Most popular cat breeds around the world. Which one is your favorite
When it comes to cats, people either can’t stand them or adore them. They for sure aren’t always in the mood for playing, just like dogs are, but can be pretty friendly and loyal to their human owners. Their personalities vary from breed to breed, but one general trait about them is that they do as they please, and most certainly would not obey to the human rules. If one of your New Year’s resolution is to own a cat, then you would probably be very interested to know what are the most popular cat creeds around the world.
1 The Persian
Royal looking and gracious, the Persian cats are loyal fur buddies and are ideal if you live in an apartment, because they prefer to stay inside. This breed, as the name says, originates from Persia (today Iran) and you can easily recognize them by their flat face and the big and curious eyes. Their fur is long and if you decide to get a Persian cat, you will have to dedicate a good amount of time in grooming them (otherwise their fur will tangle terribly). These cats are friendly and calm and are a good pet choice for a family with children.
2 The Maine Coon
Gracious, poised, lynx resembling ears and smart eyes – this is how you will recognize this American cat, which is considered to be known as the oldest breed that comes from this continent. Known as good hunters, these cats can easily survive even the coldest North American winters. But, don’t mistake them for being wild cats because, the Maine Coons are friendly and are careful with children. One thing that makes the Maine Coon different from the other cat breeds is that they are pretty fond of water.
3 The Siamese
This breed is perfect for owners who like to communicate with their pets. The Siamese cats would meow back at you a lot (in case you didn’t know cats are meowing only when they communicate with people) and would get attached to one person only, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t be affectionate and friendly to the other members of your family. Although, the Siamese in most cartoons or movies are shown as mean or evil, these cats aren’t less friendly than any other domestic cat. Sleek, tall and athletic, their faces are easily recognizable because of the dark brown fur in contrast with the creamy or light brown fur on their bodies. These beauties were first brought to Europe in the 1800s from Thailand, which back then was named Siam.
4 The Ragdoll
Do you remember that line from “Despicable Me” – “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die”. It is just so suitable for this breed. The Ragdolls are fluffy and affectionate cats that are one of the best breeds for people who love to spend a lot of time cuddling with their pets. The name of the breed comes from the fact that these cats tend to go limp when you pick them up. The breed was developed in the 1960s by Anne Baker from California. If you don’t mind having your kitty following you from room to room, then this is the breed you need.
5 Exotic Shorthair
Some people call these cats Persian in Pajamas, because of their similar face with the Persians and because of their short hair. Their dense fur makes them look like teddy bears and their flat nose and wide eyes may confuse you that they are mean, but by the temperament, they do resemble the Persians and are equally friendly. They don’t mind sitting in laps and don’t have problems in getting along with humans or with other pets in the house.
6 The Abyssinian
Their big ears, large limbs and short hair gives them royal Egyptian look (you will agree that they resemble a lot like the cats seen in the Ancient Egyptian art). Don’t let their look change your mind. Yes, they seem as if though you don’t want to mess with them, but the Abyssinians are actually quite comfortable around people. Don’t expect that they would sit in your lap, but they would be quite curious about what you do or where you go. Their poise is elegant and sophisticated, and just like their name, they originate from Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, and were always considered to be sort of trophy pets. They were first imported to Great Britainm especially for cat shows. According to the genetic research about this breed, they originated around the coast of the Indian Ocean.
This breed is definitely not for everyone. It originated in Canada in the 1960s. When a cat was born fur-less, it was discovered that it was a natural genetic mutation. At first they may appear scary and demonic, only because they don’t have fur to make them chubbier. But, besides that fact, this breed is ultimately gentle and requires special care. If you decide to get a Sphynx, bathing once a week is a must for them, since their skin gets oily, because there is no fur to absorb it. The Sphynx are lively and energetic cats who love to play around with their owners.
8 British Shorthair
These beauties usually have dark grey hair and very deep blue or yellowish-brown eyes that would capture your heart immediately. As the name says, they are the most popular British cats. The short and dense fur, very similar to the Exotic Short hair and their wide faces make them adorable and irresistible for cuddling.
9 The Birman
This cat is like the chubby relative of the Siamese. They have similar creamy fur, combined with brown legs, fluffy tail and round face. The origin of this cat is quite mysterious, but for sure is known that this breed arrived in USA in 1959. These medium sized cats are pretty strong and friendly. They are quiet and will meow softly around their owners. The Birman gets along pretty nicely with other cats or other animals and are ideal pets for families with children. If you get yourself a Birman, expect that they would always be around you – would climb on top of your computer, would want to see how you are washing the dishes or would play with your newspaper while you read it.
10 American Shorthair
Easily recognizable because of the large “M” on their foreheads, these cats arrived in America on the Mayflower for one main reason – to hunt mice in the new lands. These cats are strong and healthy and are pretty low maintenance, which kind of makes them the perfect pets. They are tolerant, playful and loyal, so being in large families wouldn’t be a problem for them.