Best Cat Breeds For First Time Cat Owners

White British Shorthair between two blue British Shorthairs

Best cat breeds for first-time cat owners at a glance

  • Burmese
  • British Shorthair
  • Burmilla
  • Exotic Shor,thair
  • Russian Blue
  • Ragdoll
  • Tonkinese
  • American Shorthair

Cat breeds come in all shapes, sizes and personality, and pet owners must choose carefully before bringing a new pet into the home. This article looks at cat breeds which are suitable for novice or first-time owners. The criteria I have based these breeds on include overall health, a friendly personality but not too needy and ease of care.

Included is a star rating for independence, with * meaning they are less independent and **** meaning they are more independent.

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Khao Manee Cat Breed Profile

Khao Manee cat
  • Origin: Thailand
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Gold, green, blue and odd
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, intelligent, gentle
  • Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: White
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Once a week
  • Also called: Khao Plort, White Gem, White-Jewelled Cat, Diamond Cat, Diamond Eye, Khaomanee

The Khao Manee is a rare, natural breed of cat from Thailand with a stunning white coat and blue, gold or odd-eyes (blue and green or yellow). Several other breeds have originated from Thailand including the Siamese, Burmese and Korat.

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Lykoi Cat Breed Profile

Lykoi cat

At a glance

  • Origin: United States of America
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: High
  • Temperament: Intelligent, active, curious, playful
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Coat: Short to medium
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Cost: $1,500 – $2,500
  • Good with children? Yes
  • Also called: Wolf cat, Werewolf cat

About

Lykoi Cat Breed Profile 1

The Lykoi is a unique breed with the look of a werewolf. Founded in Tennessee by Dr Johnny and Mrs Brittney Gobble, the Lykoi is the result of selective breeding of a number of domestic cats who were born with a mutation which made their fur unique.

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