Behold, the cat breeds who have made it to the hall of fame of The Cat Fancier’s Association.
1. British Shorthair
From being number 8, the British Shorthair has moved three spots higher on the Cat Fancier’s list. This feline has large, round eyes and inquisitive face, making it the number one popular cat in Britain. They also have a short, dense coat and wide faces that make them look like a cute teddy bear. Calm and affectionate, this cat is great for families who want to own a pet or who want to add one more to a house full of pets.
Named after its country of origin, Persian cats are noticeable for their striking eyes and curious faces. Persians are a good choice for people living in apartments as they do best when kept indoors. They have a calm and friendly demeanor; however, they require some considerable amount of maintenance as their coat needs regular grooming. Frequent baths are also recommended.
3. Maine Coon
The long-haired Maine coon is one true American and is one of the oldest breeds to originate in the United States. It is also the official cat of Maine. Known for its exceptional hunting skills, the Maine coon was bred to be a working cat that could survive rough winters. Maine coons are friendly and great with children and are fond of the water.
4. Devon Rex Cat
Originating from Devonshire, England, in the late 1950s, the Devon Rex has an elf-like face, large eyes and ears, and short, wavy fur. It is curious and can be quite cunning. It has a doglike nature and appreciates games like fetch. It loves to climb and jump to high places, thus earning the description “monkey in a cat suit.” They are people-pleasers, so if they like you, they will follow you wherever you go.
From Thailand, this regal breed, which was then called Siam, was imported to Europe in the 1800s. As a people’s cat, Siamese loves to hang out with humans and is always on the go. If acquainted since young, these cats would thrive with a pair or with other pets. Siamese are also good-looking, with long, elegant body and limbs, angular face, and blue almond-shaped eyes. The breed first reached the United States in 1878, when the American Consul in Bangkok honored President Rutherford Hayes with a Siam as a gift.
6. American Shorthair
The American shorthair makes the perfect family cat because of its tolerant personality and ability to mingle well with other pets and young children. The breed was developed from short-haired cats after European settlers immigrated to North America. The cats where used to kill rats on the ship. Requiring low maintenance, the American shorthair is prized for its handsome appearance and longevity of up to fifteen years.
Just one look at this cat’s bright blue eyes will leave you captivated. This large and well-built breed was developed in the 1960s by Ann Baker of Riverside, California. They were bred mainly to be a companion animal. They tend to limp just like rag dolls when picked up, and that was how this breed got its name. Ragdolls are fond of people, so don’t be surprised if they follow you around.
8. Exotic Shorthair Cat
If you like Persian cats but hate the care and maintenance their long fur coat demands, why don’t you go for the exotic shorthair. With features likely to that of the Persian but with a coat that is shorter and denser, you’ll have an exotic cat that is as cuddly as a teddy bear. Just like Persians, the breed has a calm and friendly temperament and easily gets along well with other pets and humans. It’s an affectionate cat that enjoys sitting in laps.
Its name was taken from the country Abyssinia—now Ethiopia—where the breed was first imported for British cat shows. Researchers think that Abyssinians originally come from the coast of the Indian Ocean. They have elegant and sophisticated appearance, has long limbs, large ears, and a delicate bone structure. Generally, they aren’t considered lap cats but can be curious about what people do.
The Sphynx is endowed with a unique appearance and is known to be playful, clumsy, yet intelligent. The breed first came from Canada in the 1960s after a hairless cat was born. It was discovered to contain a natural genetic mutation. Since they don’t have furs to absorb oil buildup, they need weekly bathings to keep their skin looking good. Their soft skin is warm to the touch. They have angular expressive heads and wrinkled skin that gives them a somewhat worried look. But don’t get fooled by their looks as this cats are confident and acrobatic with lots of energy to keep you amused all day.