Did you know that the Cat Fancier’s Association of America (CFA) recognizes 41 cat breeds? Usually, when people talk about breeds, they’re normally talking about dogs. Most people don’t recognize how many different cats breeds there are, and are usually stunned to find out how many there are.
Currently, the CFA officially recognizes 40 cat breeds. Currently, the Ragamuffin cat breed is only recognized with provisional status. This is the last step before this breed becomes officially recognized which will bring the total up to 41.
Currently, the top 10 cat breeds listed in order are Persians, Maine Coons, Exotic, Siamese, Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Birman, American Shorthair, Oriental, and the Sphynx.
The largest domestic cat breed is the Maine Coon cat, which did originate from Maine. Some males of the breed can weigh up to 25 pounds. The smallest cat breed is the Singapura, which is from Singapore. These cats rarely weigh more than 8 pounds.
Not all popular cat breeds are approved by the CFA. Some of these breeds include the Bengal, California Spangled Cat, Himalayan, Cymric, and the Nebelung.
The reason the CFA doesn’t recognize some of these cat breeds is that some of them incorporate wild animals into their breeding, or the breed has not been developed enough, or the breed association has not approached the CFA about officially recognizing them.
While Persians are the number one pedigreed cat breed, the most popular cats are actually domestic shorthaired cats. But the reason that these cats are not recognized, is that they are essential of mixed stock and not purebreds. Domestic shorthaired cats are probably owned by the majority of people out there.