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The Bengal Is Named The Most Popular Cat Two Years In A Row
The Bengal is named the most popular cat by The International Cat Association (TICA) based on number of registrations around the world.
Coming in second was the Ragdoll with 3,829 cats and 2,974 litters registered, while in third place the Maine Coon had 2,088 cats and 785 litters registered at year-end 2009. Rounding out the Top Ten most popular breed of cats for 2009 were the:
• Sphynx - 1,107 Cats, 681 Litters
• Siberian - 819 Cats, 563 Litters
• NFoundation Savannah - 580 Cats, 454 Litters
• Persian - 579 Cats, 252 Litters
• Norwegian Forest - 560 Cats, 234 Litters
• British Shorthair - 517 Cats, 195 Litters
• Abyssinian - 342 Cats, 213 Litters
“Once again the Bengal has claimed the title of most popular cat!,” said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. “Since their beginnings in 1986, the Bengal's regal beauty and alluring charm have quickly made it one of the most popular breeds. Bengal breeders continue to develop these stunning cats with careful selection for temperament, health and beauty.”
“Bengals participate in TICA shows throughout the world and have a devoted following of happy pet owners who couldn't imagine sharing their lives with anything other than these inquisitive, loving cats,” said Fisher.
Accepted as a new breed in TICA in 1986, Bengals gained championship status in 1991. They are now one of the most frequently exhibited breeds in TICA. An enthusiastic group of breeders around the world have successfully fulfilled the goal of creating a docile, civilized house cat that wears the richly patterned coat of the jungle cats and has some of the arresting features that have inspired and aroused humanity for centuries. The Bengal is a medium to large cat renowned for its richly colored, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. Originally developed from crosses between the domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat, the Bengal is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Today's domestic Bengal cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care.
TICA, which recognizes over 55 breeds of cats, overall registered 22,015 cats and 13,232 litters at the end of 2009.
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About The International Cat Association
Organized during 1979, The International Cat Association (TICA) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 55 breeds of cats. No matter where you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun…