With their inspired playfulness and independent spirit, it’s no wonder cats are one of the most popular pets in Australia. Whether exotic or plain, long or short fur, or with a playful or laid-back temperament, here’s our list of the ten most popular cat breeds that are a part of Australian families.
It is believed that Abyssinians can be considered one of the oldest known breeds. They are a visually striking breed with a unique agouti ticked coat that creates an adorable ‘wild cat’ look. Known for their colourful personalities, Abyssinians are friendly and playful.
Why we love them: Abyssinian cats are extremely loyal and are well known to show their affection at every possible opportunity.
The delightful Australian Mist, formerly known as the Spotted Mist, proudly wears the label “Made in Australia”. This home-grown beauty has a distinct misty look to its coat and striking green eyes.
Playful, friendly and affectionate, this breed gets along with everyone from young children to other pets such as dogs, making them ideal for families.
Why we love them: They love laps, are quick to cuddle, slow to scratch, and very patient with children.
Easily distinguished by their bright golden eyes and their silky coat, the Burmese cat is a spirited and intelligent breed. Their smart nature means that you can keep them entertained by teaching them to do a range of tricks, though fetch is a game they’ll respond to best.
Why we love them: Burmese cats are very friendly, people-oriented and thrive in the company of others, making this breed an ideal family pet.
With their brilliant blue eyes and striking coat pattern, the Siamese cat is one of the most recognisable breeds in the world. As vocal as they are playful, with a Siamese cat you’ll find them chatting with you often.
Why we love them: Friendly, sociable, and affectionate, the Siamese is trusting towards people and known to develop a strong bond with their owners.
Also known as a ‘moggie’ or ‘tabby’, the Domestic Shorthair is the most common breed of cat found in Australia. While their personality is even more variable than its looks, you’ll find them all affectionate and loyal.
Why we love them: Their colours and patterns are countless, with all the colours of the rainbow, including black, white, grey, red (aka ginger), and all the shades between.
Also known as the “gentle giants” of the cat world, this magnificent breed boasts a large stature and a thick fur coat. Despite their size, they are a sweet natured cat that loves to play, fetch and hunt.
Why we love them: They are loved for their playfulness and devotion to their families. Plus, more cat = more cuddles
Russian blues are known for their natural "smile." In addition to their luxurious silvery coat, the most distinct features of Russian Blues are their brilliant green eyes. A gentle and reserved breed, the Russian Blue is as intelligent as it is quiet.
Why we love them: Russian Blue’s may have a reserved nature, but they love to play and enjoy observing life from high places.
Known for their gentle, laid-back personalities, sweet faces and round eyes, Persian cats are affectionate, quiet and beautiful creatures of habit, making them a popular breed. They are the epitome of a lap cat, with a restful and affectionate personality.
Why we love them: Apart from their gorgeous coat, Persians are content to view the world from a chair, sofa or simply your lap.
The Ragdoll is a cool, calm and collected cat. Its plush-like appearance and large size make it both one of the largest and most popular cat breeds. They love their people, greeting them at the door, following them around the house, and leaping into a lap or snuggling in bed whenever given the chance.
Why we love them: Ragdolls are a cuddly, playful and laidback breed - perfectly suited to family life.
With their short and thick coat, and round big eyes and body, the British Shorthair is known to bond with the whole family rather than just a single person.
Why we love them: British Shorthairs are friendly and their manners are those of a proper governess.
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