These are the purebred cat breed registrations at the number one cat association in the UK and probably Europe of cat breeds over the period 1988 to 2010. It is published with the association’s permission. It is verbatim. It leads to other years.
The reason I have done this is to provide a source of analysis. Numbers of registrations does indicate popularity of cat breeds in the UK. In my opinion it is not as accurate as a popularity poll. Polls tell us what people think about the cat breeds whether they have a cat or not. Whereas number of registrations is simply that, an indication of the number of cats bred by cat breeders. There will be a similarity between the two sets of figures though. This website’s long standing poll results can be seen here and you can vote as well.
My initial thoughts about the GCCF registrations are as follows:
- The Persian has the highest number of registrations over the period. Yet there has been a dramatic fall off in numbers. In 1988 there were 11,483 registrations while in 2010 there were 1,494. The Persian cat’s popularity has dived and the reason, I suggest, is health and maintenance. The flat faced Persian has inbuilt health problems. And people in general like healthy cats for common sense reasons. The modern Persian is a mistake from a commercial point of view. Breeders just liked to breed what they liked without reference to the public’s view and health. The long coat requires daily grooming otherwise it becomes matted. Persians have trouble being outdoors as they collect dirt in their coat.
- Both the Burmese and Siamese have also suffered a steep decline in numbers. The reason is the same as above, I propose. The Siamese and Burmese are related cats. The modern, over slender, foreign bodied Siamese is overbred with a compromised immune system with accompanying Siamese cat health problems. Sorry to be so brutally honest. Please breed the original Siamese cat – see Siamese cat history.
- In contrast you will see that the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll have shown increases in registration numbers. These cats are not free of genetically inherited illnesses but they are generally considered to be healthy cat breeds.
- The Bengal has also shot up in numbers but fallen back of late. This may also be due to health issues such as Bengal nose and HCM.
I will leave visitors to study the other figures. The above are the ones that stand out to me.
I am thankful for the GCCF allowing me to publish this page on GCCF registrations. It shows a transparency that is laudable.