cat breeds 2020, CFA

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

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

In the No. 2 spot is another repeat, the Exotic. Developed to create an easier-care alternative for lovers of the Persian type, the Exotic has a shorter 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 10 to more than 20 pounds, these “gentle giants” are known for their shaggy coats and dramatic tufted ears, officials said.

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

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

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

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

The eighth most popular breed is the American Shorthair. Selectively bred from cats that traveled with the original settlers, these cats have powerful builds and 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 a unique, owl-like expression. Folds are much sought after, but since not all kittens will have folded ears, it is hard for the supply to meet current demand, officials said.

In 10th place is the hairless Sphynx, bred from a natural mutation. Breeders have outcrossed to normal-coated cats and back to hairless cats to produce a genetically 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 registered companion cat, which actually makes up 95 percent of the mainstream cat population in the United States. Companion cats compete in their own class at CFA shows and will have their very own virtual competition later in February. Details can be found here.

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