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Which Breeds Make The Best Pet?

The best pet is not really determined by breed but rather by the cat’s body shape. The cats with the most sociable personalities do tend to be the purebreds.

The slimmer and more sinewy the cat, the more demanding, vocal and hyperactive it usually it is. A good example of this is the Siamese cat, which is considered to be one of the most the most lively, vocal, chatty and intelligent breeds. A drawback is that they can have a little bit too much of a personality and make a lot of noise. Similar breeds to the Siamese cat are the Cornish Rex, Oriental Shorthaired, Abyssinian, and Balinese.

A cat with a stocky body is probably laid back and friendly. They are probably related to the Persian, which is considered by the Cat Fancier Association to be the easiest going of the breed cats. Persians love to be stroked and patted. Others breeds that love to be patted are stocky breeds such as the British Shorthaired, Exotic Shorthaired, and the Sacred Cat of Burma. Usually this type has shorter legs and a belly that is more likely to graze the ground when the cat walks.

In the middle of the spectrum for body type and personality is the pedigreed American Shorthaired.

The domestic shorthaired is what is casually referred to as the alley cat. They can have short hair or long hair. They can be every bit as loving as a pedigreed cat. One cue as to how they might behave is to look at the cat's body type. If it is lithe and muscular it will be an extrovert. If it is short and stocky it will be more laid back like a Persian cat.

According to the Cat Fancier's Association, the following breeds make the best pets because they bond the easiest with humans. In other words, if you wanted a cat that was guaranteed to fit into your family without a problem then it should be one of the breeds showcased on the list below.

1. Persian

These are very fluffy, longhaired cats. They boast a very sweet and friendly personal as well as a nose that appears to be slightly "squished into its face. They tend to be tubbier and have shorter legs than most cats. They come in all colors.

2. Maine Coon

This longhaired cat boasts a large muscular body and long coarse feeling fur. They have gentle personalities and are better with children then most cats.

3. Siamese

This is a very vocal animal and seems to chat or play endlessly with its owners. It has a very short, sleek coat.

4. Exotic

This looks like a Persian cat but its coat is multicolored so it looks like it is wearing pajamas. It also has much shorter hair than the Persian and requires less grooming. It also has a calm, talkative and friendly personality.

5. Abyssinian

Abyssinians are very active and athletic cats that have unusual ticked coats. They are known for their playful and dynamic personalities.

6. Oriental

This cat looks and behaves like a multicolored Siamese cat but it wears a coat of many colors. It is also a playful cat that seems to chat a lot with its owner.

7. Birman

Sometimes known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman has long silky fur, a pointed pattern that resembles a Siamese, blue eyes and white paws. It is very intelligent and friendly.

8. American Short Hair

These sturdy, muscular cats come in all colors. They were originally bred to rid barns of rodents and their bond with humans goes back to Colonial times.

9. Scottish Fold

This is a very mellow and affectionate cat that is known for its unique set of folded ears.

10. Burmese

This is a solid, study little cat with a short, glossy coat. It is prized for it's playful, affectionate nature. It is usually greyish blue or a coal black.

Other popular breeds include the wavy-haired Cornish Rex, The Tonkinese, (a hybrid) of the Burmese and the Siamese and The Bengal (which is an Asian cat crossed with a leopard.)

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