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Sphynx named friendliest cat

Posted by: Samantha Bartlett  Date: 05/12/2012   Category: Latest News

Sphynx cats have been named as the friendliest type of feline companion in a poll, reports telegraph.co.uk.

The results, which were published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, were based on the judgement of 129 cats’ affection levels. The cats were made up of 14 different breeds. The hairless cat came top, despite its nature for often seeming to be aloof or solitary.

It is thought its increased affection levels are down to the fact that the cats use humans to help keep it warm, even if they may also rely on the cushions in their cat beds. The pure breed Sphynx was deemed to be the most amiable, however it is relatively expensive, coming in at an average price of £3,000.

In second place in the poll was Maine Coons, followed by Persians in third.

Dr Marie Abitbol, of the National Veterinary School of Alfort in Paris where the study took place, told dailymail.co.uk that the study clearly showed pedigree cats were friendlier.

She said: “There is a clear difference in friendliness between pure-bred cats and the domestic shorthaired. In general, pedigree cats are friendlier than non-pedigree.”

Exotic shorthaired cats, such as Birmans, Somalis and Russian blues came in fourth in the poll, with domestic shorthairs, like the common cat, completing the top five.

Sphynx cats have been known to be popular amongst asthma sufferers, due to their lack of hair.