Top 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds Cats 101
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Well, we might as well start off this list in the buff. Known as the “Naked Climber”, the Sphynx is lively and athletic and he climbs everything. Sans fur, he has an unusual appearance and can come in a multitude of skin colors.
Bald, wrinkled and potbellied, the Sphynx is sometimes proclaimed to be ugly, but only by those who don’t know him.
To his fans, he is beautiful. He is loyal and loving and demands constant attention. It’s a good thing that the hairless Sphynx loves attention because he draws it wherever he goes.
With roots in the Siamese breed, the Oriental was developed to explore all the possibilities of color and pattern. Since his initial acceptance in Cat Fanciers Association, Oriental breeders have maintained a constant pace to fulfill the breadth of his destiny.
The Oriental has an equally colorful personality. He is closely linked to the people he claims as his own and wants nothing more than to share in their lives.
From the tip of his nose to the end of his long, whippy tail, the Oriental is a study in sleek design. The Oriental gracefully glides across the room on his tall, slender legs. The lines of his angular head flow into his large flaring ears and are complimented by his almond-shaped eyes.
Fun fact: Studies show that cat owners are less likely to be at risk of having a stroke than any other pet owner. Scientists speculate this is also because of a cat’s low-maintenance ownership.
8. American Shorthair
This breed originally arrived in America on the Mayflower. The American Shorthair is the pedigreed version of the well-known and beloved Domestic Shorthair. This versatile cat can be bred for any number of colors and patterns, more than 80 actually, including the popular silver tabby.
He was bred for hunting and thus is an excellent hunter, has good health and is generally quiet for a cat. The American Shorthair is friendly, adaptable family companions who can live up to 20 years. He is especially good with children.
According to the Cat Fanciers Association, The Birman is mystical, magical, enchanting with soulful blue eyes, a gentle demeanor, and the best friend you ever had…
If you want a cat that is dog-like, the Birman is a good choice. He is friendly, outgoing, even-tempered and flexible, a very rare trait to find in a cat. He is known to come when called and to greet you at the door like a pooch. He has long silky hair but doesn’t require a ton of grooming.
The Birman is a hearty, healthy cat that does not reach full maturity until approximately 3 years of age. Because of his exceptionally sweet nature, the Birman is easy to handle and makes an ideal pet.
This cat gets his name from the way he goes completely limp in your arms when you pick him up. He is cute and cuddly and large like the Maine Coon, weighing between 10 and 20 lbs.
The Ragdoll cat tends to be more interested in humans than some breeds of cats. He is known to run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are. Many Ragdolls have been taught to come when called and play fetch.
The Ragdoll’s semi-long coat is plush and silky and requires minimal grooming to keep it looking its best.
This is a breed that should always be kept inside as he is very docile and would likely not defend himself outside.
The Abyssinian loves to get high. A love of heights is a signal trait of the Abyssinian. He likes to be as high up as possible and will appreciate having one or more ceiling-height cat trees. When those aren’t available, he is perfectly capable of making his way to the uppermost point of any room.
The Abyssinian resembles the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears and almond shaped eyes. Today, he still retains the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats.
According to the Abyssinian Breeders International Kitten Buyer’s Guide, there is probably no breed anywhere more loyal than the Aby. Once you have acquired an Aby as a companion, you will never be able to complain that no one understands you. TheAby is very good at training people to do just what he want them to do.
The yowl of a Siamese is very familiar to fanciers of this breed. This ancient breed is able to communicate like no other. The Siamese voice is legendary. He speaks both with his voice and with his body. He is the quintessential “people” cat. He loves to be in your lap, on your bed, at your table – and in your heart!
His sleek lines, striking color contrast, finely chiseled aristocratic head, deep blue almond eyes, and short silky coat make him living art. Combine this beauty with acute intelligence, inquisitive personality, and a loving nature, and you have the essence of the Siamese cat.
This breed is like a Persian but with short fur. His nickname is “Persian in Pajamas” because of his coloring. For busy people who like the look of a Persian but don’t have time for the daily grooming demands, the Exotic is the best-kept secret of the cat fancy.
He is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat has a thick, dense, plush, short coat.
He is a quiet, sweet, peaceful and loyal companion. He is easy going and not much seems to disturb him. In general, he is extremely affectionate. He’ll quietly beg for your attention by just sitting in front of you with an irresistible look.
2. Maine Coon
Myths, legend, and lore surround the Maine Coon Cat. Some are amusing, some are fantastic flights of fantasy and some are merely plausible. From Vikings to Mary Antionette to interspecies love affairs, they’ll certainly provide good material for conversation. Check them out in the card on-screen.
This breed has been in second place since 1992. This is a very gentle, loving creature who is large and in charge. They weigh between 15 and 25 lbs. and have long fur like the Persian. However, they do not need as much grooming as the Persian.
The Maine Coon Cat of today is known for a sturdy, rugged appearance, which includes an uneven, shaggy coat of three distinct lengths and a long, well-furnished tail.
The Maine Coon Cat is intelligent, trainable, and described as “dog-like”. He will offer you hours of enjoyment with his antics. Without question, he wants to be part of everything you do.
The Persian has been number one since the CFA first started keeping records in 1871.
His sweet, gentle, personality blends into most households once he feels secure in his new environment. Creatures of habit, he is most at home in an atmosphere of security and serenity, but with love and reassurance, can easily adapt to almost any household.
While the white Persian has long been the darling of photographers and advertisers, Persians come in an astonishing number of colors, which are divided into seven color divisions.
Due to his long, flowing coat, he might not be the perfect pet for those with busy schedules, but for those that have time to kill and want a sweet, gentle companion, the Persian is a
constant source of joy and delight.
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