The 25 Most Popular Cat Breeds
Whether you're someone who’s willing to sit uncomfortably for hours while your favorite feline purrs away on your lap or you'd rather spend time petting your lovable canine, cats always manage to trigger strong emotions in humans.
Contrary to common belief, not all cats are the same. Some breeds are more suitable for families with small children, while others prefer a calmer environment. Whatever the case may be, cats are amazing creatures, and getting to know them better is definitely worth your time — even more so if you intend to share your life with a purring ball of fur.
If you consider yourself a cat lover and are thinking about getting a cat, check out this list of the most popular cat breeds to get more in-depth information about the peculiar and magical world of felines.
25. American Bobtail
There is no way around it — this cat is gorgeous and impressive, especially when it comes to its size. Their lovely orange fur is guaranteed to draw attention, but the best personality trait of the American Bobtail is that it is perfect for families with children. It is devoted and loyal, loves to travel (yes, you read that right), so you can even go on road trips together.
Unlike most cats, this sweet-tempered feline will readily adapt to various circumstances, and you can even take it for walks. They even love their human companions so much that they can also take on the role of therapy cats.
American Bobtail Overview
Once you see this feline, you are not likely to forget about it any time soon. Resembling Siamese cats, with their gracious body and sparkling blue eyes, these cats have a long-haired coat that sets them apart from the Siamese.
Keep in mind that this breed needs a lot of affection and loves to climb, so adjusting your living space is a must. These cats do not usually have issues with other pets in the house, but they can be rather vocal. If you have fussy neighbors, that could be an issue.
If the Bengal is a small version of the jaguar, then the Bombay is a perfectly formed miniature version of the panther. If you want a feline that will curl up on the couch with you and seek attention, this mini panther is a perfect choice. Aside from their beauty, these cats are active, curious and intelligent.
Sharing a home with another cat will not be an issue for the Bombay if the other feline is smart enough to accept this black beauty as the master of the house. Oh, and yes, because people still refrain from adopting black cats, deciding to give this lovely feline a home can only result in great karma points for you.
This sweet cat with a silver-white coat, which can be both long and short, has distinctive dark markings around the eyes, so it looks like this kitty is wearing makeup all the time. This is a playful and affectionate feline companion and is great for families with children.
However, leaving the kids with your Burmilla unattended is not a good idea, as this kitty is a bit clumsy. Yet, this cat is very gentle, enjoys lap time with its humans and can live happily ever after even with dogs as companions.
21. Turkish Van
This ancient and rare breed is around 5,000 years old and is held in high regard in Turkey because of its cashmere-like fur, which is usually white. The song “I like to move it” comes to mind as these cats are bursting with energy. While they will allow you to pet them, prolonged cuddling is not really an option, as they love playing around far too much.
Another interesting thing is that these cats are said to enjoy water and are known as “swimming cats.” Still, let them decide when they want to do it.
Turkish Van Overview
20. Turkish Angora
Considered a national treasure in its native Turkey, this playful cat is the undisputed ruler of its household and expects to be obeyed by everybody. This larger-than-life character comes in a gorgeous package, as this usually white cat has a long and silky coat, fluffy tail and slender body.
Yet, despite its bossiness, this is an affectionate cat who is loyal to its humans. We are lucky to have this breed as it almost became extinct. It is still around thanks to the breeding programs in Turkish zoos and American breeders.
Turkish Angora Overview
This lovely cat with a blue coat is the epitome of the kitty that wants to cuddle all the time. This is a very devoted feline that loves to spend time with its humans. This breed first came from Persia to France and from France to the U.K. The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognized it in 1987.
It has an easily recognizable “smiling face,” slender legs and a sturdy body. The Chartreux is a sweet, quiet and easy-going cat that will make a lovely companion.
18. Himalayan Cat
This sweet crossbreed between a Persian and a Siamese cat has fluffy fur and blue eyes. While you cannot expect a particularly clever pet if you opt to have a Himalayan, they are still adorable, gentle, quiet and unobtrusive.
These cats are especially good for older people, as they are not overly active but are independent and do not need constant attention. They are best kept indoors.
Himalayan Cat Overview
Because this breed's fur is so incredibly soft and fluffy, this already-large cat appears even bigger. This calm breed is perfect if you have children as they are very friendly and up for anything.
Despite its thick coat, the Ragamuffin does not need a lot of grooming. It is very independent and gets along with other pets in the house.
Another cat hailing from Burma, the Burmese is a big cat that came to the U.S. in 1930. Its soft, short coat can come in an array of colors — lilac, sable, light brown or even blue. Even though this is a rather big cat, it loves to play and jump around. Still, that behavior subsides as the cat gets older.
On the other hand, those looking to have this cat in the house should know this is a dominant breed, especially when it comes to females. Yet, if you want a cat that will stick to you and (vocally) demand your attention, then this kitty is perfect.
A crossbreed between the Burmese and the Siamese, this lively breed is vastly entertaining and can have different coat and eye colors. However, you have to understand that this cat wants to be the boss, so resistance is futile. Also, get two of these adorable creatures to keep each other company when you are not at home or else you might come back to find your favorite vase in pieces.
They are very affectionate, smart and playful but demand a lot of attention, yet that makes them perfect for a true cat lover.
14. Russian Blue
It is hard to mistake this elegant, sophisticated cat for any other breed. Its green eyes, long and slender body, and short but thick silver coat tell you right away you are in the presence of the Russian Blue. Since this cat sheds less hair than many other cat breeds, it might be a good choice for people suffering from allergies.
This cat is as clever as it is beautiful and will not make a fuss if it is left alone for a while, even though it is very affectionate.
Russian Blue Overview
One look into those piercing blue eyes, and you might find yourself completely transfixed by this adorable cat that has a long, silky coat and white feet. As one of the most popular cat breeds, the Birman makes a fantastic pet, as it has all the most desirable traits — it's independent, considerate, affectionate and not at all jealous or demanding.
If you already have pets in the house, the Birman will be a great addition because it likes sharing the household with other animals. These sweet-looking felines were Burmese temple cats, hence the name.
12. Norwegian Forest Cat
A creature of Norwegian fairytales, this large cat has amazing fluffy fur and almond-shaped eyes. Just like the Maine Coon, this feline is sweet and gentle regardless of its size, but it is also a great hunter.
These cats love playing with their humans and seek a lot of attention. They are also rather territorial cats. Thanks to their thick fur, they can survive Norwegian winters, but that gorgeous coat needs regular upkeep.
Norwegian Forest Cat Overview
If you are looking for an intelligent, playful and curious companion, look no further. This breed is especially good if you have children or other pets since Abyssinians like company and attention and will always be close by.
However, you should abandon the idea of you two being curled up on a sofa together, as this simply is not their style. They will love you nonetheless.
Note: For even more cat breeds, check out the full list on PetPedia.
10. Scottish Fold
Cute overload comes to mind when Scottish Fold saunters into the room. This cat, with its unusual small and folded ears and a round head, resembles a small owl and is just as clever.
These adorable cats love their people and their noisy offspring. They are very adaptable to any environment and love attention. They are charming and sweet and make your house feel like a real home.
Scottish Fold Overview
One of the oldest cat breeds in the world dating back to 1684 B.C., the Persian cat demands a dedicated owner because of the demanding grooming routine due to its long, silky coat. Yet, despite the work you have to put in, this feline companion is very calm and even a bit aloof. It can also be very affectionate.
These cats like their peace and quiet and are the happiest when indoors. Also, bear in mind that Persian cats can be quite expensive, with prices ranging anywhere between $1,800 and $5,500.
8. British Shorthair
It is very hard to look at this adorable gray cat with amber eyes and not imagine it meowing with a perfect British accent. Indeed, this ancient, posh-looking feline hails from the country of Queen Elizabeth II and might have been there since the times of ancient Rome. Since their blue-gray coat is thick, this tabby needs to have daily brushing sessions. Another thing to pay attention to is their diet and weight, as this is a large cat and can have problems with weight.
One would be tempted to draw parallels between this dignified cat and the people of its native country, as this feline is calm, does not seek attention and, while it does like to play, it is also very relaxed.
British Shorthair Overview
This beautiful cat is considered a national treasure in Russia. It has an amazingly thick triple coat and mesmerizing eyes whose color can vary from blue and green to even gold. Because of its coat, this cat is well-equipped for cold climates.
These felines are very adventurous and agile, and they stay playful and active throughout their life.
It all started when a hairless kitten was born in 1966 in Toronto. Breeders took it from there, and the Sphynx was created. Even though they appear to be hairless, their body is covered with a soft coat resembling suede. They also come in different patterns.
Since it has no fur, you might think this cat is fragile. However, it is an agile and playful cat that loves spending time with their humans and snuggling up to them, seeking attention and cuddles.
Known as one of the first official cat breeds, this is yet another instantly recognizable breed due to their bright blue eyes, cream-colored coat and long, elegant body. Add to this the fact that they are charmingly vocal, intelligent and fiercely attached to their humans, and this kitty is just what a cat-loving human needs.
That also means they are not overly keen on being left alone since this cat lives to be showered with affection.
Yes, it is hard not to stare in amazement at the Bengal since it looks like a small version of a jaguar or leopard. And while this agile cat is very playful, active and curious, it lacks the wild factor of its larger cousins.
This kitty is very affectionate, sweet and loyal, and it adores attention from humans. If that is missing, it can get destructive simply to get your attention. Basically, the Bengal is just a child with gorgeous fur. These cats also cost a pretty penny, with a price range usually between $400 and $10,000.
3. Maine Coon Cat
Say the phrase “gentle giant,” and any cat lover will know which breed is in question. The Maine Coon is the oldest American longhair breed. This large cat has an instantly recognizable shaggy coat and often has one extra toe.
There is a reason why this majestic cat is always in the top favorite breeds since it is gentle, quiet, laid-back and people-oriented. Despite the fact that it has thick, long fur, it does not need extra care, so a brushing session once a week should be enough.
Maine Coon Cat Overview
A silky smooth coat and blue eyes make the Ragdoll cat instantly recognizable. This is a large cat that often goes limp when it is picked up, hence its name.
This breed was created in the 1960s in California and is adored all over the world. Their stunning looks are accompanied by a lovely character as these cats are perfect pets for cuddling. Also, they get along with just about anybody.
1. American Shorthair
Known as one of the favorite cat breeds in America today, this lovely cat is believed to have arrived in the U.S. with the first settlers. They are great hunters even though they are not overly active.
They are very affectionate animals, which makes them perfect for those who already have other pets or for households with children. They are somewhat independent and will not pine away if they have to be left alone for some time during the day.
American Shorthair Overview