5. Persian – $4,500
The Persian cat is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the “Persian Longhair” in English-speaking countries. In the Middle East region, they are widely known as “Iranian cat” and in Iran, they are known as “Shiraz cat”. Some cat fancier organizations’ breed standards subsume the Himalayan and Exotic Shorthair as variants of this breed, while others treat them as separate breeds.
The selective breeding carried out by breeders has allowed the development of a wide variety of coat colors, but has also led to the creation of increasingly flat-faced Persians. Favored by fanciers, this head structure can bring with it some health problems. As is the case with the Siamese breed, there have been efforts by some breeders to preserve the older type of cat, the traditional breed, having a more pronounced muzzle, which is more popular with the general public.
In 2018 it was ranked as the 2nd most popular breed in the United States according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association.