Breed differences in behaviour traits

Research by Salonen et al (2019) examined whether behavioural differences exist among cat breeds and whether behaviour is heritable.

There will likely always be a debate whether behaviour is determined by nature or nurture, though in all likelihood it is a combination of both. Cats with a natural tendency to be sociable still need socialisation early in life. If they do not socialise with people they are more likely to grow up being less sociable. Cats that are by nature more wary of people can learn to trust people if they have a lot of positive experiences early in life.

However, Salonen et al (2019) found that certain breeds are more likely to show certain behaviours.  For example, British Shorthairs, Persians and Cornish Rex cats showed the lowest probability for ‘aggression to strangers’. Russian Blue cats were most likely to feel shy towards strangers whereas Burmese cats were least likely to feel shy.

If you are looking for an active cat, then Cornish Rex, Korat and Bengal cats are the breeds for you. If you prefer a less active cat, then a Ragdoll or British Shorthairs might be for you as these were the least active breeds researched.

To read this study and find out more about various cat breeds and their behavioural treats, click here.

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