CFA Most Popular Breeds Early 1990s versus 2017
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Grey Persian cat

This cat, a Persian, has nothing to do with Persia (Iran) or anywhere in the Middle East. European parts assembled in America.

In the early 1990s the CFA top ten breeds were as follows:

Rank Breed Registrations %
1 Persian 79.4
2 Siamese 5.5
3 Abyssinian 3.6
4 Maine coon 2.8
5 Burmese 1.9
6 Oriental Shorthair 1.6
7 American Shorthair 1.6
8 Exotic Shorthair 1.3
9 Scottish Fold 1.2
10 Colorpoint Shorthair 1.1

 
The Persian completely dominated the purebred cat market in the US in the 1990s and before. I think the shift away from the Persian today is due to the health implications of extreme breeding. Although the short haired version of the Persian tops the chart which undermines that theory.

The Siamese has lost popularity too. This may be due to extreme breeding as well. The extreme modern version of the Siamese is meant to be a more refined and elegant version of the original cat but it is neither refined nor elegant. It is rat-like.

The Sphynx has gained in popularity. It is one of the ‘mutation cats’. The breed may appeal because (1) it is an indoor cat which is useful nowadays (2) there are no standout inherited diseases but there are considerable health concerns which people appear to not know about and (3) they are smart and active (monkey like).

Sphynx cat Casper at a London show

Sphynx cat Casper at a London show

It is worth noting that the Bengal was not registered in the 1990s. It is now accepted by the CFA (as of Feb 3, 2018). Since the breed’s creation it has been popular.

The Turkish Angora should be more popular. Although the American version of this ancient breed bears no resemblance to the original Turkish Angora in Turkey. If the breeders had left the breed alone and relied on the real thing it would have been more popular. The same goes for the Turkish Van.

2017 – Ranking of most popular cat breeds per CFA

RANK BREED
1   Exotic
2   Ragdoll
3   British Shorthair
4   Persian
5   Maine Coon Cat
6   American Shorthair
7   Scottish Fold
8   Sphynx
9   Devon Rex
10   Abyssinian
11   Oriental
12   Siamese
13   Cornish Rex
14   Norwegian Forest Cat
15   Siberian
16   Birman
17   Russian Blue
18   Bengal
19   Tonkinese
20   Burmese
21   Ocicat
22   American Curl
23   Selkirk Rex
24   Japanese Bobtail
25   Egyptian Mau
26   RagaMuffin
27   Somali
28   Balinese/Javanese
29   Manx
30   Singapura
31   Bombay
32   Colorpoint Shorthair
33   Turkish Angora
34   American Bobtail
35   European Burmese
36   Chartreux
37   Korat
38   Havana Brown
39   Burmilla
40   LaPerm
41   Turkish Van
42   American Wirehair

 
Source: CFA

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