cats are the cat's meow.

Calm and serene, whether you are learning to walk on a leash or having a tea party with the kids, they do what you want. While the "rag" in the name alludes to the habit of limping in people's arms, that doesn't mean it can be dragged around like a rag doll. This stout cat should be properly held and carried with support on its rear end.

The RagaMuffin needs a lot of love and attention from people who appreciate its constant presence. He does best when given plenty of play time, training, and attention. Don't get a RagaMuffin if you were resentful at its craving to be on your lap.

As one of the largest breeds, the RagaMuffin can weigh 8 to 20 pounds, with the males being larger. RagaMuffins are available in all coat colors and patterns. Her large, expressive eyes, which can be slightly tilted, can be any color. Some have strange eyes, which means that each eye is a different color, a condition known as heterochromia.

Brush his teeth as he can be prone to periodontal disease. Groom coat cut nails weekly and regularly.

Does well with: Cats, dogs and children; is a good companion for seniors. Read more about the RagaMuffin.

Ragdolls love to do anything that affects their humans. Read on to find out why this is one of the most popular cat breeds. Photo: Thomas Leirikh | Getty Images


It's easy to fall into the depths of a ragdoll's glowing sapphire eyes, but the real enchantment of these pointy cats with their silky medium-length fur is their gentle and loving personality. The Ragdoll has the reputation of being a lap cat.

People looking for a calm, relaxed cat to travel with in a motorhome or to be their companion at home at work will find the people-loving Ragdoll a good choice. Although she doesn't mind dozing off all day when you have to go to work, she wants to be with you or around you when you are at home.

Ragdolls love to do anything that affects their humans, including playing fetch, running when called, and exploring the outdoors on a leash. Choose this breed if you want a cat that will stay on the floor or on the sofa instead of climbing to the highest point in your home.

Among the largest breeds of cats, this kitten can weigh 10 to 20 pounds. The lifespan of a healthy Ragdoll is more than 15 years. Ragdolls can be prone to a common feline heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Cats with the gene that causes the disease can be identified by a DNA test, which allows conscientious breeders to produce cats free from the disease. It is not true that ragdolls are pain resistant. Like any cat, they can get injured or feel uncomfortable.

Brush this breed several times a week. The coat falls off in spring and autumn. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families with children who treat them gently. Will be friends with dogs and other cats. Read more about the ragdoll.

These affectionate and outgoing cats are one of the most popular cat breeds. . Photo: Tierfotoagentur | Alamy Stock Photo


Do you love the look of a wild cat? The tall, active, and confident Savannah has spotted fur and large pointed ears, which gives it an exotic look. The serval is in her parentage, but she is not wild herself. However, she's adventurous, intelligent, and curious – a cat that's more than a handful. Savannahs need lots of play time, opportunities to jump and climb, and sturdy, sturdy toys.

Savannas are loving and sociable. They love their families, including children, other cats, and friendly dogs. Expect a savannah to enjoy playing in the water. You might discover how she turns on taps or splashes into her water bowl.

Don't be surprised if she walks on a leash or learns tricks, including finding toys. But be careful, Savannahs can be destructive if not given enough play time or mental stimulation.

These cats have a sense of humor and are known to play pranks on people: they'll hide and reach out and hit you, as you walk by, dip a favorite toy in your coffee cup and set off the alarm on your bed.

Savannas are big cats. Their weight ranges from 15 to 20 pounds, with men being taller than women. This breed is generally healthy and grooming needs are simple. Brush her short coat weekly and cut nails regularly. They have an expected lifespan of 13 years or more.

Does well with: Active families who give her a lot of attention and education; Dogs and other cats when raised with them. Not for first time cat owners. Read more about the savannah.

Mild, quiet, intelligent, adaptable and in a good mood, this is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: GlobalP | Getty Images

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold, referred to by breeders as the "owl in a cat suit," has earned a reputation as an adorable specimen because of its grin on the Perma Cheshire cat, soulful but oversized eyes, and folded ears.

All Scottish Folds are born with straight ears. It isn't until they're 3 or 4 weeks old that their ears pop down – although sometimes they just don't. Scottish Folds are characterized by a very round poly-aesthetic. Face, eyes, whiskers, body – everything here is circular.

Exceptionally dedicated and loyal, The Scottish Fold forms a strong bond with someone in the household. That's not to say he won't cuddle someone who shares a kiss, but Scottish Folds play favorites.

They are known for their laid-back personalities, have no travel issues, and are meek, quiet, intelligent, adaptable, and cheerful. The Scottish Fold can be trained to play fetch and easily learn how to open cabinet doors. So complete what you don't want him to find.

Some fun quirks: Scottish Folds are known for standing up prairie dog-style whenever they hear something that piques their interest. You can also catch her in a sitting position known as a "Buddha seat" with her legs outstretched and paws on her stomach. Many also eat with their paws. If you drop on your back and hit the snooze button, don't be alarmed – it's perfectly normal for you to sleep like this.

The Scottish Fold weighs 6 to 13 pounds with the males being heavier. Grooming is simple weekly combing and regular nail clipping.

Does well with: Children, dogs and other cats. Read more about the Scottish Fold.

Siberians love to chase and tag but are gentle with care or medication. Read on to find out why this is one of the most popular cat breeds. Photo: jkitan | Getty Images


The Siberian moves like a Bolshoi ballet dancer with lithe grace and strength. Known as the national treasure of Russia, this large, long-haired cat is native to Siberia, which is why its fur is undoubtedly made up of three thick layers. But don't think she'll be cool with your overtures. Siberians are affectionate, sociable, smart and curious.

Siberians love to play in the water and can learn to take a bath. They are also good at learning to walk on a leash, as they are naturally explorers. These agile cats make fantastic jumpers thanks to the hind legs that are slightly longer than their front legs. They have soft voices and express themselves in trills, chirps, stables and purrs.

Siberians love to chase and tag but are gentle with care or medication. Siberians are good moulting and rattling. When mice are not available, they love to play with toys. A Siberian does best when given plenty of play time, training, and attention. This cat will stay around you but won't get a Siberian if you want a lap cat.

As one of the larger breeds, the Siberians weigh between 9 and 18 pounds, with the males being larger. A Siberian can live 11 to 15 years or more. Siberians have a reputation for being hypoallergenic because some (but not all) produce less Fel d 1, the protein that causes people to be allergic to cats. Spend a lot of time with the Siberian woman you plan on making sure you don't react to her.

This breed sheds profusely in the spring and fall. Brush her fur regularly (more during the shedding season) and trim her nails.

Does well with: Other cats and dogs; likes to play with children. Read more about the Siberian.

This interesting cat is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: Ben-Schonewille | Getty Image


This interesting cat is not only distinguished by its hairless and wrinkled body. He bears a clear resemblance to an alien – a friendly one! – with his big ears with satellite dish and multiple skin tones and patterns. Another characteristic of the breed is a pot belly. So don't assume that anyone you see is overweight. The Sphynx feels like suede under your hand.

The Sphynx is acrobatic, devoted, lively, and vicious. He is also loving and adorable, and will follow you wherever you go including the bathroom. Sphynx cats are sociable and enjoy meeting your neighbors, relatives, and friends. The best home for a Sphynx is one with a lot of love and attention, with a warm lap, cozy bed linen or a sweater to keep them from getting cold.

The Sphynx is not necessarily hypoallergenic. Like every cat, it produces an allergenic protein called Fel d 1, which is distributed in its saliva and through its sebum glands. However, some find it easier to be in sphynxes.

This breed weighs around 6 to 11 pounds, with the males being larger. A healthy Sphynx can live 14 years or more. Look out for a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a skin condition called cutaneous mastocytosis.

The Sphynx can be prone to gingivitis. Therefore, brush your teeth frequently for fresh breath and good dental health. He needs to bathe regularly to remove oily secretions from his skin. Eyes, ears and claws need to be cleaned regularly.

Does well with: Children and other pets. Read more about the Sphynx.

With gem-colored eyes and a plush coat, this is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: Anna-av | Getty Images


With gem-colored eyes and a plush coat, the Tonkinese is an exotic mixture of Siamese and Burmese. The Tonkinese is malicious and loving, active, but also ready to snuggle up in a group. He wants to be your best friend. A Tonk monitors how you prepare meals, load the dishwasher or post their latest pictures and videos on Instagram and YouTube. His friendly manner makes him a good candidate for therapy visits in hospitals, schools and other institutions.

These social and curious cats love to fetch toys or socks and are the center of attention. Hence, teaching them tricks or walking on a leash isn't difficult. They have a softer voice than the Siamese, but are just as willing to have a conversation.

Tonkinese is available in three fur patterns (firm, pointed and mink) and four different colored dots (platinum, champagne, blue and natural) for a total of 12 different looks that develop over the course of maturity.

This breed is medium in size and weighs 6 to 12 pounds. Tonks are generally sturdy and healthy, and are prone to gingivitis. Therefore, regular tooth brushing and professional tooth cleaning by a veterinarian are important. The cats can also be sensitive to anesthesia. A healthy Tonkinese can live to be 15 to 18 years old.

The short and soft coat is easy to care for – brush weekly with a rubber curry brush. Cut nails regularly.

Does well with: Families with children who treat him kindly and respectfully, other cats and dogs. Read more about Tonkinese.

It is clear why this fairytale princess of a cat is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: Marka | Alamy Stock Photo

Turkish angora

The Turkish Angora seems to be a fairytale princess of a cat: beautiful, long fur; Eyes as blue as a mountain lake; a loving heart. But Turkish Angoras are much, much more than they seem on the surface: more mischievous, colorful, intelligent, and sporty than their appearance suggests.

Being affectionate means that the Turkish Angora requires you to be involved in everything you do and to "chat" with you about how you should do things. This cat has a sense of humor and doesn't like to prank people.

Fortunately, curious and active, the Turkish Angora is graceful too. With luck, she won't break your belongings when she jumps on the mantelpiece to explore the area. Some of the most agile cats are angoras.

She plays fetch, learns tricks, teaches herself to turn on the sink faucet and much more. The Turkish Angora likes to go its own way and once it has an idea of ​​something it is hard to change its mind.

This breed weighs 5 to 10 pounds and is generally healthy. Congenital deafness and transfusion reactions due to type B blood are the main issues to be aware of. Some, but not all, white cats with blue or strange eyes may be deaf in the ear, which is on the same side as the blue eye. This does not affect their ability to be a good pet, although they may meow louder than other cats because they cannot hear themselves. With good health and care, Turkish Angoras can live to be 15 to 20 years old.

Maintain once or twice a week. The silky fur is easy to comb and not easy to mattify. Don't forget to cut your nails regularly.

Does well with: Children and other pets. Read more about the Turkish Angora.

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This rare but ancient breed is one of the most popular breeds of cats. Photo: © Marka | Alamy Stock Photo

Turkish van

Can't decide between a cat or a dog? Get a Turkish Van, a smart, agile, and curious cat who plays fetch and learns commands and tricks. This rare but ancient breed loves their human's attention, but they don't care about being held on. This is not the breed for you if you prefer a calm, calm lap cat.

You have to be quick on your feet with a Turkish van. This is a smart cat who loves to run, play, and jump, usually to the highest point in the room. Although he's not particularly fond of cuddling, he likes to be petted and follows his favorite person. There's a reason they call this breed the "swimming cat". He loves to splash around in any water he can find around the house. But be aware that for those not prepared for this breed, the Turkish Van can be a handful.

This is a cat of considerable size and strength. The weight ranges from 7 to 20 pounds, with the males being larger. He has a beautiful, semi-long haired coat that is water resistant. The coat is not easy to matt, so it only needs to be combed weekly. Cut nails regularly. The Turkish van can live to be over 13 years old.

Does well with: Those who understand that he doesn't like being cuddled or carried, although petting is okay. Get on well with other pets if they are okay with him in charge. Read more about the Turkish Van.

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