These Are the Friendliest Cat Breeds for New Cat Owners

While cats might not have a catchy catchphrase like "man's best friend" to their credit, there is no denying the allure of having a fluffy, docile, companion around—especially in times like these. Maybe not all breeds of cats are docile, or even fluffy, but just like dogs, each cat breed has its own personality and reputation.

According to the American Pet Products Association, there are actually more cat owners than dog owners in the United States. According to their 2017–2018 survey, there are 89.7 million dogs and 94.2 million cats owned in the United States. Though not everyone considers themselves a "cat person," the proof is in the numbers that these creatures are popular pets for people around the country. Though just like humans, each cat is different, but some breeds are certainly more known for their loving nature.

So when you are thinking of adopting a cat—and adopting is always the way to go—these are the breeds that you might find to be your love bug.

Abyssinian

Abyssinian
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These felines are one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats. Abyssinians are known to be rather playful and people-oriented. They are very curious and intelligent creatures as well. Their high energy levels will keep you on your toes.

Ragdoll

Ragdoll
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This breed of cat certainly lives up to the "fluffy" aspect of cats. Their coats are usually snow white with some dark coloring around their eyes and plush, soft fur. What's in a name? Their name comes from the fact that when you lift up a Ragdoll cat, their bodies go completely limp—like a rag doll. They are typically gentle, relaxed and easy going cats—a good choice for a first time cat owner.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon
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Maine Coons are known for being especially friendly and smart. They get along with other pets as well as children. They can also grow to be rather large—up to 25 pounds. While other breeds have some inherent health issues, Maine Coons are generally known to be a very healthy breed of cat.

Persian

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Persian cats are one of the most popular breeds, which is due is no small part to their sweet nature. Don't be fooled, though. They can be high maintenance, needing more attention than some other breeds might: Their grooming requirements are a bit more time-consuming—from brushing their fur to cleaning their eyes.

Sphynx

Sphynx
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Probably one of the most unusual looking cats is the Sphynx. Best known for their lack of hair—almost complete lack of hair—they may not seem to be the most cuddly of cats. But, despite their appearance they are in fact one of the most friendly of the cat breeds. They typically have lots of energy, are loyal and almost certain to be by your side, or on your shoulder or your head.

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex
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This breed is a bit more striking than a Persian or Abyssinian, but it is known as one of the more friendlier breeds all the same. Cornish Rex's coats are shorter, and their stature typically smaller, but what really stands out are their pointy ears. They're silly and active and will make a great addition to a household looking for a little pep in their step.

Exotic Short Hair

Shorthair
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These cats have super cute, round faces. And though they looks similar to Persian cats, they are much lower maintenance. They are a bit more lively than their lookalikes—but just as loving.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold
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These kitties have a unique look to them for their small turned-over ears that peak out just barely atop their heads. Combined with their round eyes and fluffy fur, they make for a cute addition to any home. They are also very friendly, intelligent and loving.

Birman

Birman cat
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Birman cats look somewhat similar to the Ragdoll or Siamese, and they are similar in temperament as well. They are very loving; in fact, according to Purina, they were actually bred for the purpose of being companion cats for decades. They are not super active, they are kind and will always keep you company.

Siamese

Siamese
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There is a good reason multiple United States presidents have called Siamese cats their own while in the White House. Not only are they active, but they are known to be quite talkative with a unique meow sound. Well, maybe not talkative, but meow-ative.

Chartreux

Chartreux
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This breed is relatively new to the American cat scene. It was not until 50 years ago when they first arrived here from Paris, according to PrettyLitter.com. To this day, the Chartreux is considered the national cat of France. They are loyal and friendly and a perfect family cats as they are meow-velous with children.