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The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA) Announces Their Most Popular Cat Breeds of 2018

ALLIANCE, OH (February 11, 2019 ) — The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)—the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats—has recently announced their most popular cat breeds for 2018, according to the number of cats that were registered throughout the year. CFA, a not-for-profit registry, is the most well-known and influential cat registry in the world.

At the top of CFA’s list of the most popular cat breeds for 2018 is the Ragdoll. True to its name, this cat with big, beautiful, blue eyes and a plush coat is known for being affectionate and loves being held like a, you guessed it, “rag doll.” This breed will follow their humans and curl up with them. Ragdolls are easy sweet and well-behaved cats that are perfect for families and owners leading busy lifestyles.

Landing in second place is the Exotic. This breed is bred to resemble the Persian, with one notable exception – a short, low-maintenance coat.  The Exotic’s coat makes them ideal for owners who want the teddy bear look and sweet personality of the Persian, but who don’t have time to meet the grooming needs of a long-haired cat.

Rounding out the top three is the British Shorthair, a sturdy, dense-coated cat with large teddy bear eyes, and a calm, easy going personality — making it ideal for families. British Shorthairs are known for inspiring a natural calmness in their owners. These extremely affectionate kitties will curl up in your lap and push their nose in your face for attention.

Persians are the fourth most popular cat breed. Known for their luxurious, long coats and big, expressive eyes, Persians are one of the oldest pedigreed cat breeds. Persians are talkative and you should expect them to “chat” with you. They’re also playful, joyous, and never demanding—often described as that unexpected ray of sunshine.

The fifth most popular cat breed is the Maine Coon. Weighing anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds, Maine Coons are considered the largest of the domestic cats and are rugged working cats with shaggy, uneven fur. Maine Coons are exceptionally sweet cats (owners can expect a greeting every time they arrive home) and love any kind of attention—making grooming their long shaggy fur a breeze.

CFA officially recognizes 44 pedigreed cat breeds and is considered the world’s gold standard of registries – only accepting those breeds that undergo a rigorous approval process.

In addition to 44 pedigree breeds, CFA records the non-pedigreed, Household Pet which came in 12th place this year. These non-pedigreed cute cats are welcome at all CFA cat shows that take place every weekend across the globe. #rescueismyfavoritebreed is a hashtag that resonates with CFA. The highly respected association is devoted to all feline friends and recognizes how beloved stray, shelter and non-standard cats are to their owners. The intentional breeding of mixed-breed, stray and rescue cats is not advocated in CFA, but the furry family member population itself is welcome to be recorded and is one of the most popular and competitive exhibition classes in the cat fancy.

Here’s the complete order of rankings, based on CFA’s registration totals during 2018;

Ragdoll, Exotic Shorthair, British Shorthair, Persian, Maine Coon, American Shorthair, Devon Rex, Sphynx, Scottish Fold, Abyssinian, Oriental, Household Pets, Siamese, Norwegian Forest Cat, Cornish Rex, Bengal, Russian Blue, Siberian, Burmese, Birman, Tonkinese, Ocicat, Selkirk Rex, Ragamuffin, American Curl, Japanese Bobtail, Manx, Egyptian Mau, Somali, Balinese, Singapura, Colorpoint Shorthair, Lykoi, Chartreux, Turkish Angora, European Burmese, Bombay, Khao Manee, Burmilla, Korat, American Bobtail, Havana Brown, LaPerm, Turkish Van and American Wirehair.

Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit association of member clubs and is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. CFA’s mission is to preserve and promote the pedigreed breeds of cats and to enhance the well-being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. CFA and its affiliate clubs work nationally with local shelters to help humanely reduce homeless and feral cat populations and to encourage voluntary neuter/spay of pet cats. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers’ Association or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit

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