One of the most authoritative rankings of the most popular cat breeds in the world belongs to CFA, American feline organization. CFA exists as an independent organization since 1906 and today it has hundreds of thousands of cat lovers in the United States, Canada, and Japan. The organization issues catalogs of catteries and popular cat breeds with pictures and names conducts scientific work and holds about 400 exhibitions every year. Rating of the most popular cat breeds is based on an analysis of the number of cats registered in the association and includes 43 names. Most Popular Cat Breeds In The World:
The Exotic Shorthair takes an honorable first place in the CFA rating. It’s the most popular cat breed in the world. The breed was bred in the USA more than 50 years ago. Breeders set themselves the task to improve a popular at that time American Shorthair cat, slightly changing the color and giving the skeleton more massive. In order to give the breed the properties they wanted, they crossed it with Persian Silver, Russian Blue and Burmese. As a result, instead of improving some qualities of the American Shorthair cat, breeders got kittens with a very different constitution and appearance. In 1966, the exotic shorthair cat was officially recognized as a separate breed.
This popular cat breed appeared in Russia only in the late eighties of the last century, but it quickly found admirers and today is in the top ten of most ratings.
Due to its unique appearance and peculiarities of character, Exot has pushed back the second place to the most popular cat breed in the world, Persian. The main difference between the Exotic Shorthair and the Persian is a shorter, pleasant to the touch, plush coat. This feature makes caring for the Exotic Shorthair easier and less time-consuming.
In the CFA rating, the Persian cat is in the second place, but according to several other ratings and surveys, it is still considered the most popular cat breed in the world. The Persian cat’s ancestors came to Europe as early as the 16th century, but the breed fully formed and acquired its familiar form only in the 19th century. For a long time, Persian cats were considered an elite breed, and their breeding was restricted to the higher classes.
There are many varieties of Persian cat colors and eye color variants. Also, depending on the peculiarities of the nose structure, Persians are subdivided into “classical” (more straight nose) and “extreme” (the tip of the small nose is elevated, often at eye level).
Long-haired, large Persian cats are soft, reserved characters, not aggressive, and create a cozy and calm atmosphere in the home of the owner.
The first examples of cats of this breed appeared in North America about a century and a half ago. Genetic studies have shown that the Maine Coon is a native breed to the places of its original habitat.
Despite its impressive size (mature specimens reach length of over one meter and weigh up to 12-15 kg) and rather menacing appearance, cats of this breed differ by their friendly, communicative and tender nature. Quite loud and melodious purring of Maine Coon charmed many cat lovers, which, coupled with a great appearance and compliant nature, allowed him to take in the ranking of third place.
Despite the fact that in our country the first Maine Coons appeared only in 1992, today they are one of the most popular cat breeds in Russia.
Rag Doll breed was bred in California more than 50 years ago as a result of crossbreeding Angora cat and Burma Colorpoint cat. Ragdolls are inferior to Maine Coons only by their sizes (up to 1 meter in length and up to 12 kg in weight), but they are notable for their remarkably calm and phlegmatic character. Cats adore being in hands, get on well with children and other animals, are devoted to their owners, and, despite their apparent apathy, are remarkable for their remarkable intelligence and good memory.
Ragdoll is easy to care for, unpretentious in its choice of food, quickly accustomed to the litter box, and its hair does not become tangled and is easy to comb. The combination of all the above qualities allows us to rank the ragdoll as one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.
The first mention of British Shorthair cats can be found in written sources of the middle of XVIII century, and in 1871 this breed has won first prize at the felinological show in London.
The character of the British Shorthair cat is delicate, cats behave with dignity and do not impose their society, but at the same time it is impossible to call it arrogant – animals are affectionate and sociable, not aggressive and have nothing against petting and caressing.
British Shorthair is one of the most popular cat breeds in Russia, according to some sources British make up 30-37% of all pedigree cats sold.