Most Popular Cat Breeds

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By: Sherri S. Reese

When making the decision to own a pet, first you decide on which kind you want. Danny DeVito says in War of the Roses, “Cat people should marry cat people, and dog people should marry dog people.” There is a lot of truth in this statement. However, cats generally require less maintenance than canines, and are the most popular choice of pets to be owned in an apartment.

According to the latest statistics on Catster, the American Shorthair is by far the most popular breed of cat owned by people today. Respectively, these cats are most popularly owned in America. Considered to be feline “mutts”, they are not recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA). The CFA is the world’s largest cat registry, and acknowledges 41 different pedigrees of cats. They rank the Persian and the Maine Coon as the top two breeds of cat.

The Persian cat is almost universally rated as the most popular breed of cat to own. It is a long-haired, fluffy and very affectionate breed of cat. This breed of cat is devoted and laid back, but its’ hair can be nightmare for maintaining, sometimes growing up to 3 inches long! This cat is the most popular breed because it is so loving and devoted. Persians need a comfortable environment to feel safe.

The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed of cat. It is one of the oldest cat breeds around, and can withstand both hot and cold climates. This is why it is so popular, because it can be owned all around the world. They are fun-loving, good natured, and are considered safe around children.

Even though purebred pedigree cats can be attractive, there are so many homeless cats that are just as adorable, and are in need of good homes. Most any cat will be a wonderful addition to your home. However, avoid the ones that hiss at you off the bat.

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7 Responses to “Most Popular Cat Breeds”

  1. Karen says:

    The Ragdoll is a great substitute for the Persian if you are looking for fluffy, laid back devotion and affection–The hair is shorter, but is very soft, thick and it stands away from the body giving the super fluffy appearance of the Persian. The ragdoll’s fur can mat and the cat has to be brushed regularly, but it is not the nightmare of the persian coat.

  2. Dennie says:

    The most wonderful breed of cat to own and love is the Manx. They are sweet, loving, and amazingly playful into their later years. My family and I have loved and shared our home with a succession of wonderful Manx over the last 40 years. We wouldn’t be without one.

  3. dakota says:

    well i know from my research that the most popular is the persian then maine coon

  4. zehra says:

    I think that a tuxedo cat is the best cat in the whole world. It follows you like a dog and is much smarter than a dog. It is also faithful and intelligent. It is also not fussy like other cats.

  5. Lily says:

    Dennie, you rock. I had a Manx once, and they are the sweetest things. She practically was another parent to me when I was little.

    Right now I have a girl who’s tabby/Siamese who is a love, but a bit (a lot) skittish. I also have a little red tabby boy who has just the sweetest demeaner. I’m not sure he has any blood in him other than American shorthair, but he looks a bit LaPerm or Abyssinian. He also is an attention hog who wakes people up at 6 every morning.

    Maine Coons are loves, but they’re often out of their minds. Very intense.
    Persians usually only adopt one person, so they can be hard for families.

  6. candice says:

    i love my himilayian cat! He is gorgeous and soft and loving. I think they are the top breed.

  7. Sadie says:

    Holy Birman cats are soo cute and sweet. They wait for you when you come home, want to cuddle in the morning but need attention for playing, too. Don’t need much grooming and have these diamond blue eyes you just fall in love with on first sight.

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