The 13 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds That Love to Cuddle

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Some cat breeds are more people-loving than others. Some cat breeds have even been known to follow their owners through the house, demanding some attention and love.

While every cat is different, there are a few things that may cause a cat to be more affectionate than others.

First and most importantly, Cats are known to be more affectionate if they have been spayed or neutered.

Cats are also said to be more affectionate with female owners due to their higher and softer voices.

Of course, your cat will be more affectionate when it is feeding time and they are hungry. They can use their manipulation skills and affection to get their bowl filled.

What Cat Breeds Are Most Affectionate?

In this article, we have listed the most affectionate cat breeds in no particular order. Please keep reading to learn more about these breeds and their most redeeming qualities.

#1  Persian

Breed Overview
Persian Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
Iran
Persian Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"- 10"
Persian Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
8-15 pounds
Persian Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
14-15 years

The Persian cat comes from Persia, now known as Iran, back in the 1600s. The Persian is one of the most affectionate cat breeds and is recognized for its cuddling skills.

Persian cats can be found lounging on the sofa or in the lap of their favorite human. This gorgeous, fluffy kitty prefers a quiet home where they have little to do. They are not considered an energetic breed.

#2 Siamese

Breed Overview
Siamese Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
Thailand
Siamese Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"- 10"
Siamese Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
8-15 pounds
Siamese Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
15-20 years

The Siamese cat breed is one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds. Originating in Thailand, the name Siamese comes from the word “Siam,” which is the country’s former name.

The Siamese cat is known for being exceptionally social and talkative. This breed is known for being affectionate but has a destructive streak when not entertained.

#3 Scottish Fold

Breed Overview
Scottish Fold Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United Kingdom
Scottish Fold Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"- 10"
Scottish Fold Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
6-13 pounds
Scottish Fold Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
13-15 years

The Scottish Fold came from Scotland and was discovered in the 1960s. This breed is known for the abnormal cartilage in its small ears, which causes them to fold forward toward the front of the head.

The Scottish Fold cat breed is playful, a little bit on the active side, and prefers cat toys that stimulate their brains. Scottish folds are known for being very affectionate and cuddly with their favorite people.

#4 Tonkinese

Breed Overview
Tonkinese Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
Tonkinese Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"- 10"
Tonkinese Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
6-12 pounds
Tonkinese Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
14-16 years

The Tonkinese is the result of crossing a Siamese cat and Burmese cat together. This loving and mischievous mix offers the best of both breed’s worlds.

Tonkinese cats are not only social cats but also demand their owner’s affection by following them around. Tonkinese cats can also learn tricks and walk on a leash when trained.

#5 Burmese Cat

Breed Overview
Burmese Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
Burma / Myanmar
Burmese Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"-10"
Burmese Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
8-12 pounds
Burmese Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
12-16 years

The Burmese are a cross between a Siamese cat and a brown domestic cat from Burma. Burmese cats are considered very smart and a favorite among dog lovers who are making the switch.

Burmese cats are known to form strong bonds with their owners and love to play hide and seek or fetch. The Burmese are not just playful and energetic; you may find them just basking in the sunlight when tired.

#6 Birman

Breed Overview
Birman Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
Burma
Birman Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"-11"
Birman Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
6-14 pounds
Birman Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
12-16 years

The Birman is a close relative to the Siamese cat breed. These cats are considered sacred in Burma and were believed to carry the spirit of priests when they passed on to the next life.

This friendly breed is quite the lap cat and loves to be affectionate with its favorite person. They are considered a laid-back cat who gets along well with children but does require more attention than other domestic breeds of cat.

#7 Ragamuffin

Breed Overview
Ragamuffin Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
Ragamuffin Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
9"-11"
Ragamuffin Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
10-15 pounds
Ragamuffin Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
13-16 years

The first Ragamuffin was a semi-feral solid white Turkish Angora-looking cat in Riverside, California. They do resemble the ragdoll cat breed in size and coat.

This breed is the type who will follow their owner around everywhere and greet them at the door with a meow. This docile and friendly breed gets along well with other pets and children but does better in a home when someone is always around to give affection.

#8 Sphynx

Breed Overview
Sphynx Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
Canada
Sphynx Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"- 10"
Sphynx Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
8-16 pounds
Sphynx Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
13-14 years

Sphynx have no fur,  so it is necessary for their owners to keep them out of the cold and sun as often as possible. This breed is the result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

The sphynx is highly playful and may get into trouble around the house for entertainment purposes. They do love cuddling and affection from their owners. Sphynx cats are lap cats who like a lot of attention and toys to stay busy.

#9 Maine Coon

Maine Coon cat

Breed Overview
Maine Coon Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
Maine Coon Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
10"-16"
Maine Coon Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
9-20 pounds
Maine Coon Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
9-15 years

According to the Cat Fanciers Association’s registration documents, Maine Coon cats are America’s second most popular breed. The Maine Coon is a large breed and is believed to have been a ship cat with the job of keeping rodents at bay.

Maine Coon’s are outgoing and friendly, making a great family pet. They are affectionate and love to cuddle up next to willing attention givers but not a real lap cat.  They do enjoy some play time and anything that involves catching a play mouse.

#10 American Shorthair

Breed Overview
American Shorthair Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
American Shorthair Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
10"-14"
American Shorthair Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
8-15 pounds
American Shorthair Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
12 -17 years

The American Shorthair originated from cats that came to the United States on the Mayflower in 1620. This breed is very common in households today.

American Shorthairs are usually calm and are a good choice for families with kids and cat-friendly dogs. Although they are known for bursts of energy, they do like to cuddle up with their human for nap time.

#11 Chartreux

Breed Overview
Chartreux Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
France, Syria
Chartreux Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"-11"
Chartreux Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
11-18 pounds
Chartreux Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
11-15 years

Chartreux is often referred to as the smiling cat of France. This feline is believed to have descended from cats kept at Carthusian monasteries in France.

The Chartreux is bright, quiet, and friendly and may stare at you to get attention. This breed is known to follow their favorite human around the house, demanding affection.

#12 Bombay

Breed Overview
Bombay Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
Bombay Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
8"-10"
Bombay Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
6-11 pounds
Bombay Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
12-16 years

The Bombay is a designer breed that was created to keep the panther-like black coat of the American shorthair and the muscular body of the Burmese.

The Bombay cat is laid back but maybe energetic at times. They do love spending time with their owners and get along well with other household friends. They can be affectionate with owners and other pets in the house.

#13 Ragdoll

very affectionate cat breeds

Breed Overview
Ragdoll Origin:
? Where this breed was first established.
United States
Ragdoll Height:
? The typical adult height among individuals of this breed. Height is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the front paws.
9"-11"
Ragdoll Adult Weight:
? The typical adult weight range of this cat breed.
10-20 pounds
Ragdoll Life Span:
? The average lifespan of the breed. While life expectancy is fairly consistent across all cat breeds, some breeds tend to live shorter or longer than others.
18-20 years

Ragdolls were created in the 1960s, making them a more modern breed. They earned the name due to their ability to flop in the arms of whoever picks them up.

The ragdoll has a friendly and laidback personality. They are more than happy to cuddle or sit in the lap of their human. This breed does love attention but is not aggressive about getting it. They can be playful and silly.

Final Thoughts

Affectionate cats have a reputation for being more outgoing and friendly. The breeds mentioned in this article are known for their affection and people skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most affectionate kind of cat?

The Burmese cat breed is said to be the most affectionate. They love being with their human and enjoy close contact. They also like to play hide and seek or even fetch.

What is the most cuddly and affectionate cat breed?

The Ragdoll is considered the most cuddly and affectionate cat breed. They are more than happy to cuddle or sit in the lap of their human.

Which cat breeds are least affectionate?

Singapura, Siberian, Korat, Russian Blue, Egyptian Mau, Bengal and American Wirehair are a few breeds that are known to be on the less affectionate side of cat breeds. However there are always exceptions to the rule depending on factors like socialization, attention or abuse.

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About Amy Brown

Amy Brown is a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist and animal lover. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.

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