CFA Litter Registrations
2001 compared to 1991


Published March 2002

CFA presently recognizes 35 pedigreed breeds for showing in the Championship Class, 1 breed in the Provisional Class, and 4 breeds in the Miscellaneous Class.

In the March 2002 Almanac, statistics were published for the years 2001 that included:

  • the number of registered litters for each breed
  • the number of live kitten births recorded on those litter registrations for each breed
  • the number of active breeders

Included with the statistics for 2001 were the corresponding statistics for 1991. This makes it possible for us to compare what has happened in the past 10 years to the popularity of each breed and for CFA cats in general.

The news for CFA is not good. Participation in the cat fancy has decreased 50% in the past 10 years and is continuing to decline.

The Bottom-Line for All Breeds: From 1991 to 2001:

  • CFA litter registrations dropped by 51% (from 56,817 to 27,805)
  • CFA reported live births dropped by 51% (from 197,532 to 96,941)
  • CFA active breeders dropped by 48% (from 19,462 to 10,187)

Good News For Persian and Exotic Breeders: While overall registrations are down, Persians continue to be the most popular breed in CFA and Exotics are #4 . More than 3/5ths of all recorded live births in CFA were Persian or Exotic cats.

  • 62% of all litters registered in CFA were Persians or Exotics
  • 58% of all litters registered in 2001 were Persians
  • Colorpoint Exotics litter registrations were up 112% in 2001 compared to 1991


# of Live Births Recorded in 2001
Himalayans (including CPCs) - 44,213
Persians - 12,050
TOTAL ALL PERSIANS - 56,263
Exotics - 2,016
Colorpoint Exotics - 2053
TOTAL ALL EXOTICS - 4,069

Bad News for Persian and Exotic Breeders: While Persians and Exotics are are very popular breeds of cats, their numbers are still drastically down from what they were 10 years ago.

  • Himalayan registrations are down 52%
  • Persian registrations are down 73%
  • Exotics are down 19%
TABLE (1) Breeds whose numbers have INCREASED, ranked by popularity
TABLE (2) Breeds whose numbers have DECREASED, ranked by popularity
TABLE (3) All Breeds ranked which were recognized in 1991 and 2001, ranked by popularity
TABLE (4) Breeds not recognized in 1991, ranked by popularity


TABLE (1)
Breeds whose registrations have INCREASED since 1991

R
A
N
K

 BREEDS
listed from greatest to smallest # of litters registered in 2001
# of Litter Applications # of Kittens Recorded
2001 1991 % Change 2001 1991 % Change
3
Maine Coon
1,896 1,653 15% 7,941 6,692 19%
5
Abyssinian (dilute)
832 674 23% 2,655 2,141 24%
7
Colorpoint Exotic
620 293 112% 2,053 980 109%
8
Burmese (dilute)
514 427 20% 1,795 1,588 13%
14
Devon Rex
311 279 11% 987 848 16%
17
Ragdoll
289 11 2527% 1,197 47 2447%
18
Scottish Fold SH
254 32 694% 930 119 682%
19
British Shorthair
244 159 53% 887 573 55%
21
Norwegian Forest
194 89 118% 689 324 113%
22
Egyptian Mau
165 162 2% 604 568 6%
24
Manx LH
132 85 55% 480 274 75%
29
Turkish Angora
65 55 18% 223 192 16%
30
Singapura
64 61 5% 168 155 8%
35
Amer. Curl LH
44 24 83% 152 92 65%
36
Oriental LH
42 16 163% 160 63 154%
37
Selkirk Rex SH
40 13 208% 155 54 187%

TABLE (2)
Breeds whose registrations have DECREASED since 1991

R
A
N
K

 BREEDS
listed from greatest to smallest # of litters registered in 2001
# of Litter Applications # of Kittens Recorded
2001 1991 % Change 2001 1991 % Change
1
Himalayan (including CPCs)
12,439 25,824 -52% 44,213 93,125 -53%
2
Persian
4,106 15,425 -73% 12,050 48,861 -75%
4
Siamese
1,109 2,313 -52% 4,656 8,919 -48%
6
Exotic
655 856 -23% 2,016 2,745 -27%
9
Birman
454 627 -28% 1,294 1,871 -31%
10
Tonkinese
382 454 -16% 1,625 1,831 -11%
11
Cornish Rex
366 425 -14% 1,086 1,358 -20%
12
American Shorthair
363 682 -47% 1,241 2,308 -46%
13
Oriental SH
362 756 -52% 1,345 2,834 -53%
15
Ocicat
291 585 -50% 1,069 2,353 -55%
16
Russian Blue
290 335 -13% 863 1,082 -20%
20
Colorpoint Shorthair
225 462 -51% 987 1948 -49%
23
Abyssinian
151 1,102 -86% 432 3,414 -87%
25
Somali
127 317 -60% 389 983 -60%
26
Scottish Fold LH
124 748 -83% 415 2,713 -85%
27
Chartreux
67 102 -34% 200 353 -43%
28
Japanese Bobtail SH
67 108 -38% 200 326 -39%
31
Manx SH
63 463 -86% 152 1,427 -89%
32
Burmese
49 446 -89% 142 1,498 -91%
33
Bombay
48 81 -41% 191 254 -25%
34
Balinese
45 251 -82% 195 1,037 -81%
41
Japanese Bobtail LH
30 40 -25% 93 131 -29%
43
Javanese
27 169 -84% 96 726 -87%
44
Korat
24 60 -60% 71 207 -66%
46
Turkish Van
21 34 -38% 83 151 -45%
47
Havana Brown
18 52 -65% 55 140 -61%
48
American Wirehair
16 27 -41% 45 81 -44%
52
Amer. Curl SH
2 40 -95% 5 146 -97%


TABLE (3)
Comparison of the Number of Litter & Kitten Registrations
of each Breed in CFA from 1991 to 2001
~~~PINK boxes indicate a decrease in registrations~~~

R
A
N
K

 BREEDS
listed from greatest to smallest # of litters registered in 2001
# of Litter Applications # of Kittens Recorded
2001 1991 % Change 2001 1991 % Change
1
Himalayan (including CPCs)
12,439 25,824 -52% 44,213 93,125 -53%
2
Persian
4,106 15,425 -73% 12,050 48,861 -75%
3
Maine Coon
1,896 1,653 15% 7,941 6,692 19%
4
Siamese
1,109 2,313 -52% 4,656 8,919 -48%
5
Abyssinian (dilute)
832 674 23% 2,655 2,141 24%
6
Exotic
655 856 -23% 2,016 2,745 -27%
7
Colorpoint Exotic
620 293 112% 2,053 980 109%
8
Burmese (dilute)
514 427 20% 1,795 1,588 13%
9
Birman
454 627 -28% 1,294 1,871 -31%
10
Tonkinese
382 454 -16% 1,625 1,831 -11%
11
Cornish Rex
366 425 -14% 1,086 1,358 -20%
12
American Shorthair
363 682 -47% 1,241 2,308 -46%
13
Oriental SH
362 756 -52% 1,345 2,834 -53%
14
Devon Rex
311 279 11% 987 848 16%
15
Ocicat
291 585 -50% 1,069 2,353 -55%
16
Russian Blue
290 335 -13% 863 1,082 -20%
17
Ragdoll
289 11 2527% 1,197 47 2447%
18
Scottish Fold SH
254 32 694% 930 119 682%
19
British Shorthair
244 159 53% 887 573 55%
20
Colorpoint Shorthair
225 462 -51% 987 1948 -49%
21
Norwegian Forest
194 89 118% 689 324 113%
22
Egyptian Mau
165 162 2% 604 568 6%
23
Abyssinian
151 1,102 -86% 432 3,414 -87%
24
Manx LH
132 85 55% 480 274 75%
25
Somali
127 317 -60% 389 983 -60%
26
Scottish Fold LH
124 748 -83% 415 2,713 -85%
27
Chartreux
67 102 -34% 200 353 -43%
28
Japanese Bobtail SH
67 108 -38% 200 326 -39%
29
Turkish Angora
65 55 18% 223 192 16%
30
Singapura
64 61 5% 168 155 8%
31
Manx SH
63 463 -86% 152 1,427 -89%
32
Burmese
49 446 -89% 142 1,498 -91%
33
Bombay
48 81 -41% 191 254 -25%
34
Balinese
45 251 -82% 195 1,037 -81%
35
Amer. Curl LH
44 24 83% 152 92 65%
36
Oriental LH
42 16 163% 160 63 154%
37
Selkirk Rex SH
40 13 208% 155 54 187%
41
Japanese Bobtail LH
30 40 -25% 93 131 -29%
43
Javanese
27 169 -84% 96 726 -87%
44
Korat
24 60 -60% 71 207 -66%
46
Turkish Van
21 34 -38% 83 151 -45%
47
Havana Brown
18 52 -65% 55 140 -61%
48
American Wirehair
16 27 -41% 45 81 -44%
52
Amer. Curl SH
2 40 -95% 5 146 -97%
Grand Total
including new breeds
listed in table #2
27,805 56,817 -51% 96,941 197,532 -51%
# of Active breeders
in CFA
2001 1991 % Change
CFA      
10,187 19,462 -48%

TABLE (4)
The Breeds below were not recognized in CFA in 1991 so there are no figures for comparison, however their 2001 registration numbers are included
R
A
N
K
 BREEDS 
# of Litter Applications # of Kittens Recorded
2001 1991 %
Change
2001 1991 %
Change
38
Selkirk Rex LH
39 - - 133 - -
39
Amer. Bobtail SH
38  - - 156  - -
40
European_Burmese
30  - - 108  - -
42
Sphynx
30  - - 109  - -
45
Siberian
22  - - 73  - -
49
Amer. Bobtail LH
12  - - 51  - -
50
LaPerm SH
4  - - 18  - -
51
LaPerm LH
3  - - 8  - -

What does the Future hold?

Dedicated breeders will continue to support and promote our glorious breeds. But as the older breeder ages, there will come a time when they are lost to the cat fancy. Perhaps each one of us can reach out a hand to help new people discover the joys of being a cat breeder and exhibitor.

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