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21 Cutest Cat Breeds: History, Pictures, & Info

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It seems like everyone is familiar with dog breeds–from cute and spunky Corgis to large, powerful shepherds–but what about purebred cats? There are tons to mention, and many of them are ever-so adorable.

If you have never stopped to explore all the cute feline faces you might see, let us introduce you. Here are cute cats for your viewing pleasure.


How Are Cats Classified?

Cats are classified into different breeds depending on genetics. Many breeders have diligently worked with classic breeds to create several different looking faces and features along the way. Many lucky kitties have been welcomed into many cat associations.

In fact, there are so many that there is no definitive number–however, there are thought to be upwards of 70 cat breeds that exist today. Here are just a few of which ones we think are the cutest!

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The 21 Cutest Cat Breeds

1. Sphynx

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Origin: Canada
Lifespan: 8 – 14 years

Oftentimes, the Sphynx catches the eyes of onlookers without much effort. This unique hairless breed can make anyone want one, even people who don’t really identify as being cat people. The Sphynx is a very rare and expensive breed, certainly not one you see every day.

Temperament and Care

The Sphynx is both highly independent and social, making it perfect for families who prefer to be hands-off. These cats will entertain themselves in your business and then go away when they’re ready for self-entertainment.

These cats are very active and inquisitive. They need a highly stimulating environment to stay happy, so they do best with owners who have a lot of time on their hands. The Sphynx works best for single owners, retired couples, and other household settings where you can spend a good chunk of your time playing with this breed.

If you take on the responsibility of owning a Sphynx cat, it’s important to learn straight away that this is not an outdoor cat in any capacity. While you can certainly create a sanctuary outdoors where they can experience nature but not be directly involved, they should never be left to their own devices outside.

These cats have extremely sensitive skin and can get frostbite and sunburn very easily. They’re also extremely expensive cats, and most people know that! A lot of time spent outside increases the chance of somebody abducting your cat. Unfortunately, that’s a real thing.

2. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold Kitten
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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 9 – 12 years

The Scottish Fold is an intensely beautiful feline with curled over ears. This feature makes them extremely sought after and charming as people find the characteristic incredibly unique and interesting.

Temperament and Care

In addition to their charming appearance, the Scottish Fold has a wonderful personality that can mesh with just about any living situation. These cats are known for being very loving, affectionate, and people oriented. They would make wonderful additions to growing families and tend to do very well with experienced children.

These cats can be particularly prone to weight gain. It is important to portion their meals properly and accordingly. This is one area of care that shouldn’t be overlooked, as it can lead to a whirlwind of other more serious health complications.

3. Ragdoll

Seal Tortie Lynx Point Ragdoll cat
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Origin: California
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

The Ragdoll has become increasingly popular over the years because of their laid-back nature and floppy, stuffed animal-like behavior.

Temperament and Care

Because of their docile nature, this kitty can work wonderfully with small or growing children. They also love having playmates and cuddle buddies, so having a few extra cats would do them well.

The Ragdoll is known to be quite a floppy cat, very limber and movable. Even though they seem more flexible than others, take extra caution when you’re handling them. Even though these cats are quite cuddly, they require an extensive amount of exercise and can get bored quite easily. You should have lots of activities available for your cat to take part in, or else they might take matters into their own hands.

4. Devon Rex

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Origin: England
Lifespan: 9 – 15 years

The Devon Rex has a curly coat thanks to a mutated gene. Much like the Selkirk Rex, this breed has a unique wavy coat that is downy in texture. The Selkirk, however, has longer hair.

Temperament and Care

These cats are incredibly intelligent but prefer to march to the beat of your own drum. They are fiercely independent and don’t mind time for themselves. You can have them with or without other feline companies, and they will likely be fine either way. As for humans, this breed is very friendly with people, and we’ll acclimate very well into a variety of lifestyles.

5. Munchkin

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Origin: England
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Who doesn’t love a cat with an extra-long body and tiny little legs? The popular and beautiful Munchkin cat is one of the cutest breeds of all time! They essentially get to be a kitten forever. Also, Munchkins are often crossed with other breeds to create the same genetic mutation. These types of breeds result in hybrids like the Bambino and Kinkalow.

Temperament and Care

Munchkins tend to be very docile in nature. They make wonderful pets for a variety of lifestyles and get along very well with other cats. The Munchkin can be prone to back problems because of their elongated spine, so it’s important to handle them with care.

6. British Shorthair

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Origin: England
Lifespan: 12 – 16 years

Interestingly, the British Shorthair is potentially the oldest cat in the history of Great Britain. These kitties started out as street cats, but breeders worked diligently to redefine them, creating a breed standard.

Temperament and Care

The British Shorthair is known for being an all-around fantastic feline to have in the home. These cats are docile, playful, and agreeable towards most people and other pets. The British Shorthair is revered for its amiable nature and often chosen to take on companionship roles. These cats can do well in almost any living situation, whether you’re just starting out or enjoying your golden years.

7. Turkish Angora

White fluffy turkish angora cat sitting on the floor indoors
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Origin: Turkey
Lifespan: 12 – 18 years

The Turkish Angora is known for its soft, elegant coat. These beautiful cats have stunning eyes that brighten against their light-colored fur. So not only are they a cute cat breed, but they are also one of the most beautiful.

Temperament and Care

These cats tend to be very playful, intelligent, and energetic. They love to interact with their humans and might involve themselves in your everyday activities. Because they have such keen intelligence, they can be easily trained and tend to do well in numerous social settings.

They love observing, so this might be the kind of cat that jumps on counters or other high points in the home. Since these cats prefer stimulation and activity, they actually do best in growing families and homes with other pets.

8. Egyptian Mau

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Origin: Egypt
Lifespan: 18 – 20 years

The Egyptian Mau is a highly athletic breed, and one of the most active breeds. Because of their lean muscle structure, they can run speeds up to 30 mph! This breed will require an extensive amount of exercise and is truly only suitable for active homes where they can have their stimulation requirements met.

Temperament and Care

The Egyptian Mau is very aware of everything going on around them. They tend to get very connected with their owners and love to play. They are highly vocal cats making a variety of interesting noises.

The Egyptian Mau can be compatible with other pets if they are raised together. However, once one of these cats is set in their ways, it can be harder for them to acclimate to new family members.

9. Bengal

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Origin: California
Lifespan: 10 – 16 years

The Bengal cat is an extremely talkative breed that will entertain you for hours! Their hilarious antics and high energy will certainly keep you on your toes. These cats are one feline that especially needs outdoor stimulation.

Temperament and Care

It is important for you to do something to get them outside, such as teach them to walk on a leash or build a cat sanctuary. If you are unable to take your Bengal outdoors, it might be best to search for another breed.

These lean and elegant cats have wild-like appearances and personalities. They tend to be very playful, prey-driven, and sociable amongst their families. You need to always make sure you are giving them enriching toys to play with to develop their predatory instincts.

This is not a compatible breed with any smaller pets that could be mistaken for prey. However, they make incredible mousers, keeping pests at bay.

10. Maine Coon

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Origin: Maine
Lifespan: 10 – 13 years

The Maine Coon is revered for its gorgeous, long coat. They have an efficient purpose, but the beauty aids to the allure of the breed. This is also the largest domestic cat, some weighing up to 20 pounds! Males tend to be larger than females.

Temperament and Care

This particular breed was designed for the cold. Their long, beautiful fur helps to insulate them from cold temperatures. They really love it outside, especially when the snow starts. So, be prepared to give them outdoor stimulation.

Maine Coons are generally very hardy and healthy. They get along very well with everyone and everything. However, they make fierce hunters, so don’t ever let them around the family hamster!

11. Selkirk Rex

curly-haired selkirk rex cat
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Origin: Montana
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

The Selkirk Rex is a highly interesting-looking feline that is sure to turn heads. They’re adorable, wavy coats offer such a unique appearance that any onlooker is sure to fall in love with them.

Temperament and Care

The Selkirk is a very active and inquisitive breed, wanting to play and make friends at every turn. This social cat does best when they have other cats to spend time with. They can work in various settings, including with small children and other pets.

The Selkirk Rex loves being the center of attention. They will gladly accept affection from guests, whether they know people or not. They love to play as well, enjoying having other cats to groom and romp around with.

12. Russian Blue

Russian Blue Cat Eating
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Origin: Russia
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years

The Russian Blue was once a very popular purebred known for their hauntingly beautiful gray coats. They also usually have very light eyes that make the entire look so lovely—elegant and poised.

Temperament and Care

These cats are extremely calm, affectionate, and intelligent. However, they are also totally willing to give you your space, so you don’t have to worry about neediness. They tend to be highly sensitive with great emotional intelligence.

These cats like to play, but they are very easy to please. Give them a catnip-stuffed plush mouse, and they will be satisfied. They also will love having another feline around to mingle with, but it isn’t always a necessity with this breed.

13. Oriental Shorthair

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Origin: United States/ Thailand
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Who doesn’t want a cat resembling Dobby from Harry Potter? The beautiful Oriental Shorthair has a long, strong face with large, protruding ears. Their appearance is certainly hard to forget, and their personalities are even more fantastic!

Temperament and Care

The Oriental Shorthair is one breed that becomes extremely attached to its owners. You will have a lifetime commitment as it can be very difficult for these cats to readjust to a new home. So, if you buy the breed, ensure you are in for about 15 years of Oriental Shorthair care.

These brilliant cats can learn a variety of tasks. They love to climb, so you might find them on top of your refrigerator, cabinets, or other high points in the home. They love living with other people and pets, making them very compatible with growing families.

These cats need to be stimulated regularly. They benefit very much from a variety of toys and exercise entertainment. They can even learn to walk on a leash! What’s not to love?

14. Persian

orange long haired doll face traditional persian cat
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Origin: Persia (present-day Iran)
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years

The Persian is a huggable, squeezable addition to the list. This brachycephalic cat stands out because of its large, round eyes and pushed-in snout. They always look like they are pouting—and that’s why we love them!

Temperament and Care

The Persian is generally a very elegant and loving cat. They are calm, though they will love to bat around a toy or two with you. These kitties are very attached to all family members but require experienced owners with knowledge of the breed.

The long hair of the Persian requires frequent, consistent grooming. Otherwise, you’ll end up with mats and tangles that take away from the coat’s natural beauty.

Also, be aware that brachycephalic cats are prone to more health conditions, so it’s important to discuss the pros and cons of this breed with a veterinarian before you decide to commit to one.

15. Siamese

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Origin: Siam (present-day Thailand)
Lifespan: 18 – 20 years

The classic, gorgeous Siamese still turns heads every time. They have incredibly smoky, beautifully ticked coats that vary in shades from light to chocolate. Plus, they have classic blue eyes to boot. They are arguably one of the most beautiful breeds of all.

Temperament and Care

The Siamese isn’t for the faint of heart. Siamese cats are independent, active, mischievous, and cunning cats that have very strong personalities.

The Siamese is best suited for an experienced owner who can understand the breed firsthand. They can be a little headstrong and challenging for novice owners. But once you fall in love with a Siamese, you’ll be a lover for life.

16. Himalayan

Himalayan cat in the garden
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Origin: Iran
Lifespan: 15 – 17 years

The Himalayan is a stunning cat with vibrant blue eyes and long coats. They very closely resemble their Siamese cousins but have longer, more elegant coats. Still, they share many similarities with both Siamese and Persian cats.

Temperament and Care

Himalayans tend to be very laid back and agreeable, so they mesh well with a variety of personalities. They usually can acclimate very well into families, permitting they have the right introductions, even when they are fully grown.

Because the Himayalan has a long, fluffy coat, grooming is imperative. Don’t get us wrong—Himayalans are master groomers. However, they need a little extra help preventing mats and tangles.

17. American Shorthair

Studio photography of a white American shorthair cat
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Origin: United States
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years

The American Shorthair has quite a healthy history. They remain one of the most popular cats in North America—and it’s really no wonder! This native breed is a delight to be around.

Temperament and Care

The American Shorthair has a shorter coat, but it’s very fluffy! They have an amazing coat texture and require minimal grooming. They tend to be very relaxed and easy to please, perfect for beginners and experienced cat owners alike.

The American Shorthair is everything you could want in a house cat. They make awesome companion animals for all ages and love hanging out with other pets.

18. American Curl

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Origin: California
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

The American Curl has a very distinct feature—it’s adorably crinkled ears! The American Curl was bred from a genetic mutation to carry a gene that curls the ears in a backward position. This gives them a face-in-the-wind look all the time. How cute!

Temperament and Care

The American Curl is an adventurous, spunky cat that loves to romp around! They will love keeping your kids and other pets company! They tend to get along very well with others, though their energy levels may be a bit much for more mellow pets.

These cats love jumping! Make sure they have enough kitty-friendly surfaces in the home to perch on.

19. American Wirehair

american wirehair cat sitting on a bench
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Origin: United States
Lifespan: 14 – 16 years

Do you prefer the coats of dogs like the Jack Russell Terrier or Wirehaired Pointing Griffon? Well, did you know that there is a cat that shares this type of fur? Let’s introduce you to the American Wirehair—coarse, unique, and so sweet!

Temperament and Care

This is an all-around good cat to have. They are very friendly, agreeable, and intelligent. They can mesh well with multi-pet and children-filled households or blend into a quieter environment.

The American Wirehair is a rare breed, so don’t count on finding one so easily. But who knows? You might get lucky and find a breeder nearby.

20. Manx

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Origin: Isle of Man
Lifespan: 15 – 17 years

Do you prefer a short tail to a long one? The Manx has a stubby tail, much similar to their lynx cousins. They are simply to die for! The adorable Manx can easily be confused with a bobcat—so make sure you never leave them outside unattended.

Temperament and Care

The Manx is highly energetic and interactive with other pets. They love to scratch their claws and explore the home—leaving no stone unturned. Because they love the great outdoors so much, they would benefit very much from a catio or outdoor sanctuary.

The Manx is generally a very healthy cat but can suffer spinal issues if their tail is too short at birth. This can affect the way they walk but doesn’t usually cause permanent disability.

21. Lykoi

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Origin: Virginia
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

The Lykoi is dark, usually black, giving a very werewolf-like appearance. Cute or ugly? You decide! Some would argue this cat is the cutest ever to exist, while others might be scared out of their wits! The Lykoi’s appearance comes from a genetic mutation.

Temperament and Care

Lykois have active temperaments and generally love to play with other cats and people. Because they are so energetic, they don’t work well in low energy homes. The Lykoi, despite its unique appearance, doesn’t require too much grooming. A few passes of a brush every few days, and you’re good as gold.



All of these cats are certainly interesting and undoubtedly adorable. You can choose from all sorts of appearance, from long-haired and elegant to short-haired and spunky. It all depends on your preferences. Of all these fabulous felines, which one caught your attention most?

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