What is the Cutest Breed of Cat? The Top 9!
Although many people may not be able to put a definite "cutest breed of cat" title on just one feline (they're all so darn adorable) we've taken the liberty of compiling a list of some pretty cute cats. See if you agree with our choices...
This feline with its curled back ears is considered a younger breed, as it received its full recognition by the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) in 1993. The genetic mutation that made this breed's ears with the distinctive "curl" is winning the hearts of cat fanciers all over the world.
In addition, the American Curl has personality plus. It loves people and children and will even seek out the company of those younger folks in the household. This breed is also curious, active and is considered the "Peter Pan" of the cat world, as it just never wants to grow up.
Named after the exotic dancers on the island of Bali, the Balinese is actually a long-haired variety of the Siamese. It's long legs and graceful body is a draw for many cat-folk and its personality is that of curiosity and "ever needing" to help its pet parent. Not to mention, who could resist those huge almond-shaped eyes and soft silky coat?
However, if you're unsteady on your feet or tend to be a bit clumsy, the Balinese will not help those matters. This breed likes to stick close to its human, which means he most likely will be underfoot.
What makes the Munchkin so darn cute? It's gotta be those short little legs, which was the result of another natural genetic mutation. In fact, the first Munchkin (before it was aptly named) was a short-legged pregnant stray in Louisiana in the 1980s.
The Munchkin is also known for its sweet disposition and loving nature. But don't let those short legs fool you, this breed is still very agile and can leap, jump, pounce and play right along with her long-legged counterparts.
With the color points of its Siamese cousin, the Snowshoe feline is one adorable kitty with its four white paws punctuated with contrasting dark legs. This breed dates back to the Victorian era and was even depicted in silkscreens and photographs.
This medium-size cat is truly a mixed-bag of personality. It can be needy or bossy, and the feline "mom" of your home. However, despite whatever personality trait your Snowshoe may exhibit, you can bet she'll be active, smart, loving and a bit standoffish to strangers.
The Exotic Shorthair resembles the Persian, except its coat is short and smooth. Although many non-cat folks may find the short-muzzled look of this breed a bit on the "ugly" side, there are those that think the Exotic Shorthair is still the "cat's meow."
Even if you're one of those folks that feel this breed leans toward the beauty-challenged, the personality of this sweetie is sure to win you over. The Exotic Shorthair is gentle, quiet and docile, with the males tending to be a bit more affectionate than the females.
Another queer-eared feline has some folks oooh-and-awwing whenever they behold one. The Scottish Folds' ears are a result of another natural genetic mutation that causes the ears of this breed to lie flat (or folded) against its head. The Scottish Fold was first imported into the USA in 1971 and has hit the ground running ever since.
The popularity of this breed is far more than just those odd little ears. The cat is smart, active, agile and enjoys lounging around in odd positions (like the froggy) that will keep his pet parents in stitches.
We've featured cats with odd ears, short legs, and awesome personalities, now it's time for the Manx - this guy is tail-challenged! This breed was first discovered on the Isle of Man off the coast of Britain. The breed is thought to have been around since the 1750s being "planted" in this location from an arrived ship where the natural genetic mutation spread throughout the isle's cat population.
However, regardless of how it happened, the Manx makes an excellent watch-cat and a fantastic mouser. And don't let his tailless body fool you, this breed can still balance and climb like a pro.
If you're looking for an adorable and "hefty" feline companion, then the Ragdoll may be for you. This cat can weigh upwards of 20 pounds, but is, nevertheless, extremely docile and friendly. In fact, one of the best-known traits of this breed is to flop over in its pet parent's arms; just like a rag doll.
The Rag Doll is extremely people-orientated and has no problem making friends with anyone that comes through your door. Plus, with enough positive reinforcement, this feline can learn tricks and can even learn to walk on a leash. Good looks and smarts, what more could you ask for in a cat companion?
If you've ever wanted to own a "jungle cat" then the Bengal is as about as close as you can get without breaking any laws. The Bengal is known for its distinctive spotted coat and "wild" appearance. That's because, in order to create the Bengal breed, a small Asian Leopard cat was used.
But don't be worried, as that's as far as it's "wild" tendencies go; this feline is domesticated through-and-through. The Bengal is a highly intelligent and active breed, so if you're not prepared for all that smarts and energy, your Bengal may get destructive. Keep plenty of toys, scratch posts and activities for this feline to do.
The Cutest Cat Breed? You Decide!
All pet parents think their fur babies are the cutest and that's okay. However, if you're thinking of embarking on a new adventure with one of our top cuties, be sure to do your homework.
Research all the particulars of the breed(s) you are most interested in to be sure it will fit your lifestyle. Once you have made your choice, seek out a reputable breeder or rescue organization to adopt your next bff from. Kitten farms and "backyard" breeders can oftentimes be in it only for the profit they make from selling sick and neglected animals.
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