What Do You Think The Most Popular Cat Breeds in America?
It is not always easy to measure the popularity of cat breeds, primarily because cats are such unique individuals.
What makes a breed popular among cat owners?
Is it timelessness? The fact that certain cats have been around for so long gives them an advantage in terms of popularity. There is something familiar and comforting about taking care of a cat that is not totally new.
Veterinarian Lorelei Tibbles recently conducted a poll on her Facebook page about the most popular cat breeds in America among readers of The Cat Doctor blog .
"A number of factors should be considered before answering this question," said Tibbles. "It is very difficult to find statistics regarding breed popularity as many potential cat owners do not register their pets. Also, each person has different reasons for choosing one breed over another."
The most popular cat breeds in America, according to Tibbles' survey of 887 people, are:
Siamese cats were first imported into the United States in 1878 and have been one of the most popular cat breeds for over 100 years. They are known as 'divas' because they have large personalities, but are loving and sweet.
Persians were first imported into the United States in 1908. These docile cats require frequent grooming to keep their long, silky coat tangle-free.
Also known as American Longhairs, Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed and love to play. They are very social and have a gentle, sweet disposition.
Exotic Shorthairs first arrived in the United States in 1963. These cats love to play, but are also very social and affectionate.
Abyssinians first arrived in the United States around 1936. They are known for their incredible jumping abilities and high energy level.
Bengals were first imported into the United States as a cross between an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic shorthair. These cats love to play and are known to be highly intelligent.
Ragdolls were first imported into the United States in 1967. They are known for their large size, docile behavior, and sweet disposition.
American Bobtails were first imported into the United States in 1976. They have a unique short tail and a plumed tail that resembles an American Shorthair.
Scottish Folds were first exported to America from Scotland in 1976. These cats are known for their large blue eyes, folded ears, and sweet personality.
Chartreux were first imported into the United States in 1980. They are known for their thick, semi-long fur coat and unusual triangular face.
Russian Blues were first exported to America from Scotland in 1987. These cats are known for their incredibly blue eyes and friendly, affectionate personality.
Bengals are a cross between an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic shorthair. These cats love to play and have highly intelligent personalities.
American Shorthairs first arrived in the United States around 1899. They are known as 'tuxedo cats' because of their incredibly short, dense fur.
Manxes first arrived in the United States around 1959 and are known for having a tailless gene. Their large size make them ideal for families with kids.
Cornish Rex first appeared in the United States around 1963. They are known for their incredibly short, curly hair and playful personalities.
Those are the top 15 cat breeds you may choose. What are you going to choose as your next cat breed, if you got one?