According to the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), a total of 46,543 pedigreed cats were registered in 2002.
According to registration totals, The CFA's top ten most popular cat breeds in 2002 are:
Number One: Persian
In 2002, 21,978 Persians were registered with CFA, down from 23,362 in 2001.
Number Two: Maine Coon
With 4,604 registrations in 2002, up from 4,485 in 2001, this breed has nearly twice the number of its next competitor.
Number Three: Exotic
The exotic is third most popular overall with 2,447 cats registered, up from 2,321 in 2001.
Number Four: Siamese
In 2002, the CFA registered 2,036 Siamese, up from 1,986 in 2001.
Number Five: Abyssinian
In 2002, 1,507 were registered with CFA, down from 1,609 in 2001.
Number Six: Oriental
With 1,016 registrations in 2002, up from 988 in 2001, the Oriental ranks sixth overall.
Number Seven: Birman
In 2002, 954 were registered with CFA, up from 878 in 2001.
With 874 registrations each, the American shorthair (ASH) and the Tonkinese tied for eighth place.
Number Ten: Burmese
In 2002, 839 Burmese were registered, down from 933 in 2001.