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The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Cats for 2013

February 3, 2014

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Persian and Exotic Rank #1 and #2 For the Third Straight Year...  and the Persian holds the Top Spot For Over 30 Years!

Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic second only to the Persian as the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) registration statistics.

Fans of the Persian understand why the Persian has been number one for so long. Their long flowing coat, coupled with a sweet, gentle, personality allows Persians to blend into most households once they are secure in their new environment.

Pictured: CFA's Best Persian for 2013, GC, BW, NW AOL Mambo, a black male, bred by Aleksejs Dergachovs, owned by O. Grin and A. Dergachovs.

Pictured: CFA's Best Exotic for 2013, GC, BW, NW Parti Wai Ex Jackpot, a cream spotted tabby & white male, bred and owned by Penni Richter.

The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat. The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look.

The British Shorthair and Devon Rex have once again broken into the list of the top ten most popular breeds, replacing the Cornish Rex and Birman, who have been in the top ten a number of times over the past ten years.

This year, the British Shorthair is the top shorthair breed for the first time. The Brits are renowned for their calm demeanor, easy going nature and intelligence. The elf-like Devon Rex, with its pixie like face, big inquisitive eyes, large ears and short slightly upturned nose, makes a most likable pet.

1 Persian
2 Exotic
3 Maine Coon Cat
4 Ragdoll
5 British Shorthair
6 Abyssinian
7 American Shorthair
8 Sphynx
9 Siamese
10 Devon Rex
11 Norwegian Forest Cat
12 Oriental
13 Scottish Fold
14 Cornish Rex
15 Birman
16 Burmese
17 Tonkinese
18 Siberian
19 Russian Blue
20 Egyptian Mau
21 Ocicat
22 Japanese Bobtail
23 Turkish Angora
24 Manx
25 Singapura
26 Colorpoint Shorthair
27 American Curl
28 Selkirk Rex
29 Somali
30 Household Pet
31 Chartreux
32 European Burmese
33 Havana Brown
34 Balinese/Javanese
35 Bombay
36 Ragamuffin
37 Burmilla
38 American Bobtail
39 Korat
40 LaPerm
41 Turkish Van
42 American Wirehair
43 Chinese Li Hua

Pictured: CFA's Best Maine Coon for 2013, GC, BW, NW Dewisplear Angel Time, a brown tabby & white male, bred and owned by Joel & Camelle Chaney.

Pictured: CFA's Best Ragdoll for 2013, GC, BW, RW Supurrrags Sonic, a blue lynx point & white male, bred and owned by Bill & Sue Shorey.

Pictured: CFA's Best British Shorthair for 2013, GC, BW, NW Truebrit St Louis Blue of Oz Creek, a blue male, owned by Leah & Ray Sturn, Colin & Jo Cornwall, and Doug & Kathie Von Aswege.