The Ragdoll, noted for its intense blue eyes and mellow disposition, was themost popular cat breed in 2020, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association(CFA), a world registry of pedigreed cats. The Ragdoll, which also topped thelist in 2019, is also known for its soft, plush coat.

To determine the top 10 list, CFA tallied its worldwide registrationstatistics for 2020. The association accepts 46 pedigreed breeds forregistration, and registers companion cats and rescued non-pedigree cats underits Companion Cat World program.

In the No. 2 spot is another repeat, the Exotic. Developed to create aneasier-care alternative for lovers of the Persian type, the Exotic has ashorter coat that is plush, dense and full of life, according to officials.

Rounding out the top three is the Maine Coon Cat. Averaging anywhere from 10to more than 20 pounds, these “gentle giants” are known for their shaggy coatsand dramatic tufted ears, officials said.

In fourth place is the Persian, one of the most popular breeds around theworld, according to officials. The luxuriously long coat, large, expressiveeyes and easygoing temperament endear it to cat lovers everywhere, officialssaid.

No. 5 is the British Shorthair, prized for its physical strength and huntingability. Most popular in the color blue, the “Brits” also come in many othercolors and have incredibly dense coats, officials said.

Often described as the little elf of the cat fancy, the Devon Rex finished insixth place. Loved for soft, wavy coats, intensely expressive eyes and hugebatwing ears, they are friendly, outgoing and cuddly, officials said.

No. 7 is the Abyssinian, known for its resemblance to the hunting cats shownin ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. These active, agile cats were firstbrought to North America in the early 1900s, according to officials.

The eighth most popular breed is the American Shorthair. Selectively bred fromcats that traveled with the original settlers, these cats have powerful buildsand strong jaws yet a sweet and playful personality, officials noted.

No. 9 is the Scottish Fold, whose folded ears and big round eyes give it aunique, owl-like expression. Folds are much sought after, but since not allkittens will have folded ears, it is hard for the supply to meet currentdemand, officials said.

In 10th place is the hairless Sphynx, bred from a natural mutation. Breedershave outcrossed to normal-coated cats and back to hairless cats to produce agenetically sound cat with hybrid vigor, officials said. These “nude kitties”have outgoing, attention-loving temperaments, officials added.

Eleventh place must also be noted, officials said. It’s the registeredcompanion cat, which actually makes up 95 percent of the mainstream catpopulation in the United States. Companion cats compete in their own class atCFA shows and will have their very own virtual competition later in February.Details can be found here.

Source: USA Pet Product News

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