Many consider cats the perfect pet. They are independent, full of personality, and interesting. They can be playful or cuddly, or both, depending on the cat. What are the most popular breeds that cat-lovers are on the lookout for? Here’s a list:
With its long, beautiful hair and round face, this cat is consistently one of the most popular breeds in the world. In the United States, it is the most popular. Quiet and sweet-tempered, Persians are an easy cat to care for when they feel safe and loved. They have small, musical meows and very expressive eyes.
Many famous figures owned Persians, including Florence Nightingale, who owned a total of 60 cats throughout her lifetime. The “Fancy Feast” cat is a Persian, while the famous James Bond villain Blofield strokes a white Persian while scheming.
Usually orange or brown, with a few white oddballs, Bengals look like wild cats. They are very affectionate, but need to be active and given lots to do. They aren’t lap cats; they would rather be playing. Their favorite activity is exploring, chasing toys, and snooping around. Unlike most cats, Bengals also love water and will drink and splash around from a faucet if allowed. Though popular, Bengals are also very expensive, with some kittens going for as much as $50,000.
The largest domestic cat breed, Maine Coons can grow up to 18 pounds for males and 12 for females. Their origins are unknown, though there is a legend about Marie Antoinette attempting to escape to America. She didn’t make it, but her Turkish Angora cats did, and quickly bred with short-haired cats to create the Maine Coone. Nicknamed “The Gentle Giant,” the Maine Coon is loving, intelligent, and a good addition to a home with children and dogs.
With their distinctively-sleek appearance, Siamese cats are very vocal and expressive. They love to be around people, and are a great choice if you want a cat who will sit on your lap. An icon of pop culture, you can see Siamese cats in Disney’s The Lady and the Tramp and That Darn Ca t! Playful and active, if you don’t like cats who jump up on tables to get in your face,a Siamese isn’t for you.
Similar to Persians, these cats are easier to manage because of their short hair. The breed dates back to the 1950’s and 1960’s, when breeders mated American Shorthairs with Persians. The goal was to create cats with the coloring of Persians, but with short hair. Exotic Shorthairs tend to look pudgy, but they just have dense bones. Instagram star Pudge the Cat from Minnesota is an Exotic Shorthair. They are typically low-key and affectionate, so they’re a good choice if you’re worried about a cat being nervous.
Possessing uniquely-huge ears and wide noses, Oriental cats have been compared to actor Adam Driver in terms of their appearance. Orientals are very intelligent and are one of the few cats who can be trained to walk on a leash and even fetch toys. They’re also active and curious, and should be allowed to jump and climb around on a cat tree. If you want a quiet cat, Orientals will be shockingly loud. They typically have funny, raspy meows.
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