The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Breeds for 2013

January 31, 2013

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Persian and Exotic Rank #1 and #2 For the Fifth Straight Year!

Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic second only to the Persian as the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) registration statistics.

Fans of the Persian understand why the Persian has been number one for so long. Their long flowing coat, coupled with a sweet, gentle, personality allows Persians to blend into most households once they are secure in their new environment.

Pictured: CFA's Best Persian for 2012, GC, BW, NW Maradan Tiro Seguro of El Shuringa, a red male, bred by Luis Garcia Maurino, owned by Claudia Sooder.

Pictured: CFA's Best Exotic for 2012, GC, BW, NW D'Eden Lover Pepito of Wishes, a black & white male, bred and owned by Stewart/Gaspard/Carnevaletti.

The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat. The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look.

The British Shorthair and Devon Rex have once again broken into the list of the top ten most popular breeds, replacing the Cornish Rex and Birman, who have been in the top ten a number of times over the past ten years.

The Brits are renowned for their calm demeanor, easy going nature and intelligence. The elf-like Devon Rex, with its pixie like face, big inquisitive eyes, large ears and short slightly upturned nose, makes a most likable pet.

1   Persian
2   Exotic
3   Maine Coon Cat
4   Ragdoll
5   Abyssinian
6   Sphynx
7   American Shorthair
8   British Shorthair
9   Siamese
10   Devon Rex
11   Oriental
12   Cornish Rex
13   Norwegian Forest Cat
14   Scottish Fold
15   Birman
16   Tonkinese
17   Burmese
18   Siberian
19   Russian Blue
20   Ocicat
21   Egyptian Mau
22   Japanese Bobtail
23   Selkirk Rex
24   Turkish Angora
25   Singapura
26   Chartreux
27   Manx
28   Balinese/Javanese
29   Colorpoint Shorthair
30   European Burmese
31   RagaMuffin
32   Somali
33   American Curl
34   Havana Brown
35   Bombay
36   Korat
37   Burmilla
38   American Bobtail
39   LaPerm
40   American Wirehair
41   Turkish Van
42   Chinese Li Hua


Pictured: CFA's Best Maine Coon Cat for 2012, GC, BW, NW Nascat Cruise'n, a brown tabby & white male, bred and owned by Donna Hinton.

Pictured: CFA's Best Ragdoll for 2012, GC, BW, RW Lottarags Hit The Jackpot, a blue point & white male, bred and owned by Denise Cuzzupe.

Pictured: CFA's Best Abyssinian for 2012, GC, BW, RW Shera Len Killian, a red male, bred and owned by Betsy Arnold.


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