10 Most Popular U.S. Cat Breeds

Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic cat has surpassed the Persian as America's most popular registered cat for the third year in a row, ending 31 years of dominance. Some cat associations label the Exotic a Persian-American Shorthair mix.  

Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll cats are friendly and go limp when picked up, hence their name. Ragdolls, one of the largest cat species, are friendly and called “puppy-cats” for their dog-like behaviour.  

British Shorthair

According to legend, the Romans brought the British shorthair to England in the first century and bred it with English wild cats. The British shorthair was crossbred with Persian cats years later, modifying its appearance and thickening its fur.  

Persian Cat

Persian cats, the most popular breed among cat lovers, are friendly, peaceful, lovely creatures of habit with gentle natures, pleasant cheeks, and wide eyes.  

Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon cats, one of North America's oldest natural breeds, are smart, lively, and large. As one of the largest domestic cat species, they are often called “gentle giants.”  

American Shorthair Cat

The American shorthair cat is called “America’s breed”. Early settlers brought these cats from Europe. American shorthairs are family favourites nowadays. It consistently ranks among the top 10 cat breeds.   

Scottish Fold Cat

A lot of Scottish fold cats are quiet and docile, and they stand out from other cats because to their unusual folded ears, which make them look like owls.  

Sphynx Cat

One of the newest cat breeds is the hairless, wrinkled Sphynx, with huge ears, eyes, and cheekbones. CFA says the first Sphynx was born in Canada in 1966. Mother Nature causes the genetic aberration of hairlessness once every 15 years.  

Abyssinian Cat

Abys, as they are often known, are beautiful, stately cats who are low maintenance and perfect for anyone who loves felines.  

Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex cats were accidentally discovered in Devonshire, England, in 1960. They have been termed pixie cats, extraterrestrial cats, elf cats, and bat cats. It also acts more like a dog than a cat.  

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