06/13/2012 01:06 pm ET

Best Cat Breeds 2012: The Top 10 American Feline Pedigrees

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

America's Top 10 Pedigreed Cat Breeds

Also on Vetstreet:
Cats vs. Dogs: Which Pet Is Better?
9 Cat Breeds That Crave Affection
Why Do Cats Love to Chew Plastic?
Least Trendy Cat Names of 2012