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Which Cat Breed is Right for Me?

Like humans, cats come in all shapes and sizes—and temperaments! Use our guide to find a cat breed that suits your lifestyle and personality.

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Sphynx

Likely the most distinctive of all cats, the Sphynx’s extremely fine coat of down gives it the appearance of being hairless. This also means that the Sphynx is strictly an indoor cat, and it makes a gentle companion.

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Persian

The docile, affectionate Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds and makes a great indoor cat. Like all longhaired cats, it requires regular grooming to stop its coat from matting. The Persian comes in a variety of colours, but be careful if you’re interested in one with white fur and blue eyes, as those traits often indicate deafness.

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Balinese

The Balinese is similar to the popular Siamese breed, though with a longer, silkier coat. It’s just as smart and active as its shorthair counterpart, but slightly less demanding.

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Norwegian Forest

It may be friendly, but the fiercely independent Norwegian Forest is not a breed to be kept indoors. This thick-furred cat developed in Norway’s freezing temperatures, and it loves to hunt and climb.

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Birman

Supposedly a holy temple cat in its native Burma, the Birman has an appropriately meditative and peaceful personality. It makes a great lap cat but can get stressed if left alone too often.

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Ragdoll

The Ragdoll’s tendency to go limp in an owner’s lap gave the breed its charming name. Its adorable habits also resulted in some funny myths: legend has it that the mother of the first litter was hit by a car and gave birth to “floppy” kittens, and that its affectionate nature makes the Ragdoll utterly defenseless. While intelligent, this docile cat requires less space and exercise than other breeds.

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Maine Coon

The Maine Coon’s heft and bushy tail led American settlers to believe it was a cross between a raccoon and a cat―hence its unusual name. This active and affectionate breed can get as big as 8.2 kg, though most are smaller, and it has a trademark mane of neck fur. The Maine Coon’s independent nature and thick, waterproof coat makes it a great outdoor cat.

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Bengal

A beautiful cross-breed of the wild Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthairs, the Bengal makes a curious and outgoing pet. Highly intelligent, it needs human company and lots of entertainment.

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Somali

Like its shorter-haired equivalent, the Abyssinian, the bright, outgoing Somali gets its distinctive colouring from the dark bands that mark each hair.

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Abyssinian

Two dark bands on each of the Abyssinian’s hair give its coat a striking similarity to that of a wild rabbit. Largely unchanged since it arrived from Africa in the nineteenth century, the Abyssinian is playful and enjoys learning tricks. While it requires constant human attention, this breed doesn’t always get along well with other cats.

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Korat

Originally from Thailand, the dark-grey Korat is one of the world’s oldest cat breeds. Its affectionate demeanour and huge, beautiful eyes have made the Korat very popular.

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Russian Blue

The Russian Blue has a soft double coat that feels wonderful to touch. It tends to be shy with strangers and favours homes with stable routines, but makes an intelligent, friendly companion.

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Turkish Van

Cats hate water, right? Not the Turkish Van. This avid swimmer loves to bathe, and is named after its native Lake Van region in Turkey. The Turkish Van has a lovely personality and a beautiful auburn-and-cream coat.

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British and American Shorthairs

These common cats are available in a range of colours. They make easygoing companions and enjoy human attention without demanding it, though their love of food and lounging can lead to excessive weight gain.

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Burmese

The Burmese is now nearly as popular as the Siamese, thanks to its intelligence and hunger for attention. You might even mistake this energetic,