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12 Grey & White Cat Breeds: Top Choices for Your Home (With Pictures)

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Rachel Giordano

Grey and white cat breeds are adorable salt-and-pepper kitties with color blends known as bi-color. Bi-color cats have white fur that’s mixed with another color, such as grey, tabby, or any other color. If you’re looking for a grey and white cat breed to match your grey and white dog or perhaps another bi-color cat, you’ve come to the right spot!

We’ll take a peek at 12 grey and white cat breeds in alphabetical order. We’ll go over their personality traits and other information so that you can decide which grey and white cat breed may work for you.


The 12 Grey & White Cat Breeds

1. British Shorthair

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Lifespan:15 – 20 years
Temperament:Easy-going, loyal, affectionate, intelligent, independent
Suitable for:Singles, couples, families with children, families with pets

The British Shorthair is a laid-back, intelligent cat that loves its humans. These cats are not demanding and are fine with being left alone. When you are home, however, they will curl up beside you. They don’t particularly like to be picked up and held, but they do like to play with interactive toys and games. These cats have longevity and few health problems with proper care.

2. Cornish Rex

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Lifespan:11 – 15 years
Temperament:Loving, energetic, curious, affectionate
Suitable for:Any family type

The Cornish Rex is an affectionate cat breed with kitten-like personalities that never go away, even well into their senior years. Their coats are curly and short and feel soft and silk-like. The ears stand tall and erect on top of their egg-shaped heads.

These cats are an active breed that loves to interact with their humans, and they get along with other pets as long as the other pets are cat friendly. You can even play fetch with some of these energetic felines.

3. Devon Rex

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Lifespan:10 – 15 years
Temperament:Affectionate, intelligent, inquisitive, loyal
Suitable for:Singles, couples, families with children, families with other pets

The Devon Rex has unique, dog-like qualities and will partake in a game of fetch or even hide-and-seek. Their coat is thin and curly—even the whiskers are curly—and they have large ears that stand proudly atop their heads.

These cats are silly and fun, and they love to be involved with whatever you’re doing. They are inquisitive and social cats, and it’s easy to teach them tricks. If you’re looking for a cat with dog-like characteristics, the Devon Rex could be a terrific fit.

4. European Shorthair

European Shorthair
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Lifespan:15 – 20 years
Temperament:Affectionate, playful, shy (with strangers), territorial, social, adaptable
Suitable for:Singles, seniors, families with children, families with other pets

The European Shorthair can adapt quickly to any environment, making them suitable for homes and apartment living. They love to play with toys, and they play well with children as long as the kids respect the cat and do not play rough.

These cats can be shy around new people, but once they feel comfortable, they will be just as friendly toward them as they are with you. They love their humans and form strong bonds with them, and they get along well with other pets.

5. Exotic Shorthair

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Lifespan:12 – 15 years
Temperament:Friendly, loves people, loyal, affectionate, easy-going
Suitable for:Singles, families with children, families with other pets, seniors

If you’re looking for a cat with an adorable face, look no further than the Exotic Shorthair. These easy-going cats love their humans, but they can have separation anxiety. If you’re gone often, you may need to look for a different cat breed.

They are playful and make excellent additions to any home. They have the same personality and body type as the Persian cat, which are their ancestors. This breed typically has soft meows and will usually only vocalize when they want something from you.

6. Maine Coon

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Lifespan:11 – 13 years
Temperament:Affectionate, intelligent, sociable
Suitable for:Multi-pet households, families with children, apartment living

The Maine Coon is named after the state of Maine. In fact, the Maine Coon is the official state cat. These cats can be easily trained and have dog-like traits. They want to be involved with whatever you’re doing, and they are not shy about letting you know it!

The Maine Coon does just fine being left alone, but they will expect attention from you each day. They are extremely intelligent, and you can teach them impressive tricks. They are vocal cats that may chirp in addition to meowing or purring.

7. Munchkin

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Lifespan:12 – 15 years
Temperament:Affectionate, sociable, playful, friendly
Suitable for:Any family type, good with other pets, seniors

The Munchkin cat is absolutely adorable. They have short legs, which is what gave them their name. They are loving and affectionate, and make an excellent addition to any home. These cats are playful, but they do require a lot of attention. If you’re looking for a quiet, independent cat that doesn’t care if you’re home or not, this cat breed will probably not work for you. However, if you’re looking for an energetic cat that you can train to do tricks, the Munchkin may be the cat of your dreams.

8. Norwegian Forest Cat

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Lifespan:14 – 16 years
Temperament:Friendly, affectionate, intelligent, adaptable
Suitable for:Families with children, families with other pets, singles, seniors

The Norwegian Forest Cat loves to play with cat games and toys and is sweet and lovable. They love to be with their humans, and they do well with children and other cats and dogs. They have a waterproof coat and will swim if given the chance.

These cats are also excellent climbers and can climb trees. Impressively, they don’t get stuck due to their squirrel-like abilities when it comes to climbing. They will sit on your lap and cuddle with you, too.

9. Oriental Shorthair

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Lifespan:8 – 12 years
Temperament:Social, vocal, curious, intelligent, dependent
Suitable for:Active families, multi-pet households, singles, families with children

The Oriental Shorthair is a vocal cat that will tell you all about its day. They demand your attention and don’t do well being left alone for long periods of time. These intelligent cats can learn to open kitchen cabinets and drawers, and they demand your attention in various other ways.

Oriental Shorthairs have angular heads with large ears, almond eyes, and prominent cheekbones. If you’re looking for a chatty cat, look no further.

10. Persian

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Lifespan:10 – 15 years
Temperament:Quiet, low energy, sweet, easy-going
Suitable for:Low-key families, children that are not boisterous and loud

The Persian cat is among the oldest cat breeds with origins dating back to the 17th century. These cats prefer quiet environments, but they are friendly, loving, and sweet. The Persian will sleep with you in your bed or sit on your lap, but only if the mood strikes.

Persians do not have high energy, but they will engage in playtime with toys here and there. You’ll need to monitor their weight due to their low energy and engage them in play as often as possible to keep them from becoming obese.

11. Ragdoll

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Lifespan:15 – 20 years
Temperament:Gentle, affectionate, docile, loyal, tolerant, friendly
Suitable for:Singles, families with children, families with cat-friendly pets

The Ragdoll likes to be held and will go limp in your arms, hence the name. They are laid-back and have gorgeous blue eyes. They seem to be more into their humans than other cats but will get along with other cats and dogs as long as they are cat-friendly.

These cats will be your shadow when going from room to room, and they’ll be sure to greet you at the door when you get home. They are friendly, affectionate, and gentle, and they make lovely companions.

12. Scottish Fold

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Lifespan:11 – 15 years
Temperament:Affectionate, friendly, easy-going
Suitable for:Families that can devout time with them, families with children, families with other pets

The Scottish Fold gets its name from its folded-down ears, which gives these cats an almost owl-like appearance. However, some do have straight ears. They adore their humans and have a quiet little meow. They don’t mind noisy rooms full of children, and they get along with other pets very well. They are affectionate, sweet, and easy to care for, but keep in mind that they do not do well being left alone for long periods of time.

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Final Thoughts

We hope that our list of grey and white cats helps you decide which one would be best for you and your family. Whether you live alone, have children, have other pets, or are a senior, you’ll be sure to find a cat with the right temperament that is suitable for you. Cats can make wonderful companions, but the situation needs to be right, and we hope our list steers you in the right direction.

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About the Author

Rachel Giordano
Rachel Giordano
Rachel Giordano is a Pensacola, Florida-based musician and writer. She lives with her partner and their two dogs, Sophie, a Boston Terrier, and Aero, a Border Collie/Sheltie mix. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and loves writing about all types of cat breeds. When she’s not writing about cats, she loves to write suspense/thriller novels. A musician by night and writer by day, she enjoys sharing her knowledge of the needs and requirements of our furry friends.

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