Abyssinian
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail.



    American Curl
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Medium activity level. Short Coat. Long tail. Curious, sweet personality, kitten-like behavior, affectionate and intelligent. Genetically sound, although ask about ear canals--they should be open and cleanable. Ears need weekly attention."



    American Shorthair
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Large sized. Short Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    American Wirehair
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Medium sized. Large sized. Short Coat Long tail. This breed is slow to develop an immune-system response, leaving cats prone to sneezing and other upper-respiratory symptoms."



    Balinese
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound. Bengal breeder, Candace McWhorter offers her opinions, "They are very playful, smart, talkative, fond of water, short haired, affectionate, curious, can learn tricks. Because they are so smart they need companionship--- human or other animal. I do not suggest bengals for people who are gone all day at work and are leaving the kitten/cat alone. They will tend to get into trouble. Temperment is important because of their ancestry of being a hybrid (asian leopard cat and a domestic cat)".



    Bengal
    Short Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound. Bengal breeder,
    Candace McWhorter offers her opinions, "They are very playful, smart, talkative, fond of water, short haired, affectionate, curious, can learn tricks. Because they are so smart they need companionship--- human or other animal. I do not suggest bengals for people who are gone all day at work and are leaving the kitten/cat alone. They will tend to get into trouble. Temperment is important because of their ancestry of being a hybrid (asian leopard cat and a domestic cat)"."



    Birman
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Good with kids. Medium sized. Large sized. Long Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Bombay
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Cranial deformities occur in many lines.



    British Shorthair
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Good with kids. Medium sized. Large sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Burmese
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level. High activity level. Good with kids. Short Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Cranial deformities occur in many lines. "The Burmese is a very active and intelligent cat. It loves human companionship, however it is not always the perfect companion for children - not so much for the sake of the children, but for the sake of cat/kitten. Because Burmese cats loves people as much as they do, they often have problems setting limits with rough handling from children, which could mean a trip to the vet's office. All colours of Burmese should have golden yellow eyes and their very short coats should feel like touching silk (many breeders have problems with eye colour, which tend to get greenish, and poor quality of the coat).""




    Chartreux
    A moderately playful breed. A good companion. Less vocal. (Inconclusive, more data needed) Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound."




    Colorpoint Longhair
    Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat. Long tail.





    Colorpoint Shorthair
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Cornish Rex
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Small sized. Medium sized. Short Coat Long tail. Genetically sound. Recommended to allergy sufferers because of their crisp, tightly waved hair. However dander may still create a problem. Cats are often poor prospects for allergy sufferers especially if the allergy is to saliva, as they groom themselves thoroughly and their finer hair will float in the air."



    Cymric
    The Cymric is a long-haired Manx. A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal But talkative towards the owner. Medium activity level. Good with kids. Medium sized. Medium long coat. Minimal grooming required. Tail-less Stub tail. Lethal gene prevents development of one fourth of all kittens in the womb. Spinal problems and weak hindquarters are also frequent in this breed.



    Devon Rex
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Moderately active. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Spasticity occurs in some lines. Spasticity is a problem that the average pet owner has no concerns about - it is apparent before kittens are sold and only breeders have to deal with problems. Recommended to allergy sufferers because of their crisp, tightly waved hair. However dander may still create a problem. Cats are often poor prospects for allergy sufferers especially if the allergy is to saliva, as they groom themselves thoroughly and their finer hair will float in the air."



    EgyptianMau
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. (Inconclusive, more data needed) High activity level Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound."



    European Shorthair
    Short Coat. Long tail. Medium to large in size, medium playful, medium activity level, not very talkative, long tail and short coat that does not need much grooming, good with children, good companion, genetically sound."



    Exotic Shorthair
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Havana Brown
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Himalayan
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Medium activity level Good with kids. Medium to large sized. Long Coat Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Japanese Bobtail
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium sized. Large sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Bob or no tail. Genetically sound.



    Javanese
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Kasmir
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Medium activity level Medium sized. Large sized. Long Coat Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Korat
    A good companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Medium sized. Short Coat Long tail. Genetically sound. This breed does speak, but isn't overly vocal. High activity level. In the middle range of talkativeness. The Korat is a very playful breed. They will play well into their "old age" acting like kittens when they are even 15 years old."



    Maine Coon
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Good with kids. Easy going. Large sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Malayan
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail.



    Manx
    A moderately playful breed a better companion. Less vocal but Talkative towards the owner. Medium activity level. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short coat, minimal grooming required. Tail-less or stub tail. Lethal gene prevents development of one fourth of all kittens in the womb. Spinal problems and weak hindquarters are also frequent in this breed."



    Munchkin
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Medium activity level. Small sized. Long tail. Munchkins' most notable characteristic are their short legs. Munchkins may have long or short coats and various patterns and colors. These playful cats are kitten-like through adulthood. Genetically sound and healthy cats.



    Norwegian Forest Cat
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Medium sized. Large sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.




    Ocicat
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. More vocal. Good with kids. Medium sized. Large sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.




    Oriental Longhair
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.




    Oriental Shorthair
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. High activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound. Mark Delman's Grand Champion Oriental Shorthair. Her registered name is Catbrier Flite O Phoenix of Mar-Sal. Friends call her Phoenix. Photo credit Chanan Photography.



    Persian
    Photo and comments courtesy Donna DeGroot, Prideomine Persians. A moderately playful breed. A good companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Medium sized. Large sized. Long Coat Long tail. Genetically sound. Kathy Joiner notes, "(Some) Persians require lots of grooming. The hair of some has been referred to as "cotton candy like" and must be groomed often or else the knots and mats become unbearable for the cat and owners (True, fortunately "cotton candy" occurs less than half the time. More often the coat requires less attention-DeGroot) Persians have an occasional health condition referred to as PKD that receives a lot of attention (To follow up on Kathy's thought, one third of all Persians have PKD, and most will live a normal life even if they have it -DeGroot.) On a side note, if it is a show quality Persian with the extreme smooshed nose look, their eyes require daily wiping." (This problem is due not to sinus obstruction but blocked tear ducts that cause the tears to spill oner the eye lid and stain the Fur under the eyes. -DeGroot)



    Ragdoll
    Photo and quoted comments courtesy
    Marilyn Wagner A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Relaxed demeanor. Good with kids. Large sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound. "Ragdoll...what a funny breed name! Ragdolls should be a large, gentle, affectionate, blue-eyed, pointed (as in Birman/Siamese/Himalayans) breed. You must keep in mind that these characteristics have to be bred for though!"



    Russian Blue
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Medium sized. Short Coat Long tail. Genetically sound.




    Scottish Fold
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Long tail. Fold-to-Fold breedings can produce a percentage of kittens with short, inflexable tails and hindquarter crippling."




    Scottish Fold Longhair
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat Long tail. Fold-to-Fold breedings can produce a percentage of kittens with short, inflexable tails and hindquarter crippling."



    Selkirk Rex
    A better companion. Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat. Long tail. Playful cats, but can be moderately to less active. More inclined to climb than the Folds. They are also a quiet breed. Good companions. Good with kids & dogs. Medium to large in size. They are both short & Long coated. Genetically sound."



    Siamese
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. More vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Medium sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Singapura
    A moderately playful breed A good companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Small sized. Short Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Snowshoe
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Large sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Somali
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. Extroverted, lively, alert. Good with kids. Medium sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetic problems include renal amyloidosis and Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia. "Somalis are extroverted, lively, alert cats that love to play, love attention, and thrive on human companionship. They are very curious, captivating, and expressive, with alluring personalities. Somalis are intelligent, learn quickly, remember remarkably well, and show a playful sense of humor. They are natural show-offs and born clowns. Somalis have a naturally happy disposition, desire the company of humans, and demand to be treated as one of the family. Somalis are recognized in four colors by the Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. - red, ruddy, blue, and fawn."



    Sphynx
    A more playful breed. A better companion. Less vocal. They require frequent bathing. Medium sized. Range from no fur to a very, very short coat. Long tail. Has had a tendency in the past to ineffective immune system development. Recommended to allergy sufferers because of their lack of hair. However dander may still create a problem. Cats are often poor prospects for allergy sufferers especially if the allergy is to saliva, as they groom themselves thoroughly and their finer hair will float in the air."



    Tiffany
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Medium activity level High activity level Medium sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Tonkinese
    A more playful breed. A better companion. More vocal. Medium activity level Good with kids. Medium sized. Short Coat Long tail. Genetically sound.



    Turkish Angora
    A moderately playful breed A better companion. Less vocal. Small sized. Medium sized. Long Coat Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Genetically sound. Photo courtesy of Hanny Olsen, Wi'nte Sams Turkish Angora & Turkish Vans.



    Turkish Van
    A very playful breed. An excellent companion. Vans are definitely not vocal. Medium to large sized. Long Coat. Minimal grooming required. Long tail. Photo and additional comments courtesy of Ulrika & Peter Olsson A very playful breed. An excellent companion. Dr. Karen Hooker, of Pairodocs Turkish Vans, notes "Vans are definitely not vocal. The only time that they are is when they are in season (females) or responding to one (boys). Then they can wake the dead!"



    Mixed breed cat
    Mixed breed cats come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They are generally healthier and have fewer behavioral issues than pure breeds, as they have the advantage of a large gene pool giving them a genetic superiority. Due to fact that about half the cats in the world are mixed breed cats, they are less expensive, if there is any cost at all. Since you can't reliably predict what a kitten will look or act like when mature, consider adopting an adult mixed breed cat from an animal shelter. There is never a shortage of mixed breed cats.