(TELEGRAPH) — If you want a friendly cat, get a bald one – researchers have ranked cat breeds from the most affectionate to the least, with the hairless sphynx coming out on top. But the common moggy is the most unfriendly.

By reputation, they are aloof and solitary creatures, which only display affection grudgingly and judiciously.

But this popular perception of cats turns out to be unfair: while many are surly, this is down to their breed — and others are far more genial.

A study has ranked breeds of cats according to their friendliness, from the most affectionate to the least.

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