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Hypoallergenic Cats: 6 Known Breeds

Hypoallergenic cat breeds are a great option for people suffering from dander allergies. These cats produce fewer allergens than others, which can reduce or eliminate allergic reactions for many people.

Hypoallergenic Cats That are Purrfect For You

Below are a few of the most recommended breeds for allergy-prone cat parents.


An agile and playful cat – devoted, personable, and fascinated with water.

Siberian: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user titkov

Siberian cats have been documented in Russia for hundreds of years, commonly mentioned in fairy tales and children’s books. It wasn’t until 1990 that the breed arrived in the United States, after the Cold War. Siberians are models of strength, balance, power, and alertness.

Siberian: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user altemark

These fearless and easy going cats have a loving nature, but aren’t tremendously demanding of attention. The Siberian matures slowly, sometimes not reaching full physical development until around 5 years old.

They are independent, affectionate, and docile cats. They love jumping and being in high places, which makes them an excellent playmate and source of entertainment. Siberians need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore.


An affectionate family cat – alert, loyal, and powerful.

Balinese: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user Titkov

The Balinese breed was developed in the 1950’s – a cross between the Siamese breed with a spontaneous genetic mutation for a long haired coat. The beauty and grace of the breed was thought to be similar of Balinese dancers, and so came the breed name “Balinese.”

These cats are highly intelligent, playful, and energetic. They are known to be extremely vocal, requiring the company of other pets and people. Despite their long hair, they shed little and require little grooming.


Javanese: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user titkov

A vocal and playful cat – active, intelligent, and muscular.

The Javanese cat is an Oriental, crossed with the Balinese and the Colorpoint Shorthair – developed in the 1950’s.

These cats are very curious and enjoy playing games or perching in high places. The Javanese breed is very vocal, they may meow and growl to communicate often. Visit our website and learn more about the Javanese breed here.

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user pjlewis

A social and energetic companion – intelligent, playful, and affectionate.

The first Cornish Rex was discovered in Cornwall, England in 1950. This breed has a slender body, large ears, and a curly coat – known as the greyhound of the cat world. Although they look fragile, they are actually quite sturdy and athletic. They may remain playful as a kitten throughout adulthood, with the ability to easily learn tricks.

The Cornish Rex is well suited to indoor living, and don’t tolerate temperature extremes very well due to their short coat. They can also become chilled easily in cold weather. This breed should not be left alone for long periods of time.

Devon Rex

Devon: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user astique

Highly intelligent and eager to please – active, curious, and playful.

Devon Rexes are known for their short, wavy coat. They have low set ears, large eyes, a short nose, and a wedge shaped face.

These are intelligent and playful cats – known to have qualities more associated with dogs. They remain playful like a kitten well into adulthood, requiring a lot of playtime and attention. Devon Rexes are very people-oriented and eager to please.


Sphynx: Hypoallergenic Cat BreedPhoto via Flickr user totte71

A highly intelligent cat – curious, intelligent, and mischievous.

The Sphynx is recognized as a Canadian breed, first occurring as a natural mutation in a litter of Domestic Shorthaired cats. The breed was further developed by crossing with the Devon Rex. The Sphynx is a highly active and affectionate companion, often described as part cat, part dog, and part monkey.

This is a loyal, friendly, and talkative cat. The Sphynx has an extroverted personality, enjoys entertaining and will often be the first to greet anyone who enters their home. If not given enough attention, the Sphynx breed is known to become mischievous.

sssPhoto via Flickr user sunfox

The Sphynx lacks a fur coat but does have a sparse covering of downy fur, mainly found on their ears, face, tail, and feet. This breed should be kept indoors because they are highly sensitive to the cold and are easily sun burnt.

Visit Trupanion’s online breed guide for more information on these hypoallergenic cats and to learn about other breeds. Each breed can be at risk for a number of health issues, learn more about getting coverage for your feline friend.


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