Pictures to help identify a cat's breed can be found on Petfinder and Animal Planet. The Persian, exotic shorthair and Maine coon are the most popular cat breeds in the United States, as of 2014 according to The Cat Fancier's Association and PawNation.
Choosing a breed that is compatible with one's family and living situation is key to having a positive experience when caring for a pet. For example, the Persian breed is appropriate for apartment living and families since it is an indoor cat with a mild and amicable demeanor. Though some argue that cats are not completely domesticated, they have been bred for specific features for the past 2,000 years.