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10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate!

Anaëlle Laurent
By Anaëlle Laurent. February 24, 2021
10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate!

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Although cats are known for being independent and solitary animals, there are some cat breeds that are known for being friendly and social, even when it comes to strangers.

So, if you're thinking of adopting a cat and you want to find the right breed for your lifestyle and personality keep reading this AnimalWised article where we list the top 10 most social cat breeds!

You may also be interested in: The 10 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds


  1. Chartreaux
  2. Abyssinian
  3. Exotic Shorthair
  4. Bombay cat
  5. Burmese
  6. Maine Coon
  7. Turkish Angora
  8. Ragdoll
  9. Siamese
  10. Persian
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10. Chartreaux

First on our list is the Chartreaux. This cat breed is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, making their origin up for debate. However, the most accepted theory is that they originated in Western Siberia. This is understandable as they have a dense double-layered coat to help them cope in low temperatures.

When it comes to their personality, the Chartreaux is a very docile, sociable and loving cat. They are also known for being very intelligent cats that can quickly adapt to new situations and even learn certain tricks. These cats are friendly and social with strangers, but they are especially friendly and affectionate with their family. So, if you're looking for a social and calm cat, this may be the right cat breed for you!

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 10. Chartreaux

9. Abyssinian

The Abyssinian cat is a popular breed due not only to their physical appearance but also their loving personality. The first Abyssinian cat arrived in England around 1868 from Ethiopia, then Abyssinia, and participated in an exhibition in which they became famous.

This cat is super friendly and social with friends and even strangers. They are also known for their playful personality as they are very curious and active. They love playing with their caregivers as well as giving and receiving plenty of affection. These cats are known for having a very youthful personality, even as adults. Therefore, if you're looking for a cat that is social and playful, you should definitely go for an Abyssinian cat!

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 9. Abyssinian

8. Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair cat breed originates in the United States in the late 1950s by crossing Longhair Persian cat breeds with British Shorthair and American Shorthair cats.

These cats are very social and caring, making them a good fit for families with children as they are also patient and affectionate. It's also important to keep in mind that these cats can suffer from loneliness so it's best no to leave them alone for many hours. Lastly, these cats are quite docile and quiet, so if this is the type of cat you're looking for the Exotic Shorthair might be the one for you!

7. Bombay cat

The Bombay cat is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beautiful cat breeds that exist. The origin of the Bombay cat dates back to 1950, in Louisville, Kentuky (USA), thanks to breeder Nikki Horner whose main intention was to create a panther-like cat with black, short and shiny hair.

The Bombay cat is usually a very social and affectionate cat that enjoys the company of their family and doesn't like being alone. In some cases, if they spend too much time alone, the Bombay cat may experience separation anxiety. So, if you're looking for a beautiful, social and affectionate cat, the Bombay cat may be the right fit for you!

6. Burmese

The Burmese cat breed dates back to the Middle Ages, although it didn’t reach the US and Europe until this last century.

Burmese are sociable cats who love to spend time with their owners, as well as meet new people. This cat breed also doesn't do well with isolation or being left alone, so it's best to make sure they're not left alone for too long. They are also playful and curious cats, so if you adopt a Burmese cat make sure that your offer them enough games and play time!

For more about how to keep a cat mentally stimulated, read our article where we list 10 games to entertain my cat.

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 6. Burmese

5. Maine Coon

The Maine Coon cat stands out for being a large, robust and docile feline. Their origin dates back around the 1850s in the United States, and then they were imported to the United Kingdom around the 1980s.

The Maine coon’s character can be defined as friendly, playful and sweet. In general, these are very sociable cats, who enjoy the company of their owners. However, to ensure this cat has a balanced-temperament and continues to be sociable in their adult stage, pay special attention to socializing them when they are kittens. These cats are also known for their intelligence and their large size.

4. Turkish Angora

As their name suggests, the Turkish Angora cat hails from Turkey, the gateway between Europe and Asia. Being one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, the Turkish Angora is a distinguished breed with lots of fascinating features and characteristics to discover.

This cat breed has a docile and calm temperament. They're usually quite happy and kind cats that enjoy playing and, of course, having their daily naps. This cat is also often compared to dogs as they are loyal to their caregivers and often even follow them around the house. Therefore, if you're looking for a cat companion with these traits, you should look into adopting a Turkish Angora!

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 4. Turkish Angora

3. Ragdoll

The Ragdoll originated in 1960 in California, USA but was not recognized until ten years later. They were made by crossing an Angora cat and a Burma cat. Today it is one of the most prized breeds in North America, not only for their beauty but also for their intelligence.

This cat breed is also a docile, kind and sociable cat. They are also known for their intelligence and how affectionate they are with their caregivers and their family. If you're looking for a kind and affectionate cat, you should consider adopting a Ragdoll cat!

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 3. Ragdoll

2. Siamese

The Siamese cat comes from the ancient kingdom of Siam, present-day Thailand. this breed began to be commercialized and shipped to United Kingdom and later to the United States. The Modern Siamese cat is a variety of the Siamese cat that appeared in 2001 in which a finer, elongated and oriental style was sought for beauty contests.

Nowadays they are known for being a beautiful and sociable. However, it's very important to remember that these cats are also very active and need a lot of play time and attention from their caregivers. These cats are also not shy at all when meeting new people or other animals, but just like any other cat, they will need to be socialized from a young age.

10 Most Social Cat Breeds - Friendly and Affectionate! - 2. Siamese

1. Persian

We can easily recognize the Persian cat thanks to their wide and flattened face next to their abundant fur. They were introduced in Italy from ancient Persia (Iran) around 1620, but their true origin is unknown. Nowadays, they are found around the world as a great companion cat.

When it comes to their personality, these cats are very sociable and affectionate cats that love taking naps. They're not the most active cat as they prefer to rest, take naps and demand affection from their caregiver. So, if you're looking for a calm yet sociable cat, the Persian cat might be the breed for you!

If you enjoyed this top 10 cat breed list, you may also want to learn about 5 hairless cat breeds or the top 10 unique cat breeds in the world.

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