Playful Tabby Cats

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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, color point, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, prone to health issues, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
Maine coons are large, intelligent, affectionate pets who love their people. Learn more about the characteristics of Maine coons.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • 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 humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone
Munchkin cats are short on legs and big on personality. Learn more about this incredibly cute one-of-a-kind cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, chocolate / brown / sable, fawn
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans
With their slender, athletic looks and distinctive ticked coat, the Abyssinian is a visually striking, loyal family addition.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • 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, calico / tri-color, color point, tabby
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat
The American curl is best known for the ears that give the breed their name. But on top of this adorably unique head feature, these are friendly, sweet family pets.
  • temperament: sociable, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: bi-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: families, cats
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
With their unique, eye-catching appearance, Cornish rex cats are perfect for people with avant garde tastes. Learn all about this regal cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony, blue / gray, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, strong loyalty tendencies
The elegantly spotted Egyptian mau is a lean, athletic cat with a history dating back at least 3,000 years. Regal and intelligent, this rare breed is social but doesn’t need constant attention.
  • 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.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: hairless, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat
Similar in size and appearance to the sphynx or Oriental shorthair, the Peterbald cat is a newer breed of Russian origin with a unique coat and devoted family disposition. Learn more about this hairless cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, tolerates being picked up
Norwegian forest cats are large, loving animals who make excellent family pets. Learn more about this friendly, gentle cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, tabby
  • 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, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Meant to emulate wild ocelots, the ocicat brings the visual thrill of a big cat, without a drop of wild blood.
  • temperament: affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, highly territorial, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies
Savannah cats are a large, athletic breed that’s especially affectionate with its owners, but can be a bit standoffish with strangers. Learn more about this highly intelligent cat. 
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: hairless
  • 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, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sphynx cats are famous for their nearly nude appearance, but there is so much more to these charming, intelligent, and affectionate cats. Learn more about living with a sphynx.
  • 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.
  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
With their high intelligence and gorgeous white fur, it’s easy to see why the Turkish Angora is a national treasure in their home country.
  • 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.