The World’s Largest Registry of Pedigree Cats, the Cat Fanciers Association, announced the most popular cat breeds in 2022.
The CFA recognizes 42 cat breeds. Below are the top 10 feline companions that Americans prefer to adopt.
10. Devon Rex Cats
The Devon Rex is an older breed of cat. It was discovered accidentally in England’s Devonshire region in 1960. It behaves more like a cat than a dog.
The breed’s unique appearance has attracted the attention of cat lovers around the world. It also captured the hearts of their families, thanks to its playful, quirky, and affectionate personality.
9. Abyssinian Cats
Abys are affectionately known as a royal-looking cat. They are easy to take care of and are a great choice for cat lovers.
Abyssinians are lively and expressive with half-cupped ears and slightly wedge-shaped heads. They have medium-length bodies and well-developed muscles. Their long, slim legs make them look taller and more slender than their bodies. Their appearance is very similar to that of ancient Egyptian cats. Abyssinians do not make great lap cats. However, they are loyal, affectionate and can get along with other pets. Abyssinians are known for their curiosity and playfulness, as well as their willingness to take part in whatever is happening around them.
8. Sphynx Cats
One of the newest cat breeds is the Sphynx. This hairless, wrinkled beauty has big ears, eyes, and prominent cheekbones. According to the CFA, the first Sphynx was conceived in Canada in 1966. Mother Nature is responsible for the rare genetic anomaly of having no hair. It occurs approximately once every 15 years.
The Sphynx was first bred with shorthair cats and then made hairless to produce a healthy, genetically sound breed. Many cat lovers have been drawn to the unique appearance of this breed. Although it is rare, the Sphynx has been gaining popularity and is now one of the most sought-after cats in the U.S. The Sphynx is definitely “people cat”. They are playful, energetic, and silly, and they love being the center of attention. The Sphynx is an indoor cat. Sphynx cats must be protected from the elements because their skin is exposed. They shouldn’t be outside, but that doesn’t mean they can’t.
7. Scottish Fold Cats
Many Scottish fold cats are sweet and gentle, with a characteristic that is unique to them: their folded ears give them an owl-like appearance.
Scottish fold cats are easy-going and very friendly with other pets. Outgoing and playful, this breed can become attached to one family member. The Scottish fold cat is known for its soft voice, ability to speak in different sounds and purrs than other cat breeds.
6. American Shorthair Cats
American shorthair cats are known as America’s breed. This breed was first introduced to America by early settlers from Europe. The American shorthair is still a favorite of many families today. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most beloved cat breeds. It is well-known for its calm temperament, good disposition, and sharp intelligence. The shorthair’s gentle disposition around children and ability to get along well with other pets is another testament to its calm nature. A shorthair is a great pet for families with children.
5. Maine Coon Cats
Maine Coon cats, one of the oldest natural breeds, are well-known for their intelligence, playfulness, and size. They are affectionately called “gentle giants” because they are one of the largest domestic cat breeds.
Maine Coons are known for their rugged appearance and shaggy hair. Maine Coons are able to grow to 30 lbs. as adults, while their female counterparts weigh slightly less. The gentle giants reach their full size around the age of three to five. Maine Coons are friendly, intelligent, and energetic, making them easy to train. They are known for their dog-like behavior, which includes following their owners around from room to room and coming when called.
4. Persian Cats
Persian cats are beloved for their calm, gentle personalities, sweet faces, and round eyes. They are the most loved breed of cat among pet owners.
Persian cats are the most beloved breed of cat, and they have been around for the longest time. Hieroglyphics refer to their origination back as far as 1684 B.C. The Persian cats are believed to have been born in Persia (now Iran) and their origins can be found in hieroglyphics. To prevent hair from getting matted and knotted, Persians should be groomed once per day. To maintain a healthy and clean coat, Persians should be bathed every now and again.
3. British Shorthair
The Romans may have brought the British shorthair to England in the first century. At that time, the breed was bred with wild English cats. The British shorthair was crossed with Persian cats many years later. This slightly altered the appearance of the cat’s fur and increased its thickness.
It is one of the most beloved cat breeds. They are often chosen to appear in TV and movie movies, as well as in books. The whiskas brand advertisements might identify the cat as a British shorthair. The British shorthair was used in the resurrection of the cat in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (“Winston Churchill”), and in Garfield: The Movie, “Arlene” and “Cheshire Cat”, both in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
2. Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll cats are easygoing and affectionate. Their name comes from their ability to relax and go limp when being held. Ragdolls, one of the largest breeds, are affectionate and often called “puppy-cats” due to their dog-like personality.
Ragdolls can be very friendly and mild-mannered. They often seek human companionship such as following their owners around the house, sleeping with them, or flopping on them. This breed is great with children and pets. It can be trained to do the same tricks as dogs like fetching, rolling over, and begging.
1. Exotic Shorthair Cats
The Exotic cat was named America’s most beloved registered cat for the third consecutive year, beating out the Persian after 31 years. 1 breed. The Exotic, also known as the Exotic shorthair by certain cat associations, is a cross of Persians and American Shorthairs.
The Persian standard is almost met by exotic cats, with the exception of their coats. People who love the Persian temperament but don’t have the time or energy to groom their exotic cats are more likely to be drawn to them than to Persian counterparts. Exotics have thick, dense, short coats. The Exotic personality is similar to a Persian, being affectionate, playful and sweet. Exotic cats tend to be more loyal and affectionate than other feline breeds and often follow their owners around the house.