The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Breeds for 2019

February 9, 2020
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The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA)—the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats—has recently announced the most popular cat breeds for 2019, according to the number of cats that were registered throughout the year.

CFA, the world’s gold standard of feline registries has been preserving, protecting and celebrating cats since 1906.

CFA officially recognizes 45 pedigree breeds and companion / household “non-pedigree” cats.

The most popular breed in 2019 is the Ragdoll, an affectionate plush breed with big, beautiful, blue eyes. Developed in the 1960’s, the Ragdoll maintains their dominant position in CFA largely based on their popularity in China, with a 25% increase in registrations over the previous year.
GC, BWR, NW DOLL VILLA DORA THE EXPLORER
GC, BWR, NW Doll Villa Dora The Explorer
Best Ragdoll 2019

 

GC, BWC, NW SHOU SHOU LOUIS OF 1/2 MINT
GC, BWC, NW Shou Shou Louis of 1/2 Mint
Best Exotic 2019
Landing in second place again this year is the Exotic. This breed was developed in the 1960’s to resemble the Persian, meeting the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat has a thick, dense, plush, short coat and gives them a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. An ideal breed that produces a quiet, sweet, peaceful and loyal companion..

Rounding out the top three is the British Shorthair which CFA officially recognized in 1980.

One of the oldest English breeds, the British Shorthair can trace its ancestry back to the domestic cats of Rome. This breed was first prized for its physical strength and hunting ability.

GC, BWC, NW ELVIS FLOWER OF E-HOUSE
GC, BWC, NW Elvis Flower of E-House
Best British Shorthair 2019
GC, BWR, NW I-CATCHERS ICLOUD
GC, BWR, NW I-Catchers ICloud
Best Persian 2019

While Persians are the most popular breed within the United States, they come in fourth place worldwide again this year.

Persians are one of CFA’s first breeds, recognized in 1906, and are known for their luxurious, long coats and big, expressive eyes. The breed was named for their “country of origin”, but hieroglyphic reference as early as 1684 B.C. shroud their exact beginnings.

The fifth most popular breed, the Maine Coon Cat, is CFA’s “gentle giant,” weighing from 10 to 20 pounds (or more).  It is known for its sturdy, rugged appearance which includes a shaggy coat and a long, well-furnished tail.

The Maine Coon Cat evolved through nature’s own breeding program developing characteristics by following a “survival of the fittest” evolution

GC, BWR, NW SUNCOON FAST EDDIE OF FUJICATS
GC, BWR, NW Suncoon Fast Eddie of Fujicats
Best Maine Coon Cat 2019
GC, BWR, NW READY OR NOT SWEET EMOTION
GC, BWR, NW Ready Or Not Sweet Emotion
Best Devon Rex 2019

With an increase of over 50% in registration from 2018, the delightfully silly, curly-coated, Devon Rex comes in sixth place.

Man had no hand in developing this natural mutation discovered in Devonshire, England in the 1950’s – but man did step in and make it possible for the breed to survive and flourish. This fun-loving breed was recognized by CFA in 1983.

Another of CFA’s “original six” breeds, the American Shorthair, comes in seventh place. The breed originated from cats following settlers from Europe to North America. Records indicate that even the Mayflower carried several cats to hunt the ship’s rats.

Breeders selectively bred these cats by acquiring the finest examples to preserve the all-around working cat’s structure and to refine the beautiful face, the easygoing disposition, and the striking colors present in today’s breed.

GC, BWC, NW GETRICHCAT'S CROWN OF PRETTY MOE
GC, BWR, NW Getrichcat’s Crown of Pretty Moe
Best American Shorthair 2019
GC, BWC, NW OSIRIS SURRENDER OF ABYCUBE
GC, BWC, NW Osiris Surrender of Abycube

The Abyssinian, one of the world’s oldest known domestic cat breeds, resembling paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats, comes in as the eighth most popular breed.

Recent studies by geneticists show that the most convincing origin of the breed is from the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. Abyssinians were imported to North America from England in the early 1900’s and were also one of CFA’s “original six” in 1906.

As the ninth most popular breed this year, Sphynx are still considered to be exceedingly rare and unusual. The foundation of this breed, found worldwide, are naturally hairless cats produced by Mother Nature.

Breeders in North America and Europe have bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and back to hairless cats for over thirty years. The purpose of this is to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor.

GC, BWC, NW BOLER-MIAO PIKACHU
GC, BWC, NW Boler-Miao Pikachu
Best Sphynx 2019
GC, BWR, NW IMPRIMIS FIONA OF LYNZKATZ
GC, BWR, NW Imprimis Fiona of Lynzkatz
Best Scottish Fold Shorthair 2019

The tenth most popular cat breed is the Scottish Fold, whose lineage can be traced back to one common ancestor, “Susie,” a folded-ear barn cat found on the McRae farm at Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland, Northwest of Dundee.

The Scottish Fold was recognized by CFA in 1978, but due to the rarity of the fold, and since not every kitten is born with folded ears, it is very hard for the supply to keep up with the demand.

95% of the world’s cat population is rescue, stray, or household “non-pedigree” cats. In CFA, these family felines join Companion Cat World (CCW), which is quickly becoming one of the most popular class of cats in the fancy. CCW cats receive a membership card, are highlighted in an online gallery, and can attend shows to compete and “Meet & Greet” their fans. Learn more at www.cfa.org/ccw
All Companion (non-pedigree, household pets) Cats registered with CFA receive a Companion Cat World membership card.

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.