Cat Breed Selector

This is a cat breed selector in the form of a slide show. That might sound strange but it works well because you can control the way the slide show works by clicking on the relevant link which leads to the cat breed that you are looking for.

The information comes from various sources, mainly reference books such as Legacy of the Cat by Gloria Stephens. They are all good sources. People do want to know what kind of cat breed is most suited to their circumstances. However, perhaps you realise that this is not a precise science. Truly, you can’t say that all cats of a certain breed have the same character. And that is what you are trying to say if you argue that, for instance, the American Shorthair is well suited to apartment life.

All cats have their own personality. There are subtle differences

All the cats of a certain cat breed have their individual personalities. Breeders do not prioritise the character of their cats when selectively breeding. They prioritised the appearance. Although they will use foundation cats with a certain character and therefore the foundation cat’s character is handed down through the breeding line.

Even if the breeder is focusing on the character of the cats, selective breeding is not a science. It is not a precise process. Genetics are very complicated and multiple genetics play a role in deciding a cat’s character. We don’t quite know how they’re going to intermix and play out. I’m emphasising the point that you really should check out individual cats at the breeder’s home before adopting to see whether a particular cat’s personality suits your circumstances and your character.

Useful links
Anxiety - reduce it
FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important

As a consequence, this cat breed selector is no more than a guideline. It represents what the books on the cat breeds tell me. It’s a good starting point, put it that way. You can then check out individual cats of a cat breed.

Unhappy Pixie-bob

Pixie-bob. Photo copyright Helmi Flick. This cat breed is said to be good with children. He looks sad.

There is no doubt that there are differences, in general terms, between the cat breeds regarding personality but just don’t over-emphasise the point. I think that would be inappropriate.

Inherited and experiences – nature and nurture

And it goes without saying that a cat’s personality depends upon both the character that they inherited plus their life experiences together with the current circumstances. Domestic cats are reactive. If the environment in which they live is highly suited to them you will see a contented cat expressing their character and their motivations. If, for example a cat is timid and is being bullied by another cat or the environment is stressful, you will not see that cat’s character. You will see a retiring, defensive cat.

A cat’s personality can only come through in the right environment. That is why, for example, assessing a shelter cat’s character can be problematic. The environment is inherently stressful and some cats are more affected than others.

The use of this cat breed selector should only happen after you have ensured that the environment in which you will be placing your new cat is suited to the domestic cat character. They are wild at heart, as you know. They are a cat’s whisker away from their wildcat ancestor. Their heritage is in the wild. They are born emotionally as feral cats.


A breeder immediately socialises them because they are born within the human environment. But without that socialisation during the first seven weeks of their lives, they would be feral cats and essentially unsuited for adoption into a person’s home. I’m restating the point that the fundamental character of all domestic cats including all individual cats of all breeds is that of their wild cat ancestor which is the Near Eastern wildcat.

Useful tag. Click to see the articles: Cat behavior

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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2 Responses

  1. Theresa Navarro says:

    helo we are looking for a mini cat and can you show us a picure call us a 4072835235

    • Michael Broad says:

      Hi there, what you are looking for is a miniature cat. These cats are very rare and there are very few if any breeders in America probably because there are potential health issues associated with trying to breed cats that are very small. I don’t think you will get one in Europe if you live in Europe. Only in America might you find such a cat and as mentioned they are rare.

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