Cats have a (largely) undeserved reputation of being aloof and unfriendly, but cat-owners know first-hand the merits of having the furry, lovable creatures around. Still, while most dog owners know whether they have a Dachshund or a beagle, many cat owners still struggle to identify their beloved pet’s breed.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association released a list of the most popular cat breeds for 2016, and the results are surprising. The CFA looked at cat registrations that took place between January 1 and December 31 2016 to gather their data.
Below are the ten most popular cat breeds in America in 2016.
10. The Devon Rex
These cats start out the top ten list. With their big ears and thin bodies, they take on an unusual appearance. These cats learn tricks easily, and like their human to be around them always: those who don’t spend much time at home should not get this kind of cat.
9. The Abyssinian
Abyssinians are one of the oldest known breeds. They’re not lap cats, but they are known for being super intelligent and immensely loyal to their owners.
8. The Sphynx
Sphynx cats are, of course, known for being hairless. Still, their personalities are unique as well: these cats are mischievous and playful and love human company. While owners will need to bathe these cats since they don’t have fur to clean, they’re natural picks for people with allergies.
7. The Scottish Fold
Scottish Folds are beloved for their folded ears. While the breed itself is still somewhat uncommon, these cats are easy to take care of and adjust to other animals and climates easily.
6. The American Shorthair
These are a great family cat. They’re low-maintenance, affectionate, and can live longer than 15 years.
5. The Maine Coon
Maine Coons are large in size and often described by owners as “dog-like.” They are trainable and smart, and have a unique appearance included tufted paws and big ears.
4. The Persian
Persian cats require maintenance for their luxurious coats, which could explain why they’re not higher on the list. Cat-owners need to comb their Persians daily and the CFA recommends occasional baths. Persians also prefer not to jump and climb.
3. The British Shorthair
These cats are quiet and affectionate. They have dense coats, large round eyes, and a sturdy build.
2. The Ragdoll
Ragdoll cats are identifiable by their blue eyes and large size. They also pick up tricks easily; “many Ragdolls have been taught to come when called and play fetch.” They come in four patterns: bi-color, van, mitted, and colorpoint.
1. The Exotic
The Exotic tops the list as the most popular cat breed for the third consecutive year. Exotic cats are known for their easy-going nature, rounded “teddy bear” appearance, and soft coat. They’re also great cats for those who love Persians but don’t feel up to the grooming demands.