Many breeds of cats live in the world. Different breeds appeal to different people for different reasons. I have listed 25 of the most popular cat breeds in the world. Please read my article, cats, domestic cats, and house cats’ history for more information.

1. Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a native New Englander, hailing from Maine, where they were popular mousers, farm cats, and–most likely–ship’s cats at least as far back as the early 19th century. They’re also the largest cat breed

2. Bengal

The Bengal could never be called delicate. They’re athletes–agile and graceful with a strong, muscular body, as befits a cat who looks like they belong in the jungle

3. Siamese

The sophisticated Siamese looks dressed for an elegant ball in pale evening wear with chic black accessories and tanzanite-blue eyes.

4. Siberian

From Russia with love: that’s the Siberian, a glamorous native cat from the taiga of Siberia–a forested area with a cold climate that contributed to their long, thick coat.

5. Ragdoll

With positive reinforcement, Ragdoll cats learn quickly and can pick up tricks, as well as good behaviors like using a scratching post.

6. British Shorthair

Full of British reserve, the British Shorthair has a quiet voice and also doesn’t demand much from their humans.

7. Persian

The dignified and docile Persian is known for being quiet and sweet.

8. Scottish Fold

There is nothing a Scottish Fold–named for their folded ears–likes better than being with their people and joining in whatever they’re doing.

9. Bombay

The Bombay cat loves to play and will thrive with a family who’s willing to teach tricks, play games, and provide plenty of interactive toys.

10. Birman

The Birman communicates in a soft voice, mainly to remind you that it’s time for dinner or maybe a nice cuddle on the sofa.


Forget the Grumpy Cat stereotype: this Siamese–American Shorthair mix has an affectionate and sweet disposition. Snowshoe cats also sport distinctive fur markings and a strong body.

12. Abyssinian

A love of heights is a signal trait of the Abyssinian. They like to be as high up as possible and will also appreciate having one or more ceiling-height cat trees.

13. Norwegian Forest

The gentle and friendly Norwegian Forest Cat–Wegie, for short–is fond of family members but does not demand constant attention and petting.

14. Burmese

The Burmese is often described as a “brick wrapped in silk.” It’s a testament to their solid, muscular build.

15. Turkish Angora

Once the Turkish Angora gets an idea into their head, it can be difficult to change their mind about how they should behave. However, they are so charming that you probably won’t care.

16. Ragamuffin

Ragamuffins are known for their docile nature. In fact, they love to be held like a baby and will completely relax into your arm

17. Sphynx

It’s a good thing that the hairless Sphynx loves attention because they draw it wherever they go. They’ll also do anything for a laug

18. Nebelung

The name Nebelung is German and means “creature of the mist.” Indeed, it’s a reference to the cat’s shimmering, silvery-blue coat that seems to float over their bodies.

19. Russian Blue

The Russian Blues elegant-yet-muscular body led one cat judge to proclaim them the “Doberman Pinscher of cats.”

20. Burmilla

The Burmilla is adventurous but a bit of a klutz. Make sure you put away breakables when they’re around.

21. Chartreux

The Chartreux might well be compared to a mime, silent but communicative and sometimes silly.

22. American Shorthair

The adaptable and good-natured American Shorthair retains their hunting ability. Although, these days, they’re more likely to be a family companion.

23. Himalayan

The Himalayan, or Himmie for short, is like a Persian dressed as a Siamese, affectionate yet discriminating.

24. Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is not much of a lap cat. Even so, they will still be happy to cuddle next to you and sleep in your bed

25. Tonkinese

Some people think of cats as being aloof and independent. However, that’s only because they haven’t yet met a Tonkinese. They’re loving and outgoing!