The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Breeds for 2017

March 26, 2018

The Exotic Breed Takes Top Spot for Fourth Year

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) – the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats – has recently announced their most popular cat breeds for 2017, based on registration totals for the period January 1 – December 31, 2017. CFA, a not-for-profit registry, is the most well-known and influential cat registry in the world.

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

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.

GC, BWC, NW LOVE'BABY'S YUANYUAN
Pictured: CFA’s Best Exotic for 2017, GC, BWC, NW Love’Baby’s Yuanyuan, a brown tabby male, bred and owned by Zhenyi Qin.

Coming in as the second most favorite cat in registration is the Ragdoll, which is a particular favorite at the shows in China. A relatively new breed for CFA, the Ragdoll is a large, semi-longhaired cat with a reputation for being laid back and relaxed.

Rounding out the top three most popular breeds in CFA – according to overall registrations – is the British Shorthair.

Here’s the complete order of rankings, based on CFA’s registration totals during 2017:

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

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.™

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., a not-for-profit association of member clubs and the world’s most influential registry of pedigreed cats has been preserving, celebrating and protecting cats since 1906. 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 http://www.cfa.org.