At the University of Helsinki, extensive research was carried out on the character and behavior of cats. In a study conducted with more than 4,300 cats from 26 different breeds, the most fearful Russian blue cat was the Van cat, while the most aggressive type was the Van cat.
Scientists from the University of Helsinki in Finland conducted a comprehensive study of the characters and behavior of cats. In the study of more than 4,300 cats from 26 different breeds, they identified seven key traits, including levels of playfulness, fearfulness, and grooming.
Findings of the study, published in the journal Animals, revealed seven key personality and behavioral traits that not only differ among individual felines, but also manifest as distinct personality differences between different breeds.
Hannes Lohi, the author of the article from the University of Helsinki, who was at the beginning of the research, said, “The most cowardly breed was the Russian Blue”, while the “Abyssinian cat was the least fearful breed”.
“The Bengal cat was the most active, while the Persian and Exotic breeds were the most passive,” Lohi said. “The most self-cleaning breeds were Siamese and Balinese.”
While the Van cat native to Turkey, which is considered one of the most prominent cat species in the world, is also included in the ranking, the statements “This breed, which has the highest aggression towards humans, also scored low on sociality with other cats”.
“Compared to dogs, less is known about the behavior and personality of cats,” said Salla Mikkola, author of the article and cat behavior expert at the University of Helsinki. “More research is needed to monitor behavior and improve the well-being of cats.” “The most common behavioral difficulties with cats are aggression and defecation,” Mikkola said.
The scientists who carried out the research stated that they often examine issues such as whether the cat gets along with other cats in the house, whether it always greets strangers who visit the house in a friendly way, or whether it often exhibits sudden bursts of jogging.
While underlining that the researchers did not make any pairwise comparisons between different cat breeds at this stage, Mikkola said, “We wanted to get a rough idea of whether there are differences in personality traits between the breeds.”
“In future studies, we will use more complex models to examine the traits and factors influencing problematic behaviors,” said Salla Mikkola.