The best cat breed for your home will be determined by your lifestyle and personality, as well as the characteristics you find most appealing in a feline companion. Our Weldon Spring veterinarians recommend the following eleven breeds as house cats.

What's the best house cat breed?

The answer to this question is contingent on the personality, physical characteristics, and other qualities you seek in a feline companion, as well as your own lifestyle. Cats are as individual as their owners; some are chatty attention seekers, while others prefer to sleep quietly. Here are some breeds that do well in a house cat's environment.


These outgoing, golden-eyed felines love to show off their athletic abilities, provide hours of cuddles, and affectionately chat with you for hours. This breed is simple to groom, sheds moderately, and only needs to be brushed once a week.


Ragdoll cats are large, long-bodied, and strikingly beautiful, with long, silky coats, making them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers looking for a feline companion. They have a loving, sweet personality and are always up for cuddles.

They often welcome their people at the door when they arrive home, and can learn tricks easily with a little positive reinforcement.


Also known as “Himmies”, these gentle and calm cats have large, deep blue eyes and long, full, dense coats that require regular grooming.

A Himalayan will frequently display kitten-like bursts of energy. These lovely cats can be found snoozing in a sliver of sunlight as well as sprinting through the living room on their way to their next adventure. These cats make excellent companions if their owners pay attention to their nutrition and provide them with adequate exercise and interaction.

British Shorthair

Originally bred to keep rodents out of their masters' barns and houses, this breed does well on its own and is a good choice for single people who provide enough exercise and interaction.

This powerful, medium-to-large breed is known for its round and thick appearance. Grooming your British Shorthair on a daily basis is essential because these cats have thick, dense coats that shed with the season.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Folds are known for being enthusiastic mousers who are also playful, sensitive, and expressive, and are named for their unusual and adorable folded ears. Their orange-yellow eyes are a distinguishing feature of this breed.

This breed is good with children and loves attention, companionship, and time around people. If you’re out of the house for long periods this may not be the best cat breed for you. 

Devon Rex

The pixie of the cat world, this breed is loyal, laid-back, and fun-loving. Large eyes, high-set cheekbones, long legs, and slender bodies characterize these mischievous felines. This energetic breed gets along well with kids.

Kittens at heart, Devon Rex's are intelligent, active, and need stimulation such as playing with puzzle toys that offer treats as a reward or learning tricks.


Munchkins, despite their small stature, are extremely active and can be found in homes all over the world, from Australia to Japan.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is the heaviest domestic cat breed, weighing up to 20 pounds. They're also happy cats who will adapt to life with your family, and while one may shadow you, it won't be too demanding.


A docile cat, the Ragamuffin is known for slumping into its owner's arms in search of love and attention. You, your children, other animals, and, in most cases, strangers will be adored by the breed. The intelligent breed has earned the nickname "Puppy of the Cat World" for his ability to fetch and understand other commands.

Bengal Cat

Another wild-looking cat breed that should be thought of as lively and playful is the Bengal. However, because of its love for and proclivity to play, the breed is regarded as a pleasant companion by its owners. You must meet the Bengal's high energy requirements.

Russian Blue

The Russian Blue cat has a silky coat and a friendly demeanor. Russian blues have blue coats, as the name implies, and are native to Russia. Although this breed is known for being sweet and calm, it also enjoys playing. Because the Russian Blue prefers to be up high, expect sneaky attacks from atop a cabinet or other high perch.

Wondering which breed would be best suited to you? Contact our Tender Care Animal Hospital at Weldon Spring for advice.