06/13/2012 01:06 pm ET

Best Cat Breeds 2012: The Top 10 American Feline Pedigrees

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

America's Top 10 Pedigreed Cat Breeds