Persians are the most popular pedigree cat in America, and we can see why. Persians have a calm personality and beautiful, flowing coats which do need a bit of looking after!
The sphynx is a very special cat, with the unique characteristic of not having any hair on its coat. Although its appearance may seem very different from that of any other domestic kitten, the sphynx actually tends to suffer a lot from loneliness and is always very affectionate, constantly looking for cuddles.
The coat of this breed includes a very wide variety of colours and requires frequent and constant care. The main characteristic of the Scottish Fold is the fold of its ears, due to a genetic disorder. In general, this cat has a sociable and playful character and therefore also gets on very well with children.
Originating from Ethiopia, this breed is one of the oldest in the world. Scholars believe that these cats are the direct descendants of those worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Character traits typical of this breed include stubbornness and a constant demand for attention from their owner.
British Shorthair: Roman descendant, crossed with wildcats. Autonomous, independent breed. Doesn't require constant attention. Finds ways to have fun, even alone.
Well-loved since the 1600s, the Persian has ranked fifth among the world's most popular breeds. Contributing to the popularity of this breed is its beauty, thanks to its long, flowing coat, the colouring of which even numbers some 200 possible colour combinations.
In the USA, this breed became widespread before 1960, while in Europe the first specimens appeared in the early 1980s. The Exotic Shorthair was partly selected from the Persian, but compared to the latter it is usually more active and energetic and likes to be the centre of attention.
The Devon Rex has unique physical traits, from its fur to its very large ears, in contrast to its short muzzle. By nature, its character is very lively and outgoing and, like the sphynx, it is in constant search of cuddles and attention, so it does not like solitude and generally tends to suffer from cold and bad weather.
Maines are also famous for being probably the oldest native breed of cat in America. Their long, silky hair makes them eminently strokable. They also happen to be one of the largest cat breeds in the world, weighing between 9 and 18 pounds, if you fancy both a large and lovable companion in your life!
Popular since the 1960s, the affectionate ragdoll has a calm character. Known as 'dog-like cats,' they follow people, enjoy being petted, and can be trained.