Top 10 House Cat Breeds around the World
The joys of owning a house cat are endless and everlasting. They make your house feel like home by providing unconditional love, nonstop entertainment, adorable distractions, and companionship.
If your life is brimming with stress and sadness, a house cat or two can help you feel a lot healthier and happier.
If you have finally decided to get a cat or add another member to your feline family, you must be considering several different breeds.
The following cat breeds are popular among households for good reason, so learn about them and make your choice:
#1. British Shorthair
The British shorthair is an adorable chunky cat that happens to exist in a range of colors and patterns; however, the solid blue-grey variant is a favorite.
YouTube star ‘Prince Michael’ is one precious British Shorthair who has a worldwide fan following. This breed of housecats is immensely laidback, gentle, and easygoing.
If you have other pets around the house, it will fit in with ease; also, it won’t intervene if other pets are fighting,
but shall leave the scene instead.
The British Shorthair, also known as the teddy bear cat, is an independent feline that will enjoy long naps while you’re away.
If you prefer a cat that is affectionate, yet not clingy or intrusive, this breed is perfect.
It can adapt to all kinds of indoor environments and get along nicely with children. This cat matures very slowly and may continue growing for up to 3 years.
They can get quite big and easily become fat if not subject to a controlled diet plan.
A British Shorthair requires regular grooming, i.e. you should brush its coat daily.
Ragdolls are basically fluffy blue-eyed angels, who will provide a generous dose of hugs and cuddles every day of the week.
The name of this breed, ‘Ragdoll’, is derived from the fact that these cats go limp when you pick them up or take them in your arms.
If you want a pet who likes to lap and remains relaxed while you hold them close, this cat will not disappoint.
Ragdolls have a long or semi-long mane, which is soft and silky like clouds. Many of them tend to have dog-like traits,
i.e. they like playing fetch, following their owner around, greeting at the door, and licking family members on the hands, face, and feet.
Ragdolls are quite docile and playful, thus unlikely to evoke any complaints. They are not hypoallergenic, though they don’t shed that much.
You can expect them to throw up a hairball every ten days or so, but regular grooming can help prevent frequent episodes.
These cats are not fussy, but they can be occasionally talkative when they are overly excited or anxious. They may live up to 20 years if you take good care of their health and keep them indoors.
Himalayans are handsome cats, having a strong bone structure and the personality of a star. They are not native to the Himalayan mountain range (as the name might suggest) but share an uncanny resemblance to the Himalayan rabbit.
These cats are actually a hybrid that was developed by crossing a Persian with a Siamese. Their coat color may change color in response to the climate; it gets darker in the winters and lighter during summers.
Himalayans have lush long hair and enjoy being groomed. You can easily win them over with gratitude and honest compliments.
They have incredibly expressive and observant blue eyes, so it can feel like they are secretly judging you.
Despite being related to the Siamese breed, they are not hyperactive or increasingly vocal.
If your spirit animal mimics a couch potato, the Persian is your soul mate. This cat master being lazy, minding their own business, and looking pretty while they are at it.
If you are an introvert who is also socially awkward, this cat would make the perfect roomie. They can be there for you, without causing any disturbance or interference.
Persian cats have a sweet and calm nature, with an air of royalty.
They appreciate being pampered and subtly return the love. The only minor drawback is that they tend to shed a lot.
#5. American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is recommended to anyone who adores a fine and friendly tabby cat. This breed comes in a range of color variations and alternating patterns.
They typically have a petite body frame, paired with a dense bone structure and fine short hair. These cats are even-tempered but frisky; moreover, they have keen hunting instincts.
They can play on their own for hours but shall crave your attention every now and then.
#6. Maine Coon
Maine Coons are best described as gentle giants.
I suppose they are lambs dressed in lion suits. If your heart yearns for a big cat that is completely safe to keep in the house, this is it.
The Maine coon is the largest of all domestic breeds and also one of the friendliest. They certainly look regal, given their rugged demeanor, shaggy mane, and delectably gigantic paws.
Unlike most cats, they love the cold weather and water. They are capable of adapting to all sorts of lifestyles and love being surrounded by people they know.
These cats rarely speak or seek attention, and seem to embody self-satisfaction. They like being the center of attention but won’t bother you while you’re busy.
#7. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold is a one-of-a-kind cat species, owing to its distinctive facial feature.
The folded ears are the result of a genetic mutation, which apparently makes them look ‘cute’.
This breed has gained massive popularity after celebrities as Taylor Swift showcased it as their pet on social media.
The personality of this cat is like a child, i.e. it is sweet, sensitive, playful, and very reliant on its human parent.
The Scottish Fold is a cat that will not cope well with being left home alone, so it is recommended that you get another feline playmate for it.
Breeding this cat is banned in several places, as it is believed that the mutation contributes to low quality of life.
The Siamese is an astute and bold cat, which is why it may not see eye to eye with some people.
In fact, if this cat was a person, it would make an excellent criminal defense lawyer. They are awfully elegant with their long slender bodies, coat color array, and perceptive blue eyes.
These cats are one of the most talkative domestic breeds and can learn quite a few tricks if you make an effort.
However, these cats can also be very moody and they do not like to be ignored.
A Siamese cat expects its owner to treat it like royalty and shower it with lots of affection.
#9. Russian Blue
The Russian Blue is a graceful cat who prefers a quiet and private lifestyle.
This breed is sometimes confused with the Chartreux or solid grey British Shorthair, but it has some unique characteristics.
Russian Blues are medium-sized cats with slender bodies, long limbs, green eyes, and a glossy blue coat of fine hair.
These cats tend to devote themselves to one person, in particular, so they can be your loyal buddy for life.
#10. York Chocolate
If you don’t believe in superstitions and think that black cats are awesome, the York Chocolate will make a fine pet.
This cat has a brownish undertone to its black fur inherited from the Siamese bloodline, which grants it a chocolaty appearance.
These cats have a composed, curious, and somewhat meek character. They like to be held and cuddled, yet they are far from clingy.
They will rarely make a sound but are quite energetic and fond of playing with toys.
John Adams is a lifestyle blogger who loves sharing his personal opinions and experiences. He enjoys traveling for the love of nature and wildlife. Time spent at home with his pets is equally cherished, and they inspire a lot of his writing.