Known for their beautiful markings and talkative attitude, the Siamese is more than just a chatty beauty. This breed can figure things out and enjoys being mentally stimulated with cat toys and other “brain-teasers.” Keeping this feline busy is a must, as a bored Siamese will always find a way to amuse itself.
The flattened ears of the Scottish Fold may give this cat the appearance of being angry, but it is all show. This feline enjoys being around its owners and is extremely intelligent. It loves to engage in games of chase or being involved in whatever activity their human companion is doing. The Scottish Fold enjoins working on puzzle toys or just lounging around on its back with its feet up in the air.
The brainy-Aby is as smart as it is quick. It takes pleasure in keeping its owners on their toes with feats of agility, high jumping and the learning of new tricks. For these reasons, the Abyssinian needs to be mentally stimulated with a variety of toys (wadded up paper balls, bottlecaps, tissue paper and most anything that catches its interest). This breed is best in an active household that will give it the exercise and mental workout it craves.
The Bengal breed of cat may look like it belongs in the depths of a jungle with its stunning markings and large ears, but it is very much at home in an active and busy household. This cat is very intelligent and (not only craves) but needs intellectual stimulation. It loves to play in water, so you may find it fishing in the aquarium or an outdoor pond, which it is more than capable of with its long legs and slender toes. Nothing gets past the Bengal’s attention or stealthy hunting abilities, so be prepared to have some great times with this fun-loving cat.
These beautiful sleek felines were once kept by priests in the temples of Burma, but have now made their way all over the world. They are known for their energetic and talkative personality, as well as their ability to figure things out. For these reasons, the Burmese does well with interactive toys and can be taught tricks like roll over, wave, sit and come. In addition, many owners of this breed have been able to indulge in a game of fetch or even a leashed walk with their Burmese.
The Cornish Rex has it all, good looks, personality, charm and also a “sense of humor.” It is more dog-like in nature and enjoys being your constant companion. It will amaze your guests with its clownish behavior and intelligent nature. This breed also has long toes which can easily manipulate cabinet doors or drawers and its kitty-smarts can figure things out after watching you do it a few times. Be prepared to be entertained with a Cornish Rex in your life.
This breed is relatively new to the cat world (1970s). It has large eyes, a sepia-colored coat and is quite small in size; adults average around 4 to 8 pounds. In addition to being beautiful to behold, the Singapura is also highly intelligent. It loves to be up high, interact with its family members (both human and animal) and will welcome in your guests with a friendly rub on the legs. This breed needs to be kept busy or it may become bored and even depressed.
As the name suggests, this breed of cat was thought to originate in the Lake Van area of Turkey. It is a very active cat even into its adult years, however its larger size can make it a bit clumsy at times (it may not always land on its feet). The Turkish Van is also noted for its ability to learn tricks, play fetch and to pounce and prey. Owners of this breed also suggest leaving your toilet lids down, as it enjoys a good splash in the water.
The results of the pairing of a Siamese and Burmese, the Tonkinese has the slender good looks and happy-go-lucky personality that any cat-lover would be pleased to bring into their family. This breed is known for its quick ability to solve puzzle toys, learn new tricks and even walk on a leash. It loves to be high up and will keep its pet-parent amused with its clownish antics and full-of-life attitude.
With its soft voice and inquisitive nature the European Burmese makes a delightful pet. It has soft velvety fur, large ears and big round ears that will melt the heart of all who meet it – your guests will get this cats full attention whether they want it or not. The European Burmese is also noted for being a clever cat, learning new tricks and figuring out interactive toys like their were child’s play. Having this breed of cat will definitely give life and energy to your household.
No one really knows where the Birman breed originated, but cat fanciers do know the Birman is as loving and loyal as it is beautiful. With big blue eyes and soft luxurious fur, the Birman’s cute face wins the hearts of cat-lovers all over the world. In addition to being adorable, this breed truly enjoys the company of both human and other animal companions. The Birman is also easy-to-handle and they have a sweet disposition.
If those huge ears, wide eyes and elfish-like face doesn’t win you over to the Devon Rex, its highly sociable nature will. It has no problem following you around the house, keeping you company while you’re on the computer. Your Devon Rex will be your best snuggle pal. Devons are very playful and will make a variety of trills, chirps and cooing sounds to display their affection towards that special someone.
Known as the “gentle giant” of the cat world, the Maine Coon is a large, sturdy feline with thick fur, a long fluffy tail and well-tufted paws suited for walking on snow-covered ground. Although, widely used as a working cat for mousing, the Maine Coon makes a loyal and gentle companion. In fact, this breed is one of the best to be used in therapy work, as they enjoy the companionship of both humans and other animals in the family.
At a first glance, some may think the Egyptian Mau is “just” another Tabby cat, but upon further inspection you would notice a strikingly beautiful spotted coat and a Cheetah-like gait. The Egyptian Mau is extremely loyal to its family, but will pick out one special individual to bond with – once you have been chosen by a Mau, you will be the “catnip” of its eye. Even though this breed is fearless by nature, it will be cautious around strangers. Its curiosity and outgoing personality will soon decide to make friends with all who come through the door.
The first thing you will notice about a Persian cat is the large expressive eyes and pushed-in nose. And once you run your hands through its soft fluffy coat, you will be hooked. However, these aren’t the only reasons the Persian is the most popular breed of cat in the world today. Even though their signature pug-nose may give them the air of grumpiness, the Persian enjoys being with its human companion, whether it just be lounging on your lap or watching you do your chores, this cat is an excellent choice for people looking for an endearing pal.
This medium-sized, sleek-furred cat is a pleasure to have as a part of the family. The Tonkinese not only comes in twelve color variations, its playful and endearing personality will win over even the most dedicated “dog-lovers.” The breed is known for its curiosity and natural charm. It gets along well with adults and kids alike, as well as being a wonderful companion for other animals in the house. In addition, the Tonkinese will take over as “door-greeter” showing your guests in with a gentle rub and an invite to join in the fun.
The Ragdoll is an all-round outstanding breed. It has semi-long hair, amazing blue eyes and a laid-back personality that is sure to win over the hearts of all who encounter it. The Ragdoll hasn’t just “evolved” into the friendly companion-cat it is today, but rather has been specifically bred with this quality in mind. The Ragdoll is known for its enthusiastic play, fetching abilities and general human-oriented personality. You can’t go wrong with this amazingly loving feline.
It is a false perception that the Siamese are loners and care not for humans. The Siamese adores being involved in the lives of its human companions. It will lounge in your lap and follow you around the home communicating with you in a variety of ways. The Siamese are highly intelligent with sleek lines and gorgeous blue eyes.
If you are not familiar with the Sphynx breed of cat, you may be a bit taken back when you first meet one. It is not only hairless, but its huge eyes and ears make it almost alien-like in appearance. However, what it may lack in the looks department is well made up for with its outgoing and loving personality. Sphynx cats want and even need the attention of their human companion and will seek them out for play time and may even get into mischief if their advances go unnoticed.