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The Best Cat Breeds for Families in 2020

Are you planning to adopt a cat but not sure what kind of cat breed you should adopt? And wondering if it will be safe or friendly to your child and family? If so, you are on the right track. In this article, we’ve listed ten cat breeds that are friendly and adaptable to your children. Below is our list of family cat breeds.

1. Ragdoll

Ragdoll cat

First on our list is the Ragdoll cats. These cat breeds have a large and muscular semi-longhair with a soft and silky coat. You can easily identify them because of their color point coat and blue eyes. The Ragdoll cats are native in the United States and it is a popular breed in the United Kingdom.

These cat breeds are also known as “dog-like cats” because of their behaviors and sometimes they have that tendency to follow people around. The ragdolls are known for their docile, calm, and floppy nature. Which makes them earn their reputation as one of the best breeds for family and children. They have a relaxed temperament, gentle, and a very great lap cat.

2. Maine Coon

Maine Coon Cat

Next on our list is the Maine Coon cat. These breeds are one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. They are native in the United States particularly in the State of Maine where they are official state cats. These cat breeds are known for their physical appearance and hunting skills. Despite Maine Coon size and physical appearance this large cat is very sociable and also known as “the gentle giant”.

These cat breeds are highly intelligent, so they are very easy to train. They are loyal cat breeds especially to their family, not known to be friendly around strangers these cat breeds are independent and not clingy. Although they are not known for being a “lap cat” their gentle temperament and playfulness will make them great around dogs and children.

3. Siamese

Siamese cat

The Siamese cat breeds are medium in size with a long, lithe muscular body. You can easily recognize these cat breeds because of their distinctive markings with large pricked ears and triangular head. These cat breeds are first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. although this breed is popular in European countries such as the United Kingdom, this cat breed is originated in Thailand.

The Siamese cat is known for being loud and vocal, this breed is usually like to go outside, extrovert and can be very noisy. This cat demand attention and is not accustomed to being alone. So, it is not suitable for families who are constantly traveling and leaving home. The Siamese are highly intelligent and they are very social and loves being around with people. This cat will surely love by children because of its characteristics.

4. Burmese

Burmese cat

Originated in Burma where he got his name. The Burmese cat breed is a dark-brown cat with a Siamese like shape. The Burmese cat is also known for being a people-oriented breed, they are very friendly and playful and always full of energy. Just like the Siamese breed, this cat breed also demands attention and can be very vocal. They are intelligent and loyal to their owners, some also said they have “puppy-like-characteristics” where they have that tendency to follow people around.

Because this cat breed is also intelligent, they can learn to play games like “fetch” and “tag” with your children. Similarly, to Siamese, this breed is not independent and not suited to being left alone for extended periods.

5. Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinian cat

The Abyssinian is a domestic short-haired cat breed with a distinctive “ticked” tabby coat. This cat breed is also called “Abys”; the breed is named for ‘Abyssinia’ now known as ‘Ethiopia’ where it is believed to have originated. You will recognize this cat breed because of its color, which is very lovely and special.

This cat breed is very active and energetic. While they love being around with people, the Abyssinian is also known to be friendly to other animals. They have a soft quiet voice and very lovely, this cat breed likes being combed and a very good lap cat.

6. American Shorthair

American shorthair cat

The American Shorthair cat breed also is known for her nickname ‘ASH’ is a pedigreed cat breed. It is a medium-sized cat breed but has a heavily muscled body. This cat body form is physically strong, the coat of this cat is thick and dense and meant to protect her. The breed is considered native in the United States.

The American Shorthair is a very loving cat but doesn’t need much attention. She will play if she wants it too, the breed is more independent but can be social sometimes. This cat breed is easy to care for and a very good companion.

7. Birman

Birman Cat

The Birman also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma” is a domestic cat breed. It is a long cat and can be distinguished for its unusual markings. This cat breed has deep blue eyes and a triangular head. The breed is believed to have originated in Burma (now Myanmar).

This breed cat is more private and not so social and tends to attach himself to only one person. Though this cat breed is territorial, they are not aggressive and will be a great pet for your kids.

8. Exotic Shorthair

Exotic shorthair cat

The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is a short-haired version of the Persian cat breed. They are similar to Persian in many ways, including their characteristics. This cat breed has a flat nose and face and has a nickname of “the lazy man’s Persian”. Exotic shorthair is believed to have originated in both America and Britain.

This cute cat breed has a gentle and calm personality just like the Persian. They are very playful and can be friendly to other animals. Just like Siamese and Burmese, this cat doesn’t want to be left alone. They are lovely and excellent lap cats.

9. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold cat

This Scottish Fold also is known for its “owl-like” appearance is a breed of the domestic cat. This cat breed also called “lop-eared cats” and was originated in Scotland. The Scottish Fold can be either long-haired or short-haired, they have thick and soft fur that can be tempting to hug.

The Scottish Fold breed likes the outdoors and enjoys outdoor activities. They are playful and also intelligent; this cat didn’t want to be alone and they can easily depress when left alone. This cat breed is also known to be “Stubborn”. The cutest thing about this cat is they are known for sitting with their legs stretched out and their paws on their belly. Their sitting position is called “Buddha Position”.

10. Sphynx

Sphynx cat

A cat breed that is known for its lack of coat. The hairlessness of Sphynx was developed through selective breeding. You can easily distinguish this breed because of its physical appearance, it has wrinkled skin and large ears. Sphynx has a muscular dense body and his head is triangular with wide-set eyes.

The Sphynx cat breed is very energetic and an attention grabber. They are very loyal to their owner and they also have this “dog-like cats” characteristic where he will follow you around the house. This cat breed gets along well with children and other pets.

What qualities should I look for when choosing a cat?

Each cat breeds have different characteristics, so you must have enough knowledge of that specific cat breed before you decide if you should take it. You can research online to gather information on the specific cat breed you are interested in. Here are some of the following characteristics you should look for in a cat: Family compatibility, attitude, activity level.

When choosing a cat, it is important to choose an active and energetic cat. A cat that is gentle and not shy to people.

What should I get a cat or a kitten?

If you want a ‘clean slate’ or a fresh start and loves to see your cat grow up, then the kitten is your great choice. On the other hand, if you want a much calmer and fully developed cat and easy to handle with then the adult cat is your best bet. Before you add a cat to your family it’s always a good idea to consider your lifestyle.

For example, if your family always travels and out of town, then a cat suitable for your family is an independent one or a cat that doesn’t need much attention. Or, if your family always has free time and loves activities, then the active and energetic cat is great for your family.


Choosing a new pet can be fun but it’s not an easy decision, as there are several factors to consider. We hope this article has helped you decide what kind of cat breed should be for your family.

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Jimmie Lagerstrom
6 months ago

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6 months ago

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