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The five most popular cat breeds in the USA are the Persian, Maine Coon, Siamese, Exotic and Abyssinian. Every year when the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) names it's Top Five Cats for the year, these five rotate regularly.
One year Persian is number 1, the next year it could be number 2 and the Exotic steals first spot. For now these five are judged on a number of criteria. When it comes to activity level, there's nothing quite like an Abyssinian. On the other hand, no breed can top the Persian at being mellow.
Whew...when it come to vocalizing, the Siamese wins hands down.
If you are a cat lover who primarily looks at the breeds for their personality, then you may only have one breed of cat living in your home. But if you are like some purebred cat owners, with eclectic tastes in temperament, you may be thinking of surrounding yourself with a variety of feline personalities or may have already done so.
While you enjoy having all kinds of breeds in your home, do these cats enjoy being around each other? This is an important question for potential multi-cat owners to ponder.
Although I will start off with the most popular breeds, ( Persian, Maine Coon, Siamese, Abyssinian, Exotic, Scottish Fold, Burmese, Birman, Ocicat, Norwegian Forest Cat) additional different cat breeds and types of cats will be added over time.
Of the domestic breeds these will be: American Curl, Balinese, British Shorthair, California Spangled, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Cymric, Devon Rex, Donskoy, Egyptian Mau, German Rex, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Khao Manee, Korat, Manx, Muchkin, Oriental Shorthair, Peterbald, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, Russion Blue, Selkirk Rex, Siberian, Singapura, Sokoke, Snowshoe, Somali, Sphynx, Thai, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora, Turkish Van. Hybrid breeds Bengal, Chausie, Cheetoh, Savannah, Serengeti cat.
Wherever possible I will have cat pictures of the different feline breeds. If a photo is unavailable at the time of writing on a particular breed, the cat pics will be added later.
Persians are extremely docile and laid-back. They are the "couch
potato of cat breeds". Those who live with Persians say these furry
felines enjoy lying around the house and are generally non-aggressive
and easy-going...more details on Persian Cats.
Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coons are another of the breeds known for their
easy-going and even-tempered personality. However, while Maine Coons
are calm, quiet cats, those who live with them say the breed can adapt
easily to a more active lifestyle when necessary...more detail on Maine Coon Cat
Of the feline breeds, the Siamese is famous for its active and vocal
personality, as well as its intelligence. Siamese cats demand a lot of
their owners' attention, and in general, enjoy being an only cat.
Multi-cat owners will attest to the fact that Siamese want the owner to
focus on them and not other housemates...more detail on Siamese Cat
When it comes to feline breeds, imagine the Siamese cat without points, that is, all in one color or one pattern. That is the Oriental. The body shape, head features and the skeletal structure all resemble the Siamese...more detail Oriental Cat.
The Abyssinian is unlike the more mellow cat breeds. They have a
lot of energy, can be mischievous, and often demand plenty of attention
from their owners. Abyssinians are active, curious people-cats. They
are also very loving, yet tend to be dominant over other animals in the
household...more details on Abyssinian Cat
Exotic Shorthair Cat
The round-faced Exotic is similar to the Persian when it comes to temperament.
Another of the cat breeds with an easy-going personality...and not too
active although they are a bit more active than Persians...more detail on Exotic Shorthair Cat.
One of the most unusual histories of cat breeds is the Scottish Fold breed. In 1961, William Ross spotted the first folded ear cat at a farm in Scotland's Tayside Region. Ross asked the owners if he could have a kitten. So, it was Susie, a white barn cat with folded ears that was the foundation cat for the Scottish Fold breed. The folded ears gave a look that's been compared to a "pixie" or a "teddy bear"...details for Scottish Fold Cat.