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Friday, 23 September 2016

The UK's most popular cat breeds

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Cats are one of the most popular pets to own and of course, there are hundreds of different breeds in the world. Here are the UK's most popular cat breeds.

As with most domesticated animals, interest in unusual breeds are high but this changes year on year, some of these may still surprise you, though.

1. The Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat can be recognised almost instantly, it is classed a hybrid as it is a cross of a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard Cat which gives the cat's fur the most distinct and beautiful patterns, they are considered to have quite wild personalities and need a lot of love and attention, and so are not recommended for those who perhaps work a lot or cannot give a lot of exercise or attention to their pet.

[caption id="attachment_1356" align="alignnone" width="5616"]By Pieter Lanser from The Netherlands - Photo 456, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10696438 By Pieter Lanser from The Netherlands - Photo 456, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10696438[/caption]

2. The British Shorthair Cat

Although these adorable cats are native, they still continue to be popular, most commonly associated with breeding shows. The most common feature of the British Shorthair is its velvet-like thick coat, it has a cute chubby structure, making them look just like teddy bears.

[caption id="attachment_1357" align="alignnone" width="4346"]By Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation - British shorthair • Британская, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45267501 By Nickolas Titkov from Moscow, Russian Federation - British shorthair • Британская, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45267501[/caption]

3. The Siamese Cat

The unusual looking cat has been popular for years, you really can spot this breed anywhere, not to mention they made a hit appearance in Lady and the Tramp which may have played a part in their popularity. They are known for having extremely strong bonds with their owners, similar to the way a dog behaves with their owners - they follow them around and beg for their attention.

[caption id="attachment_1358" align="alignnone" width="5120"]By Telekokopelli - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20164390 By Telekokopelli - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20164390[/caption]

4. The Persian Cat

There are actually variations of Persian Cats but the one most popular in the UK is the Peke-faced Persian, it has a kind of squashed looking face and long beautiful fur. There are Persian cats which have a more delicate looking face known as the 'doll face Persian' or the traditional Persian.

[caption id="attachment_1359" align="alignnone" width="400"]shaded_silver_persian_cat_missionhill_cosmic_rainstorm By Wyndcreste - photographed with my cameraPreviously published: on my own website and Facebood, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26786611[/caption]

5. The Sphynx Cat

The Sphynx cat is a little like a love-hate kind of breed. Of course, they are adorable and amazing pets to have, but they are almost completely hairless. This also means they spend most of their lives indoors as they have very little protection from any type of weather. They also require regular baths as, unlike with other cats, they cannot really clean themselves but they do love a good bath so its all good.

[caption id="attachment_1360" align="alignnone" width="719"]Photo: Flikr / RuthArt Photo: Flikr / RuthArt[/caption]

6. The Ragdoll Cat

A larger breed but still ridiculously cute, the Ragdoll has big, blue eyes and a distinctive long, fluffy, colour-point coat. They have an adorable, sweet personality and get their name from the fact that when they are picked up they become totally limp - like a rag doll. They aren't very streetwise and need a careful eye watching them at all times.

[caption id="attachment_1361" align="alignnone" width="921"]By Simone Johnsson - originally posted to Flickr as Yan, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3928283 By Simone Johnsson - originally posted to Flickr as Yan, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3928283[/caption]

7. The Maine Coon Cat

The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated breeds of cat in the world. It has a very distinct appearance and is known for its excellent hunting skills. They are very muscular and tall but are still absolute sweethearts and their thick, messy fur helps protect them against the cold - perfect for the UK.

[caption id="attachment_1362" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Photo: Jean Beaufort / http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ Photo: Jean Beaufort / http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/[/caption]


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