This "gentle giant" is generally healthy, strong and sturdy. A delightful breed, it is even tempered, active, intelligent and astute, graceful and curious. Its miaow is fairly quiet and it's very adaptable. It seems tailor-made to lie in front of a fire, purring, but it enjoys the outdoor life and hunting, too. This affectionate cat is also good with dogs. An excellent pet in a household where there are children or elderly people.