While many cat owners have loving and affectionate pets, others share their homes with more aloof felines that only come indoors to snooze and eat their cat food before skulking off with a flick of the tail.

And although owners tend to love their pets whatever their personality, it turns out people may be able to avoid taking home an ill-tempered cat by simple picking the right breed.

Recent research carried out at the National Veterinary School of Alfort in Paris has found that pedigree breeds of cat are the most affectionate, while non-pedigree shorthaired moggies are the least friendly.

The survey involved 129 cats from 14 breeds, as well as crossbreeds, and ranked them according to their friendliness, from the most affectionate to the least.

Pedigree cats were found to be notably more affectionate with people, with the hairless sphinx found to be the friendliest of all. The research showed that many of these felines were even happy to visit the vet and be bathed by their owners.

It is thought that their amiable nature could be because these hairless cats have to rely on humans to keep warm.

What's more, the survey also suggested the greater affection displayed by pedigrees could be due to the fact that breeders tended to leave the kittens with their mothers for longer at a stage of development when they are becoming used to humans.

In comparison, crossbreed moggies were found to be more likely to ignore their owners, shy away from affection and run away from strangers.

"There is a clear difference in friendliness between the pure-bred cats and the domestic short-haired," said Dr Marie Abitbol, of the National Veterinary School of Alfort. "In general, the pedigree cats are friendlier than non-pedigree."

However, before you shell out thousands on a purebred cat for its shining personality, it's worth bearing in mind that owning a moggie can have clear advantages too.

Although crossbreeds may not be as affectionate, they also tend to demand less attention and are easier to care for than more high-maintenance pedigrees, making them the ideal pet for many families.

Written by: Hannah