Like dog breeds, there is a cat breed selector on animal planet to help find a good breed match for you.
As with all animals, the breeds are an indicator of the animal and its personality, but a lot depends on every individual animal.
There are lot more number of cats and kittens and a lot more of a defined breed in shelters and rescues. Do give these guys a second chance.
I do not have much experience with cats. I am hoping to read up and talk to cat owners so I can provide more information here!