The 3 Most Popular Cat Breeds in the World


Which breeds are most highly coveted by cat owners? Furry felines—and even a bald breed—from across the world top this distinguished list.

1. Ragdoll

With its long silky coat and bright blue eyes, it’s no wonder the ragdoll tops the list as the most popular cat breed for the third year in a row. Living up to its namesake, the ragdoll is known to go limp in your arms and will soak up all the love and cuddles you have to offer. These cooperative kitties are kind and do well with children, making them the perfect cat companion for your entire clan.

2. Exotic

Though they bear a strikingly similar resemblance to their parent breed, the Persian, the exotic is evidently more popular, likely due to its low-maintenance mane. Minimal upkeep is required to keep these felines looking—and feeling—fancy. When it comes to grooming, one brush through weekly should do the trick, Keiger says.

3. Maine Coon Cat

“Our largest breed, the Maine coon cat deservedly earned the nickname of ‘the gentle giant,'” Keiger says. “Someone who has never seen one is often surprised at just how large they are; a male can be 20 pounds and all muscle.”

In other words, these large cats have even more to love! Better yet, they have a lot of their own love to give and are highly regarded as one of the friendliest cat breeds you can find.


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