10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in America

Siamese
Siamese

If you follow feline news, you’ll know that cats are under fire lately, with reports saying that they only rub against your legs to mark you as their territory, that they know when you call their name, but choose to ignore you, that maybe, just maybe, they’d eat you if you died .

So which fluffy felines are getting the most love? We looked at data from the Cat Fancier’s Association to find out.

You might be surprised by number eight, who’s really not fluffy at all. Or by number one, a breed that’s held its prestigious title as America’s favorite for more than 40 years.

10. Devon Rex

Devon Rex
Devon Rex

The Devon Rex, which originated in the UK around 1959, maybe more dog than a cat. It loves to sit in laps, learn tricks, and play with everyone it sees.

 

9. Siamese

Siamese
Siamese

If you’ve seen Lady and the Tramp, you might associate Siamese cats with the sassy characters who sing We are Siamese and wreak havoc in Aunt Sarah’s house. As it turns out, the movie depicted the Siamese breed pretty well, with big blue eyes, brown and cream coats, and voices (meows) that don’t fail.

 

8. Sphynx

Sphynx
Sphynx

Some people might find them ugly, but the Sphynx is still the eighth most popular cat in America. And for good reason. They may be almost hairless (they actually have a very thin coat), but Sphynxes are known for being intelligent and affectionate. So affectionate, that they won’t only cuddle up with you, but also with cats and even dogs.

 

7. American Shorthair

American Shorthair
American Shorthair

The American Shorthair arrived in America as a helping hand on the Santa Maria, where it helped Columbus and his men by hunting rats. The breed, known for its longevity and robustness, was a great choice for the job.

 

6. Abyssinians

Abyssinians
Abyssinians

Abyssinians (or abys) are one of the oldest known cat breeds and are thought to originate from Egypt. They are not lapping cats, but are extremely loyal, intelligent, and playful.

 

5. British Shorthairs

British Shorthairs
British Shorthairs

British Shorthairs are known for being heavy and clumsy, but who needs a coordinated cat? Their size makes them great cuddle buddies.

 

4. Ragdolls

Ragdolls
Ragdolls

Ragdolls are large, fluffy cats, and they were carefully bred to be that way. They are also well-behaved, can play fetch if they’re taught properly, and prefer human company to cat company.

 

3. Maine Coon

Maine Coon
Maine Coon

Unlike the carefully bred Ragdoll, Maine Coon cats evolved by survival of the fittest. They originated in Maine, and are adapted to harsh winters, with a shaggy coat and sturdy disposition.

 

2. Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair
Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair was bred to look like a Persian cat without the long hair. They’ve got the inquisitive nature of their American Shorthair ancestors, and the calm demeanor of their Persian ones.

 

1. Persian cats

Persian cats
Persian cats

Persian cats are named for their supposed country of origin and found their way westward in caravans from Persia and Iran. They are known for their long hair, flat faces, and gentle demeanors, and have held the number one spot since the CFA started recording breed popularity in 1871.