Blue-Eyed Cats Are The Most Popular Breed, Official Registry Reveals Top 10 Cat Breeds
For the third consecutive year, the Blue Eyed Ragdoll is the most popular cat breed based on registrations, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA). The Ragdoll is also a social media winner, as Jolene the Ragdoll seen below. Jolene is a good example of what the CFA describes as the “piercing blue eyes” of the Ragdoll breed.
The CFA, the world’s largest purebred cat registry, has tracked cat registrations since 1906. Registrations of all breeds have increased, the organization says, especially since the start of the pandemic when pet ownership increased.
There are 45 purebred cat breeds, according to the CFA, which also tracks breedless domestic cats through a separate registry called Companion Cat World, where the inclusive slogan is “all cats are fancy!”
Following the blue-eyed Ragdoll on the 2021 list of purebred cat breeds announced this week is the popular Maine Coon cat, described as “America’s local treasure.”
Here are a pair of Maine Coon newcomers ready to jump to the top spot on the list.
Rounding out the Top 10 Cat Breeds of 2021 are:
- The Ragdoll
- Maine Coon cat
- Devon Rex
- British Shorthair
- american shorthair
- Scottish Fold / Pet Cat (Attached)
Many cats are relatively new to the breed list, with the Scottish Fold added in 1978 and the Devon Rex since 1983. But some, like the Abyssinian, which resembles cats found on ancient graves, are foundational breeds, qualified since the CFA began 117 years ago.