Mews: Most popular cat breeds in the US

Hi everyone,

Please find below an interesting article from our friends at Pets Best Insurance on which ones are the most popular breeds by amount of cats insured.

We have also included a poll to see what breed of cats you all own at the bottom of this post! 🙂



 Pets Best Releases Annual List of Most Popular cat Breeds
Domestic shorthair cats top the list of most insured breeds


Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, released its annual list of the top 10 most popular dog and cat breeds enrolled with the agency in 2014.

In the company’s nine years of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, the agency has noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.

Tracking data on 46 cat breeds, Pets Best has listed its top 10 breeds for cats in 2014.
Top 10 Cat Breeds of 2014
1. Domestic feline
2. American shorthair
3. Maine coon
4. Siamese
5. Bengal
6. Persian
7. Ragdoll
8. American longhair
9. Russian blue
10. Sphynx

Among the top cat breeds, domestic feline breeds represent 77 percent of all cats insured. These breeds include the domestic shorthair, domestic medium hair, domestic longhair and mixed breed cats.

“While there are often surprises from year to year with the most popular breeds, certain cat breeds have maintained their popularity among Pets Best policyholders,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “It’s understandable that some people might feel more inclined to have a certain breed because of a new trend or because they enjoy a famous cat, but it’s always a good idea for pet owners to thoroughly research a potential pet to ensure they can accommodate the animal’s needs and afford veterinary care for any possible health issues.”

Mixed-breed cats remain in the top two for the second year in a row. While purebred cats are usually viewed as the most sought after, the popularity of mixed-breed cats remains strong with the influence of well-known cats such as the ever-popular Grumpy Cat.

Pets Best offers a multitude of pet health insurance plans for both cats and dogs. These include a Cancer Only plan covering the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs and cats, as well as a Feline Illness plan that covers 21 common feline illnesses. For more information about the agency and its plans, visit


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20 thoughts on “Mews: Most popular cat breeds in the US

  1. Pawcific Purrsea says:

    I wonder about these stats. I wonder how many human put their cat’s breed as “domestic” or “shorthair” as a catchall because they simply don’t know or care. I wonder if there was a “longhair” breed option on the forms if it would rank up there too. I’m a Birman mix…if my human filled out the form, I could fit into a couple of “breed” categories. Intersting, thanks for the info. =^,,^=

  2. lawjic says:

    This is awesome, but not at all surprising except that people actually WANT the Sphynx. They are ugly and hairless. They are oily and not warm and fuzzy (or furry) at all. Who wants to see their tummies? Not many. Cali’s veterinarinan says he has ONE patient that is a Sphynx. He said the breed is extremely difficult to care for (compared to other cat breeds and domestics—my kind of cat). He also said they are as mean as they are ugly. To me, they are not even a cat; I would never consider them. Best wishes to all those who DO have that breed. Good luck with that!

    • Marc-André says:

      I actually met a Sphynx on a cat show and thought it was super soft and very friendly! But they certainly are a lot more difficult to look after as they need to be kept warm etc.

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