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15 Most Popular Cat Breeds of 2024 (with Pictures)

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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15 Most Popular Cat Breeds of 2024 (with Pictures)

A true cat lover will love a cat, no matter what breed. However, some breeds will always hold a special place in people’s hearts. Every year, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) tallies the most popular breeds based on their registration data, so let’s have a look at the breeds that made the list for 2024!

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How Was the List Compiled?

The CFA created a cat breed registration system to record the numbers of pedigreed cats in the hopes of preserving and promoting these breeds as well as monitoring the overall well-being of these cats. One benefit of having a cat registered is that they can compete in competitions. If people plan on breeding their cat, the registration ensures the kittens’ genetic health and unbroken lineage for potential buyers.

It is important to note that the data compiled by the CFA was taken throughout 2023, as the data for this year will not be available until early 2025.

The 15 Most Popular Cat Breeds

1. Ragdoll

grey and white Ragdoll cat under the chair
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It is no surprise that the Ragdoll takes first place again, making this the fifth year this breed has remained at the top spot. The breed’s combination of beauty and gentleness makes it popular among everyone. Being called the “most doglike cat” only attests to how loving this feline is toward people.

2. Maine Coon

blue maine coon cat lounging on the chair
Image Credit: Okeanas, Shutterstock

Maintaining its second-place position from 2022, here comes the Maine Coon. This cat is famous for being the largest domestic cat breed in the world, with males weighing 20–25 pounds. That is one big cat! While they look intimidating, they are gentle, family-friendly felines.

3. Persian

Persian cat looking out the window
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The Persian cat has moved up on the list since 2022, going from fifth place to third. There are two types of this internationally loved feline: the peke-face and doll-face Persian. You need to make time to groom either one you bring into your life.

4. Exotic Shorthair

orange exotic shorthair cat
Image Credit: Sergey Nemirovsky, Shutterstock

Coming in at fourth place, the Exotic Shorthair sometimes gets confused with the peke-face Persian because of the slightly squished face. However, they are two separate breeds, and one noticeable difference is that the Exotic Shorthair needs less grooming than the Persian.

5. Devon Rex

Devon Rex cat with a wavy coat looks at the camera with a window in the background
Image Credit: Heather Raithby Doyle, Shutterstock

The Devon Rex fell a few places on the 2023 popularity list from the other year, coming from third and moving to fifth. However, this breed is still in the top five, which is an accomplishment. The highly energetic Devon Rex is truly unique; with their large eyes and massive ears, they definitely grab people’s attention!

6. British Shorthair

Beautiful large british shorthair cream female cat
Image Credit: OksanaSusoeva, Shutterstock

The British Shorthair is a popular cat due to their adorable appearance and calm demeanor. Very few cat lovers can resist their chunky cheeks and squishy bodies. The British Shorthair is not overly social and would best be suited for households without small children or other pets.

7. Abyssinian

Abyssinian cat
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Holding seventh place for the second year in a row is the regal Abyssinian cat. Their rich cinnamon, red, or fawn coloring is definitely eye-catching. But keep in mind that the Abyssinian is an energetic breed, so it will need a family that can accommodate their exercise and stimulation needs.

8. Scottish Fold

red Scottish fold cat
Image Credit: Alexander Sobol, Shutterstock

The Scottish Fold is the eighth most popular breed for 2023. There is a reason this breed has held the same place two years in a row. There is some debate on the breeding of Scottish Folds, so if you are interested in adopting one, make sure you read up on the subject or consult your vet.

9. Siberian

brown tabby siberian cat sitting on the grass
Image Credit: Massimo Cattaneo, Shutterstock

In 2021, the Siberian missed out on being in the top 10. However, in 2022, it landed tenth place and continues to hold that position. The Siberian has often been compared to the Maine Coon. While it is smaller than that breed, Siberians do share similarities, such as in their personality and muscular build.

10. Sphynx

Sphynx cat sitting on a blanket and looking away
Image Credit: Alexander Piragis, Shutterstock

The Sphynx just made it into the top ten most popular breeds, dropping one position from ninth place in 2022. Much like the Devon Rex, the Sphynx has enlarged ears, giving it an elf-like appearance. This hairless cat is known for being quite vocal, so be prepared to get serenaded!

11. American Shorthair

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Like the British Shorthair, the American Shorthair resembles the typical cat. With its round face and stocky body, this breed is easygoing and friendly. Its history of being an effective rat catcher made this cat a popular addition to have on ships and farms for a few hundred years!

12. Russian Blue

Grey little cat breed Russian Blue Cat
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It is no wonder that the Russian Blue made it on this list! This beautiful cat is renowned for their slate gray fur and striking emerald eyes. Their playful and energetic natures make them excellent companions for all sorts of cat lovers.

13. Norwegian Forest Cat

cream norwegian forest cat outdoors
Image Credit: Elisa Putti, Shutterstock

Another big cat has made the list of the most popular breeds: the Norwegian Forest Cat. While not as large as the Maine Coon, this cat does share similarities with that giant feline. They can be friendly and affectionate but calm enough for households with children. These cats are also trainable due to their intelligence.

14. Oriental

Oriental Shorthair Gray Cat Sitting On Green Grass In Summer Park
Image Credit: Elena Masiutkina, Shutterstock

The Oriental Cat has genetic connections to the Siamese cat; however, its origins are in the USA. These affectionate cats have an incredibly uniquely shaped face and ears that closely resemble the Devon Rex and Sphynx cats—both of which are on this list. People love cats with unique features.

15. Bengal

Bengal kitty lies on the bed with a measuring tape around the neck
Image Credit: Svetlana Rey, Shutterstock

Last on the CFA’s most popular cat breed list is the Bengal. This is quite a feat because Bengal cats are illegal to own in some states. Plus, this breed was only recognized by the CFA in 2018, making this the “newest” recognized breed on the popularity list.

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It is always exciting to see an updated list of popular breeds! Some of the cats held strong to their positions, while others got more popular and others slightly less. However, this list shows us how incredibly loved these cats are based on their temperament, beauty, or uniqueness—or a combination of all three.

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