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The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Breeds for 2013

February 3, 2014

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Persian and Exotic Rank #1 and #2 For the Third Straight Year...  and the Persian holds the Top Spot For Over 30 Years!

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 2013, GC, BW, NW AOL Mambo, a black male, bred by Aleksejs Dergachovs, owned by O. Grin and A. Dergachovs.

Pictured: CFA's Best Exotic for 2013, GC, BW, NW Parti Wai Ex Jackpot, a cream spotted tabby & white male, bred and owned by Penni Richter.

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.

This year, the British Shorthair is the top shorthair breed for the first time. 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   British Shorthair
6   Abyssinian
7   American Shorthair
8   Sphynx
9   Siamese
10   Devon Rex
11   Norwegian Forest Cat
12   Oriental
13   Scottish Fold
14   Cornish Rex
15   Birman
16   Burmese
17   Tonkinese
18   Siberian
19   Russian Blue
20   Egyptian Mau
21   Ocicat
22   Japanese Bobtail
23   Turkish Angora
24   Manx
25   Singapura
26   Colorpoint Shorthair
27   American Curl
28   Selkirk Rex
29   Somali
30   Household Pet
31   Chartreux
32   European Burmese
33   Havana Brown
34   Balinese/Javanese
35   Bombay
36   Ragamuffin
37   Burmilla
38   American Bobtail
39   Korat
40   LaPerm
41   Turkish Van
42   American Wirehair
43   Chinese Li Hua


Pictured: CFA's Best Maine Coon for 2013, GC, BW, NW Dewisplear Angel Time, a brown tabby & white male, bred and owned by Joel & Camelle Chaney.

Pictured: CFA's Best Ragdoll for 2013, GC, BW, RW Supurrrags Sonic, a blue lynx point & white male, bred and owned by Bill & Sue Shorey.

Pictured: CFA's Best British Shorthair for 2013, GC, BW, NW Truebrit St Louis Blue of Oz Creek, a blue male, owned by Leah & Ray Sturn, Colin & Jo Cornwall, and Doug & Kathie Von Aswege.


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