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26 Most Popular Cat Breeds and Their Character

BengalLet's meet the 26 most popular cat breeds. For each breed there is a profile with lots of infos about their character, nature, origin, color, fur length, whether they shed a lot and much more.

Cat breeds like Maine Coon, Ragdoll and British Shorthair are especially popular with beginners because they are gentle and sociable. Moreover, they do not make great demands on people and homes. Cat breeds such as Bengal or Savannah, on the other hand, want more experienced "can openers". They need a lot of activity, enough space around them and quite a lot attention.

Basically the following applies: All the breeds presented here are suitable for families with children. Of course, one should not forget that every animal has its own personality, personal preferences and dislikes. This applies regardless of the breed.

All cat breeds:

Indoor or Outdoor Cat

Some cats have a particularly strong urge for "freedom" and should not be considered an indoor cat. Cats like British Shorthair, Ragdoll, Russian Blue and Birman, Persian, Turkish Angora and Maine Coone tend to feel comfortable indoors. Nevertheless, no cat would be happy with living indoors exclusively.

How Many Cat Breeds are There?

It's amazing: there are well over 200 dog breeds, but only about 40 cat breeds. Dogs were bred as early as the 13th century, cats only since the first half of the 20th century.

Cat Breeds Don't Have as Different Looks as Dog Breeds

Dogs were bred for particular tasks: For hunting in a badger's burrow (Dachshund, small and long), for helping catching fish (Retriever, webbed feet) or for hunting (Greyhound, slender and long legs). However, as cats steadfastly refuse to take on meaningful tasks (just fun!), only coat colors and coat lengths were bred.

Did You Know?

The oldest cat breed is the angora cat.

If you still do not have the perfect name for your cat, take a look at our pet name section. There is a extra category for cat names!