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10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in 2024 (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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The cat is one of the most popular pets across the world. A recent survey shows that more than 25% of households in the United States have at least one. Cats come in various breeds, and each species is unique. You may be surprised how different their temperaments, grooming requirements, and health issues are. If you plan to have a cat in your home or add a new feline ally, the following are the most popular cat breeds this year.

The 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in the World

1. Persian Cat

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Persian cats are well-known among many cat fanciers and have been around for an extended period. They are beautiful, easy-going, affectionate, and calm, making them the best companion pets. They have round heads, chubby cheeks, short snouts, fluffy hair, and sturdy bodies.

Their coats have various stunning colors and patterns. Persians are medium-sized cats and weigh between 7 and 12 pounds. They are ideal for people who want laidback kitties.

2. Ragdoll Cat

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The Ragdoll is the second largest domesticated cat in the world, next to the Maine Coon. They tend to flop like a ragdoll when you cradle them in your arms. They are mostly called “puppy cats” due to their dog-like temperament.

Ragdolls have long coats with different bright colors, and their eyes are deep and captivating, which makes many people love them. They grow bigger and weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.

They are incredibly affectionate, mild-mannered, and loving. The cats always like human companionship and follow their owners around the house. Ragdolls get along well with other pets and children, and they like snuggling on the sofa or bed with you or your loved ones. Teaching them tricks such as begging, rolling over, or playing fetch is easy.

3. Exotic Shorthair Cat

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Exotic Shorthair cats have all the characteristics of Persian cats but have different coats. Exotics have small, thick, and dense coats, making them a perfect choice for people who don’t have time for daily grooming but love the Persian personality.

Their coats are elegant and vary in shades and patterns. They have a round head, round eyes, and round bodies. Exotic Shorthairs are known to be playful, loyal, and affectionate compared to other feline breeds. They will follow you anywhere you go in your home.

4. Abyssinian Cats

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The Abyssinian is one of the most intelligent and oldest cat breeds in the world. They are clever and curious and can get into trouble while exploring their surroundings. They have naturally beautiful coats, long, slender legs, wedge-shaped heads, and half-cupped ears.

Abyssinians are easy to care for and mingle well with other animals, cats, and children. They are affectionate, loyal, and love being around people. Abyssinian cats are very playful and will impress you with their acrobatics since they love jumping and climbing. They also like to play with toys and have soft voices.

5. Maine Coon Cat

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Maine Coons are the largest domestic cats and are commonly referred to as “gentle giants.” They stand out from other breeds because they grow up to 40 inches. Many people are surprised by their size since they can weigh even more than 30 pounds. They have sturdy bodies full of muscles.

They have a rugged appearance and shaggy coats, and they are the most affectionate and friendliest of all cat breeds. If you want a playful and loving cat, the Maine Coon is a perfect choice. They are also independent and devoted to their owners and love to stay where you are or where they see you.

6. Sphynx Cat

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The Sphynx is one of the newest and rarest cat breeds. Recently, their demand has risen in the United States and has continued to grow. These cats have a unique look that pleases many fanciers. They have thin layers of downy fuzz that cover their bodies, though they appear as if they are hairless. In addition, they have big eyes and ears.

They are social, love attention, and like to be at your side at all times. They are also playful and energetic. The Sphynx are not outdoor cats, but that doesn’t mean they cannot go outside. Since they have exposed skin, you must protect them from the sun and harsh elements.

7. Devon Rex Cat

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These cats look like aliens, elves, or bats. They have more characteristics of a dog than of a cat. They have a unique, winsome appearance that you will always love to watch. Their intelligence is above average, and they can easily learn advanced tricks and commands.

They love interacting with people, kids, and other pets. Devon Rexes are playful and love playing with toys for mental stimulation. They crave attention and don’t like being left alone for long.

8. American Shorthair Cat

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The American Shorthair is one of the devoted cat breeds to their owners. They are popularly known for their protection against rats and other pests. They have a gentle nature with kids, making them ideal for working families with children. They are also suitable for households with other pets since they get along well with other animals.

American Shorthairs are medium-sized cats with muscular bodies. They have square-shaped jaws and thick legs. If you are looking for an affectionate, loyal, and endearing cat, the American Shorthair is an ideal choice.

9. Scottish Fold Cats

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Scottish Fold cats are easy-going, loving, and friendly to people and other pets. They are also calm and quiet creatures. They have round and folded eyes, making them look owl-like.

They are playful, outgoing, and likely to be attached to one family member. The cats produce soft voices and “speak” in various meows and purrs, which is unique compared to other breeds.

10. British Shorthair Cat

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British Shorthairs are the most peaceful feline breeds in the world. They are medium-sized cats with a thick and chunky appearance. They have round eyes, thick muscles, heavy bones, and dense fur. British Shorthairs are incredibly loyal and devoted to their owners.

However, they are exceedingly patient and have no problem being left alone since they keep themselves busy playing. They spend most of their time lounging for relaxation and enjoyment. Though a popular and excellent breed, they are costly, making them unobtainable to many.


There are so many cat breeds, but the cats we discussed are the most popular cat breeds this year. Whether you’re a first-time owner or feline enthusiast, you’re sure to find a friendly cat you can give a forever home. If you want to bring a feline friend home, go through the list and determine which remarkable cat is the most appropriate breed for you.

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