There are many cat breeds in the UK and they all have something to offer, from the awesome cross breed Moggie to the Siamese cat.
With over 7.5 million cats and over a hundred different cat breeds in the UK at the last 2015 estimate, there is no denying that us British are a nation of cat lovers. We are enticed and entertained by their antics and their strong independent nature.
The joy a cat can bring into your life is often overwhelming and they have the ability to bring a smile to the most hard of faces.
Every cat breed is different and has different traits however it is a near certainty that a breed can
be found for the most house proud of people, after all there are hundreds of cat breeds to choose
In this post we are going to look at the top 10 pedigree cat breeds in the UK, don’t mistake me
please the comman moggie is a fantastic cat and in fact I have two of them myself and Nanny has
just had 3 fantastic kittens – ugly as sin however but they are soo cute.
Check out my infographic at the bottom of the post for more information on cats in the UK.
Most Popular Pedigree Cat Breeds in the UK in numbers.
Updated for 2018
For your convenience I have included below each Cat breed summary a link to a breed specific cat food and an alternative selected from the best premium 5 star cat foods in the UK all of which can be used by any cat breed.
Pedigree Cat Breeds in the UK listed by Popularity.
1. The British Shorthair Cat
The king of the British cat breeds, the British Shorthair retains it’s popularity year on year, and is the most common cat breed for showing. The British Shorthair has a very thick coat that brings a fantastic feeling when being stroked.
The British Shorthair breed is a stocky and muscular cat and demand for these cats are high in the UK so it is always advisable to have your cat micro-chipped and insured.Affection 4/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 3/5 Grooming 2/5 Health 2/5
What do I feed my British Shorthair Cat?Royal Canin Wet Food From Amazon Royal Canin Dry Food from Amazon orijen worlds best food at amazon
2. The Bengal Cat
The Bengal cat is a hybrid cat breed which came about from the crossing of domestic cats like the Siamese and the Asian Leopard Cat. The Asian Leopard cat is the main contributor to the Bengal cats renowned coat pattern.
The Bengal cat has sleek and silky fur. Bengal cats are known to show a high level of affection to people and dogs and they have a very high level of intelligence.
They don’t suffer from many cat breed specific illnesses and make a great pet for an urban lifestyle.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 1/5 Health 3/5
What do I feed my Bengal Cat?Shop Amazon For Royal Canin Bengal Canagan Premium cat food at Amazon
3. The Siamese Cat
The famous Siamese cat really is a cat breed like no other in the UK, slim, muscular and full of energy, the Siamese is known for it’s distinctive triangular shaped face and quite large ears.
The Siamese cat has very soft fur and is a pleasure to interact with. They are know to form a strong bond with their owners and their family and it is not unheard of for owners to turn around in the local shop to see their Siamese right behind them.
The Siamese cat has a very high affection towards dogs which is a plus in urban living and their intelligence is rated as one of the highest in the cat world ( just look at them run circles around the spaniel in the video – ok it’s animated but probably close to real life )
They do have some inherent health issues which will need to be looked into before getting one of these fantastic cats.
As a treat for those who have never seen the clip from Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” here it is.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 1/5 Health 1.5/5
What to feed my Siamese Cat?Royal Canin Siamese At Amazon James Wellbeloved at amazon
4. The Persian Cat
The outstanding Persian cat is known for its short muzzled squashed-looking face and even on young kittens the face features are distinctive. The Persian and of course, it’s fur is thick and luxurious.
The Persian cat is in the medium to large bracket so care should be taken on the choice for cat furniture you get as some can be too small for this cat breed.
They are known for not being overly friendly to dogs and they dont boost the intelligent of the other pedigree breeds.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 2/5 Intelligence 2/5 Grooming 5/5 Health 3/5
What do I feed my Persian Cat?Royal Canin Persian Cat Food At Amazon Applaws 80% Meat At Amazon
5. The Ragdoll
The Ragdoll has that so cute factor that on looks alone appeals to nearly all cat lovers. With its fantastic coat which at times can make it look like it is missing its neck.
The Ragdoll is a very pleasurable cat and like most of the cat breeds in this list they show a great deal of affection to their owners and tolerate dogs very well.
They do have some minor health issues but again this is not uncommon in pedigree cat breeds. However, this should be factored in if you are thinking about this most wonderful breed.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 3/5 Grooming 2/5 Health 2/5
What do I feed my Ragdoll?Royal Cannin Ragdoll At Amazon ATTU 5 Star Cat Food From Amazon
6. The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon which across the pond can be referred to as the American Longhair originates for the US state of Maine. Many cat experts believe the Maine Coon is one of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world today.
In terms of size they are the largest of the pet cats with some reaching over a meter in length and having a weight in excess of 15kg, this cat breed can be enormous.
If you are looking for a guard dog with the reflexes of a fluffy ninja the Maine Coon might do the trick.
Just to show you how big the Maine Coon can be check this image from the Daily Mail
Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 3/5 Health 5/5
What do I feed my Maine Coon?Royal Canin maine coon at amazon Meowing Heads cat food at amazon
7. The Burmese Cat
The Burmese cat is a great all rounder, they are a medium build cat with a short coat and a friendly temperament.
The looks of this cat breed can be deceiving as they can be very solidly built for a medium sized cat and when they jump up on their owners can cause a bit of a quick shock as they often weigh more that you would think.
They are a very intelligent cat and are known to enjoy cat puzzles more than most cat breeds and don’t come with many inheritable illnesses.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 1/5 Health 3/5
What do I feed my Burmese Cat?
No breed specific food.
Vet’s Kitchen Chicken at amazon
8. The Oriental Cat
The Oriental cat which is also known as the Oriental Shorthair is very similar to the Siamese.
On casual inspection the two cat breeds share the same shape of head and body tone however the Oriental cat can be longer in the body and often sports a longer tail.
Like most of the cat breeds in this list they show great affection to their owners and get on well for the most part with dogs along with possessing a “street smart” outlook at home.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 1/5 Health 2/5
What do I feed my Oriental Cat?
No breed specific food,
Akela Cat Food 90% meat at amazon
9. The Sphynx Cat
The Sphynx cat contrary to what most people believe is not from Egypt, the cat breed was originally from Canada.
In the start of the 1960’s there was a demand for cats with little hair so through cross breeding with Peterbald and Don Sphynx breeds the Sphynx was born. They are not totally hairless but have a thin layer of very fine hair.
I could understand this cat breed doing well in a hot country and the benefits of the lack of a meaningful coat being a advantage but in Canada? it’s cold there.
That being said in modern urban living this cat breed does just fine, most homes have central heating which keeps the Sphynx content but dont bother to get a radiator bed as it have been reported most Sphynx cats do not like to curl up by the radiator.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 5/5 Grooming 2/5 Health 1/5
What do I feed my Sphynx Cat?Royal Canin Sphynx at amazon The Jaguar Cat food 80% meat at amazon
10. The Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest Cat comes from umm Norway and is a very old breed of domestic cat, some say the breed might be older than the Maine Coon.
The Norwegian Forest cat has a unique double coat with one layer being waterproof, this is common with most mammals that live in cold and snow conditions.
The Norwegian Forest Cat shows a great deal of independence and while they show a huge amount of love for their owners dont do as well as the other cat breeds in this list as the breed likes to spend as much time out doors as possible.Affection 5/5 Dog Friendly 5/5 Intelligence 4/5 Grooming 2/5 Health 3/5
What do I feed my Norwegian Forest Cat?Royal Canin Norwegian Forest Thrive Premium Plus 90% meat ay amazon
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