Top 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

by Kevin P. McGrath

A cat's breed can tell you a lot about how you will interact with it as a pet. From their grooming needs to their energy, every breed will be different. Before you adopt a cat, consider the characteristics of each breed and how they will fit into your home life. Start your cat adoption search here with the top 10 most popular cat breeds.

Popular Cat Breeds:

  1. Sphynx. This hairless cat is fiercely intelligent and full of energy. Despite its lack of hair, a Sphynx cat will need regular grooming and bathing to stay clean and healthy. Their unique looks and bounding curiosity has made the Sphinx increasingly popular in homes across the United States.

  2. Russian Blue. These easygoing cats are smart and independent. With moderate activity levels, a Russian Blue will be happy in any size home. They are affectionate and loyal to family members, but might hide from strangers.

  3. Manx. Known for their short tails, these cats are unique in their own way. A Manx cat may display characteristics that are more like a dog than a cat. They are known to follow their owners around the home and will even play a game of fetch.

  4. American Shorthair. Playful without being overwhelming, American Shorthairs have a moderate energy level. These cats are easily integrated into families and homes with children or other pets. The American Shorthair has minimal grooming needs and is a good breed for the busy family.

  5. Ragdoll. From friends to strangers, a Ragdoll wants to be everyone's best friend. Known for being friendly and docile, a Ragdoll cat will want to stay close to its owners. Ragdolls will be easy to spot with their seal-point coloring, longer hair, and large size.

  6. Maine Coon. Coming from a long history of being a mouse-hunting cat, Maine Coons were first made popular as farm and ship cats back in the 19th century. Now these cats are better known for being great family pets. They are large cats that can tip the scales at 20 pounds and won't be fully grown until they are 3 to 5 years old.

  7. Persian. Quiet and dignified, a Persian cat is loyal to its owners. They will be content in your home with simple care and grooming. Persian cats will be instantly recognizable with their short, round face and large eyes.

  8. Siamese. Thanks in part to their elegant looks, Siamese cats are very well known and liked. A Siamese cat will always let you know they are nearby with their loud talking. Unlike other popular cats, these sociable creatures do not do well left alone for long periods of time. If you don't have time to spend with your cat during the day, consider getting two Siamese cats to keep one another company.

  9. Abyssinian. This cat carries with it the distinction of "world's smartest cat." This means an Abyssinian will constantly be exploring and curious of its surroundings. You can even teach these cats tricks or train one to walk on a leash.

  10. Birman. If you need an easygoing cat that will get along with pets and people, then a Birman cat would work well for you. Although these cats love spending time with their owners, they do not need your constant attention to stay happy.

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