What Is the Most Common Cat Breed?

When asked, many United States-based cat owners do not know the breed of their cat in the same way that most dog owners do. This is because 95% of the cats in the US are classified as “domestic shorthair” or “domestic longhair”. This is basically a fancy way of saying, “we don’t know this cat’s ancestral lineage, so it is just a domesticated cat.” This is also caused by interbreeding among breeds, and is another way of saying “mixed breed”.
However, for the other 5% found in the U.S., these are purebred or pedigreed cats. This means that their ancestral lineage can be traced and we know exactly what breeds were mixed to create this cat. But, the question is, what is the most popular or common pedigreed cat breed in the US?


White persian cat

Ranking in at number 2 most common cat under domestic shorthair and domestic longhair is this high maintenance kitty. Persian are beautiful longhaired cats that have a reputation for being calm and sensitive. Their long, fine fur calls for daily brushing which is a great bonding experience for their owners.

Maine Coon

Mainecoon kitten

Next on the list, the largest of the cat breeds. Maine Coons can weigh anywhere from 8 to 18 lbs and on average are 3.3 ft. long. Even with their extra-large size, they are playful and gentle creatures. They are also known for being quite smart. Often seen following their owner around, they make great farm cats. However, they are also great with children and dogs, making them an ideal family pet as well.


White and brown siamese cat with blue eyes

Arguably the most easily recognized breed for their unique coloring and bright blue eyes, Siamese cats are the fourth most popular cat in the U.S. They are known to be very vocal, curious cats. Don’t underestimate these gorgeous cats! Just because they’re dainty and regal looking, doesn’t mean they don’t know how to play like an ally cat.

American Shorthair

Black and gray American Shorthair cat

These striped, shorthair cats come in at number 6 in the U.S. This breed’s personality traits tend to vary significantly from cat to cat, but they are typically pretty quiet cats. They are a popular choice among families and owners looking for a low-maintenance cat due to their short hair that does not require grooming.



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