The cat sellers will always urge that their feline is the friendliest in the world and that she will prove the best pet. But the fact is every cat differs from the standard breed and has its own distinct personality. Some breeds are a lot friendlier than others and it is an important point that must be taken into consideration while choosing a pet cat for your family. Below is a list of the 13 friendliest cat breeds on the planet which vets and animal behaviorists recommend as great choices if you are looking for a family pet!

1. Maine coon

Maine coon


The Maine Coon is among the largest domesticated breeds of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname – “the gentle giant”, and is characterized by a robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, a silky flowing coat and a long, bushy tail. This breed can easily adjust its personality from playful to relaxed, and equally enjoys play and cuddle sessions. This flexibility also makes this breed a great travel companion, especially since most Maine coons take to leash training easily.

2. Sphynx



A recent study of different cat breeds found that sphynx cats tend to be the sweetest kitties towards strangers. The hairless felines are quick to cuddle with anyone for warmth, but also for attention. This breed does not enjoy too much alone time, so they can often be found “helping” with whatever others in the household are doing. Hungry for love at all times, sphynx cats are known for doing silly things to keep their owners engaged and attentive.

3. Somali



The Somali is another cat breed that takes a more active approach to getting attention. They are very clever, loyal creatures that adore their owners; some would even give up their food just so they can spend time with the people they love. Their high energy levels and love for bonding make Somalis ideal for agility training.

4. Siamese



The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. One of several breeds native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America. Characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears and muscular body, this cat is social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Because of their range of interests, this breed is also known for easily getting along with everyone and often acting like a dog. Siamese tend to seek human interaction and also like companionship from other cats.

5. Chantilly



Sometimes called a Tiffany, these delightful and affectionate felines are also some of the most loyal creatures around. They form incredibly strong bonds with the people they love, although they can be a little wary of strangers. These laid back cats are real “middle of the road” characters, they are never lazy nor are they extremely active – which is what makes them so lovable!

6. Russian blue

Russian blue


The Russian Blue is a cat breed that has a silver-blue coat. They are very intelligent and playful, but tend to be shy around strangers. They develop close bonds with their human companions and are sought out as pets due to their personalities and coat.

7. Ragdoll



The Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Ragdolls got their name for the limp body position they have when getting attention. These cats usually keep this affectionate, kitten-like demeanor into old age. Ragdoll cats often are known as “dog-like cats” or “puppy-like cats” due to behaviors such as their tendency to follow people around, their ease at being physically handled, and their relative lack of aggression toward other pets.

8. Persian



These cats are quick to return affection if you offer it. The Persian isn’t extremely active and they are very relaxing to be around. This smart and gorgeous real aristocrat of the feline world are loyal, affectionate and over the years have remained one of the most popular breeds in the world to have in the home as a family pet!

9. Manx



Manx cats can be born with different length tails or indeed no tail at all, they are smart looking and smart too. Manx cats are quick to join in on social gatherings and games. They love to play fetch and try out new toys. These kitties adore company and especially appreciate those who are willing to listen to them “talk” about their day.

10. Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair


The Exotic Shorthair is similar to the Persian in many ways, including temperament and conformation, with the exception of the short dense coat. These cats are known for their loyalty and affection, following their owners around the house and cuddling with them whenever they are offered the chance. They are incredibly gentle characters and they make wonderful family pets.

11. Burmese



There are two types of Burmese, the British and the American and both of them are known for the way they form incredibly strong bonds with the people they love. Burmese adore all sorts of human activities, they are playful and just like dogs, and they are very good at retrieving items! Burmese keep their kitten-like traits throughout their lives making them great fun to be around and wonderful family pets. Burmese cats thrive on affection so much that experts recommend adopting another animals to keep them company if you are often out of the home.

12. Birman



When it comes to a well-balanced personality, it would be hard to beat the Birman. These lovely felines are one of the most “people cats” ever, and they form a very strong bond with their owners. These intelligent cats are inquisitive by nature and love it when they owners come home so they can spend time with them playing lots of fun games! Because of this flexible attitude, Birmans usually do not have trouble warming up to new guests.

13. Abyssinian



The Abyssinian is a breed of domestic shorthaired cat with a distinctive “ticked” tabby coat, in which individual hairs are banded with different colors. This expensive breed is active, intelligent and adores playing games. They love water and are very good swimmers and are incredibly loyal to the people they love.

Hope this information would help you in choosing your next cat pet. Please share your experience if you already own one.