Attention CatTime readers: You have spoken! We’ve found the 25 most popular cat breeds in the world–the ones you click on most in our cat breed section!
Maybe you have one of these popular cat breeds at home! Of course, we love our kitties, no matter which breed they are. Remember that you can always find a great cat to add to your family at a shelter or rescue. So adopt! Don’t shop!
Without further ado, we present the most popular cat breeds in the world according to our CatTime breed section–picked by you! From the intelligent Abyssinian, to the hairless Sphynx, to the elegant Bengal, these are the cat breeds that our readers from around the world search for most often on our site.
Some people think of cats as being aloof and independent. However, that’s only because they haven’t yet met a Tonkinese. They’re loving and outgoing!
24. Turkish Van
The Turkish Van is not much of a lap cat. Even so, they will still be happy to cuddle next to you and sleep in your bed.
The Himalayan, or Himmie for short, is like a Persian dressed as a Siamese, affectionate yet discriminating.
22. American Shorthair
The adaptable and good-natured American Shorthair retains their hunting ability. Although, these days they’re more likely to be a family companion.
The Chartreux might well be compared to a mime, silent but communicative and sometimes silly.
The Burmilla is adventurous but a bit of a klutz. Make sure you put away breakables when they’re around.
19. Russian Blue
The Russian Blue‘s elegant-yet-muscular body led one cat judge to proclaim them the “Doberman Pinscher of cats.”
The name Nebelung is German and means “creature of the mist.” Indeed, it’s a reference to the cat’s shimmering, silvery-blue coat that seems to float over their bodies.
It’s a good thing that the hairless Sphynx loves attention because they draw it wherever they go. They’ll also do anything for a laugh!
Ragamuffins are known for their docile nature. In fact, they love to be held like a baby and will completely relax into your arms.
15. Turkish Angora
Once the Turkish Angora gets an idea into their head, it can be difficult to change their mind about how they should behave. However, they are so charming that you probably won’t care.
The Burmese is often described as a “brick wrapped in silk.” It’s a testament to their solid, muscular build.
13. Norwegian Forest
The gentle and friendly Norwegian Forest Cat–Wegie, for short–is fond of family members but does not demand constant attention and petting.
A love of heights is a signal trait of the Abyssinian. They like to be as high up as possible and will also appreciate having one or more ceiling-height cat trees.
Forget the Grumpy Cat stereotype: this Siamese–American Shorthair mix has an affectionate and sweet disposition. Snowshoe cats also sport distinctive fur markings and a strong body.
The Birman communicates in a soft voice, mainly to remind you that it’s time for dinner or maybe a nice cuddle on the sofa.
The Bombay cat loves to play and will thrive with a family who’s willing to teach tricks, play games , and provide plenty of interactive toys.
8. Scottish Fold
There is nothing a Scottish Fold–named for their folded ears–likes better than to be with their people, joining in whatever they’re doing.
The dignified and docile Persian is known for being quiet and sweet.
6. British Shorthair
Full of British reserve, the British Shorthair has a quiet voice and also doesn’t demand much from their humans.
With positive reinforcement, Ragdoll cats learn quickly and can pick up tricks, as well as good behaviors like using a scratching post.
From Russia with love: that’s the Siberian, a glamorous native cat from the taiga of Siberia–a forested area with a cold climate that contributed to their long, thick coat.
The sophisticated Siamese looks dressed for an elegant ball in pale evening wear with chic black accessories and tanzanite-blue eyes.
The Bengal could never be called delicate. They’re athletes–agile and graceful with a strong, muscular body, as befits a cat who looks as if they belong in the jungle.
1. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a native New Englander, hailing from Maine, where they were popular mousers, farm cats, and–most likely–ship’s cats at least as far back as the early 19th century. They’re also the largest cat breed!
Remember that all cat breeds are beautiful. Rescues are always our favorites, without a doubt!
Which popular cat breed is your favorite? Do you have one of these kitties at home? Then let us know in the comments below!