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10 Popular Cat Breeds - Which One Is Right For You?

10 Popular Cat Breeds - Which One Is Right For You?
Not all cats are created equal. Some are more outgoing than others, and others are more comfortable as lap pets than as hunters of vermin in the yard. You may prefer to get your cat from an animal shelter, but if you're looking to buy one, here's what you need to know about the 10 most popular cat breeds in the United States so you can choose which one best suits your lifestyle and personality.

#1: The Persian

The Persian is one of most popular cat breeds. This breed has been popular for over 150 years. The breed comes in many coat colors, including solid white, blue, black, and brown with white. Their top coat is short and their undercoat is long making them excellent for cold weather climates. Persians also come in different sizes from regular to extra large! The only downside to owning a Persian is that they can be very high maintenance as they are heavy shedders. If you are looking for a nice lap cat then a Persian would be perfect for you!

#2: The Siamese

With long, pointy ears and large, almond-shaped piercing blue eyes. Siamese cats are one of most popular cat breeds. Intelligent and playful, these felines make great companions for those who want a cat who acts like a dog. The Siamese is usually affectionate and eager to please their owners. As a bonus for people with allergies, the Siamese is hypoallergenic. The downside is that they are very vocal animals so be prepared to hear them chirping at all hours of  the day and night!

#3: The Maine Coon

 

The largest of all domestic cat breeds, The Maine Coon is a quintessential lap cat and makes for an ideal pet for animal lovers with a large home to devote to their feline friend. As one of America’s oldest cat breeds, The Maine Coon is often referred to as America’s Native Cat. This spirited feline is known for its playful demeanor, intelligent nature and long lifespan (typically 15-20 years). Weighing in at approximately 18 pounds, you might think twice about taking him along on vacation or even allowing him out of your house—but don’t worry! He can handle it.

#4: The Abyssinian

The Abyssinian is a strong-willed and athletic cat with a high energy level. They are an excellent choice for people who love cats, but not necessarily for beginners who aren’t sure how to handle such an energetic animal. This breed needs lots of room to run around, so if you’re an apartment dweller, it may be best to keep looking. But if you want a cat that matches your free-spirited lifestyle, then you should check out The Abyssinian. They were once ranked as one of America’s top 10 most popular breeds in 2010 by The International Cat Association (TICA), but have since dropped down to number 15 on their list of registered breeds.

#5: The Manx

Have you heard of tuxedo cats? If not, now you have. They're black and white like a tuxedo, with a little color variation. The Manx is an Isle of Man breed (where they get their name) that's all about those short stubby legs and very short tail. At times they might look like they've got bunny ears on their hind end, which makes them pretty popular with children! They're generally very gentle animals that don't require as much attention as other breeds do—perfect for busy families who want to keep up with housework while still having time to take care of a cat.

#6: The Ragdoll

The Ragdoll is a medium-sized cat with a sweet, lovable temperament. These cats are typically docile and affectionate but can also be assertive when it comes to being petted or played with. They’re also smart, friendly and not overly active which makes them good choices for homes with children and other pets. Although they don’t shed very much, these cats do require plenty of grooming due to their long coats. If you’re looking for a gentle cat that will welcome your family into its heart and home, consider adding a Ragdoll to your family!

#7: The Birman

 

The Birman is a gentle breed known for its sweet personality. Originally from Burma, it has long hair and a silky white coat with pale blue eyes. Birmans are intelligent and affectionate, and form strong bonds with their owners. They have been described as dog-like because of their devoted nature, but they aren’t likely to jump on tables or countertops in an attempt to get your attention like some dogs would! Birmans love human company and are friendly toward children. This breed is highly trainable and can perform a variety of tricks. It can even be taught to fetch balls thrown into water (yes, your cat will become water-retrieving pro!). The downside is that it requires regular grooming—at least once per week.

#8: The Sphynx

This breed has become popular over recent years, partly due to its unique look. It’s hairless and wrinkly (though it doesn’t feel like either of those when you cuddle up with one), but it still loves human contact and loves affection from people just as much as other cat breeds. It will run to greet you when you come home from work in a manner reminiscent of a little puppy. These cats tend to be really attached to their owners, so they might get anxious if left alone for long periods of time. Because they are generally curious, active, and love investigating new things, they might not enjoy being stuck in a small apartment or in an isolated place where there is little going on.

#9: The British Shorthair

 

This breed was developed from a wide variety of cats in Great Britain, where it has been considered a native cat for some time. The British Shorthair comes in a number of colors and patterns, and like most shorthairs, is low-maintenance. They have all around friendly personalities, are highly intelligent, playful and can be easily trained to do tricks. If you're looking for an affectionate cat that isn't going to need much attention or maintenance, then look no further than The British Shorthair!

#10 The Bengal

Bengal cats have long, silky coats and pointed ears. These medium-sized felines come in several different coat colors and patterns, such as ticked or marbled & resemble the beautiful coats of wild Bengal tigers. Like other cat breeds with Asian origins, Bengals are highly intelligent and affectionate. They have few health problems and tend to bond strongly with their owners. Bengal cats were bred to be hunters, so they need lots of toys, attention and playtime to keep them happy. They’re also very vocal creatures, which some find endearing but others not so much.

So Which One?

Most people choose a cat that fits their lifestyle, personality and goals. Some owners prefer cats that don’t mind being left alone or they need a cat that is easy to care for. Others look for a pet with certain looks or friendly temperament; an ideal match can make all the difference in how happy you are with your new feline friend. Whatever your goal is, consider these important traits when choosing a breed. Before you do bring that beautiful cat home, be sure to check out our online pet store filled with litterbox accessories, beds, travel carriers, cat toys, grooming tools and everything else you'll need! --- perfect pet products for your puuurfect cat!

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