As anyone who’s ever owned one knows, cats make brilliant pets. They are quiet, they are independent, they are easy to look after, and they don’t tie you down in the way dogs do. At the same time though, they also make great companions – being highly sociable (though only when it suits them) and often hilarious. But all cats were not born equal, and while they all might make great sidekicks, some breeds of cat are more popular than others whether it’s because of their look, their disposition or practical considerations like their hair. Here we will look at the top 10 cat breeds to help you make a decision when you come to choose one of your own.
10 American Shorthair
These little cats are very affectionate and playful and one of the most sociable cats out there as long as you get them from an early age. Their short hair also makes them easy to maintain.
Manx cats are from the Isle of Man and are gentle but playful. They’re also rather noisy often too which but this doesn’t stop them being among the top 10 cat breeds.
Himalayans are the result of breeding Persians with Siamese cats, though they are sometimes registered as a separate breed. They’re very placid and incredibly furry making them great to pick up and hug.
Slightly lesser known is the Ragdoll cat. These have particularly captivating blue eyes and are again a friendly fit for families.
The sphynx is an acquired taste and one of the more unusual and distinctive cats thanks to their lack of fur. This of course makes them great for people with allergies (or allergies to cleaning up lots of hair) and for anyone who likes something a bit different.
5 Russian Blue
The Russian Blue is an intelligent and boisterous cat that loves playing rough and is able to look after themselves. At the same time they’re also known for their distinctive blue/grey coat which is why they’re one of the top ten cat breeds.
The Bengal is one of the most distinctive of our top 10 cat breeds thanks to their tiger-like stripes. These give them more personality along with their mischievous personality and intelligence – though they aren’t quite as sociable as some of the other felines on this list…
3 Maine Coon
Main Coons are large cats that are great for families thanks to their gentle nature and robust size – making them certainly one of the top 10 cat breeds. They’re a little harder to pick up for elderly owners though thanks to their 9-18 pound weight.
If you’d prefer a slightly cuddlier kitten, then Persian cats make a great bet. These are very popular in the US, and partly this is due to their lovely lush coating. Just be prepared to do a lot of grooming.
Siamese cats have incredibly piercing eyes and a very distinctive Egyptian look. Often ranked as the most beautiful cats thanks to their pointy ears and interesting coloring, they have an inquisitive nature and are highly intelligent.