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13 Athletic Cat Breeds in the World

Dogs might get all the recognition for their athletic prowess (and we get it: Some of them are really good at agility and catching Frisbees), but we shouldn’t overlook our feline friends. Cats deserve way more credit than they generally get for their impressive speed, dexterity, and agility, so we found nine of the fastest and most athletic cat breeds on the planet.

From the speedy Egyptian Mau to the tireless Bengal, these breeds seem to have a need for speed and activity. And for those of you looking for lap cats to cuddle with all day, these may not be the breeds for you — these kitties like to be in motion constantly.

13 name the top Athletic cat breeds in the World

1. Egyptian Mau
Egyptian Mau is fiercely devoted to her humans and vocally shows signs of happiness and affection by meowing in a pleasant voice. A breed that excels in agility activities for cats, the Egyptian Mau loves to run, jump, and play. A long, graceful breed with a unique set of spots, which can come in a variety of shapes, She’ll also slowly swish her tail and knead with her front paws. She loves to display her hunting skills by chasing and retrieving a toy. As a moderate- to highly active breed, you may find her on top of your refrigerator or bookshelves.

Egyptian Mau

Weight: 2.5 to 5 kg
Average: height
Origin: Egypt
Caring for Egyptian Maus
Shedding
As with most cats, Egyptian Maus shed moderately, but weekly combing removes loose hair.

2. Somali
Similar to the Abyssinian in color and activity level, the Somali has longer hair than its counterpart. Strikingly beautiful, the Somali looks like a small wild fox with her full bushy tail and britches, large ears, and dramatically ticked coat. This highly intelligent feline is known to open cupboards and fetch toys. Somali loves attention and affection. The breed also is known for loving to play and having a zest for life. Highly adaptable, the Somali adjusts easily to new people and situations, Curious and playful, Somalis will often greet their owners at the door and tend to be exceptionally friendly, outgoing cats, A breed that loves human interaction and attention, it can be trained to fetch, play games, and even walk on a leash. Some owners report their Somalis being able to hold cat food and objects in its paws like a monkey as they explore their homes from top to bottom.

Somali

All breeds on this list, like the Somali, love activities like leash training and even agility as a positive and productive outlet for their energy, They’re also bred to be with their people and enjoy being involved in household activities.
Size
Medium to large, with males weighing 10 to 12 pounds and females weighing 6 to 10 pounds
Coat
Medium, fine, soft
Color
Ruddy, red, blue, fawn
Origin: United States
Common nicknames: Fox cat; long-haired Abyssinian
Rank: Race

3. Bengal
This docile house cat has what some would call a rambunctious personality. Bengal cats are playful and love to chase, climb, investigate, and be part of the action. They seek out a lot of attention, are always on the move, and can easily get into mischief around your home, Easily recognized by its wild appearance, the Bengal cat also retains its energetic and very active personality from its Asian leopard cat ancestors, Exceedingly intelligent, Bengals need a job to do (almost like a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd) and like investigating every nook and cranny of a home.

Bengal

Most Bengal Cats are up for an adventure and can even be trained to walk on a leash to safely explore the outdoors. She’s intelligent, curious, and may splash in a fish tank or even hop in the shower with you.to keep them occupied, it’s important to provide a sporty cat with plenty of outlets for their energy.

Size
Medium to large with males: 10 to 18 pounds and females: 6 to 12 pounds
Coat
Medium
Color
Bright orange to light brown, with dark spots or a distinctive marbling pattern
Origin: United States
Upper classification: Cat
Rank: Hybrid

4. Abyssinian
Abyssinians are highly intelligent and intensely inquisitive. They love to investigate and will leave no nook or cranny unexplored. They’re sometimes referred to as “Aby-grabbys” because they tend to take things that grab their interest. The playful Aby loves to jump and climb. Keep a variety of toys on hand to keep her occupied, including puzzle toys that challenge her intelligence.

Abyssinian

A breed that always seems to have an agenda, Abyssinians move around the home as if they’re headed somewhere important and love having things to do and places to go, This isn’t a cat that runs in circles for fun and doesn’t always enjoy simply relaxing in an owners lap. A medium-sized breed with a muscular body, research has shown that cats with naturally lean appearances, short hair, and angular faces tend to be more active than their longhaired, larger counterparts, This is certainly true with the Abyssinian, a friendly breed that especially does well with another companion in the home to help wear it out.

Size
Small to medium, with males weighing 7 to 10 pounds and females weighing 6 to 8 pounds
Coat
Medium
Color
Ruddy, red, blue, fawn
Origin: Ethiopia
Rank: Race

5. Cornish Rex
Bat-eared, big-eyed, and wavy-coated, the Cornish Rex has a distinctive look and exceptionally silky coat due to not having guard hairs like other breeds. This active cat has a small, whippet like body and loves to climb, leap and sprint. With kittenlike antics that last a lifetime, this feline likes to be where the action is. The Cornish Rex is perfect for those who want a cat to participate in their family life.

Cornish Rex

Called the Greyhound of the cat world because of their sleek look and short, single coat, the Cornish Rex is particularly friendly with people and loves learning, A naturally curious breed that can get itself into things around the home and enjoys having fun, the Cornish Rex’s soft, curly coat sheds less than other breeds which may make it suitable for people who have allergies.

Size
Small to medium, with males weighing 6 to 9 pounds and females weighing 5 to 7 pounds
Coat
Short, extremely soft and silky
Color
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, silver, smoke, and tabby, plus various patterns and shadings
Ears: Large, set high on the head and tapered
Origin: United Kingdom, Cornwall, England
Rank: Race

6. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is sometimes called a poodle that purrs, due to her curly coat and wagging tail when she is happy. Also described as the pixie of the cat world, the Devon Rex has a pixielike face and large, inquisitive eyes. This extraordinarily social cat is a wonderful family pet that gets along well with cats and cat-friendly dogs. A highly active breed, the Devon Rex is known for her clownlike antics, Another intelligent, affectionate breed that enjoys nothing more than cuddling up with their people and keeping warm, the Devon Rex is also an active breed but tends to stay out of trouble when its people aren’t at home. With a short, wavy coat that has a washboard-looking appearance, Devon Rexes will shower their people with attention and make tireless playmates.

Devon Rex

Size
Small to medium, with males weighing 8 to 10 pounds and females weighing 5 to 8 pounds
Coat
Short
Color
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lavender, cinnamon, and fawn, plus various patterns and shadings
Origin: Buckfastleigh
Rank: Race

7. Japanese Bobtail
A medium-sized breed with a slender, athletic build, the Japanese Bobtail is a friendly, intelligent cat that loves being with its people and gets along well with other cats it’s been raised with but may be skeptical of new pets or cats in the home, If you plan to get your Japanese Bobtail a companion to keep it engaged, be sure you properly introduce the cats and socialize your Bobtail with other animals from an early age on. A breed that craves attention and has been known to play in the water, the Japanese Bobtail enjoys interacting with children and loves jumping and prancing around the home, One of the oldest cat breeds, the Japanese Bobtail is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. The two coat varieties, longhair, and shorthair, are exactly the same except for coat length. This delightfully mischievous feline enjoys a good game of fetch and likes to carry things in her mouth.

Japanese Bobtail

Size
Medium, with males weighing 7 to 10 pounds and females weighing 5 to 7 pounds
Coat
Long (longhaired) and short (shorthaired)
Color
White, black, red, blue and cream, plus various patterns and shadings
Origin: Japan, Southeast Asia
Rank: Race
A healthy breed that lives an average of 15 to 18 years, the Japanese Bobtail is social and particularly good with children.

8. Ocicat
The Ocicat was bred to have a wild look but, unlike the Bengal, has no wild cat ancestry, An incredibly loyal breed that is social with other pets and tends to accept new cats into the home more easily than others, the Ocicat will often use its athletic abilities to jump onto high bookcases or shelves and explore its surroundings. Recognized by its exotic build and distinctive spotted coat, Ocicats are able to learn commands and can be leash trained to provide an outlet for their energy, The Ocicat is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate cats of the wild. This muscular, athletic breed can be trained to play fetch and walk on a leash. A people-devoted feline, the Ocicat loves companionship and doesn’t like being left alone too long. This cat does well with other cats and cat-friendly dogs.

Ocicat

Size
Medium to large, with males weighing 10 to 15 pounds and females weighing 7 to 12 pounds
Coat
Short, smooth, satiny
Color
Tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, ebony silver, chocolate silver, cinnamon silver, blue silver, lavender silver, fawn silver
Origin: United States
Rank: Race
A healthy breed, the Ocicat may live to be 15 to 18 years old.

9. Siamese
Siamese Cats are incredibly social, intelligent and vocal—they’ll talk to anyone who wants to listen, and even those who don’t. They also play well with other cats, dogs, and children. In fact, they thrive on companionship, so it’s a good idea to get them a playmate to interact with throughout the day. Although they’re active and curious, they also love curling up on their human’s lap or snuggling up next to them in bed.

Siamese

The Siamese loves human companionship and will happily spend the day chattering away to its owners about what it wants and when. A breed that thrives playing games with other cats, Siamese do well in pairs and are generally happy to spend time in their owner’s lap provided they receive enough regular activity. With large ears, blue eyes, and a sleek, slim build, the Siamese has a short coat that’s easy
to maintain. If left alone too often, the Siamese can get lonely and sad fairly quickly and will be sure to let you know when they’re unhappy.

Size
Medium, with males weighing 11 to 15 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds
Coat
Short, fine, glossy
Color
Seal point, chocolate point, blue point, lilac point
Common nickname: Meezer
Origin: Thailand, China
Rank: Race

10. Balinese
A Siamese in every nature except for her long, silky ermine coat, the Balinese, also known as the Javanese, has a distinctive luxurious tail plume. This long, slender cat is lithe but muscular. An easygoing breed with a clownlike personality, the Balinese adores people. This regal, aristocratic, intelligent cat is talkative, though less vocal than the Siamese, With a fuller coat than its Siamese relatives, the Balinese is also very active, affectionate and people-oriented. When socialized at a young age, they tend to travel well and excel in agility and leash training, Another chatty breed, the Balinese loves jumping and climbing and plays well with other cats.

Balinese

Size
Medium, with males weighing 12 to 16 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds
Coat
Medium
Color
Balinese – seal point, chocolate point, blue point, and lilac point, plus various patterns and shadings; Javanese – red point, cream point, and seal point, plus various patterns and shadings
Other names: Long-haired Siamese Thai Siamese
Origin: Thailand, United States
A healthy breed, the Balinese can live up to 20 years.
Rank: Race

11. Oriental Shorthair
The Oriental is a sleek, elegant cat with large, flaring ears and almond-shaped eyes. A playful, spirited breed, the Oriental has a vivacious personality. This people-oriented feline usually forms a close bond with one person. Those who give an Oriental the affection she needs will find she does anything to please them.

Oriental Shorthair

An active, extroverted breed with a naturally high prey drive, the Oriental Shorthair loves playing, especially with toys that it can pounce on, Similar in body type and personality to the Siamese, A breed that loves being the center of attention and may become cranky if ignored, the Oriental is less communicative than the Siamese but will still do best in a home with attentive owners that have multiple pets or are willing to interact with it regularly.

Size
Small to medium, with males weighing 7 to 10 pounds and females weighing 5 to 8 pounds
Coat
Longhair — medium, fine, silky; shorthair — short, fine, glossy
Color
Blue, chestnut, cinnamon, cream, ebony, fawn, lavender, red and white, plus various patterns and shadings
Rank: Race
Origin: United States, Thailand
This is a healthy breed that can live for 15 years or longer.

12. Singapura
The smallest domestic cat breed, the Singapura is an extroverted, playful feline sometimes called a “pesky people cat.” This breed thrives on attention and interactive play. Called Pura for short, these cats are intelligent and keenly observant. Friendly and social, they enjoy cats and cat-friendly dogs, but dislike loud noises so are not ideal for busy households with boisterous children.

Singapura

The smallest of all cat breeds, the Singapura retains its kitten-like looks and personality throughout its lifetime and loves performing and spending time with people. A social, highly affectionate breed, the Singapura is trusting and devoted and can befriend nearly anyone.

Size
Small, with males weighing 6 to 8 pounds and females weighing 5 to 6 pounds
Coat
Short, fine, silky
Color
Sepia
Origin: Singapore
Rank: Race

13. Exotic Shorthair
Known as the lazy man’s Persian, the Exotic Shorthair has the body type and easygoing nature of the Persian but without the coat length and need for daily grooming. With her thick, dense, plush short hair and round face, the Exotic Shorthair has a soft teddy bear look. This sweet feline is affectionate and loyal. The breed is athletic, fun-loving, yet also quiet and sensitive.

Exotic Shorthair

Size
Medium to large, with males weighing 7 to 14 pounds and females weighing 6 to 10 pounds
Coat
Short, plush, thick
Color
White, black, blue, red, cream, chocolate, lilac, silver, plus various patterns and shadings
Origin: United States
Rank: Race

Certain breeds are impressively athletic and will have no problem keeping up on a brisk walk or in active play. If you’re looking for an athletic cat breed that loves to stay active, this list is for you.