Most Playful Cat Breeds: Top 10 Countdown

Most Playful Cat Breeds: Top 10 Countdown

Is your heart set on a cuddly Ragdoll or a fun-loving Abyssinian? In light of the feline peculiarity, cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for certain features and traits. If you're looking for an energetic cat that will bring tons of laughter and spark into your home, here are the top 10 most playful cat breeds of all time!

1. Abyssinian

The Abyssinian cat is a peculiar breed that, thanks to its unique, ticked coat, is often said to resemble the wild cats found all over North America. These gorgeous, energetic cats are impressive athletes of sharp minds and charming personalities. Among its numerous other nicknames, this cat is also often referred to as "the clown" of the cat-world because of its playful and mischievous personality.

Most playful cat breeds

2. Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is often seen as one of the most playful cat breeds. This is because it is a friendly, affectionate and quiet cat with a playful and energetic spirit. Japanese Bobtails are known for the love of fetching, running and jumping. If you want a cat that will love playing fetch or soccer with you, then the Bobtail may be just the right kitty for you!

Bicolor Japanese Bobtail cat licking his lips against a blue background.

3. Thai Siamese

Ever wonder who the royal feline of the cat world may be? The Thai Siamese, of course! The Siamese are very affectionate and smart cats, with distinct outgoing nature. They seek and enjoy the companionship of humans and other cats. These kitties are very vocal and will demand your attention with a loud, low-pitched voice. This adorable characteristic in the roots of their common nickname – Meezer.

siamese cat looking in the camera

4. Bengal

If you're looking for a cuddly cat that will purr and snuggle its days away in your lap – then don't get a Bengal! These Miniature Leopards, although very friendly, are exceptionally energetic and curious, agile, intelligent, and constantly on the move. Don't expect this kitty to purr by your feet for too long, with a Bengal you are in for an adventurous and exciting ride!

playful bengal cat


5. Maine Coon

Tipping scales at almost 20 lbs., the Maine Coon is said to be one of the heaviest cat breeds out there. They are gentle-mannered, friendly and highly intelligent. Such a unique combination of features led to their affectionate nickname "the gentle giant". They often learn many tricks, walk on the leash and are known to be one of the few "water-loving cats". Related: If you've ever wondered why some cats are terrified of the water, please read our article Myth Busted: Are Cats Really Hydrophobic?

Beautiful Maine Coon cat lounging on an antique chair


6. Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is an unusual cat breed known for its large eyes and curly coat. Mischievous, playful and intelligent, these lovable kitties will never get tired of getting into trouble. But maybe an adorable, curly and cheerful trouble-maker is the one thing your happy home has been missing this entire time!

Devon Rex cat on grey colored background

7. Munchkin

The Munchkin cats are speedy little bundles best known for its small body size and short legs. These cats are brave, confident and intelligent. They will explore every corner and win every heart over. Munchkins are very sociable, friendly and playful. Their curiosity never fades away and they always seem to be on the run for new games and mischief. They typically get along with children and other pets very well.

Most playful cat breeds

8. Manx

Originating on the Isle of Man, the Manx is a cat breed that carries a naturally occurring mutation which shortens their tail. Many Manx have a small stub of a tail, or are entirely tailless. They come in all coat colors and patterns and can be both short and long haired. They are said to be social, tame and active. The Manx is generally very attached to hoomans, but can be shy in front of strangers. They are very intelligent and their playful nature is sometimes compared to that of a puppy. They're highly trainable and will often follow their favorite hoomans just like a puppy would. How precious?! An old local term for the cats on their home island is "Stubbin".

Manx cat standing next to orange chicken toy

9. Siberian Forest

The Siberian Forest Cat, also known as the Russian national animal, is considered to be an ancient cat and the ancestor of all modern long-haired cats. They are friendly, social, brave and strong, whilst remaining easygoing and affectionate. Did you know that some hoomans claim that these cats can sense when someone is in a need for moral support and will keep company to the respective person?

Siberian Forest Cat on lilac background

10. Turkish Angora

Turkish Angoras are happy, playful and intelligent little companions. They are curious and they love to be involved in the everyday activities of their humans. They often bond with one person the most, and can become very protective of them. They are energetic, love to climb, play and hunt.

White Turkish Angora cat with one blue eye and one green eye

Other cat breeds known for their remarkably fun-loving personalities are also Turkish Van, Burmese, Scottish Fold, Tonkinese, Siberian, Cornish Rex, Ocicat, and more often than not, our beloved Domestic Shorthair, also known as the Domestic Polycat.

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