5 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE MARCH 2020 O p e n i n g L i n e s M A R C H 2 0 2 0 THE CAT FANCIERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. (CFA) ANNOUNCES TOP 10 MOST POPULAR CAT BREEDS T he Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, just revealed the world’s ten most popular cat breeds. The ranking is based on the number of cats that were registered in 2019. CFA officially recognizes 45 pedigree breeds as well as “non-pedigree” companion cats. • The most popular breed is the Ragdoll, an affectionate, plush breed known for its big blue eyes. Developed in the 1960s, the Ragdoll tops the list in part because of their popularity in China, with a 25 percent increase in registrations over the previous year. • Second place goes to the Exotic, a breed developed in the 1960s to look just like the Persian cat, but with a dense, plush, short coat that gives them a soft teddy bear look. • Rounding out the top three is the British Shorthair. One of the oldest English breeds, the British Shorthair can trace its ancestry all the way back to the domestic cats of Rome. • Persian cats, known for their luxurious, long coats and expressive eyes are the most popular breed in the United States, but rank fourth in worldwide popularity.