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The Nation's favourite cat breeds

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Today we are looking into a few of the most popular cat breeds in Britain. Over the many years, the most popular breeds can change and rise higher or sink lower in the ranks - celebrities and their pets have a lot of influence in the breeds we have at home!

It’s important to consider the breed of cat (or dog) you are looking to adopt as each has their own temperament and natures, but it’s also important to note that regardless of breed, each and every pet has its own unique personality.

To start off with, we are looking at the sweet, adorable and cuddly Persian kitty.

The Persian cat is famously known for their elegant appearance and luxurious fur. They are also considered as one of the oldest cat breeds that ever existed. However, their origins are still a mystery since there were no proper breeding records established back in ancient times.

The Persian cat is quieter compared to other felines. Although they are rarely vocal, a lot of cat enthusiasts attest that their meows are one of the sweetest sounds you can ever hear. Many people choose to have a Persian cat as their furry companion because of their sweet and affectionate nature.

The Persian is often found in the colours white, cream, black and blue as well as have patterned fur like a tabby or tortoiseshell, though this is more rare.

One of our native cat breeds, the British Shorthair remains popular year on year, and is one of the breeds most commonly bred for showing.

The British Shorthair has a thick, plush coat that just begs to be stroked, and is a stocky, muscular cat with a solid build and rounded appearance. A playful, affectionate cat, the British shorthair is fiercely loyal and a good companion for single people.

Daily brushing of the British shorthair is important, especially during seasonal changes when the coat is thickening or thinning, so it's essential that you can afford some time each day to tend to its coat. They can be born with many different fur colours and patterns, some of them consist of: White, Blue, Black, Cream, Red, Brown, Silver and many more. Featuring patterns such as: Solid colour, Tortoiseshell, Bicolour, Tri Colour/Calico, etc.

The Bengal cat is classed as a hybrid breed, produced from the crossing of domestic cats (often Siamese) with the Asian Leopard Cat. The Asian Leopard cat gives the Bengal its beautiful and distinctive coat pattern, and sleek, silky fur.

Bengal cats are usually described with an “F” number, such as F2, F3, or F4. This refers to how many generations distant from the original wild cat crossing it is, and so, what percentage of the cat’s makeup is Asian Leopard.

The price of Bengal cats tends to range according to their “F” number, with lower numbers (more closely related to the Asian Leopard Cat) being classed as more valuable.

The exotic and unusual Siamese cat really is a cat like no other! Slinky, muscular and lean, the Siamese has a distinctive triangular-shaped face, large ears, and super-soft fur! The Siamese cats are considered to be a unique breed among the cat family. You must have encountered them before as blue-eyed, unique fur patterns, long neck, dark-coloured paws, and face. Siamese kittens when they are born are all white coloured or cream coloured. But gradually as the week progresses, the points start to develop and only then, you would be able to make out exactly what colour is the Siamese cat. They are renowned for forming very strong bonds with their owners, and will often follow their favourite people around like a dog! They also have a very distinctive meow, which has been likened to the sound of a crying baby!

These are just a small selection of the most popular kitty breeds in the UK today. It’s very important to do your research before adopting or purchasing a cat and any other type of animal so you can ensure you can take care of it fully. Did we talk about your favourite kitty friend? Why don’t you let us know below?

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