Cats are increasingly popular in homes around the world. Like fashion, some breeds even return to popularity. While we always recommend choosing a cat to suit your lifestyle, if you're looking to add a feline friend to your family, here are some of the most popular cat breeds.
The European Shorthair
The European cat is considered the ancestor of all cats. With a quiet and gentle demeanour, this breed also remains active and playful. They are very suited to domestic life with the right amount of entertainment and stimulation, although they will enjoy being outdoors as well.
The Maine Coon
These very long and muscular cats are one of, if not the largest cat breed in the world. Maine Coons are playful, affectionate and get along well with kids - an ideal family pet. Owners of Maine Coons love this breed for their majestic coat and assertive character.
The small, flattened nose and bulky coat distinguish these cats of Iranian origin. Persians have a calm and sweet temperament with a love for naps, making them an ideal companion for a quieter but loving family. Combined with their beauty, it's no surprise these are one of the most popular cat breeds.
The British Shorthair
Hailing from Great Britain, the British Shorthair is widespread throughout the world. With a rounded and soft-looking physique, their cute appearance and gentle character make them irresistible to many - often dubbed the 'teddy bear' of the cat world.
Thought to be the result of a cross between the Siamese and the Persian, the Birman is a blue-eyed, large cat with a sweet and loving demeanour. They are curious and playful, and enjoy following their owner around in an attempt to garner attention. As a result, they are often referred to as a 'dog cat'. Their large size also contributes to this.
Together with the Maine Coon, the Ragdoll is also one of the largest cats breeds. Widespread throughout the world, they have a kind and gentle disposition and make ideal companions for calm households.
Its strong resemblance to the British Shorthair makes the Chartreux a very popular breed. However, a distinct difference lies in the shape of the muzzle, which is more tapered and narrow, characterised by an almost permanent 'smile'. This very old and placid grey breed is known for making a wonderful family pet and gets along well with children.
The Norwegian Forest Cat
This large, majestic Norwegian breed sports a thick coat that gives it an impressive stature. It has a robust and muscular physique, with longer back legs designed for hunting and climbing. While independent and keen to hunt and explore, the Norwegian Forest Cat will also enjoy sharing many moments of affection with their owner.
The Bengal, or 'leopard cat', is a very active and curious cat who enjoys hunting. They are characterised by their wild, leopard-like appearance, making them a popular, aesthetically appealing cat. Despite their part-wild origins, this breed can be very affectionate, especially with children and other animals. They are also known to be intelligent, gentle and sensitive.
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