Hilary Braaksma

Hilary Braaksma is a freelance writer and crazy cat lady living in Des Moines, Iowa. When she's not working, she loves relaxing with family and her incredibly handsome domestic shorthair, Cake.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Japanese bobtail cats are known for their short tails and playful personalities. This breed makes wonderful family pets. Learn more about owning a Japanese bobtail.
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American bobtails are known for their wild appearance and short bobbed tails. These cats make loving, loyal, and playful pets. Learn more about owning an American bobtail.
Burmilla
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Burmillas are a cross between chinchilla Persians and Burmese cats. These cats are a fun, friendly breed that loves to be part of the family. Learn more about living with a Burmilla cat.
LaPerm
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
LaPerm cats are known for their curly coats, friendly personalities, and loud and proud purring. Learn more about living with the loving LaPerm cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
Khao Manee cats, also known as Khao Plort cats, are playful. They have pure white coats and jewel-tone eyes, and these rare kitties are said to bring good luck to owners. Learn more about living with a Khao Manee cat.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, fawn
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American wirehair cats are a playful, affectionate, and independent breed with a coarse, crimped coat. Read more about this friendly companion cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
European shorthair cats are adaptable, friendly, people-pleasing pets who love to hunt and spend time with their pet parents. Learn more about the European shorthair cat breed.
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Singapura
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Singapura cats are high-energy, pint-sized pets with wide eyes, big ears, and playful personalities. Learn more about living with Singapuras.
Tonkinese
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The Tonkinese is a mix of the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds and has a loving, affectionate personality. Learn more about sharing your home with a pretty, playful Tonkinese.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
European shorthair cats are adaptable, friendly, people-pleasing pets who love to hunt and spend time with their pet parents. Learn more about the European shorthair cat breed.
Singapura
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Singapura cats are high-energy, pint-sized pets with wide eyes, big ears, and playful personalities. Learn more about living with Singapuras.
Tonkinese
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The Tonkinese is a mix of the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds and has a loving, affectionate personality. Learn more about sharing your home with a pretty, playful Tonkinese.
Devon Rex
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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, white, black / ebony, red / orange, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, friendly toward humans, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Devon rex cats are known as “poodle cats,” thanks to their wavy coats and intelligent, outgoing personalities. Learn more about owning a Devon rex cat.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Standard poodles are energetic, intelligent dogs who thrive with lots of activity, learning, and time with their human. Learn more about these cute, curly companions.
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  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Miniature poodles are small, athletic dogs with a friendly, easygoing temperament. Learn more about the peaceful mini poodle and what sets her apart from her breed sisters, the standard and toy poodles.