A study that ranked breeds of cats from the most affectionate to the least shows that the unfriendliest were crossbreed "moggies", or domestic short-haired cats.
They scored poor marks for their interactions with humans, being the most likely to ignore their owners and run away from strangers.
Pedigrees were found to be notably more amiable, and the friendliest of all was the hairless sphynx cat, which was even happy to visit the vet and be bathed. The sphynx's affectionate nature could be due to its reliance on humans to keep warm.
The study was published in the US Journal of Veterinary Behavior.