“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer. Any cat owner would agree with this. Cats are companions to people who despise being around other people. Some cats also prefer human company over cats! Isn’t that the perfect match?
Are you looking for a companion and a friend for your pet? Someone who will keep you busy and somebody to love? You must be searching for a kitty friend then!
There are many different types of cats and many feline breeds can be found nowadays. Here we talk about the top 20 breeds of cats all around the world to choose from, as a new addition to your family.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association operates the world’s biggest registry of pedigree cats and has lists of top breeds of cats based on the number of cats registered in this association over a year.
The list of 2022 top 20 cat breeds according to The CFA goes like this:
1. First on the list would be the Ragdoll, which is a plush breed with big blue eyes. They’re quite affectionate and are highly demanded. This breed was developed in the 1960s and it is quite the popular cat breed in China. If you want a breed to constantly follow you around like your best friend, the Ragdoll is for you.
2. The Exotic Shorthair cat is the other breed in the top ten. The exotic Shorthair cat Has all the same qualities as Persian kittens except for a thicker, denser coat that gives them a teddy-like appearance. Their fur is shorter than a Persian’s, and their faces seem a bit smaller. It makes them look soft, bear-like, and round. Couldn’t you love a Persian cat that looks like a teddy bear? Exotic shorthair cats are one of the most desirable breeds. While they’re quite playful and adorable as kittens, they’re also very calm and loving like Persian cats when they’re adults!
3. On the list, the British Shorthair is ranked third. CFA officially recognized this breed in 1980, making it one of the oldest English breeds. This domestic cat’s ancestry dates back to the Roman period. The breed is physically strong and has great hunting skills. Attention and cuddles are their favorite things, but they only want it when they want it, not when you want it! The most common British shorthairs are blue-greyish, but colorpoints and tabbies are also available. There is no doubt that this breed could play the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
4. The Persian cat is next on the list. Where did this beauty come from? It came from Persia or ancient Mesopotamia. Today it is known as Iran. This breed of cat is very sweet and calm. They prefer quiet, cozy environments where they can relax and sleep. Long hair covers their bodies and beautiful eyes adorn their faces. People perceive them as luxurious creatures who enjoy being pampered and comfortable. You might have to brush their fur from time to time. However, they are incredibly sweet! In the United States, it is the most popular pedigreed cat. However, it ranks fourth in the world. It was recognized by the CFA in 1906.
5. The Maine Coon Cat is the 5th most desired breed in the world. CFA describes it as a “gentle giant” because it weighs between 10 and 25 pounds, at times more. Having a rough appearance and shaggy fur, they are well-built and sturdy animals. With their long and well-furnished tails, they proudly carry themselves and surround themselves with security and warmth. The friendly nature of this breed often compares them to dogs! They love to play and feel involved in whatever you are doing, but they’re not your typical lap cat. Maine Coon should be your choice if you want a feline friend to follow you around. “Survival of the fittest” explains how this breed developed and survived. Their physique can withstand harsh conditions like harsh winters. They were recognized by the CFA in 1976.
6. Devon Rex is the pixie of the cat world, ranking 6th on this list. This breed is not a man-made breed; instead, it is the result of a natural mutation that occurred in Devonshire, England around the 1950s. Their curly coats make them look silly and fun-loving. They can grow up to 9 to 10 pounds. They wouldn’t take up much space, but they are highly energetic and playful.
7. The American Shorthair breed is man-made or selectively bred, in contrast to the previous breed. Those who bred this cat used the finest examples of the working cats’ structure, to refine the beautiful face and to bring out the bright colors that are now seen in them.
They have quite a long lifespan, so your child can grow up with the kitten!
8. Abyssinians, also called Abys, were recognized by the CFA in 1906. This breed was imported to North America by England in the early 1900s. It is believed to have originated in Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia. This breed is one of the oldest cats in existence. They’re beautiful and ancient, but they’re not big fans of cuddling.
They enjoy human company, but they show their affection by being around rather than sitting on someone’s lap. They are an intelligent breed that was once considered to be the cat of the Pharaohs. Compared to other cats, they love jumping higher, and farther, climbing high places, and playing harder than anyone else.
9. A sphynx is a very different kind of cat. Mother Nature created this breed as well. That’s why it’s on this list. Despite being hairless, they love being loved! They enjoy human attention as much as being the center of attention. The CFA recognized Sphynx In 2002.
10. Another breed of cat, the Scottish Fold, was discovered in 1961 by a shepherd named William Ross. Susie was the name of the first one, and the shepherd asked the owners for Susie. He has since bred and developed this breed from Susie, the white barn cat. Their name comes from their folded ears. Genetically, this breed folds its ears after the age of 2 to 4 weeks due to a genetic mutation. However, they are born with straight ears! They love attention and company, and their big round eyes draw your attention. Since they aren’t bothered by noise, this breed is perfect for the city.
11. Next up is the Siamese cat, which is adorable and very laid back. Siamese cats prefer to sit on your lap and chill with you instead of running around, getting out, playing, etc. So, if you need a calm companion, get a Siamese cat.
12. Oriental Shorthair cats descend from a breed that is quite similar to Siamese cats. Their body type or head shape is similar to the Siamese, but Oriental shorthairs have different colors and coats. Their bodies are slender, and they have almond-shaped eyes and bat ears.
They can be messy, jump and run around the whole house, and disrupt your work. They are mischievous but loving! Go for the oriental kitty if you want a cat who is always around and thinking about you. Also, if you’re allergic to cats, this is one breed nobody is allergic to, so play away!
13. Norwegian Forest Cats are longhaired breeds that descend from domestic cats in Northern Europe that are well adapted to surviving cold climates. They enjoy the company of humans and other cats, love playing, and live in a friendly environment. Although they are smart and well built, they get scared around high-energy animals like dogs. In addition, they grow larger than regular cats. A fun fact- King Olaf V of Norway designated the Norwegian forest cat as the country’s national cat!
14. The Siberian cat is from Siberia, a natural breed that has a long, thick, protective coat because it is Russia’s native foreign cat. It is the national cat of Russia. The cat was discovered more than a thousand years ago. It is believed that this breed is the ancestor of all long-haired cats today.
They are pretty playful and active. The Norwegian Forest Cat is closely related to this breed. Because this breed is costly to import from Russia, it remains somewhat rare outside Europe despite its popularity.
15. A Birman, also known as the sacred cat of Burma, has an exotic appearance with soft, silky fur and a darker tint close to the face. White at birth, this breed acquires more shades of color as it grows. Their hair is long and their eyes are deep blue. In addition, they have white feet. This breed of cat is more private, getting attached to fewer people, perhaps just the owner. They may show jealousy if they don’t get enough attention, but they aren’t aggressive.
16. The Bombay is a short-haired cat that is similar to mini panthers, with a sleek, black body and an easygoing personality. Games are their favorite thing to do, and they learn tricks fast, but they are also affectionate and loving. By crossing American Shorthair and Burmese, this breed is developed with a smooth black body and green or copper eyes. They are muscular and medium-sized. Their weight ranges from 8 to 15 pounds, and they live up to 15 or 20 years. They are known to cry and meow more often than other cats and can be quite vocal. They’re the typical Asian black domestic cats.
17. The Tonkinese cats are crossbred from Burmese and Siamese cats. They have acquired the playful traits of their parent breeds and have a pointy appearance and are thought to have originated in Thailand (previously known as Siam).
18. Turkish Angoras are domestic cats that originated in Ankara, Turkey, in the Ankara region. It was discovered by Europe in the 17th century and is said to be the origin of all white-haired and long-haired cats today. They are descendants of African wildcats. Additionally, they are related to the Persians, as the Persian coat was improved by using Turkish Angora, and there are very few or no significant differences between the two breeds. Angoras with unusual eyes, such as those with an amber eye and a blue eye, are also known as heterochromatic. The tail is plumed uptight, and the coat is long, silky, and smooth. A young Turkish Angora may seem like a snow weasel.
19. The Egyptian Mau is a breed of short-haired cat. There are just a few spotted domesticated breeds that are also naturally spotted, and they have small to medium-sized bodies. In addition, this rare breed also has spots only on the tips of its furs or hairs. Having originated in Egypt, they prefer hotter temperatures and are considered to be the ancestor of today’s short-haired domestic breeds. Their front legs are shorter than their hind legs, so they appear to walk on tiptoe. They are also the fastest domestic cats. Friendly and loyal, this breed can run up to 48 kmph. Their spines are striped with a long, dark stripe that runs from their head to their tails.
20. The Bengals are very athletic, strong, agile, graceful, and muscular. They’re playful and smart and love to play games and learn tricks. They’re also friendly, vocal, and alert in nature. It’s like they belong in the jungle! However, if they cannot find anything to do, they may become destructive and upset. That’s just how playful they are. In 1950, a woman in Britain paid $50,000 for a Bengal cat. They are often called the “Rolls Royce” of cats.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cat’s Breed
What is the most popular cat breed?
The Persians, Main Coons, British and American shorthairs, and the Ragdoll are amongst the most popular breeds.
How many breeds of cats are there, and which ones are the best?
As of 2019, The International Cat Fanciers’ Association has recognized 71 different types of cat breeds while the CFA recognizes 44. The best ones would be the top 20 ones we have listed above.
What breed of cat sleeps the most?
Ragdolls, Persians, Main Coons, Exotic shorthairs, and Tonkinese are some of the laziest ones who love sleeping!
What kind of cat do I have, and is it purebred?
You can visit this website by following this link http://petcaretips.net/purebred_cats.html to find out whether your cat is purebred by the CFA standards or not.
What is the least popular cat breed?
The Cyprus cat, Arabian Mau, Bambino, Brazilian shorthair, and Chausie would be among the least popular breeds.
How do I choose the Right Cat for Hunting Mice?
The American Shorthair is the best hunter, but the Chartreux, Main Coon, SIamese, Siberian and Burmese are great hunters as well. All cats have sharp hunting abilities that have developed over the thousands of years we have domesticated them.