The UK’s 10 most popular cat breeds

UK’s most popular cat breeds

The PDSA February 2020 report shows that 51% of UK adults own a pet, and out of that 26% of UK adults have a cat with an estimated population of 10.9 million pet cats.

So, what are the top 10 UK’s most popular cat breeds? Read below to find out.

  1. British Shorthair

Grey british shorthair cat with golden eyes lying down

The British Shorthair is actually the oldest recorded cat breed in England – makes sense why they are so popular amongst UK cat owners.

Their personality is larger than life and are loved for this. Their bodies are round with short, thick, and plush coats which make them perfect for very cuddly cuddles. And not only are they physically cute, their placid and affectionate nature means they usually reciprocate your love and hugs. So, if you want a pet that will snuggle on the sofa with you, choose a British Shorthair!

  1. Bengal

Bengal cat walking on a windowsill

Bengal cats are not just known for their handsome features, but also their intelligence, loyalty, and energy. They look just like miniature leopards because of their beautiful spots!

  1. Siamese

Siamese cat with bright blue eyes

The Siamese cat originates from Thailand and have very recognisable features such as their light-coloured coat with dark ears, feet, tail, and face and long pointed ears. They are also very vocal and will love ‘talking’ to you!

  1. Maine Coon

White and Grey maine coon cat

The Main Coon is the largest breed of domesticated cat, and although large they are affectionate, sweet natured and gentle. Main Coon’s are also the class clown and love sleeping in peculiar spaces.

  1. Persian

Persian cat staring straight at the camera

Persian cats are very elegant and sweet natured, which makes them very popular. They are generally docile and will happily sit on your lap and watch the world go round.

  1. Ragdoll

Ragdoll cat next to a pretty flower

The ragdoll is named so because they will go completely limp when held. Although one of the biggest breeds, they are also one of the most calm and friendly. If you want a cat that looks just like a big cuddly teddy bear with a very fluffy coat, and has beautiful blue round eyes, then get a ragdoll!

  1. Russian Blue

Russian blue cat with red bowtie

The Russian Blue gets their name from their grey/blue coloured coat, and their origin which is believed to be Russia.

They are a very elegant looking breed, with a slender body and velvety soft coat. They are definitely quieter and more shy than other breeds, and will jump or climb to higher spaces to people watch.

  1. Scottish Fold

Scottish fold cat looking up

The Scottish Fold got their name from their most defining feature – folding ears, which 50% of all Scottish Folds have. This makes them simply adorable, and with Taylor Swift owning one too they are very popular. They are very affectionate and love human attention, they are also incredibly easy going and have a great balance of playfulness, energy and need for attention.

  1. Savannah Cat

The Savannah cat is elegant and lean with long legs, a graceful neck, and tall ears. They also have beautiful spots which show off their wild heritage. Savannah cats are playful and adventurous and like to be a bit of a prankster – so watch out!

  1. Sphynx

Grey sphynx cat with blue eyes

The Sphynx cat is very recognisable thanks to their lack of fur. Although they may look slightly evil, they are in fact very sweet natured and love people.

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