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Top 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds - Slideshow

A list of the 10 most popular cat breeds.

10 Most Popular Cat Breeds

We all know that cats are great pets. They are friendly, clean, and entertaining. They also come in lots of shapes and sizes. The American Cat Fanciers Association released a list of the most popular cat breeds in America for 2013. This slideshow includes the top ten with a short description of the common characteristics of each breed.

Devon Rex cats have soft, short coats.

Number 10: Devon Rex

Devon Rex cats have very soft, short, wavy coats. They are active, playful, and can be mischievous. They have been described as "a monkey in a cat's clothing."

Siamese cats are talkative and active.

Number 9: Siamese

Siamese cats are very vocal, loving to talk with their humans and each other. They are quite active and can even be wildly playful and silly. They do not require much grooming.

Sphynx cats are mostly hairless.

Number 8: Sphynx

The Sphynx cat is a mostly hairless variety, and people either love or hate the way they look. They are very affectionate and can sometimes be considered demanding. Sphynx cats are very active.

American Shorthair cats are quiet and intelligent.

Number 7: American Shorthair

American Shorthair cats are quiet and intelligent. They can seem aloof sometimes, but they do like to play. Their coats are easy to care for, needing to be brushed once a week or so.

Abyssinians are intelligent and active.

Number 6: Abyssinian

Abyssinians are a medium-sized cat with a short coat. They are intelligent and like to be very active. They are usually not content to lap-sit but require lots of play and exercise.

British Shorthairs are quiet and reserved.

Number 5: British Shorthair

British Shorthair cats are very similar in personality and care to American Shorthair cats. They are quiet and a bit reserved. They love being lap-cats but are happy to play sometimes, too.

Ragdolls are large, good-natured cats.

Number 4: Ragdoll

Ragdoll cats can be up to 20 pounds, are quite stocky, and are extremely good-natured and loving. They have semi-long coats that are easy to care for because they don't mat easily.

Maine Coon cats are large and sweet.

Number 3: Maine Coon

Maine Coon cats are large (sometimes up to 25 pounds) and sweet-natured. They are very friendly, love to play, and are good with kids, dogs, and other cats. Their coat requires regular combing, especially the underside, but daily brushing isn't necessary.

Exotic Shorthairs are quiet, sweet cats.

Number 2: Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair cat is a Persian with a short coat, and thus has the same sweet, calm disposition but with a coat that is easier to care for. They tend to be a bit livelier than their Persian cousins but are still calm and snuggly when desired.

Persians are the most popular cat breed in America.

Number 1: Persian

The Persian cat is the most popular cat breed in America and has been for over 30 years. Persians have a calm and sweet demeanor and are very adaptable, making them great companions. They are quiet and have a lower energy level than some other breeds. Their long, beautiful coat does require daily brushing or it will mat, and Persians do have some common health conditions to be aware of.

Fancy Cat interviewed 10 cat breed representatives.

Interview with Fancy

For more information on each breed, stay tuned for upcoming interviews that Fancy will be doing with their representatives.

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