From Vetstreet's Kristen Seymour:

Cat aficionados can name a million reasons why they fancy their feline friends, but certain breeds possess personality traits that make them particularly popular. So we decided to take a close look at Vetstreet's 2011 birth record data to find out just which pedigreed cat breeds are most coveted in the U.S. today.

List, photos and captions courtesy of Vetstreet

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  • 10. Sphynx

    Rounding out the list at No. 10 is the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sphynx</a>. A suede-like coat is the Sphynx's most unmistakable feature, but he's also curious, smart and a clown who craves applause for his antics. In fact, he loves attention so much that you may want to consider getting him a fellow Sphynx playmate.

  • 9. Russian Blue

    The <a href="" target="_hplink">Russian Blue</a> is quiet, intelligent and easy to love -- all traits that have secured him the No. 9 slot on our list. Although he's likely less demanding than many other felines, the Russian Blue is delightfully affectionate toward family members.

  • 8. Manx

    He's best known for his lack of a tail, but the smart <a href="" target="_hplink">Manx</a> also sports a gentle, playful disposition. Translation: He's happy to play fetch or carry on a conversation in his trilling voice. Some Manx will lavish all of their affection on a single member of the family, while others like to spread the love. Either way, we can see why he's made the top 10.

  • 7. American Shorthair

    The <a href="" target="_hplink">American Shorthair</a> is the pedigreed version of the domestic shorthair -- and the seventh most popular pedigreed cat in the U.S. He's easygoing, tolerant and enjoys affection and interactive play. And as long as he's well socialized as a kitten, he tends to get along well with guests and other pets.

  • 6. Himalayan

    The <a href="" target="_hplink">Himalayan</a> is a colorpoint version of the Persian, created by crossing Persians and Siamese, but some registries consider the Himalayan a stand-alone breed. The Himmy, who nabs the No. 6 spot, is the total package: He has the Persian's sedate personality and the inquisitive nature of a Siamese.

  • 5. Bengal

    Athletic, intelligent, active and independent. These are just some of the words commonly used to describe the <a href="" target="_hplink">Bengal</a>, who comes in at No. 5. He's not as cuddly as many of the other cats on our list, but he still demands attention -- he may even go for walks on a leash!

  • 4. Ragdoll

    Coming in at No. 4 is the sweet-natured <a href="" target="_hplink">Ragdoll</a>. You'll probably fall for those big, blue eyes in an instant, but his gentle disposition and ability to make friends with ease mean he's a good feline fit for many types of families.

  • 3. Maine Coon

    The <a href="" target="_hplink">Maine Coon</a>, ranking third on our list, is a true gentle giant. He generally gets along with everyone -- even dogs! -- and is known for following his family members from room to room. And you won't miss him when he does: This big-boned breed can weigh between 9 and 18 pounds!

  • 2. Persian

    The glamorous <a href="" target="_hplink">Persian</a> was the second most popular pedigreed cat breed in America last year -- and for good reason. He's gentle, quiet and expressive. Plus, just look at that face! His lush coat requires a good deal of grooming, but owners are quick to point out that it's a worthy sacrifice.

  • 1. Siamese

    With his stunning blue eyes, it's little wonder that the <a href="" target="_hplink">Siamese</a> ranked as the most popular pedigreed cat breed in 2011. But beautiful as he is, it's his personality that really dazzles -- the Siamese will chat with you all day (and night!), and his innate curiosity is the stuff of legends.

  • Cute Kitten Scared by Hoover

    A vacuum cleaner has turned this cute kitten into a nervous wreck as it backs away terrified by the sound of the hoover approaching.

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