While most people are familiar with the differences between dog breeds, cat breeds often remain a mystery. Below, we’ve collected information on the ten most popular cat breeds as ranked by the Cat Fanciers Association with information on each breed to help you decide which one would fit best into your home.
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The American Curl is the newest of the curl breed of cats and originated in Southern California in 1981. The name comes from the curl of their ears due to a genetic mutation that makes the cartilage of their ears take this shape. It isn’t visible for the first few weeks of life when they appear like any other kitten but then the ears curl to their characteristic shape.
The Highlander is another new breed of curl cats that looks similar to the American Curl but has been shown to be a distinct breed. It has only been around since 2004.
The Munchkin is a new breed of dwarf cat bred from naturally occur mutations that have been around since the 1940s. They were officially first bred in 1983 and weren’t recognized by the public until 1991. They are known for having a normal sized body and short legs.
The Napoleon is another dwarf breed, similar to the Munchkin. It is a cross of a Munchkin with a Persian or an Exotic Shorthair and has been around since 1995.
The Peterbald is a Russian breed first produced in 1994 in St Petersburg. It is a mix of a Donsky and an Oriental Shorthair to produce cats that are either bald or have flocked, velour or brush coats of very short and fine hair or sometimes straight coats.
Since the CFA has been tracking cat breeds in 1871, the Persian has been the most popular breed. This large cat is generally calm, easy to handle and quiet with an affectionate temperament. Grooming is usually a chore for Persian owners because of their breed’s thick coat.
Like Persians, Maine Coons have also had a long stay on top of the most popular cat breed list. Maine Coons are very active, making them perfect for their original purpose of hunting mice and rats.
Exotic Shorthairs are basically Persians with much shorter hair. Like Persians, Exotic Shorthairs have a quiet, sweet temperament, but they only require brushing twice a week.
This distinctive breed is very active and vocal. Siamese cats often “talk” with their owners, and can get frustrated if they are ignored. While Siamese cats love being the center of attention, they are also extremely loyal to their owner. Because Siamese cats have extremely short hair, they are very easy to care for.
Abyssinians are often considered the friendliest type of cat. They are “people cats” and love being near their owners at all times. These cats are small and thin with a shiny coat.
These cats are extremely large, weighing up to 30 pounds. While Ragdolls are often huge, they are also laid back and quiet. Ragdolls have a thick coat that requires constant attention.
Birmans will greet their owners at the door and follow them around the house. These are very loving cats and will do almost anything for attention and affection. Birman cats have beautiful eyes and a long coat that doesn’t require much additional grooming.
American Shorthairs make great family cats. While they are friendly and affectionate to all family members and other pets, they have also retained their hunting instinct and will go after household pests.
The Oriental is similar to the Siamese. These cats are intelligent and curious, causing them to act like kittens for much longer than most other breeds. Orientals have distinct large ears and almond-shaped eyes.
The Sphynx makes it into the ten most popular breeds even though it is one of the rarest and most unusual types of cats. While the Sphynx looks like it is naked, it actually has very short hair that helps keep it warm. Sphynxes are affectionate, intelligent and extremely athletic.