If you love kitties as much as we do, you’re probably curious about the most popular cat breeds out there. Because we adore the furry family members in our own homes, it’s only natural to wonder how many other folks snuggle up with the same type of kitty. Well, we think you’ll be delighted to know that The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) has compiled a list of the most popular purr-fect pals in the nation.
Based on data from the CFA’s registration statistics, the list of most popular cat breeds includes 42 different types of cats. Of course, we love kitties of all shades, shapes, and sizes, but only five of them could reach the very top of the list. That’s why we’re zooming in on what makes those cats in particular so lovable and widely adored.
After all, any cat owner knows that our beloved pets all have different cat personalities, along with sweet quirks and characteristics that set them apart from others. No two cats are exactly alike, and that’s what makes all of them so special and unique in their own ways — and the kitties that are part of the five most popular cat breeds are no different. That said, they’re obviously popular for a reason, so it’s worth taking a moment to explore why. Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt to get a chance to look at adorable cat photos in the meantime.
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Maine Coon Cats
Getty ImagesNo. 5 — Maine Coon Cats If you're fortunate enough to own a Maine coon cat, you're probably not shocked to hear that they're known as the "dogs of the cat world." Playful and outgoing, these kitties are exactly the opposite of the aloof stereotype that cats are often (unfairly) known for among us humans.
Getty ImagesNo. 4 — Persian Cats The Persian cat is known for being one of the most glamorous creatures in the kitty universe. With that luxurious, flowing coat, it's no wonder why. Although these pets can be quite high-maintenance, they also make sweet and gentle companions. In other words, they're much more than their pretty faces!
British Shorthair Cats
Getty ImagesNo. 3 — British Shorthair Cats As one might expect from a kitty with a British background, this little fluffball is pretty reserved at first. But once you win a British shorthair over, this cat will shower you with affection. In terms of companionship, a British shorthair cat is famous for being dignified, sweet, and intelligent. It doesn't hurt that these cats' rounded and fluffy features make them look like they're always smiling. What more could anyone ever want from a cat?
Getty ImagesNo. 2 — Ragdoll Cats Ragdolls are known for absolutely adoring their humans. Not only are they willing to snuggle with people, they will practically fall into human arms with delight. Don't you deserve a pet who loves you that much? On top of being complete sweethearts, they're also quick learners and masters of good etiquette.
Getty ImagesNo. 1 — Exotic Shorthair Cats Think of an exotic shorthair (or exotic for short) as a Persian cat with a different coat. First developed in the 1950s from cross-breeding between Persians and American shorthairs (and later other shorthair breeds), the exotic is the perfect choice for anyone who loves the look of a Persian cat but has no time for extensive grooming. Though really, who couldn't adore this plush fur? It's too soft and adorable for words!