Although ranking among the various cat breed popularity varies from year-to-year, most of the same breeds appear year after year in the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) list of the 10 most popular cat breeds. Although technically it is not a breed, we've also added another type of cat to this list, as more households include these cats than any recognized breed.
People who love the look and sweet personality of the Persian, but who don't care to be a slave to daily brushing, will find exotic cats the perfect pet.
Selectively bred to develop the short plush coat, the exotic in every other way resembles the Persian, including its quiet, affectionate disposition.
With its glorious long flowing coat and a sweet face to match its disposition, it is no wonder Persian cats are the favorite cat among all pedigreed breeds. Persians require a secure, serene environment, but once they feel safe, they will be a constant source of pleasure to the lucky household that is owned by a Persian.
The Persian requires regular maintenance to keep the beauty of that coat, so consider carefully before making what should be a lifetime commitment to this glorious cat.
Although named after the raccoon, contrary to popular folklore, the Maine Coon cat is not the result of a cat breeding with a raccoon; more likely is the story of a cross between an American domestic cat and a long-haired cat (possibly an Angora), brought by ship from Europe.
Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet, handily earning its status as the second most popular breed in America, as well as it's fond nickname, "The Gentle Giant."
Ragdoll cats are said to have been named for their proclivity to relax entirely when held. The Ragdoll adores its humans and would generally prefer to be wherever you are. Don't be surprised to have a Ragdoll shadow as you go from room to room, talking to you in her sweet musical voice.
British Shorthair Cat
The British Shorthair cat was the only pedigreed cat featured at the first cat shows, and it is considered to be the oldest English breed. While moderately active, they are ideal household cats and are known to be equally at home with children and other pets.
While this shorthaired breed is often seen in blue, the cats come in a rainbow of other colors.
The American Shorthair was one of the first five breeds recognized by the CFA, and was originally called the "Domestic Shorthair." If you are looking for a low maintenance cat, the American Shorthair is right up your alley.
They are solidly built cats, descendants of ancestors who arrived from Europe with the early pioneers, and are full-fledged All-American cats, just as the descendants of those human pioneers are All-Americans today.
The Abyssinian, fondly called the Aby, is a lively and active cat. Many Abyssinians love water. Be prepared to provide plenty of interactive play for an Aby cat, and you will be rewarded with lifetime loyalty. If you have energy, humor, and zest for life, an Aby might become your best friend.
With its almost hairless body, big ears and pixie-ish expression, you'll either love or hate it at first sight. If you spend a bit of time around a Sphynx, you'll find them companionable, intelligent, and friendly—all those qualities one looks for in a pet. Sphynx are outgoing and love to show off, which makes them always sought out in shows.
Although the breed standard has changed significantly over the years, Siamese cats, fondly known as "Meezers," remain high in popularity for people looking for a pedigreed pet. Whether it be classic, traditional, or modern, hundreds of thousands of cat lovers say, "Make mine Siamese, if you please."
While the Scottish Fold cat has a look all its own, the occasional kitten will have perfectly straight ears. This is normal, although those cats who are shown are the ones with the forward-folding ears. Even so, the straight-eared cats are invaluable in the breeding program. Scottish Fold kittens are all born with straight ears, and somewhere around three or four months, the ears will start to fold on some kittens.
Whether folded or straight eared, Scottish Fold cats make excellent pets, loving and intelligent.
Domestic cats deserve to be number 1 on this list. After all, the domestic cats' ancestors were around long before most of today's recognized cat breeds were even known.
Domestic cats, also known as "moggies," "mixed breed," and sometimes plain "alley cats," are rich in history, and there is no one-size-fits-all description of them. Domestic cats can be large, small, fat, or thin, depending on their lineage, diet, and degree of care.
Their colors and color patterns are myriad, with all the colors of the rainbow, including black, white, gray, red (aka "orange), with all the shades between. Color patterns include: