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10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

There are forty one recognized cat breeds according to the Cat Fanciers' Association, the world's largest registry of pedigree cats. The different cat breeds have a multitude of varying characteristics but all make great pets in the appropriate home. While this isn't necessarily a list of the best breed of cat, below are the ten most popular cat breeds in America in 2008 according to the Cat Fanciers' Association.

  1. Persian - Persians are a large cat breed. The Persian has a svelte body type and a long coat which requires an extensive amount of pet grooming. Persians' activity level is low relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively easy cats to handle and quiet.
  2. Exotic Shorthair - Exotic Shorthairs are a large cat breed. The Exotic Shorthair has a cobby body type and a short coat which requires an average amount of grooming. Exotic Shorthairs' activity level is low relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively easy to handle and quiet.
  3. Maine Coon - Maine Coons are an x-large cat breed. The Maine Coon has a moderate body type and a long coat which requires an average amount of pet grooming. Maine Coons' activity level is average relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively easy cats to handle and quiet.
  4. Siamese - The Siamese is a medium cat breed. It has a svelte body type and a short coat which requires a minimal amount of grooming. The Siamese's activity level is very high relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively difficult cats to handle and very vocal.
  5. Abyssinian - Abyssinians are a small cat breed. The Abyssinian has a slender body type and a short coat which requires a below average amount of pet grooming. Abyssinians' activity level is very high. They are known to be relatively difficult cats to handle but relatively quiet.
  6. Ragdoll - Ragdolls are a large cat breed. The Ragdoll has a moderate body type and a long coat which requires an above average amount of grooming. Ragdolls' activity level is fairly low relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively easy cats to handle and quiet.
  7. Sphynx - The Sphynx is a medium cat breed. It has a moderate body type and a short coat which requires an average amount of pet grooming. The Sphynx activity level is high relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively easy cats to handle but vocal talkers.
  8. American Shorthair - American Shorthairs are a large cat breed. The American Shorthair has a semi-cobby body type and a short coat which requires a below average amount of grooming. American Shorthairs' activity level is fairly low. They are known to be relatively average cats to handle and quiet.
  9. Birman - Birmans are a large cat breed. The Birman has a moderate body type and a long coat which requires an average amount of pet grooming. Birmans' activity level is fairly low. They are known to be relatively easy cats to handle and quiet.
  10. Oriental - Orientals are a small cat breed. The Oriental has a svelte body type and a short or medium length coat which requires a minimal or below average amount of grooming. Oriental Shorthairs' activity level is very high relative to other cats. They are known to be relatively difficult cats to handle and very vocal talkers.

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