15 Grey Cat Breeds (With Pictures)
By Hallie Roddy
It’s been proven that colors can make you feel a certain way, and cat lovers often choose grey-colored pets because they evoke a feeling of mystery. While a grey coat certainly isn’t rare, there are only a select few breeds that regularly showcase their smokey colors. Whether they’re solid grey or patterned, each of these feline breeds is absolutely stunning with their silver fur coat.
Top 15 Grey Cat Breeds:
1. American Shorthair
Probably the most common grey-haired cat is the American Shorthair. This breed can be a wide assortment of colors or patterns, although grey tabby cats are some of the most popular. American Shorthairs are traced all the way back to the Mayflower, where they were working cats who were brought to the Americas with European Settlers. This American breed is now the pedigreed version of all domestic shorthair cats.
2. British Shorthair
Even older than the American Shorthair breed is the British Shorthair. These cats are loved by many for their soft, plush coats and round eyes. Their coats are the traditional blue/grey color that many pet-lovers are looking for and they are known for their intelligent, affectionate, and energetic personalities. Their beautiful color and easy-to-love temperament have made them one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.
3. Cornish Rex
These cats might be a little more quirky than other breeds, but they are just as lovable. Cornish Rex cats have a short, wavy coat that gives them a truly unique appearance. It doesn’t feel quite like other cat coats. Instead, it has a texture resembling velvet or lamb’s wool.
One of the first breeds that come to mind when we think of grey cats is the Chartreux. The Chartreux breed is an all-gray cat with remarkable yellow-green eyes. They tend to be very quiet and calm, making them the perfect house pet for a family or single in the city. They aren’t as active as other breeds, but they do enjoy spending lots of time with their family.
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5. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex breed does look similar to their cousins, the Cornish Rex, although there are still some differences. These cats have short, curly coats, but some are more patterned than others. This breed originates from southern England and are perfect for those living in warm climates, considering their shorter fur isn’t as equipped for harsh winters as other breeds.
Korat cats look somewhat similar to Chartreux, except they have shorter coats and slimmer features. These dark-grey cats have silver tips on their fur. Many people native to Thailand also consider them to be good luck and they are often given as wedding gifts. Even though they were once working cats, they are fairly laid-back as house pets.
7. Egyptian Mau
One of the most stunning grey cat breeds out there is the Egyptian Mau. This cat has a spotted pattern on light grey fur and their markings can be either gray, bronze, or black. These Egyptian cats date back as far as 3,000 years and originated in Egypt. They are rare today but still highly athletic, intelligent, and affectionate.
8. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is at the top of the list for the largest domestic cat breeds. These giant felines have long, patterned hair that makes them look even more impressive. The breed originated in Maine and can be found in a variety of colors, including grey, orange, white, brown, and black.
The Nebelung cat breed is a longhaired cat. They are a newer breed to the pet world and were first created in the 1980s. They are very easygoing and laidback pets, and most have dark grey fur and yellow-green eyes.
10. Oriental Shorthair
You can tell when you see an Oriental Shorthair by their defined noses and giant ears. These shorthairs usually have blue or green eyes, but their fur comes in every fur color you can think of, including a gorgeous grey.
11. Norwegian Forest Cat
Another impressively large cat is the Norwegian Forest Cat. This breed is a giant fluff ball and while many are grey, their fur colors are not limited. If you decide to bring one of these big cats home, remember that most weigh around 20 pounds! While they are big, they are also extremely cuddly and sweet.
People already love Persian cats, so a grey-haired cat lover is going to be thrilled to learn that Persians can be grey as well. Persians have thick, luscious fur, and the grey ones can be a variety of different shades. However, you have to be prepared for the many hours that you’re going to spend brushing them throughout the year.
These cats might be almost naked, but they still have some peach fuzz that comes in five different coat colors. Peterbald cats can have no hair or normal-length hair. They can also be grey, white, brown, or black. They are native to Russia and are often considered to have more dog-like personalities.
14. Russian Blue
The name of this cat says everything that you need to know about it. Russian Blue cats have beautiful grey coats that many people adore. Better yet, they don’t shed very much throughout the year either. Even though there isn’t such a thing as a hypoallergenic cat, this breed is about as close as you can get.
15. Scottish Fold
We’ve all seen a Scottish Fold at some point in our lives, even if we didn’t realize what the breed was. Scottish Folds are instantly recognizable. They have small ears that fold over and dark grey fur with rounded features. They originate from the Highlands, and their ears are the result of a genetic mutation. These cats are almost too cute to resist, and many people describe them as having owl-like features.
If you’re set on getting a grey cat, know that there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. Grey cats tend to be gentle, affectionate, and calm. Aside from looking beautiful, they make wonderful family pets and are the perfect addition to families of any size. If you had trouble finding grey cats before, we hope this article helped show you how many grey-haired cat options are out there.
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