Did you know that there are actually a lot of people out there that couldn’t tell you the breed of their cat? Yep, it’s true. There are so many different breeds out there, in the U.S. alone, but to many people, a cat is just a cat. If you are a cat person, then you probably know all about various different cat breeds, but if you don’t do much research on cats, all cats may seem pretty much the same to you. When you sit down and look at the different breeds, you will notice that cats of different breeds have unique physical characteristics, just like dogs of different breeds. It may just seem more evident in dogs at first glance.
There is a breed of cat out there that will suit just about anyone’s personality and lifestyle. They aren’t just different when it comes to their physical traits; their personality traits can be as just as unique. While to some people, the fact that there are a lot of different breeds of cats may be new news, to others it was already understood. Now that we are all on the same page, let’s take a look at some of the most popular cat breeds in the United States.
Top 10 Cat Breeds in the US
#1 – Persian
Persian cats are well known across the world for their distinctive characteristics. They are known for having a squished face, long, luxurious coats, and deep set eyes. This breed is not only one of the most popular, but also one of the oldest. They are very calm and affectionate, but they require a schedule to really feel at peace in their environment.
Persian cats, however, do require a good amount of grooming. Their fur gets too long so it is hard for them to keep themselves properly groomed. You need to give them a bath regularly, and keep their fur brushed daily to prevent mats from forming. If you have a Persian, it is a good idea to keep them indoors all the time.
#2 – Maine Coon
This breed is native to the areas up in the Northeastern United States, specifically in Maine. This is the largest of the domestic breeds in the United States. The Maine Coon will not reach their full grown stature until they reach around 4 years of age. They have thick, waterproof fur, large paws that are great for walking in the snow, and a long tail that is often used to block their face in harsh weather conditions.
This breed is popular because of their loving temperament and their ability to get along well with children and other pets. They are also a healthy breed, which is always a plus!
#3 – Exotic Shorthair
The Exotic Shorthair is basically just a short haired version of the Persian cat. They have the same squished face and round ears, and may sometimes look more like a stuffed teddy than a kitty! While they are a lot like the Persian with their temperament, they do tend to be a bit more curious and lively. They are still laid back and try to stay pretty calm most of the time though.
This is a great choice if you want the perks of a Persian cat but you don’t have the time to focus on the required grooming with a Persian.
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest cat breeds out there, and it looks a lot like the cats of ancient Egypt. They have large, pointy ears, slender legs and a sturdy build. They love to run and play, and have a good time exploring. If you want an intelligent cat with an extroverted personality, then you definitely want to take a closer look at this breed.
While most cat breeds don’t like to be in or around the water, the Abyssinian loves the water. While they aren’t really popular cats and are pretty shy by nature, they are loving and comfortable around those that they trust the most.
#5 – Siamese
The Siamese cat is an attention seeker. They really love attention, and they are pretty vocal about it. They are also really loving and extremely social. When it comes to their temperament and personality traits, you will find them to be loving and affectionate, but also sensitive and in need of a routine.
They are not great when it comes to travel, because they get nervous in new situations and new places. You will always spot a Siamese by their unique markings, with their dark patches on their face, paws, ears and tail.
#6 – Ragdoll
The Ragdoll breed was named back in the 1960’s because they act somewhat like a ragdoll when picked up. They stay relaxed. The Ragdoll breed is affectionate and gentle, and they often times follow you around like a little lost puppy dog. They are best as indoor cats, because they don’t have good defense abilities to protect themselves on the streets.
If you want a cat that is going to be ideal around children, this is a good option. They are usually very careful when they play, and they won’t retract their claws or use their teeth. They do, however, require a small amount of grooming because of their luxuriously thick coat.
#7 – Sphynx
The Sphynx is popular because of its unique appearance and its affectionate behaviors. This breed is probably most well known for being ‘hairless’, but it isn’t actually hairless. In fact, the Sphynx cat has a very fine down fur all over, that resembles peach fuzz. It does, however, look hairless at first glance.
This is definitely a cat that needs to be kept indoors where he can stay warm. They like to cuddle because they depend on your warmth to help keep them warm since they don’t have a warm protective coat.
#8 – Birman
This breed has been thought to originate back in Burma, according to the legends. They have a sturdy frame, and long, soft hair. The hair is really pretty fine, unlike the thick coat of a Persian. The silky feel of the hair helps to keep it from matting up. They have bright blue eyes, dark points on their face, ears, tail and legs, and white paws.
The Birman is loving and gentle, but they also like to play at every opportunity they get.
#9 – American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is an athletic cat that is really just a larger, yet leaner version of the British Shorthair. This breed is not only low maintenance, but they are also healthy and really easy going. You don’t have to worry about grooming, because their hair is short enough for them to effectively groom themselves. They come in various sizes, patterns and colors.
Typically, this breed has a really long life expectancy, with the average lifespan of anywhere between 15 and 20 years. They are usually great with kids, and other pets- even dogs!
#10 – Oriental
The Oriental is really closely related to the Siamese cat. They have pointed ears and are very inquisitive, much like the Siamese. Their body is sleek and muscular, and they are really smart and social in any setting. They do, however, have a strong bond with their owners and start to form a relationship of trust with them. Most people will say that they are pretty vocal, and at times even demanding, when it comes to seeking attention. There are both long hair and short hair versions of this playful feline.
As you can see, there are quite a few different breeds of cats that are popular in the United States. There are many more breeds out there as well, but this is the most popular among the pure bred cats in the US. Do you have a cat? Drop us a line below and let us know what kind of cat you have! Let’s compare the most common among our readers with our top 10 most popular cat breeds in the US.
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