20 Most Popular Cat Breeds

This year, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) has announced the most popular cat breeds for 2017 based on the total number of registered cats from January 1st to December 31st.

Listed below are the 21 most popular cat breeds in the United States in descending order. Ocicat should hvave made it in the list, 

the Ocicat is a bundle of fun and truly a pleasure to own.

The Ocicat was bred from a combination of Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair cats to create the perfect domestic friend that has the same characteristics as big cats of the wild – leopards, ocelots (from which its name is derived), and margays.

Their trademark spots and stripes will undoubtedly catch your glance and steal your heart.

little dancing cat


Although this breed has traveled far from its ancestral home, it has definitely made its mark in the cat community and with fanciers. The Burmese as we know it today was originally created by crossing cats brought from Burma with Siamese cats. The result? An endearing and irresistible new breed that loves attention and craves human company.

Known for its unique brown coat color known as Sable, the Burmese cat is an excellent pet companion and a wonderful addition to any family.


Being the first pedigree cat to have aqua eye color, the Tonkinese is certainly no stranger to being in the spotlight. The breed developed as a cross between the Burmese cats brought to America in the ‘60s, and Siamese cats.

This is the most lovable breed of cat you’ve ever come across. The Tonkinese cats are so generous with their seemingly endless affection that you’ll quickly run out of energy trying to reciprocate!


Nothing says majestic, powerful, and beautiful like the Bengal cat.  Bred in the 1980s in an attempt to combine the loving nature of domestic cats and striking beauty of wild leopard cats, the Bengal is the perfect mix of strong muscled might and interactive, affectionate charm.

With boundless energy, this mini-hunter will no doubt find plenty to keep it entertained in the concrete jungle of your home. One look at the vivid rosettes on its coat and you’ll be hooked.

Russian Blue

The history of the Russian Blue is shrouded in mystery. Many believe it is a natural breed hailing from the Archangel Isles in Northern Russia. Others are adamant that it was kept as a royal pet by Russian Czars.

Whatever the truth is, one thing’s for sure; the Russian Blue is one of the most popular cats in the world and is here to stay. Sporting a uniquely short, silvery blue coat, and amazing emerald green eyes, the Russian Blue is one of the most gorgeous and entertaining cats in existence.


This cat has the blood of voyagers. Rumored to have ancestry traced back to England, Australia, France, and Germany; no-one really knows the real origin of the Birman.

While we continue to wonder about its history, the breed is busy invading family homes all over the country and sharing its sweet, affectionate nature with all. Birmans have blue eyes and a beautiful unique feature – solid white-colored paws.

birman cat breed


The Siberian cat is the national cat of Russia and has been owned by politicians and presidents alike. It was a well-known breed in the former Soviet nation and has been for hundreds of years.

Siberian cats have a medium-long coat of hair and the appearance of a strong, alert, and powerful cat built for survival in harsh terrain.

Despite their reputation as fierce winter warriors, Siberians are also very personable and love playing with children and other animals. They are widely believed to be hypoallergenic cats, although this has not yet been proven scientifically.

Norwegian Forest Cat

This large fluffy cat is a proud breed, rumored to have descended from ancient cats used to hunt rodents on Viking warships. It is well-built and sturdy with a waterproof double-coat of insulated fur designed to withstand even the harshest Scandinavian storms.

The Norwegian Forest Cat is suitable as an indoor companion but needs plenty of exercise and play time. It loves climbing – so investment in a scratching or climbing post is essential.

Cornish Rex

This odd-looking cat sports a curly coat, pointy ears, and an overall slender body frame. The breed originated when a random baby cat born in a barn in Cornwall displayed some unique mutated features such as the curly coat.

The cat was then backcrossed to its mother to produce kittens with the same features. These cats eventually found their way to the United States and have been a family favorite ever since.

Cornish Rexes are active, playful, and very people-oriented.


Anyone who’s watched the Disney cartoon “Lady and the Tramp” will remember the mischievous pair of Siamese cats that delight in causing trouble for the protagonist. Thankfully for us, the Siamese in real life is gentle, affectionate, and follow orders exceptionally well.

Descendants of the temple cats in ancient Siam (modern day Thailand), the Siamese cats are an intelligent breed fit as a companion for any family.


As cat fanciers began to explore the genetic possibilities involved with breeding Siamese cats, they created the Oriental.

This energetic and fun-loving kitty is a tribute to the diversity of genes. It can come in a variety of different-colored coats, including chestnut, lavender, cinnamon, or cream among many others.

The Oriental has more than 100 different combinations of colors and patterns available. Talk about a cat of all trades!


This beautiful cat is highly touted as the most intelligent and loyal of all breeds. Its name was derived from Abyssinia (ancient Ethiopia) which is where most of the stock arrived in England in the late 1800s.

The Abyssinian has large ears, a muscular body, and an arching neck. It bears a striking resemblance to cats seen on ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptures.

Acting as the perfect feline companion, the Abyssinian will stay by your side through thick and thin.

beautiful white cat lying down

Devon Rex

The Devon Rex, at first glance, may startle you with its mixture of contrasting odd features. It has large ears disproportionate to its head, large eyes, and a coat ranging from curly to a downy texture.

Devon Rexes love to eat, often devouring anything left out in the kitchen or elsewhere.  Despite their strange, other-worldly look, these cats are intensely loyal and love human companionship.

Devon Rexes originated from a natural mutation that occurred in a litter at Devonshire, England in the 1950s.


Whenever we talk about hairless cats, the Sphynx always comes to mind. This unique breed of kitty features little to no hair, although it can sometimes have very soft “peach fuzz” which some say almost feels like smooth butter.

Other unique features that this cat has are its wrinkly skin, large eyes, and spaced-out, conniving facial expression. The Sphynx is yet another natural genetic mutation sent to us by Mother Nature to serve as an adorable companion.

Fun fact: although it lacks hair, this cat does not freeze or get cold easily.

Scottish Fold

This breed can trace its roots back to a farm in Scotland near Dundee. The most unique feature that it has is its peculiar ears which fold downwards giving it a cute “owl-like” look.

Scottish Folds quickly stole the spotlight in American cat shows and grew in popularity until they became one of the most-loved pets in households throughout the United States.

American Shorthair

Looking for a kitty that can act as a gentle playmate, a companion for your children, and an integral part of the family? Your searching stops here; the American Shorthair has all the traits you want in a cat – and more!

This cat is one of the five original breeds to be officially recognized by the CFA in 1906. It crossed the big blue Atlantic Ocean along with European settlers in the 1800s to find where it truly belonged.

Maine Coon

Dubbed the “Gentle Giant” of the cat community, the Maine Coon cat is a Native American long-haired cat that is largely regarded as the largest cat breed in the world. It has a shaggy coat and a long, bushy tail.

Although their appearance can be a bit intimidating initially, Maine Coons have a great personality and are very friendly around people. They are intelligent and trainable. Some owners have even described them as having exhibited “dog-like” traits.


There hasn’t been a more gentle and serene cat on our list than the Persian. Demure and playful, regal and luxurious with its fluffy coats of soft fur, this breed is truly the epitome of royalty in the feline kingdom.

It supposedly originated from Persia. However, archaeologists have discovered hieroglyphic references of the Persian dating all the way back to 1684 B.C. which means that the cutest cat has been around way longer than anyone ever suspected.

Persian cat breed

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a calm and easygoing cat that would rather spend the day watching its surroundings rather than scampering about madly. It gets along well with other animals but doesn’t appreciate being carried. It has a beautiful coat of short and dense fur.

The British Shorthair’s ancestors were strong Roman hunters, adept at stalking prey and keeping households free of vermin. Today, this cat is one of the coolest in the crowd and definitely a fan-favorite.


The first runner-up on our list goes to the Ragdoll, a large pointed breed with blue eyes and a plush, silky, semi-long coat.

Ragdolls make great companions and are adept at playing a variety of games such as fetch, crumpled paper, and feather/string. They come in four different patterns: mitted, colorpoint, van, and bi-color.

The Ragdoll has been one of the top 5 most popular cats for the past 6 years and it’s easy to see why. Behaved, adorable, and captivating; the Ragdoll is well-solidified as a permanent member of the community.


Coming in at first place is the Exotic – which unashamedly has been #1 for the last 4 years. It is similar in appearance to the Persian except for a few unique details such as its thick, short coat.

Exotics are extremely easygoing, playful, and charmingly affectionate. Their faces are small and round which gives them the sweetest teddy bear vibe.

Beautiful to look at, clean and neat in appearance, the Exotic truly encapsulates everything you could want in a pet.

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