As a cat owner, do you really know where your feline friend originated from? Especially if you were given the cat as a gift and the cuteness made you forget to do some research on it.
Fear not, that is why this article exists to enlighten you. It will help you understand your cat’s roots and some of the peculiar behaviours that made them become a favourite among other cat lovers.
More than 40 cat breeds in the UK
There are over 40 breeds of cats in the UK alone, and your cat is most likely among the top 10 most popular cat breeds. How do I know that? It’s very simple. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy always comes up with a list every year based on the number of registered cats.
Various features are used to distinguish cats such as their hair, different colors, types of coats and coat patterns. For example, the classification based on coats includes;
- Short hair such as the British short hair,
- Medium- such as the British semi-long hair,
- Semi-long such as the Asian Semi long hair cat,
- Long hair such as the British long hair cat,
- The hairless cats like the sphinx.
The Top 10 of cat breeds in the UK
The list of the top 10 most popular cats in the UK 2017 was comprised of pretty exciting cats. Sit tight and enjoy a good read that will be worth your time. For the love of cats, we have gone an extra mile to include a bonus cat breed that has graced many homes in the UK and the world.
The Bengal cat is a breed of cats you will not fail to notice. It is a hybrid of the ordinary domestic cat and the Asian cat. I know you are wondering how the end product looks like, but guess what? The result is a unique cat with a distinct print on its coat.
The skin is not the only thing the Bengal cat acquired. Some of its character differs from other breeds. It is very naughty and energetic at the same time, and a Bengal cat would rather die than get bored. They are inquisitive cats, and the famous saying of curiosity killed the cat most likely originated from this cat.
9. Russian Blue
Just as the name suggests, this cat originated from Russia, and it was sailors who first brought it to Europe in the 1980S. The different colours are a result of cross-breeding with other cats. It is one of the calmest cats, and it is the introvert of cat species.
The Russian Blue, Black & White cat is a great indoor cat since its not fussy and it was also discovered to be hypo allergic. It contains lower levels of the protein that causes allergic reactions in humans compared to other cats. However, no cat is 100% hypoallergenic therefore some people may still react to it.
The lovely silver fur is easy to maintain, and it usually does not require excessive grooming. The cats take time to warm up to people, but once they do, they remain very loyal to them
The Birman cat is also known as the sacred cat of Burma because it originated from Burma, in France. It is a very affectionate cat and loves to stay with people. The most intriguing part of this cat is that kittens are born with an almost white colour, and they obtain a new colour as they grow.
This means that the colour the cat is born with is not the colour the cat will die with. It is quite impressive watching them transition and the best part is they live for up to 15 years if treated well and fed well.
7. Oriental Shorthair
The Oriental Shorthair cat originated from the Siamese breed, and this cat would easily be mistaken for the Siamese cats since they are almost identical. However, they have large distinct ears and green eyes that distinguish them from the Siamese cats.
The lifespan of the oriental shorthair cat is at most 14 years, which is quite good for a cat that is very active and energetic. They have a blast jumping everywhere and running after birds and mice. They never sit still which is a good thing since it makes it easier to train them on different activities.
Taking them out for a walk is a relaxed affair, and they rarely have a problem with cat jackets or leashes. The only annoying part is that they can be very loud. They will always call for attention and will not stop until you respond.
This is probably one of the cutest cats in the world. The short face and round muzzle makes it adorable, and it originates from Persia, Iran. They have a long hairy outer coat which sheds during summer to produce a lovely glossy coat.
It is a very affectionate cat, but it is the kind of cat that loves from a distance. If you have one, most probably you have noticed how the cat cringes when your kids attempt to play with it. However, I wouldn’t blame the kids for wanting to carry it around. Its cuteness and fluffy coat just screams carry me! and would make anyone want to cuddle it.
The Burmese cat is one of the most intelligent cats of all the cat breeds available. Its smartness significantly contributes to its character since it is effortless to train it. It is a fun loving cat that originated in Thailand, and you can quickly teach it how to fetch and play with toys.
This bubbly cat can live up to 16 years if well taken care of and it is a social cat. Therefore, it loves being around people who can give it attention. Not to be confused with being fussy or too clingy. It just likes to see people around, and it appreciates when you spend time with it.
The Siamese cat is a common breed in North America despite originating from Thailand. It has a distinct triangular head shape, long ears, and a lean muscular body.
Some of the cat’s breeds available today such as the short oriental hair and the color point short hair cats are a result of crossbreeding the Siamese cat.
It is known to have dominant genes that can easily be transferred without being diluted in the process. The Siamese cats are the extroverts in cats, and they like playing and bonding with kids.
3. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon originates from the state of Maine in the USA. It is a very quiet cat and it is a great indoor pet. Maine Coons are not fussy at all, and as long as they are well fed, they are good to go. They have a very light undercoat, and they shed a lot which calls for regular grooming.
The Maine Coon cat is known to live for up to 15 years, and it is a smart and gentle cat. It is not the best cat for kids to play with since it doesn’t like to be frightened or startled. You will hardly notice the presence of the Maine Coon since it loves peace and tranquillity. The meow of this cat is usually taken seriously since they typically are very quiet cats. So the one time they do so, it is a symbol of something not being right.
The attractive blue eyes and the bright colour point coat are what make this cat stand out from the rest. The Ragdoll cat has six different colours, and the concentration of one of the colours on the extremities like ears, nose, and paws is what makes it have the colour point coat.
The Ragdoll is a hybrid of different cats, and most of its characteristics were passed down during the crossbreed process. It is believed that its calm nature is attributed to the Persian and Birman breeds. Despite being a quiet cat, it is also affectionate and loves following its owners everywhere.
1. British Shorthair
You guessed right! Just as the name suggests, the British Shorthair cat is the most popular cat in the UK. I’m confident you have come across one if you don’t own one already. This famous cat from Alice in Wonderland TV program is loved because of its loyalty and calm nature.
It is very friendly, and kids can’t get enough of it. Though it is one of the heaviest cats so carrying it is not easy, therefore, petting it will just do. It has a solid blue-grey fur that does not shed a lot which translates to few grooming sessions.
The British Shorthair is not a playful cat meaning it’s not easy to train it. They love sitting around the house looking like royalty as they wait for you to pet them and soothe them. This cat only moves when necessary and does not like being carried around which makes it a good indoor pet.
Bonus Cat Breed: Abyssinian
The Abyssinian cat originates from Africa, Ethiopia to be precise. It was brought into the UK by British soldiers in the 19th century, and it has grown to become a favourite cat among many people. It is a slender, medium-sized cat with a wedged shaped head and a clear deep reddish-brown coat.
The Abyssinian cats are overly playful, and they are serious extroverts. They love chasing after every moving thing and for a slender cat; it is quite impressive how they are energetic. They are wilful cats and will always volunteer to help you in whatever you are doing regardless of the fact that they can’t hack it.
Attention is their second name, and lack of it can quickly depress them. Abyssinian cats can make great show cats, and their antiques will make you notice them whether you want to or not. Note that they hate staying alone and being idle.
The list of the ten most popular cat breeds in the UK is comprised of cats from all over the world. I’m sure you probably imagined all of them had roots in Europe. It is also interesting to note that many people think that the Siamese cat and Bengal cat are the most popular! What do you think?