Grey Cat Breeds – 10 Gorgeous Grey Felines
by Jessi Larson
Cats come in many different colors, and for many, grey cat breeds are at the top of their list.
This makes sense. Grey is a color that is at once strong yet gentle, warm in some instances and cool in others, comforting yet bold.
To help you in your search for grey cat breeds, we’ve rounded up the top 10 options. These breeds come in a variety of shades and markings that can’t be missed.
10 Grey Cat Breeds
The sky just before it rains. The curl of smoke after your favorite candle is blown out. And some of the friendliest, sweetest cats you’ll ever meet.
What do these all have in common?
A soft yet deep and unique shade of grey!
These 10 cat breeds present in varying shades of gray, all of which are beautiful and distinct.
One of the first grey cat breeds that many people think of is the Russian Blue.
According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association, this beautiful feline is also friendly and social. They have a deep, dark gray coat that stays short, making it easy to groom and maintain.
This grey cat breed tends to develop strong relationships with their families but can be more reserved around strangers. But don’t worry, they warm up quickly!
The Russian Blue can also be very sensitive to the moods of their humans. If you need a cuddle, they may know it even before you do.
Because of their natural inclination to comfort their people, they make a great family pet, happy to listen after a tough day or keep you company after a long day at work.
With their big, soft eyes and gently folded ears, the Scottish Fold is the cuddly grey feline friend you’ve been looking for.
They are regularly listed as one of the friendliest and most affectionate grey cat breeds. While they come in a variety of colors, their lighter smokey color is especially endearing.
This is one cat that is happiest around you. They want to be involved in whatever their families are doing. In fact, they may start to think they are just one of the humans!
The Scottish Grey thrives on routine, so even families with kids will do well with this breed in the house.
Keep in mind, they tend to have a stiffer tail and it can cause them pain when mishandled, so teach the kids early how to best interact with your Scottish Fold.
Ever the gentle soul, the Chartreux is known for their bold, grey color. This polite sweetheart is a national treasure hailing from France and, though new to the United States, is quickly becoming a favorite.
They often have striking, bright eyes that burst through their short coat, letting you know that they’d like a cuddle if you have the time for it.
If you are new to cat ownership, this is a great first cat. They are known to be well-behaved and patient, able to be left home with a confidence that everything will be intact when you return.
Although they won’t demand your attention, they are always happy to receive it. They love a cuddle and may gently bump your head with theirs to tell you they’ve been thinking about you.
You could certainly call the Egyptian Mau a supermodel cat breed. Afterall, they’re bred for their beauty and recognized for their striking looks.
The Egyptian Mau is a rare beauty, though, with only 6,700 registered with the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
They are quite identifiable with their spotted coat – the only one naturally occurring in domestic breeds – that comes exclusively in shades of smokey gray with a hint of brown. Peering out of their warm, gray face is a pair of bright jade eyes.
They are also incredibly fast, able to reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour! This is truly a grey cat breed that requires regular exercise. They do best in an active family that can help them burn that energy.
With a darker, silver-grey blue coloring and stunning emerald green eyes, this is one of the most beautiful grey cat breeds you could hope for.
Sadly, they are also one of the most rare and tough to find. They originate from Thailand and breeding restrictions have limited their presence outside of their home country.
You don’t have to give up hope, though. Korat’s are sometimes found in other countries and in local shelters.
You can guess the breed’s age if it’s within the first few years by their eye color. Like most kittens, they are born with blue eyes, which transition and lighten to a warm, bright amber. Over the first two to four years of life, that’s when the incredible emerald comes through in their eye color.
Calling to mind the 1980s, the LaPerm is a relatively new addition to the list of grey cat breeds. With their loose, bouncy curls, they have quite a unique look that is taking the internet by storm.
Because they are still a new breed – as one would guess, they originated in the ‘80s – the LaPerm was originally a barn cat with a funny genetic mutation that gave it a disheveled appearance.
Because they have such a wide range of colors, it’s easy to find the ones with a primarily grey coat.
Originally created by breeding barn cats, the LaPerm have a strong work ethic and are extremely clever. You will need to provide plenty of attention and playtime to work off some of their natural energy or they will find every way to make as much mischief that they can.
As you might guess, their pedigree would lead them to do better outside of an apartment environment, somewhere with plenty of space to roam.
Another one of the most friendly of the grey cat breeds, the Devon Rex is a fun-loving, social companion for any cat lover. They have been described as a personality cross between a dog, a cat and Dennis the Menace – quite the combination!
The Devon Rex is the center of attention in any room they go. They have giant ears with a tiny head and when paired with their huge eyes, they get the name “Pixie Cat.”
As for their fur, their short coat comes in many colors and markings, including an array of grey shades.
This breed will keep you constantly entertained. They are known to be affectionate, forming strong bonds with their family members like you’d expect from a dog.
And their loyalty knows no bounds. They will happily follow you around the house while you go through your day-to-day tasks, then curl up with you at night for a long cuddle session.
If all you want is a grey cat to warm your lap and be your best friend, the Exotic Shorthair is the breed for you. They are calm and sweet and crave your attention and will dote on everyone in their family.
Without a doubt, the Exotic Shorthair is perfect for the person who just wants to binge a new season of their favorite series or needs a snuggle buddy at night. Sure, these guys won’t be winning any athletic competitions, but they’ll win every personality contest they enter.
This is not a breed with limited options. They come in every color and marking combination you could think of, with only a few exceptions.
To find the perfect grey variation for you, check with responsible breeders or shelters and rescues. You’ll get the same great personality, regardless of the color.
One of the most outgoing cat breeds, the Burmese is also considered among the most beautiful.
Hailing from Burma, the breed features a coat that’s a solid color all over, possibly with faint color points. Although the Burmese was originally bred with a rich brown coat, today it comes in many different colors, including blue or lilac that looks like grey.
A people-oriented breed, the Burmese maintains its kitten-like personality well into adulthood, and you can count on it to form a strong bond with its family.
Some say the Burmese is like a dog in many ways. In fact, the breed’s even been known to learn how to play fetch and tag.
Did you know your favorite hairless cat breed can also come in grey? The Sphynx, known for its smooth, hairless and often wrinkly appearance, can come in just about any color or variety of marking that you would find in a cat with hair.
And along with its beauty and unique look, the Sphynx has an amazing personality. A social butterfly, this breed can be described as the life of the party.
The Sphynx is quite the acrobat and always ready to get up to some funny antics – which they’ll follow up with a long cuddle session.
They are especially loyal and affectionate with their favorite human. They tend to want to follow you around, involving themselves in whatever you’re doing. And if they feel too ignored, they will happily demand your attention.
They do great in most households, and as far as grey cat breeds go, they are some of the easiest to care for. They do have special grooming requirements that have to start when they are young, so do some research before investing in your new grey-skinned friend.
Final Thoughts: Grey Cat Breeds
After reviewing these 10 grey cat breeds, it’s clear any one of these smoky beauties would make an excellent companion.
The best pick for you depends on what you’re looking for!
While the color of their coat may be similar, thee overall appearance and personality does vary depending on breed.
It’s always a good idea to figure out what you’re looking for in a cat (more on that below) and do thorough research on the breed. This way you’re guaranteed to have a quality companion that fits with your lifestyle.
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Grey Cat Breeds – How to Pick the Right Furry Friend
When you’re looking for a cat but don’t know what breed to get, these eight easy questions can help quickly narrow down your search and find a four-legged friend who perfectly fits your lifestyle.
This guide will help you in choosing one of these grey cat breeds and give you a clearer idea of which one is for you.
1. Why Do You Want a Cat?
First things first, let’s talk about why you want a cat. This will guide you more than you realize!
For example, do you love cuddling up on the couch and want a furball to curl up in your lap and keep you company? Or do you want a low-key companion with an aloof and independent spirit?
Stop for a minute, close your eyes and think about it.
2. What Type of Cat Did You Have Growing up?
Believe it or not, the cat (or cats) you grew up with often have an impact on what type of cat you want when you’re older.
That’s certainly not to say you couldn’t pick a different type of cat by any means. It’s just that people often have a comfort level with the type of feline they were conditioned to growing up.
3. Do You Have Any Allergies?
Cats can be awful for allergies. But fortunately, there are many hypoallergenic cat breeds that make it easier for allergies sufferers.
Always learn more about the breed before bringing it into your home.
Of all the grey cat breeds on this list, the Sphynx is a top choice if you or someone in your home has allergies.
4. Who’s in Your Household?
Another important thing to think about is who is in your household.
Is it just you? Or do you have a partner? Roommates? Children?
This is incredibly important to consider. Especially if you have little ones in the house.
Fortunately, the gray cat breeds noted above have many different types of personalities, one of which is sure to be the right fit for your needs.
5. Where Do You Live?
As you think about which cat breed is right for you, where you live is incredibly important.
The good news is cats do well in many different types of living environments. Many breeds do well in smaller spaces, while others, like the LaPerm for example, need a little more area to roam.
6. How Much Time and Energy Do You Have?
Cats certainly don’t require as much of a time commitment as other pets. (Here’s looking at you, dogs.)
But they still need someone to care for their needs and provide for them.
Potential parents should always make sure they have the time, energy and resources to care for a cat, no matter what the breed. But that level of care can increase depending on the cat.
Before making a decision regarding one of these grey cat breeds, make sure you understand their instincts and just how much mental and physical stimulation they’ll require.
7. What is the Cat’s Temperament?
Just like appearance, a cat’s temperament can vary greatly by breed. And it’s absolutely critical to find out how a cat will act based on their breed instincts.
Do your homework about a breed’s personality, and also get to know the individual cat before committing.
8. How Much Does the Breed Cost?
Owning a cat isn’t cheap, but some breeds are more expensive than others. Especially for some of the rarer felines.
Cost is a consideration, and it’s always a good idea to understand the full picture before bringing a cat home.
Things to consider include the initial expense, vet bills, food, grooming and supplies.