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10 Most Popular Cat Breeds For Feline Lovers

If you’re thinking of bringing a new furry member into your family, then you should take a look at the most popular breeds of cats. Of course, we love our cats, no matter which breed, colour, or size they are. Our cats and other pets provide companionship, comfort, and often help us get through our difficult times in life. But, there are so many different breeds of cats, each with its own distinctive traits and behaviors. Also, some cat lovers want to know exactly what to expect from their cat or they want to choose their ideal cat breed based on their own personality or lifestyle preferences. Certain types of cats are more popular than others due to their unique personality traits, beautiful physical appearances, or their tendency to have longer lifespans. Without further ado, here are some of the most popular cat breeds. Take a look at the most popular breeds of cats with pictures to help you determine which breed is the best fit for you!

Ragdoll

Ragdoll

With its sapphire blue eyes and beautiful silky coat, it’s impossible not to fall in love with a Ragdoll cat. These cats got their name from their gentle temperament, because they tend to go limp when picked up just like a rag doll. The Ragdoll is undoubtedly one of the most popular large cat breeds in the world thanks to their calm, loyal, and affectionate personalities. These lovable kitties can easily pick up different tricks and get along well with children, which makes them the perfect companions for your family. They love attention and cuddling, so they tend to follow their owners around the house all the time. They’re known as lap cats, so choose this cat breed if you like cats that are affectionate and stay on the ground or on the sofa, rather than climbing to the highest points in your home. As one of the largest types of domestic cats, the Ragdoll weighs between 4.5 – 9 kg while the average lifespan is usually 15+ years.

Persian

Persian

Originating from Iran, the Persian cat is known for its gorgeous long coat and its cute flat face. Persians are among the most popular fluffy cat breeds and these famous cats are constantly featured in movies, commercials, or artworks. They have gentle personalities and despite their regal looks, they actually don’t need a lot to be happy and satisfied. Their long coats, however, require regular grooming and brushing in order to avoid mats and tangles which can be uncomfortable. Persian cats are very easy-going, calm, friendly, and sweet. They’re not very active, in fact they tend to be lazy and enjoy sitting in a lap and prefer a quiet environment. They get along with children as long as they handle them carefully. If you would like a smart and gentle cat who’s not a climber and if you don’t mind daily brushing, you should consider getting a Persian. They typically weigh between 3 – 7 kg, with males being larger than females. A healthy Persian cat  can live 12 to 17 years. 

Siamese 

Siamese

The Siamese cat is an ancient cat breed, originating from Thailand. These elegant, loving, and very talkative cats are recognizable for their distinctive markings known as “points”,  meaning that their coat is darker at the points (i.e. ears, feet, tails and faces). Siamese cats are vocal and they enjoy conversations with their humans. They’re also very affectionate, loyal, curious, intelligent, energetic, and some of the coolest cats out there. They have the ability to learn things quickly and are naturally curious and playful, which means that they will often rummage through your cupboards and drawers. It’s important to give them plenty of toys and play with them regularly, because Siamese cats have high energy levels and are very demanding. They make great companions that hate to be alone at home, so you can expect plenty of conversations and snuggles from these loving cats. Siamese cats weigh around 4 – 6 kg, and their average lifespan is 12 to 20 years.

Bengal

Bengal

Bengal cats are known for their striking spots which gives them a more exotic look. A hybrid of an Asian leopard cats, Bengals are long, lean, and look just like small leopards, but they’re domesticated and incredibly sweet and talkative cats. Bengals have a lot of love to give to their humans, which is the reason why they’re one of the most popular and also one of the most expensive cat breeds. They’re extremely intelligent, loyal, highly active and energetic – they require a lot of play and exercise. Another interesting thing about these cats is the fact that they love water, unlike other types of cat breeds. They tend to be very affectionate, so they get along well with children and dogs.  A typical Bengal cat weighs between 3.6 – 6.8 kg, and has a lifespan of 10 to 16 years.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is the largest cat among all breeds of cats, therefore it is known as the “gentle giant”. These large cats can grow up to an impressive 48 inches (120 centimeters)  in length and up to 16 inches (41 centimeters) in height. Many Maine Coon cats have extra toes (also known as polydactylism) which makes their already big feet even bigger and helps them in hunting. This makes them excellent hunters. However, they’re also extremely friendly, sweet, and affectionate companions that get along well with children and other pets. Maine Coons are very laid back cats, but they’re curious and enjoy chasing toys, walking on a leash, or playing in the water. These enormous cats can weigh from 6.8 – 11.3 kg for males, while the average female Maine Coon weighs between 3.6-5.4 kg. They have a lifespan of 9 to 15 years. 

Abyssinian

Abyssinian

Originally from Ethiopia (previously known as Abyssinia), the Abyssinian cat is one of the oldest cat breeds known for being bright, highly intelligent, and very active. As one of the small cat breed, the Abyssinians are mischievous and love playing and exploring so much, they often get into trouble. They’re not the kind of cats that need constant attention, but you can be sure that they’ll keep you entertained all the time. Being a short-haired cat, the Abyssinian doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and gets along well with other cats, dogs, and children. These cats can also be easily trained to walk on a leash. The Abyssinian cat is more likely to suffer from severe gingivitis (known as “Aby mouth”) from other common cat breeds, so regular dental care is a must. This medium-sized cat can weigh between 3.6 – 5.4 kg, and has a lifespan of 9 – 15 years.

British Shorthair 

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is the oldest recorded English cat breed and one of the most beloved breeds of house cats. These cats are easygoing, loving, calm and quiet – they’re made for sitting in laps and lounging around the house. These chunky cats tend to be a bit lazy, so they’re unlikely to jump on the counters or climb the curtains, and prefer to be near their humans all the time. With its thick and plush coats and round faces, the British Shorthairs are among the cutest cat breeds out there. They’re friendly and affectionate cats, which makes them a popular choice for a furry companion, especially among those people who want a cat who likes to snuggle on the sofa. They get along very well with other cats, dogs, birds, and rabbits. Since they enjoy a sedentary lifestyle once they grow up, if you decide to get a British Shorthair you need to be careful and don’t let them overeat and put on excess weight. Males can weigh from 4 – 7.7 kg, and females from 3.2 – 5.4 kg. They can live 14 to 20 years. 

Russian Blue 

Russian Blue

The Russian Blue cat, also known as the Archangel cat, is an older cat breed that was favored by royals and Russian tsars in the past. This is an elegant cat breed known for its beautiful and shiny blue coat and emerald-green eyes. The Russian Blue is an intelligent and very playful cat that can be trained to play fetch. They’re sweet-natured, agile, curious, and even though they can be shy around strangers, they absolutely love their humans. They will greet you at the door, follow you around the home, and sit next to you. They can entertain themselves, so if you’re a very busy person, the Russian Blue is the perfect cat for you. They generally get along well with other pets and they also have great memories, so they have a tendency to remember their favorite visitors. The Russian Blue cat loves to eat, so do not overfeed them if you want to avoid any weight-related health issues. This breed has an average weight of 3.6 – 6.8 kg, and enjoys a long life span so they can live 15 – 20 years and sometimes even longer.

Sphynx

Sphynx

The hairless and wrinkly Sphynx is also among the world’s most popular cat species. These cats are highly active, very social, and curious cats who love attention and get along very well with kids and other pets. However, they want to be the center of your attention all the time and will follow you wherever you go. These unique looking and friendly cats can be easily trained and they need to have plenty of toys available for mental stimulation. The Sphynx needs a loving family and home where they have a warm lap and cozy bedding or sweaters to keep them from getting cold. Since they’re hairless and have oily skin, these cats require regular bathing and wiping down (generally once a week). This cat breed weighs between 4.5 – 5.4 kg and has a typical lifespan of 10 – 15 years.

Birman

Birman

There are many different kinds of cats, but the Birman cat is one of the most beautiful, social, and friendliest cats in the world. They love attention and people which makes them the ideal family cats. Birmans have a distinctive appearance: their long silky and pointy coat comes in twenty colours including blue, seal, lilac, red, cream, chocolate, and tortie. But the tips of their paws are always white (known as gloves) and their eyes are always blue. These cats are very talkative and enjoy conversations and spending time with their humans. They’re affectionate and laidback cats and they love children who treat them gently and respectfully. They also get along well with other pets, even though they can be territorial at times. Birmans are naturally chunky cats that can easily become overweight, but with daily play you can prevent excessive weight gain. An average Birman cat weighs between 4.5 – 5.4 kg and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.

There are so many different cats out there, and most of them are homeless, so keep in mind that you can always find a great kitty to add to your family at your local animal shelter or a rescue group. By adopting a cat from an animal shelter, you help with pet overpopulation and the shelter or the rescue can then help even more cats in finding their forever homes. So, save a life, adopt a cat!