Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds

Anaëlle Laurent
By Anaëlle Laurent. October 29, 2020
Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds

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Cats make great companion pets as they are very playful, affectionate and smart animals. In this AnimalWised article we're going to go through the top 10 most intelligent cat breeds. We'll include photos and videos!

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  1. Maine coon
  2. American bobtail
  3. Siamese
  4. Japanese bobtail
  5. Bengal cat
  6. European Burmese
  7. Khao Manee
  8. Lykoi
  9. European cat
  10. Turkish Angora
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Maine coon

The Maine coon cat is the official feline breed of the state of Maine, in the United States. Despite their beauty, these felines were first selected as working cats on farms due to their great hunting skills. Their thick coat helps them withstand the cold weather. They are also large in size and very intelligent.

Maine cats are one of the most intelligent cat breeds in the world. They have an extraordinary facility to learn all kinds of tricks and are as easy to train as a dog. In addition, despite their imposing size, they are extraordinarily gentle and sociable, making them not only good home companions, but also magnificent therapy cats.

Learn more about the Main coon in our AnimalWised video below!

American bobtail

Despite their wild appearance, American bobtails are one of the most affectionate cat breeds. They develop strong bonds with their human companions and enjoy their family's company. Other than that, they are also very intelligent cats that are easy to train.

These cats really like interactive games and outdoor sports. American bobtails are the type of cats that enjoy going out for a walk. They are also known for their tranquility. This makes them the perfect cat for active human companions.

Learn more about taking cats on a walk in our article about walking a cat on a leash.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - American bobtail


The Siamese cat is one of the oldest and most popular cat breeds. This feline stands out for being the most communicative and talkative cat breed. They are definitely the Huskies or cats as they will always reply to your calls and vocalize. They not only verbally interact with us, but they also enjoy participating in the activities we do.

If you're looking for a smart cat that will accompany you, the Siamese is a great option. They are great companion pets and are also one of the most intelligent cat breeds in the world.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - Siamese

Japanese bobtail

In addition to their short tail, the Japanese bobtail is characterized as one of the most intelligent cat breeds in the world. These cats are very lively, playful and smart. They enjoy being outdoors, climbing, playing and solving puzzles. This is why they're so easy to train. In fact, they make great participants in feline sports.

Japenese bobtail cats are also very observant and tend to come when called. They are great companion pets for families as they are very sociable and enjoy company.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - Japanese bobtail

Bengal cat

The wild appearance of the Bengal cat has made it a very popular breed. Their appearance is due to the fact that they are a hybrid cat, which comes from a cross between the domestic cat and the Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), one of the types of wild cats that live in Asia.

And that is how a domestic cat breed with the appearance and intelligence of a wild cat was achieved. This breed is one of the most active and athletic cat breeds in the world. They remain active when they are an adult as they were as a kitten. Despite this, they have no issues adapting to a domestic life and following house rules.

Nevertheless these cats will need more attention, training and time than most domestic cats. If you enjoy training cats, being outdoors and playing with your cat, this is a great choice for you!

European Burmese

The European Burmese cat is the perfect companion if you're looking for a smart house cat. They are calm, friendly and affectionate felines. They'll enjoy relaxing with their companion on the couch, as well as playing and receiving affection. In fact, they're also quite social. You'll notice that when you invite house guests to your home. Your Burmese cat won't be shy and will actually enjoy the company.

These cats are very intelligent and social. So, if you're looking for a house cat that will enjoy your company, this one is perfect for you!

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - European Burmese

Khao Manee

Among the smartest cat breeds, the Khao Manee stands out. This breed is native to Thailand and is considered a sign of luck in by Thai royalty. They stand out for their luminous eyes and intelligence.

This cat is a great rodent hunter. They are also known for their devotion to their family as they are very observant and loving towards their companion and their family. These cats are truly a beauty, however they are also very kind and intelligent, making them the complete package!

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - Khao Manee


The Lykoi, also known as the Werewolf cat, is a relatively new cat breed from the United States. They're mostly known for their fur as it isn't as hairy as most cats. This is because they don't have an undercoat, giving them a rough and messy “werewof-like” look.

These cats are known for being very affectionate and intelligent. They really enjoy relaxing on the couch with their companion or playing interactive games that challenges their cognitive skills. They also have natural survival-skills, making them quite the witty domestic cat.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - Lykoi

European cat

The European cat actually comes from domesticating the African Wild cat (Felis Lybica) which was then distributed around the world, giving rise to other cat breeds.

There's no doubt these cats have a natural intelligence that has allowed them to learn to live with humans and adapt to new situations. If you're looking for a smart and friendly cat, the European cat could be the right one for you!

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - European cat

Turkish Angora

Last but certainly not least on our list is the Turkish Angora cat. These Turkish cats are a national treasure thanks to their beauty and intelligence. In fact, they've become one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.

These cats are very versatile and can adapt to different lifestyles. They enjoy company from other cats, humans and even other cats. They are usually quite outgoing and affectionate, making them a great companion cat for families with children. They are also quite confident and will not hesitate in communicating how they feel with you. This may be by demanding a treat, affectionate or any other need.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds - Turkish Angora

If you found this article useful, you may also be interested in our video about the most popular cat breeds in the world.

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  • CFA Breeds. The cat fancier's association.
  • FIF Breeds standards. Fédération Internationale Féline.
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