A Cat Breed List from Sources Including CFA, TICA, and GCCF

This cat breed list page, as you might imagine, has lists and resources on breeds of kitties. Popular felines by breed registration, number of breeders, or people's choice are listed here.

The majority of house cats are what are sometimes called "randomly bred" or "random bred" cats. In other words, they're a mix, primarily of unknown origin.

You can guess at what the breed origin might be of a certain cat. But, of course, without the papers to show pedigree, it's impossible to know, and the cat can't be registered.

If you're curious about your cat's ancestry, though, there is now limited DNA testing available for cats.

Different registries within the Cat Fancy will define breed standards differently, including allowed coat patterns and colors.

Identifying a cat breed by name may be confusing when trying to compare two cats in different registries, as the same name may be assigned to cat breeds that have different physical features and standards.

Also, you may find different breed names in multiple registries that describe what is essentially the same cat, or at least substantially similar felines.

I've put together lists of the most popular breeds from several sources, as well as the cat breed list from TICA on this page.

White Maine Coon cat outdoors

Original photo by Colleen Ryan

Lists Of The Most Popular Cat Breeds

There are a number of different ways to determine breed popularity. The various registries of the Cat Fancy, such as the GCCF, TICA, and the CFA do it by tracking new kitten registrations by year.

Some other methods might be less scientific. Other ways might be by reader polls, largest number of breeders for a breed, or by tallying up the number of pictures or profiles submitted to an online site like Catster, for example.

Below are some lists of breeds based on popularity, from various sources.


According to the popular cat website, Catster.com, the most popular cat breed is the American Shorthair.

  1. American Shorthair
  2. Domestic Longhair
  3. Domestic Medium Hair
  4. Siamese
  5. Maine Coon
  6. Persian
  7. Russian Blue
  8. Himalayan
  9. Ragdoll
  10. Bengal
  11. British Shorthair
  12. Manx
  13. Norwegian Forest Cat
  14. European Shorthair
  15. Abyssinian
  16. Burmese
  17. Bombay
  18. Turkish Angora
  19. Snowshoe
  20. Birman

Cats 101

Animal Planet's Cats 101 Popular Breed Videos

Cats 101 has a popular cat breed list, including videos. They don't state that they're ranked as to popularity order in this list, but these videos are entertaining. Here is their list:

  • Sphynx
  • Siamese
  • Savannah
  • Oriental
  • Ragdoll
  • Himalayan
  • Turkish Angora
  • Maine Coon
  • American Shorthair
  • Scottish Fold


Below is the Cat Fanciers' Association's published most popular cat breed list for 2008. This is based on registrations with that organization, with the top 10 as follows:

  1. Persian
  2. Exotic
  3. Maine Coon
  4. Siamese
  5. Abyssinian
  6. Ragdoll
  7. Sphynx
  8. American Shorthair
  9. Birman
  10. Oriental Shorthair

The 2010 CFA registrations saw some changes:

  1. Persian
  2. Maine Coon
  3. Exotic
  4. Ragdoll
  5. Sphynx
  6. Siamese
  7. Abyssinian
  8. American Shorthair
  9. Cornish Rex
  10. Birman

This shows a change in the landscape a bit since the 2003 entries. In 2003, the CFA top 10 list looked like this:

  1. Persian
  2. Maine Coon
  3. Exotic
  4. Siamese
  5. Abyssinian
  6. Ragdoll
  7. Birman
  8. Oriental
  9. American Shorthair
  10. Tonkinese


The most popular cat breeds in the UK per the GCCF, for 2006 through 2008:

Breed Grouping 2008 2007 2006
British Shorthair 6,463 6,618 6,353
Siamese 3,404 3,780 3,768
Bengal 2,598 2,915 2,883
Burmese 2,371 2,356 2,352
Persian 2,332 2,715 2,693
Ragdoll 2,289 2,067 2,126
Maine Coon 2,095 2,027 2,122
Birman 1,673 1,619 1,740
Norwegian Forest 1,375 1,206 1,199
Oriental Shorthair 1,110 1,085 1,002
Exotic Shorthair 837 914 885
Asian, inc Tiffanie 509 558 564
Tonkinese 426 446 371
Devon Rex 401 443 464
Abyssinian 324 325 315
Russian Blue 300 317 293
Selkirk Rex 278 245 222
Sphynx 255 172 90
Egyptian Mau 230 171 142
Balinese 183 247 164
Siberian 176 179 165
Somali 142 194 165
Cornish Rex 136 120 143
Korat 128 113 145
Ocicat 121 125 116
Snowshoe 92 97 114
LaPerm 81 115 120
Oriental LH, incl Angora 63 65 41
Singapura 63 54 82
Turkish Van 53 82 90
Manx 10 20 39
Sphynx (Unacceptable background) 85 50 123
* NRB SH 28 38
* NRB LH 15 4
Total Cats Registered 30,604 31,483 31,133
Year 2008 2007 2006

* NRB = no recognised breed


Another way to look at breed popularity is to look at a list of how many breeders there are for a given breed.

Below are the number of breeders for each breed listed at breedlist.com (at the time of compilation).

Breed Name Number of Catteries
Maine Coon 204
Persian 145
Siamese (Traditional and Modern) 139
Ragdoll 101
Abyssinian 99
Sphynx 95
Himalayan (Colorpoint LH) 73
Exotic 68
Oriental Shorthair 67
British Shorthair 52
Norwegian Forest Cat 51
Burmese 50
Bengal 44
Tonkinese 42
Cornish Rex 39
Siberian 39
Scottish Fold 36
American Shorthair 35
Devon Rex 29
Russian Blue 29
Balinese 28
Birman 28
Egyptian Mau 28
Colorpoint SH 27
Somali 27
Bombay 19
Chartreux 18
European Burmese 17
Manx (Cymric) 16
Ocicat 15
Savannah 15
Javanese 12
Oriental Longhair 11
Turkish Van 11
Japanese Bobtail 10
Peterbald 10
Singapura 10
Pixie-Bob 9
Selkirk Rex 9
Thai 9
Havana Brown 7
Munchkin 7
Snowshoe 7
Turkish Angora 7
American Bobtail 5
American Curl 5
American Wirehair 3
LaPerm 3
Napoleon Cat 3
Nebelung 3
Ragamuffin 3
Toyger 3
Asian (Including Burmilla and Tiffanie) 2
Australian Mist (Including Spotted Mist) 2
Korat 2
Scottish Shorthair 2
Seychellois 2
Anatolian 1
Chantilly/Tiffany 1
Chausie 1

More on the subject of the most popular cat breed.

TICA Cat Breed List

Like the CFA, TICA has registrations of old favorites like the Maine Coon, Siamese, and Persian. Unlike the CFA, however, they allow registration of hybrids, such as the Bengal and Savannah.

TICA also has an Advanced New Breed class with newer breeds such as the Kurilian Bobtail and Thai.

TICA also encourages the showing of non-pedigreed house cats in competition. So, even former shelter cats can stand up and be counted, and win regional and international awards.

Championship Breeds

  • Abyssinian
  • American Bobtail
  • American Bobtail SH
  • American Curl
  • American Curl LH
  • American Shorthair
  • American Wirehair
  • Balinese
  • Bengal
  • Birman
  • Bombay
  • British Longhair
  • British Shorthair
  • Burmese
  • Chartreux
  • Cornish Rex
  • Cymric
  • Devon Rex
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Havana
  • Himalayan
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Japanese Bobtail LH
  • Korat
  • LaPerm
  • LaPerm Shorthair
  • Maine Coon
  • Manx
  • Munchkin
  • Munchkin Longhair
  • Nebelung
  • Norwegian Forest
  • Ocicat
  • Oriental Longhair
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Persian
  • Peterbald
  • Pixiebob
  • Pixiebob Longhair
  • Ragdoll
  • Russian Blue
  • Scottish Fold
  • Scottish Fold LH
  • Selkirk Rex
  • Selkirk Rex Longhair
  • Siamese
  • Siberian
  • Singapura
  • Snowshoe
  • Somali
  • Sphynx
  • Tonkinese
  • Toyger
  • Turkish Angora
  • Turkish Van

Non Championship Breeds

  • Household Pet
  • Household Pet Kitten

Advanced New Breeds

  • Chausie
  • Savannah
  • Thai

Preliminary New Breeds

  • Donskoy
  • Highlander
  • Highlander Shorthair
  • Kurilian Bobtail
  • Kurilian Bobtail LH
  • Minskin
  • Ojos Azules
  • Ojos Azules Longhair
  • Serengeti
  • Sokoke

Sarah Hartwell has put together an enormous cat breed list at Messy Beast. Her breed list, compiled over many years, includes some fictional cats of urban legend and myth that never really existed, such as the Refrigerator Cat.

This page has the list of CFA Cat Breeds. The CFA breed profiles are listed here at the CFA website.

TICA is a world wide cat breed registry. As of this writing, TICA recognizes more than 50 cat breeds eligible for championship competition.

Unusual And Unique Cats

There are certainly some unique species of wild feline in the world. For example, did you know that there is a cat that has webbed feet?

Actually, there are several. Both the Fishing Cat and the Flat-Headed Cat have webbing on their paws, to name two.

As you might imagine, these smallish wild cats live near water and have excellent fish catching skills. The webbing on their paws helps them get traction on muddy surfaces and helps them move through the water.

While I've heard of some Bengal cats having webbed feet as well, I haven't confirmed this. Still, even if there are no webbed-footed varieties, the domestic feline still has some unique and unusual purebred breeds.

Below are some unique, rare, or rather different cat breeds for various reasons.

  • Munchkin (small size)
  • Sphynx (hairlessness)
  • Manx and Cymric (tail-lessness)
  • American Bobtail, Pixie-bob, and Japanese Bobtail (all have, guess what? Very short tails!)
  • Scottish Fold (bent or "folded" ears)
  • American Curl (curled back ears)
  • LaPerm and American Wirehair (wavy or curly hair)

Maru is a Scottish Fold according to his blog, but he doesn't have the folded ears (this would disqualify him as a show cat, but he's got his own show going!). Watch Maru's video as he seems to like to perform for the camera.

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