Anyone who has a cat would agree that theirs is the number one breed for a number of reasons. According to The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed breeds, there are 41 pedigreed breeds ranging from the ever-popular Persian and Siamese to the newly recognized and rare Chinese Li Hua. Each feline has its own unique history, as well as distinctive characteristics and personality. Listed here are the top 5 cat breeds, as formulated by The Cat Fanciers’ Association.
What is a Pedigreed Cat?
Over the development years of a pedigreed cat, various natural and planned genetic combinations have provided the evolution of the breeds that are recognized today. Some are naturally occurring breeds and others are man-made. A breeder’s aim is to preserve, protect, maintain and improve their chosen breed. All of these breeds of domesticated cats would indeed become extinct were it not for the continuing interest of breeder/fanciers and the public.
1. Persian Cat
Persians have held the title as America’s top cat since the 1970s, partly due to their instinctive desire to be with people. The Persian is a long-haired cat distinguishable by its round face and shortened muzzle, and can be seen with a wide variety of coat colors. Persians are perfect for apartment dwelling, and their placid nature makes them wonderful companions.
2. Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon has been the second or third most popular cat breed since the 1990’s, recognizable by its large bone structure, rectangular body shape, and long, flowing coat. The breed can be seen in a variety of colors and is known for its intelligence and gentle personality. Maine Coons are the largest breeds of domestic cats, and can be seen in a wide variety of coat colors.
The exotic cat breed can be thought of as a short-haired Persian, complete with the same round face and shortened muzzle. The Exotic Short-hair is the perfect cat for people who love the look and personality of the Persian cat, but without the daily grooming, however these cats do love to be brushed and pampered. They are most happy when they are with people and love playing with children or just sitting on a lap or on the arm of your chair.
The Ragdoll has been in the CFA top-10 since 2006, but never before as high as their current rank at number four. The name derived from their being so affectionate; they relax like ragdolls in the laps of their favorite people. The ragdoll cat breed is known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature, as well as its blue eyes and distinctive colorpoint coat. These cats are large and muscular, with a soft and silky semi-long-haired coat.
The sphynx is most distinguishable by its lack of hair, looking like a wrinkly version of a tabby cat. The sphynx is not completely hairless; its skin texture resembles that of Chamois leather. Sphynxes generally have wedge-shaped heads and sturdy, heavy bodies, and are known for their extroverted behavior. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners.