The Most Popular Cat Breeds: CFA Top Felines of 2016

The Most Popular Cat Breeds

The top 10 cat breeds by popularity in 2016 were as follows according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

Exotic Shorthair Cats

Sometimes referred to as the “lazy man’s Persian”. The Exotic Shorthair has the Persian cat appearance but with short hair, and thus minimal grooming requirements needed. Petfinder owner ratings indicate that the Exotic Shorthair has a mellow, docile, easy-going personality, much like the Persian cat breed.

Ragdoll Cats

The Ragdoll is a large breed, topping the scales at 10-20 pounds. Ragdolls have Siamese point markings and long fur, which necessitates regular grooming. The personality is usually more like that of a Persian than a Siamese, with owners giving Ragdolls high scores for affection, docility, and being good with other pets and children, and relatively low scores for activity, chattiness, and independence.

British Short hair

The British Short hair cats are a pedigreed version of the British domestic cat that has broad face, distinctively chunky body and a dense coat. This cat breed has different variants, and one of these is the British Blue that has solid blue to gray color fur and copper colored eyes.

Persian Cats

Although Persians require much grooming to prevent their long fur from matting, these quiet, docile, affectionate cats are loved by owners both for their appearance and temperament. Petfinder’s owner ratings indicate that Persians tend to be laid back and good with children and other pets. Notably, a Persian holds the record for the longest solo journey by a cat. The record holder fought his way across 1,000 miles of the harsh Australian outback to be reunited with his human family.

Maine Coon Cats

The Maine Coon has a thick, water-repellent coat, a fluffy tail, and in many cases, tufted ears. These gentle giants are among the largest domestic cats, weighing in at 10-20 pounds on average. A slow-maturing breed, the Maine Coon takes at least 3-4 years to reach its full physical size (though it is capable of producing kittens at a much younger age). Petfinder owner ratings indicate that Maine Coons are generally healthy, good with kids and other animals, affectionate, and playful, but not particularly talkative.

American Shorthair Cats

The American Shorthair, available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, tends to be robust and adaptable, getting along well with other animals and children. Owner ratings suggest that most American Shorthairs are relatively mellow, quiet, and independent. While playful and affectionate, they usually dislike being picked up. Grooming needs are minimal.

Scottish Fold

Scottish fold cat is a breed that has a gene mutation that affects the cartilage. Because of this, the ears are folded or bent forward and downward towards the cats front head.

This cat breed was also known as lop-eared or lop that was taken after the lop-eared rabbit. The name Scottish fold officially became its name in 1966.

Sphynx Cats

The nearly hairless Sphynx cat is covered in a fine, soft “peach fuzz” coat. Sphynx cats are known for their extremely high intelligence and loving personalities. Owners rate the Sphynx highly on nearly every measure, ranging from activity and playfulness to affection and talkativeness. Sphynx cats are usually good with both children and other pets and tend to be very loyal and sociable as well.

Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinians have ruddy ticked coats (each hair has alternating bands of light and dark color with a dark tip) and slender, athletic bodies. Abyssinians are among the most active and playful cats. Owners rate them as attention-seeking, good with other pets, and intelligent breed.

Devon Rex Cat Breeds

This is a short-haired cat that originated from England in the 1970s. This cat is an intelligent cat with the wavy coat, slender body, and large ears.
This breed of cat can be taught of different tricks even those difficult ones.

With all the information stated above, what are the most popular cat breeds based on the number of people who have that breed as a pet in your community? Let us know in the comment section your Top 10 cat breeds of 2016.


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