Looking to adopt a new cat, but confused what breed of cats to go for? Well, here are some of the friendliest and most adorable cat breeds out there. In this list, you will find the top 10 most popular cat breeds in the world.
#10 – Devon Rex
Cats belonging to the Devon Rex breed usually have slender bodies with short and wavy fur over their body. Their ears are quite large, and their fur is very soft, which makes these cats very comfortable to hold. Devon Rex cats are incredibly playful and friendly. It’s sweet, warm, and can be easily trained as well. It’s often described as a ‘monkey in a cat suit’. Their height is around 10-12 inches, and they can weigh up to 9 pounds. Their life expectancy is somewhere around 9 to 15 years.
#9 – Himalayan
Himalayans are considered a sub-breed rather than a spate breed by many, as people believe it has been bred through the crossing of Siamese and Persian cats. They love to seek the attention and love of their owners and are very cuddly. Their height is around 10-12 inches, and they can weigh up to 9 pounds. Himalayan cats can live up to 15 years.
#8 – Sphynx
Sphynx cats look nothing like regular cats, which is why in the popular TV Show F.R.I.E.N.D.S when Rachel brought in a Sphynx cat, Joey and Ross refused to call it a cat. However, Sphynx cats do not deserve that hate because, in reality, they are some of the most playful and friendliest cats out there. They are very active, social and have dog-like personality traits. Even though they have a regal appearance, they are incredibly playful and friendly, so expect them to run around your house rather than resting on your sofa. Their height is around 8-10 inches, and they can weigh approximately 6 to 12 pounds. Sphynx cats have a life expectancy of about 9 – 15 years.
#7 – Bengal
These cats look like they are straight out of the jungle, but Bengal cats are amazing domestic pets. The markings on their body give them a leopard-like appearance. Bengal cats are amiable and talkative. They require a lot of room to play around as they are also incredibly active. Bengal cats come in different colors and patterns. Bengal cats were initially bred from wild and domestic cats. With beautiful patterns around their bodies and sparkling eyes, Bengal cats are very photogenic and beautiful. Their height is around 13-16 inches, and they can weigh up to 15 pounds. Bengal cats have a life expectancy of approximately 10 to 16 years.
#6 – Ragdoll
With their silky soft skin and sparkling blue eyes, Ragdoll cats look beautiful, and this is why this is one of the most popular cat breeds. However, apart from being beautiful, these cats are also very playful. A Ragdoll would climb up to you and snuggle in your arms. Ragdolls demand love and considering how cuddly and soft they are, you can’t say no. Their height is around 11-13 inches, and they can weigh up to 20 pounds. Ragdoll cats can live up to 15 years.
#5 – Maine Coon
Coming from the state of Maine, Maine Coon is Maine’s official cat, and it has a very distinctive appearance. It’s known for its thick fur coat and large stature. This cat might look intimidating due to its size, but in reality, a Maine Coon Cat is a lovely pet to have. They are gentle giants who are also known to be great hunters. Many Maine Coons also have extra toes, which makes their feet more extensive than it already is. They have been great hunters in snow for many years, and due to their thick fur coats, they can efficiently service freezing weather. Maine Coons can measure up to 16 inches in height and normally weigh somewhere around 9 to 17 pounds. They come in over 75 color combinations and have a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years.
#4 – Abyssinian
These cats originate from Ethiopia, which was formerly known as Abyssinia. Therefore, the cat was named after Ethiopia’s old name. These cats are active, bright, and very alert. They are also great learners and supervise everything about them and also what’s going on around them. They interact nicely with other animals, cats, and also children. This is one of the oldest cat breeds and carries a very graceful and distinctive look. Abyssinian cats can measure up to 10 inches in height and weigh around 8 to 12 pounds. Abyssinians typically live for approximately 9 to 15 years.
#3 – Birman
Birmans look like a cross between a Siamese and a Ragdoll. They have beautiful blue eyes with a silky fur coat surrounding their body. The only thing that separates them from Persian and Himalayan cats is that they don’t have an undercoat. Even though Birmans get mistaken for Ragdolls, the personality traits and body markings of Birmans are slightly different. Birmans can measure up to 10 inches in height and weigh around 10 to 12 pounds. Birmans have a life expectancy of around 13 to 15 years.
#2 – Persian
These are some of the most common cat breeds, and with their long, beautiful fur coats, Persian cats look cute. They come in many colors and patterns and compared to other cat breeds, Persian cats have flat faces. Persian cats have also been seen in many movies, commercials, shows, and artworks, which shows that these cats belong to the most desirable cat breed. These cats do require a lot of grooming to avoid mating. Secondly, they are prone to many diseases like renal and cardiac problems. Persian cats can measure up to 18 inches in height and weigh around 7 to 12 pounds. Persian cats have a life expectancy of about 10 to 17 years.
#1 – Siamese
This is one of the most sought-after and popular cat breeds. Siamese cats originate from Thailand and have been around since the 19th century, making them one of the oldest domestic cat breeds. Siamese is also a foundational breed for Sphynx and Himalayan cats. Siamese cats distinctive ‘points’ around the face, ears, feet, and tail regions. There are two other varieties of Siamese cats as well, one has an apple-shaped head, and the other one is rather chubbier. We can spot these cats everywhere in Thailand, and it’s the cat that most Thai people own. Siamese cats can measure up to 14 inches in height and weigh around 6 to 14 pounds. Siamese has a life expectancy of approximately 8 to 12 years.
There you have it; these are the pure cat breeds that you won’t regret adopting. Make sure that you only adopt domesticated cats rather than adopting wild ones.