There are numerous cat breeds in the world today and they all have a lot in common, but every one of them is special with its own characteristics. Today we'll take a look at 10 most popular cat breeds (in our opinion) among cat lovers of nowadays.
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1. The American shorthair
This cat is one of the most popular house cats today, it has fairly ordinary appearance and it can be seen with many different patterns and it can be in many different colors. This cat is descended from a British shorthair, but it has a few physical differences. For one, the American shorthair is larger than the the British shorthair but it is also leaner, all in all much more athletic. Even though this cat is extremely able to hunt in the wild, it often chooses a domestic lifestyle and would pick a couch instead of a tree any day. Despite the “American” in their name, they have no intention of chasing the American dream, or anything for that matter, they are very easy going and have a calm temper. It is not unusual to see this cat getting along with dogs. Their calm personality is very soothing for little kids, so in case you have a few youngsters running around the house, you might find this cat useful in your household. One more thing worth mentioning about this cat is that it has a very long lifespan, they usually live up to 20 years.
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2. The Sphynx
The Sphynx as we know it today was developed by selective breeding from around 1960. It does have a bit odd appearance, especially for a cat, but it is very popular among cat lovers. They are commonly referred to as the hairless cat, but the sphynx isn’t really hairless. Until you touch this lovely cat you can’t notice it, but it has a very thin fuzz over its body. The sort of feeling you get from touching the sphynx is similar to touching a peach, although peaches are much less cuddly. This cat does require a lot of attention and affection but cat lovers don’t seem to mind.
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3. The Siamese
Even though these cats are usually presented as a bit evil in cartoons, it really has nothing to do with their personality in real life. They do require more attention than most cats and are very playful and social, but they are also very loving and affectionate. Because of their nervous and playful nature they might not be the best choice for you if you have little kids around the house, but besides that they are great creatures to share your home with. And when we say home we really mean it, these cats can’t stand traveling and changing their routine, they love having things always the same.
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4. The Oriental
This cat is a close relative to the Siamese cat. It has similar appearance, only the oriental cats are a bit more muscular and vocal. They are very smart and make great, loving pets. Unlike the Siamese, these cats can handle other pets and get along with them just fine, they are also great with kids.
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5. The Ragdoll
These adorable fur balls are so gentle they could be hired as nannies for kids. They are extremely careful with their claws and teeth during play and are one of the most thoughtful cat breeds in the world. There is not a single cat that is more laid-back and relaxed than the Ragdoll. These cats couldn’t care less about anything, they just follow their owner around the house like a cute little puppy all day long, and that is pretty much all that a ragdoll does. They are meant to be held indoors since they have no idea how to defend themselves, so you shouldn’t have any aggressive pets around them. They bond quickly and are very loyal. They also make great friends for other pets no matter the species or breed. They absolutely love young children, and the feeling is usually mutual. They got the name ragdoll in the 60s when they were first bred, because of their floppy and relaxed body when they are picked up from the ground.
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6. The Abyssinian
This is one of the oldest cat breeds there is. Their appearance is adorable and quite mysterious. They make lovely pets since they like playing with people and they can be gentle around kids and other pets. They love cuddling with their owners, but if you are a guest in the house, don’t be offended if they spend the evening running away from you, they are very shy. These little cats have one more surprise up their sleeve, they love water, and have no problem bathing in the sink or the bathtub on their own.
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7. The Birman
There is a myth that these cats were guardians of the Burmese temples. They always have those magnificent blue eyes and dark points on the face, resembling a Siamese cat, as well as the white paws that look like stylish little boots. If we had to choose one characteristic that differs the Birman from other cats, it would be their tolerance and understanding. These cats know when to play and when to leave you alone, which makes them a great pet choice if you live a busy life.
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8. The Maine coon
These cats are built for snow, so to speak. They have very thick and waterproof fur, large white paws that help them walk over snow and a big fluffy tail that they use to cover up their face on a cold and windy day. They can take up to 4 years to reach their adult size which can be up to amazing 20 lb. Don’t be fooled by their appearance, they are good mice catchers, but they are also quite mature and calm.
If you want to find out more, we have a story about these beautiful cats here on our blog: Big, Fluffy and Definitely Adorable Maine Coon Cat.
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9. The Persian
From all the cats on this list, the Persian cat is probably the most famous indoor cat breed. Everyone knows this cat and it’s no wonder. They are very beautiful with their long silky fur and big eyes. Persians do require a bit more attention since they have to be groomed daily, but people obviously don't mind since it is so popular in the world.
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10. The exotic shorthair
If you loved the idea of having a Persian cat but then remembered that you are a bit lazy for daily grooming, we have a perfect solution for you. It's called an exotic shorthair and it is basically a Persian cat without all the grooming. They even have a similar temper. With their teddy-like appearance they must be one of the cutest cat breeds in the world.
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