When it comes to choosing a breed of cat, you have many options. How many cat breeds are there? Various cat fancier associations recognize different numbers: The Cat Fanciers’ Association (FCA) recognizes only 41 breeds, the International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 55 breeds, while the International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance (IPCBA) recognizes 73 breeds. With so many cat breeds to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? In this article, you will receive tips for selecting a cat breed based on different factors including fur length, activity level, and temperament.
Most Popular Breeds
If you are having a difficult time deciding which breed of cat to get, you may want to consider what other cat owners are doing. Certain breeds are more popular than others are, so if you need a place to start your search, why not start with the top ten most popular breeds. Some of the most popular cat breeds include the Persian, Maine Coon, Exotic, Siamese, Abyssinian, and the Ragdoll. The Birman, American Shorthair, Oriental and Sphynx are very popular breeds as well.
Top Longhaired Breeds
If you don’t mind having to vacuum your carpets a little more frequently, a longhaired cat can be very beautiful. Longhaired cat breeds come in a variety of colors and patterns. The Persian is a very popular longhaired breed known for its flowing coat and sweet expression. The Himalayan is sometimes considered a separate color pattern of the Persian breed and it comes in a variety of colors including blue, chocolate, lilac, cream, and red. The Maine Coon is particularly popular for show and it is known for its thick mane of hair around the neck. Other longhaired breeds include the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Birman, the American Curl, and the Balinese.
Top Shorthaired Breeds
All cats shed to some degree, but it may be easier to control shedding with shorthaired breeds. Shorthaired breeds come in a wide variety of colors and patterns ranging from the all-black Bombay to the blue-gray Chartreux, and the spotted Ocicat. Some other popular shorthaired breeds include the Abyssinian, the American Shorthair, the Bengal, the Burmese, and the Chausie. Some of the most unique-looking shorthaired breeds are the Cornish Rex, the Siamese, and the Munchkin. The Cornish Rex has short, wavy hair – even its whiskers are curly. The Siamese is known for its color points -- a light-colored body with darker “points” on the ears, face, legs and tail -- while the Munchkin has very short legs.
Breeds That Are Good With Kids
Not all cats have the patience to tolerate rough handling by children, not to mention all of the noise they make around the house. If you have kids and you want a breed of cat that will get along with them, consider an Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Burmese or a Birman. These breeds are known for their playful temperaments and several of them are very social and eager to spend time with people.
Best Low-Maintenance Cat Breeds
If you are looking for a cat that does not require a great deal of daily attention, you have a few options from which to choose. These cat breeds are a good choice for people who are not often at home during the day and for seniors who may have difficulty caring for a needy cat. Some of the most popular low-maintenance cat breeds include the Ragdoll, the British Shorthair, the Persian (which has low emotional needs, despite its high-maintenance coat), the Scottish Fold, and the Russian Blue. These cats are typically more reserved than other breeds and they are best suited to quiet households, particularly those without children.
Friendliest Cat Breeds
While all cats like to have some time to themselves, there are certain breeds that are particularly social and eager to spend time with people. The Exotic Shorthair, for example, is a great lap cat that loves to follow his owner around the house. The Persian is very affectionate and enjoys spending time with people. The Russian Blue may seem aloof at times, but they are generally friendly and eager to play. Other friendly cat breeds include the Burmese, Siamese, Somali, Ragdoll, and Manx.
Selecting a breed of cat is challenging because there are so many options from which to choose. We hope that the information in this article will help you determine which characteristics are most important to you in your cat so that you can find your perfect feline match.
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