Published : 04/05/2017 12:00:00
Categories : We love
|Cats are not spared by the effects of fashions. Based on the number of pedigrees recorded each year in the LOOF (Official Book of Feline Origins), Persians and Chartreux, who had dominated the podium of the French favourite cat breeds for a long time, had their position eroded from 2005 to give way to newcomers. Discover these in this "Top 10", in number of births, of the breeds of cats that met the most sought-after in 2016.|
|1st : the Maine Coon|
The births of Maine Coons have been steadily increasing over the last 10 years, reaching 10,897 last year (more than 29% of pedigrees registered at the LOOF !). This “new world” cat (first brought up by the farmers of Maine in the United States) has gained a place of choice in the hearts of the French. Its imposing size and large tufted ears are the distinguishing features of this cat that gets along very well with children.
|2nd : the Sacred Birman|
With 4,661 births registered in 2016, the Sacred Birman comes second in the breeds of pedigree cats. Nothing surprising to this success: this feline (a cross between a Persian and a Siamese) is a real Top Model. His big and intense blue eyes, his fluffy fur and his paws gloved of white make him a cat with undeniable charm
|3rd : the Bengal|
The Bengal moved up to 3rd place on the podium at an amazing speed: from 153 births in 2003 to 3063 in 2016! It must be said that the history of his breed is quite recent : born of the marriage between a leopard cat and a domestic cat in 1963, the first Bengal arrived only in France in 1989. The keys to his success : his magnificent fur and his exceptional personality, combining intelligence and gentleness.
|4th : the Persian|
While he held the first place until 2009, the Persian saw the number of annual births gradually decrease in France (from 5354 in 2003 to 3011 in 2016). Despite this decline, this cat being a cross between Angora breeds and British Shorthair retains a very honourable 4th place and remains today the most present feline breed in the world. His opulent fur and flat face makes him so chic !
|5th : the Chartreux|
Although the births of Chartreux remain stable (2231 in 2016, against 2009 in 2003), the dynamism of other races such as the Maine Coon earned him to be placed only in the 5th position of our Top10. An ancient cat breed that nearly disappeared in the 20th century, the Chartreux is distinguished by its large eyes of embers (yellow to orange) and his beautiful grey-blue fur.
|6th : the British Shorthair|
As in the case of Bengal, the British Shorthair's birth rate has risen sharply in France in recent years (from 700 in 2003 to 2121 in 2016). This breed of cat had also almost disappeared, following the First World War. Saved today, the British Shorthair is distinguished by his round forms and his warm and almost impermeable fur, formerly perfectly adapted to the climate of the British Isles. His calm and posed personality make him a very soothing cat.
|7th: the Norwegian Forest Cat|
Births of Norwegian cats progress calmly but surely in France. By 2016, there were 1812 registered in the LOOF. Climate warming does not actually cool the craze for this Scandinavian cat also known as "SkogKatt" (forest cat in Norwegian). This breed, which has a little familiar air to the Maine Coon (imposing size and sometimes tufted ears), is distinguished by his triangular head and almond eyes.
|8th : the Ragdoll|
No less than 1781 births of Ragdolls were recorded in 2016, compared to only 76 in 2009. Although still relatively unknown, the Ragdoll breed was discovered in the 1960s in California by a rather wacky Persian breeder ( who was sure of the existence of aliens!). The Ragdoll, like the Sacred of Birman, has the peculiarity of being "coulourpoint" : his ears, paws and tail are more colourful than the rest of the body (but it can also be "gloved" or bicolour).
|9th : the Siberian|
Since 2010, Siberian cats have seen a certain rise in France. In 2016, 1088 births were counted by the LOOF. With his heavy and massive body and thick fur, this cat is cut to face the rigorous cold of the Russian weather of which lay his origins. Of a calm nature, he is nonetheless perfectly adapted to modern life and adapts very well in apartment.
|10th: the Exotic Shorthair|
With 1037 births recorded at the LOOF last year, the Exotic Shorthair is close to the Siberian cat and is 10th in our ranking. The Exotic Shorthair breed is a result of breeding and crossing with the Persian, and this cat is easily recognisable. In front, one is seduced by his head and his big round eyes, while in profile his forehead, his nose and his chin are aligned in the same manner (as the Persian is a cat breed with a "flat face" ). In addition to his adorable look, he is also of a very easygoing personality.