The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the organization that holds the largest registry of pedigree cats in the world, publishes a list of the ten most popular cat breeds around the world each year. There are more than 100 million pet cats all over the world, with the most popular being mixed breeds. However, for those who prefer a purebred cat (which is a cat that is a product of two parents of the same breed), here are the 10 most popular pedigree cat breeds, according to the CFA.
The Persian cat has been the most popular purebred cat since the CFA started keeping records in 1871. This type of cat is a high-maintenance one that must be groomed daily. However, it is said that Persians are worth all the trouble, as they are quite affectionate, loving, loyal cats. The cost of most purebred Persians starts at $500 USD.
2. Maine Coon
Since 1992, this American purebred has held second place among the top purebred cats. This is one of the largest domestic cats, with males usually weighing between 12 to 18 lbs and females 10 to 14 lbs. Although they have long fur, Maine Coon cats don’t require as much daily grooming as Persian cats. These cats tend to have long lifespans and are known to be gentle and loving. Quality Maine coon cats have been known to sell for $1000 USD.
3. Exotic Breed Shorthairs
Most exotic breed shorthair cats have a rounded, plump appearance, and strongly resemble a Persian except that they have short hair. Because of the short hair, they only need to be groomed twice weekly. Exotic breed shorthair cats are said to have the same loving, loyal personality as a Persian cat. If you like the personality of the Persian but do not want the heavy burden of its grooming, the exotic breed shorthair may be the cat for you. Exotic breeds range in price from $350 USD to $1000 USD each.
While it is true that a Siamese cat might have one of the most annoying meows of any cats in existence, they make up for that awful noise with their loyalty to owners and loving personalities. Short hair, slim athletic build, and a yowling meow are characteristic of the Siamese breed. They love to be treated as lap cats and will sit and be petted for hours. Siamese cats range in price from $200 USD to $800 USD each.
These active, playful, busy cats are descended from ancient Egypt and look the part. The coat of the Abyssinian is usually ticked with many different colors. These large-eared cats may have gold, green, hazel or copper-colored eyes, and strong, athletic bodies. Their medium length silky hair is easy to take care of. Abyssinians are known to be playful, intelligent, active and not traditional “lap cats.” Abyssinians cost about $350 USD for a pet and $900 USD for a show quality Abyssinian.
The Ragdoll’s main characteristic is that the cat turns into one (that is, a ragdoll) when you pick it up – it goes completely limp. This large breed of cat can weigh up to 20 lbs (male) or 15 lbs (female) and have blue eyes and mid-length silky fur. The Ragdoll is known as being very loving and gentle – almost too gentle, as they won’t fight back when attacked by another animal so they can’t be kept outdoors. Prices for Ragdolls start around $500 each.
Known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman has white paws that resemble boots. They have long, silky hair that does not require much maintenance, and are loyal, affectionate cats. The Birman is not to be confused with the Burmese, which is a different cat altogether. The Birman has deep-set blue eyes and a pale body color with dark lowlights. They come in many different “points,” which are color combinations, such as Seal-point, Blue-point, Chocolate-point, Lilac-point, Seal Tortie-point, the list goes on and on. Most Birmans start at $700 USD but can be as high as $1500 USD each if you want one of breeding quality.
8. American Shorthair
Although the cat might resemble a tabby, the American Shorthair is purebred. They are loving, live long lives, affectionate, playful, quiet, great with kids, and good hunters. Black stripes on silver is the most popular color combination among American Shorthairs (almost one-third of them have this color combination). Purebred American shorthairs commonly start at a cost of $150 USD each.
While the Oriental may look like a Siamese, it is not. It comes in 300 different color combinations and either long or short hair. They carry many of the same character traits of the loving, gentle Siamese, but aren’t quite as loud or jarring in their vocal capabilities. These cats are playful and active, with feelings that are easily hurt if they feel ignored by their owners. Make sure to pay your Oriental cat lots of attention if you choose this breed. Most Orientals start at $100 USD for the shorthair variety and a bit more for longhair Orientals, making them one of the more affordable purebred cats.
The Sphynx is a naked cat, furless, hairless. Colors of the cats are many, although they are actually colors of the cat’s skin and not of its hair. These cats are athletic and busy, as well as loving and affectionate. It is said that the Sphynx is a cat that demands constant attention from its owners, so it probably would not be a good choice for someone who is away from home for long periods of time. The price of these cats usually starts at $900 USD.