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Dear Christopher Cat

Different breeds of dogs have different personalities.  Is the same true for cats?  We have a calico, and she’s a bit snippy.

Christopher Responds

Yes, specific cat breeds often have distinctive personalities.  For example, most Siamese cats like to talk. 
Each cat is an individual, though, so my observations are merely generalizations.

I am a member of the “breed” in greatest abundance: the mixed breed.  I am a domestic longhair (DLH) cat, similar to the more familiar domestic shorthair (DSH.)  We have diverse genetic backgrounds, so we may have more variation in personality within our group than purebreds do.

Within the DSH/DLH group, some coat colors are associated with specific personality characteristics.  Calicos are sometimes, but certainly not always, snippy, as you’ve noted.

I am a silver and black striped tabby, so I must point out that many people feel striped tabbies of any color are quite friendly.  We’re also called mackerel tabbies, because most mackerel fish are striped.

Tuxedo cats (black with white collar and feet) are often very affectionate.  People are also particularly fond of orange cats, especially males.

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