The 21 Most Popular Cat Breeds in the U.S

Ragdoll The Ragdoll cat breed is one of the most beloved. It is no surprise it has risen to the top of the CFA's most popular cat breeds lists every year. The Ragdoll is a great cat breed. 

Exotic Shorthair A few years ago, the Exotic Shorthair occupied the number one spot on CFA’s list. This was 2017, FYI. Since then, it has fallen to second. They are mostly round and most commonly defined by their large expressive eyes and flat faces, a la Puss In Boots from .

Maine Coon The Maine Coon. Maine Coon cats are beloved for their wild appearance. Males can grow to 18 pounds while females can reach 12 pounds. They are affectionately called "the gentle giants" They are very chill cats and make great companions.

Persian cat CFA's top-rated breeds are always the Persian cats. This breed has been on the CFA's list for almost 30 years. It's also a very sought-after breed throughout the world, and it's not only popular in the United States. 

British Shorthair The British Shorthair is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. It has been revered as a deity for centuries. These cats have the appearance and build of royalty. They have a thick coat, a broad face, and a limber physique. 

Devon Rex The short-haired, long eared Devon Rex is sixth in the list. This popular cat breed is a result of its origins in England. It is most famous for its distinctive ears, wedge-shaped face and long hair. They are known for being friendly, playful, and sociable. 

Abyssinian  Abyssinians were first brought to North America from Abyssinia in the early 1900s. They are most closely related to the hunting cats depicted in ancient Egyptian tombs. 

American Shorthair Kind, playful, and knock-your-socks-off-cute when they're first born, American Shorthair cats have long been a popular breed in the U.S., regularly making the CFA's list. The American Shorthair, a type of hunting cat, was originally used in Europe to keep mice and rats away from moving cargo. 

Scottish Fold The Scottish Fold cat, a dominant-gene mutation in nature, is distinguished by its absence of cartilage in its ears. The Scot Fold cat's ears become "owl-like", resulting in them appearing to be literally folded. These cats, whether a cat or an owl, are adorable and very popular. 

Sphynx In tenth is the well-known purebred Sphynx. The Sphynx is completely hairless because of a natural genetic mutation. However, it has a beautiful physical appearance and presence. It is loved for its outgoing, energetic disposition and desire to be held in high regard. 

Oriental Oriental cats are one of the most social cat breeds. They are affectionate and intelligent, as well as being social. Oriental cats are closely related to Siamese cats and have long, lean bodies and almond-shaped eyes. Their ears are tall and pointed and have long, pointy ears. 

Siamese The Siamese cat breed is very popular today. The Siamese, a distinct breed originating in Asia, rose to prominence in Europe and North America during the 19th century. Siamese cats can snuggle together, even with one another. 

Cornish Rex The three types of hair most cat breeds have are guard hairs, awn and down. However, the Cornish Rex only has the down hair. This fine hair comes in many colors, including black, blue, chocolate, red and lilac. 

Norwegian Forest Cat The Norsk skogskatt and Norsk skaukatt in Norwegian are both names for the Norwegian Forest Cat. This cat is large and fluffy, so it can adapt to cold weather. The Norwegian Forest Cat breed is quite large, with males weighing in at around 20 pounds and females at 13 pounds. They are shy and can be timid when they meet new people. 

Siberian Cat The Siberian cat originally hails from Russia. It is a medium to large cat who is active, independent, playful, intelligent, and active. Although they are alert and receptive to attention from humans, their full maturity is usually not reached until five years of age. 

Birman The Birman is an honorable mention in the top 10 most popular cat breeds, but it is still a fan favorite cat breed. This breed is known as the "Sacred Cat of Birma" and has a distinctive silky coat, piercing eyes, and white-gloved paws.

Russian Blue The Russian Blue cat is alert with green eyes. It has a silvery-gray coat. The Russian Blue cat is originally from Arkhangelsk in Russia. It is loved by cat-owners for its gentle, calm, and docile personality. They are playful and friendly and can get along well with their families.

Bengal  The Bengal cat is wild. The Bengal cat is a domesticated cat breed that is similar to wild cats. It is charming and stunning. The Bengal is highly trained, which is a great characteristic for a house pet. It loves to bond with its family.

Tonkinese The Tonkinese was created by crossbreeding Siamese and Burmese cats. This medium-sized cat breed looks very similar to a Siamese. It is lively and energetic. They are very affectionate and want to be near you.

Burmese Burmese cats were originally from Burma, Thailand. They eventually made it to the U.S.A. and Britain. This cat breed is best suited for indoor cats and is hypoallergenic.

Ocicat The Ocicat, as its name implies, is strong and athletic and built like a wild cat. The Ocicat looks like a wild cat, even though it has a tawny-colored and cinnamon-spotted fur. The Ocicat is a domestic cat and has the same temperament as other domestic cats.