close up portrait of the face of a grey korat cat with amber eyes

9 Popular Grey Cat Breeds.

Cats are adorable, no matter what color they are. But grey cats are a little more popular than others and are often preferred as domestic cats. Cat lovers cannot seem to get enough of them, and it is not hard to figure out why. 

Their coats are a diluted form of solid black. And these popular common grey cat breeds come in variations to suit all tastes – long-haired, short-haired, stocky, or slender – each is different from the other. You will not find two breeds the same, be it their temperament, appearance, or personality. 

Even though grey cats are not that uncommon, not all breeds can be of that color. Here, we will be listing 9 purebreds that are available with grey coats, which you would love to add to your family. 

American Shorthair

grey tabby and white american short hair cat rubbing against a fence post on a frosty morning

American Shorthairs are one of the very first grey cats to arrive in the United States back in the 1600s. They are extremely friendly and outgoing but do not like to be cuddled much. Their coats are dense and not at all fluffy. 

If you have children in the family, make sure they are older or know how to respect a feline’s space before adopting an American Shorthair. While they can be quite playful and active, this breed of cat likes to stay independent. 

British Shorthair

close up portrait of a grey british shorthair cat leaning over a stone wall

The British Shorthair cat breed are the very popular English cousins of the American Shorthairs across the pond. They are primarily found in grey but also come in other colors and share the same short, plush coat of hair. However, they are not as large and have a stumpier figure. 

British Shorthairs are extremely pleasant and affectionate and become instant companions with anybody they meet. They can also be quite intelligent and can entertain both themselves and any of your guests. 

Fortunately, they are not as averse to handling as their cousins, so they can be very laidback around children. 


portrait of a grey chartreaux cat in sitting pose in a modern living room

If you have ever been to France, you may have seen these cats all over the place. These muscular cats with thin legs are the national cat of France and have gained a lot of funny nicknames over the years. You will find the Chartreux cat breed has grey or “blue” shorthair coats only. They are well known for being a grey shorthair cat breed with copper or orange eyes.

They are quite playful and love being around other animals and children. A Chartreux can befriend a dog within minutes, almost sharing similar personality traits themselves. These cats are magnificent creatures, having a woolly medium-length double coat and impressively vibrant amber eyes. 

Devon Rex

close up portrait of the face of a grey devon rex cat on white background

Devon Rex cats are unforgettable. They resemble little magical creatures with their pointed ears, round saucer eyes, jutted faces, and triangular heads. Their coats are not entirely uniform and can have tiny, tight curls and waves in some places while being hairless on the others. They are one of the few recognized curly haired cat breeds

Despite their looks, these cats are very outgoing and have entertaining and silly personalities. They act more like dogs than felines and are very popular amongst children. They will have a blast running around the house with these tiny cats running behind in a row. 


close up portrait of the face of a grey korat cat with amber eyes

Korats are another cat breed that comes in just grey only. They are usually on the smaller end of the spectrum size-wise, weighing only 6 to 10 pounds even when they reach full adulthood. Korats start with golden through to amber eyes as kittens which then change to a peridot green as they grow up. 

This feline breed is still relatively uncommon in the United States, having migrated from Thailand only in the 1950s. Their coats are tipped with silver which gives them a shimmery effect when they move. 

While they may be shy around strangers, they love playing with their human family. They can also be very vocal, but you may not find that out until they are a little older. 

Russian Blue

Crouching grey russian blue cat with green eyes

Russian Blue cats are well-beloved all over the globe. Their prominent green eyes are stunning, and they have a shiny, thick coat to match the aesthetic. The Russian Blue loves to have their adventures, but they never say no to a cuddle when offered. 

These cats can be lifetime companions since they live for an average of 15 to 20 years. And fortunately, they do not carry any allergens, so you can get one even if you are severely allergic. 


Grey nebelung cat with green eyes sitting on garden lawn looking to camera

If you are looking for a long-haired grey cat breed then the Nebelung going to be of interest to you! Nebelung is a rare breed and is a cousin to the Russian Blue. They can be very stunning with long, thick silvery coats and gorgeous green eyes. However, do not let those innocent eyes fool you because they can be very mischievous. They love attention and often ask for a lot of pets. 

Nebelung’s have long hairs which look luxurious and fluffy and have a plumed tail. It needs to be brushed often to keep it silky and knot-free. 


Portrait of grey oriental cat with big ears in sitting pose on a white background

If a short-haired grey cat is more your style, check out the Oriental. Orientals come in both white and gray. These shorthair felines are cousins to Siamese cats and have distinctive eyes, pointed ears, and a wedge-shaped face. Their bodies are lean with sharp angles and they have very vocal personalities.

You can find a lot of similarities in their temperament and intelligence with Siamese cats. They have active brains, which are perfect for teaching tricks. Orientals are not lone creatures and often prefer other’s companies, be it animals or humans. 

Scottish Folds

close up of a grey scottish fold kitten lying in sphinx pose on a bed

Scottish Fold’s most distinctive trait is their ears, which droop forward a little making them one of the weirdest cat breeds – but very cute! But they also have big round amber eyes and a chubby build. You can find their coats to be either longhaired or shorthaired and their bodies to be medium-sized. 

These felines usually love to be the center of their owners’ attention and can get quite vocal if they feel like they are being deprived of it. Yet, on some days, they can do without it and love doing their things. 

Final Words

There are more types of grey cat breeds, but these are some of the most popular and well-loved ones. They have unique personalities and know how to charm a person from their very first meeting. 

If you are looking for a loving pet to take home, you can always search for their parents to know about their attitudes and temperament.