The most popular breed of cats. Top 20( with photos)

19 place. Burmese cat( burmese) .The short-haired breed comes from Southeast Asia. In Burma( modern name - Myanmar), these cats were kept in Buddhist temples and were considered reincarnation of deceased monks.

see also Buddhist cats

18th place. Siberian cat is a well-known Russian breed of semi-long-haired cats named after their place of origin - Siberia.

17 place. The Tonkin cat is a hybrid of the Siamese and Burmese cats of the American type.

16 place. Russian blue .The breed derives its origin from the cats of the ancient Slavs. Outside Russia, this breed became known in 1893, when the English factory owner Karen Cox took two blue kittens from Arkhangelsk. The main distinguishing feature of the breed is a short wool of blue color with a beautiful silvery tint. Russian blue is one of the most expensive breeds of cats.

15 place. Burmese cat( sacred burmese) is a breed of half-long-haired cats, which originated from Burma( Myanmar).It should not be confused with the Burmese cat, which is a separate breed of short-haired cats. Burmese cat is recognizable due to its unusual color, which by name of the breed was called Burmese color. For cats with this color, the presence of white "gloves" is characteristic for the point color of long wool.

14 place. Norwegian Forest Cat - a breed of domestic semi-long-haired cats originally from Norway. The ancestors of the breed were ship cats on the Viking dragoncrackers.

13 place. Cornish Rex .The short-haired breed of domestic cats is from the UK.The main distinguishing feature of the Cornish Rex is their wool. It has no hairs, and the undercoat curls into a dense wave, resembling the structure of the caracul.

12 place. Siamese cat is a breed from Thailand( its old name is Siam).

11 place. Devon Rex is a breed of short-haired domestic cats that originated in the UK.Representatives of this breed have a very unusual appearance: the fragile body is covered with soft curly hair, and the head is decorated with huge ears.

10 place. Oriental cat( oriental) .The ancestors of this short-haired breed from Thailand, but officially it originated in the United States.

9 place. The Canadian Sphynx is a breed of hairless cats, whose history officially began in 1966 in Canada, but there are reports that these unusual creatures were known even in the time of the Egyptian pharaohs and were common in the temples of the Aztecs and Incas in ancient Mexico.

8th place. Abyssinian cat - one of the oldest breeds of cats. Abyssinia - the former name of Ethiopia, where this breed comes from.

7 place. Scottish Fold( or Scottish Fold) is a very interesting breed of cats, the main distinguishing feature of which is represented in the characteristic structure of the auricles, bent forward and down. Such an unusual detail of their appearance is a consequence of gene mutation. The first representative of this breed was discovered in 1961 in Scotland.

6 place. American Shorthair .The ancestors of this breed were brought by the first settlers from Europe to North America.

5 place. British shorthair cat. This breed is the most popular in the UK.

4 place. Ragdoll - a breed of half-long-haired cats. The name of the breed is translated as "rag doll", becauseragdolls phlegmatically take any action in relation to them: they can be ironed, squeezed, laid in certain poses.

3 place. Maine Coon is a large breed of domestic cats, whose ancestors lived on the farms of Maine( North-East America).Because of the original black with stripes of color and a big fluffy tail, they looked like raccoons - hence the second part of the name "coon", that is, "raccoon".

see also The largest breed of domestic cats

2 place. Persian cat .The ancestors of the modern breed were exported from Persia( modern name - Iran) to Italy in the 17th century. In 2012 and 2013, the Persian cat was the most popular breed in the world, but in the last two years is satisfied with only the second place.

1 place. Exotic cat( cat exot) - a breed of short-haired cats artificially created by American breeders in the 1960s by crossing American short-haired cats with Persian cats. In 2014 and 2015, exotics managed to bypass the popularity of even their long-haired ancestors - Persian cats.

see also The rarest breed of cat

Cat Fanciers' Association( CFA abbreviation) annually publishes ratings of the most popular breeds of cats in the world. Ratings are based on the number of registered pedigree cats in this international organization. To date, the Association of Cat Lovers has registered more than 2 million cats belonging to 42 breeds( this is the number of breeds recognized by the CFA).
The next rating was published in February 2016 and is based on the registration of cat breeds from January 1 to December 31, 2015.This collection presents the top 20 most popular breeds of cats from the CFA list.

20th place. Ocicat is a breed of cats originally from the USA.