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Monday, July 28, 2014

The 7 Most Popular Cat Breeds

File these felines under the “Most Popular” superlative in the purebred cat yearbook. Boasting both beauty and brains, these breeds are at the top of their class.



An oldie but goodie, the Abyssinian is one of the earliest-known cat breeds. Insatiably curious, these busybodies are always on the prowl, except when it comes to eating or catching some Zs. They are natural athletes with muscular bodies and aren’t afraid of heights. Abyssinians also have quite the sense of humor — their antics even earned them the nickname “Aby-silly-ans”!


American Shorthair

You might say the American Shorthair is one of the founding fathers of purebred cats. After all, the breed was one of the original five registered in the U.S. in 1906. In 1966, fanciers renamed the breed from Domestic Shorthair to capture their all-American essence. Good-natured and laidback, American Shorthairs are lovey-dovey without being over the top. Their classic good looks include an average-sized body type, sweet expression and a coat that comes in an array of patterns and colors.
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Shrouded by mystery and legend, Birmans were the sacred cats of Burma that were believed to have been the companions of temple priests. Aside from being “Most Popular,” Birmans also are front-runners for “Most Beautiful.” Not only can they pull off the Michael Jackson look with white gloves on all four paws, Birmans have long, luxurious fur and bold, blue eyes, capped off with a sweet smile.


Maine Coon

The official state cat of Maine, Maine Coons are known as “gentle giants” that wear their hearts on their sleeve. They are recognized for their bushy tails, shaggy coats and tufted ears. Even as senior cats, Maine Coons still retain their kittenlike personalities. Owners should keep their shower curtains closed and toilet lids down — these nature lovers are particularly fascinated by water.



Persians are fit for a queen — Queen Victoria, that is. Having been her favorite breed, these fluff balls are prized for their good looks and playful personalities. Persians sport long, luxurious fur coats in various patterns and colors year-round. Their charming characteristics include communicating through their expressive eyes and a high intelligence that helps them easily adapt to different situations.



A truly domestic breed, the Ragdoll was developed in California by breeder Ann Baker, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). Ragdolls enjoy being picked up and carried around by children, hence their name. They bear no extreme features, making them the “cats next door.” These puppy-like cats love to be near their family at all times and can even be taught to fetch or come when called.



An ancient, universally recognized breed, Siamese made their American debut in 1878 when the U.S. Consul in Bangkok gifted President Rutherford Hayes with one. “Meezers,” as they are affectionately called, are considered quintessential people cats because of how sociable, entertaining and playful they are with their human companions. Sleek and striking, Siamese have deep blue almond-shaped eyes that radiate intelligence and emotion.

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