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The Top 5 Cat Breeds… for 7 Years in a Row

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Every year the Cat Fancier Association (CFA) lists the most popular breeds. The ranks are determined by the number of purebred (aka pedigreed) cats registered that year with the CFA.

We looked at the lists for the past seven years. The top 5 have remained the same but have exchanged positions.

Watch out – that could change when the 2020 rankings come out in early 2021. The Devon Rex has been climbing up the ranks steadily and was 6th in 2019. The household cat was introduced to the rankings in 2018 with a 12 place ranking and moved up to 11th in 2019.

So who made the top five?!

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Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold cat breed
Photo Credit: Kriss Chen

The distinguishing physical feature of the Scottish Fold breed of cat are the ears. The forward flopping of the ears is caused by a gene mutation that affects the cartilage. Kittens are born with straight ears and only some develop the fold at three to four weeks of age. This breed is also known for their loving and affectionate nature.

Do you have a Scottish Fold? If so, what do you love most about them?