Don’t Get Any of the Most Popular Cat Breeds without Reading This
Small and big. Thin and thick. Shy and talkative. As with all humans and animals, cats come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In fact, practically all cat associations around the world recognize at least 40 different cat breeds, so how do you find which one is truly right for you?
While the choices can be overwhelming, some breeds have stood out as favorites among many for their generally good looks and pleasant personalities. Which one are they? Here are the top 10 most popular cat breeds today:
Undeniably the most popular cat breed in several countries across the globe, the Persian is quiet and sweet, with a laid-back personality that makes it a great choice for families and apartment dwellers. However, its long coat necessitates regular grooming and the ultra type (flat face) may require more frequent checkups to ensure good health.
The largest in our list of 10 most popular cat breeds, the Main Coon sports a long fur that keeps it warm through harsh winter conditions. It has a gentle personality and high intelligence, making it easy to train and a great family pet. Often playful, the Main Coon tends to be vocal and has a strong desire for attention, practically like a dog.
If you fancy a Persian but don’t have the time for regular grooming, then you have found your match! The Exotic Shorthair has big round eyes, relatively flat face, and short but dense fur that make it look like a fluffy teddy bear. Like the Persian, its voice is rarely heard. However, it’s generally more active and playful, staying that way throughout its life.
Named as such for its ancestors’ tendency to go limp as a doll when picked up, the Ragdoll’s prominent features are its bright blue eyes and color points, which create a contrast between the points and the rest of its body. It’s affectionate and floppy in a way that raises some concern (e.g., they may sleep on top of each other and will not show a reaction when pushed). It’s not prone to jumping and has a great interest in humans, which may result to it following you wherever you go.
The Abyssinian is named after Ethiopia’s old name. It’s a prized cat, thanks to its high intelligence and extroversion. It loves people and thrives on the affection given by its owner. While playful in nature, it tends to be quiet, only letting its soft voice be heard once in a while. The Abyssinian features medium slender built and large pointed ears.
Sociable but with keen senses for watching and catching prey or toys, the American Shorthair easily adapts to family life. It sports a beautiful marking and boasts of a large sturdy body. Not only does it retain a healthy look with its refined muscles, but it’s also known to live 15 years and longer.
Reminiscent of the Egyptians’ cat goddesses, the Sphynx is easily recognized by its virtually hairless look. While it doesn’t have fur like other most popular cats, it retains colors on its skin. It has big pointed ears, open inquisitive eyes, and some loose skin around the head. The Sphynx is an intelligent and active cat who loves to interact with humans, greeting you and even strangers. Given its lack of fur, the Sphynx seeks heat either by curling on your lap, going into nooks, or bundling up under a blanket.
Another cat named after a country (now Thailand), the Siamese features a triangular head and long slender body. It has a pair of bright blue eyes and a distinct color point, generally covering the snout, ears, paws, and tail. It’s intelligent, active, and highly social with humans, demanding attention with its loud voice and suffering from anxiety if left alone for long durations, which is why many prefer them in pairs.
Named after the French name for Burma, the Birman has a look similar to the Siamese, what with its blue eyes and facial color point. However, it stands out for its socks—a patch of pure white in all its paws. It has fluffy fur, with no undercoat, which allows for infrequent grooming. With a sweet nature, a soft voice, and a social personality, the Birman makes a great companion to families with small children and other pets.
Appearance-wise, the Bengal is the closest you can get to a leopard. It features small ears, a lean body with slightly longer rear legs, and gorgeous rosette markings in a handful of shades. It’s gentle in nature but very playful, requiring lots of attention and engagement. It can be naughty and has a tendency to be vocal and jump all over, making it a cat fit mostly for experienced owners.
Yet another ancient breed, the Manx is widely known for having short or stubby tail. It sports an assortment of markings and colors, with all-white being a rarity, and may have either a short or long coat. Like most popular cat breeds, the Manx is playful and intelligent. It’s also known for its loyalty and great hunting skills, making it a top choice for farm and ship rodent control.
And there you have it! While the 10 most popular cat breeds are our own picks, do understand that just because one didn’t make it in the list doesn’t mean that it’s no good anymore. All cat breeds are great in their own ways, so take your time before making a decision. Research specific traits based on your unique circumstance and preferences, and pay your chosen breeder or shelter a visit to get familiar with the different cat breeds and find your true love.
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