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Domestic Cat Breeds

The Munchkin is a fairly new breed of cat with a lot of controversy surrounding it. The breed is created by a mutation that causes achondroplasia, or hypochondroplasia, which results in the cats having abnormally short legs. The breed originated when a...

The Manx is a breed of cat distinguished by little to no tail. The short-to-nonexistent tail comes from a naturally occurring mutation of the spine. The cat originated on the Isle of Man (thus the name), and is called "stubbin" in the Manx language. T...

The LaPerm is a rex breed of cat from the US with curly fur "“ the tightest curls on the throat, base of the ears, and the belly of each cat. It comes in many colors and patterns and is not related to any other rex breeds, because a dominant gene cau...

The signature trait of the Japanese Bobtail is its short stubby tail that resembles the tail of a rabbit more so than that of a feline. The tail is a genetic mutation caused by a recessive gene. These cats are the cats of legends in Japan. The Japa...

The German Rex is a medium sized breed of domestic cat with slender legs. The breed has large ears, a round head, curly whiskers and a curly, short coat of any color. The German Rex has a fairly heavy body. As a breed it is a friendly and lively cat an...

The Devon Rex was discovered in Devon, UK in 1960 near a disused tin mine. They were initially thought to be related to the Cornish rex, however testing proved otherwise. The Devon Rex has only awn hair and down with no guard hair, giving them a sparse...

The Cornish Rex is a breed of cat that is very distinguishable from other cats, because it has no hair except for down. Most breeds of domestic cat have three different types of hair in their coat, yet the Cornish Rex only has an undercoat, thus not sh...

The American Wirehair originated in upstate New York, and although well known, they are ranked as the rarest of the 41 breeds in the Cat Fancier's Association. The first Wirehair was a random mutation in a littler of six produced by two barn cats. Mrs....

The American Curl gets its name from its unusual ears, which curl back from its face toward the center of the back of the skull. The breed originally was the result of a spontaneous mutation which occurred when two longhaired kittens, one white and one...

Tonkinese (or "Tonks" are a medium-sized short-haired cat breed that is a cross between Siamese and Burmese. These cats are distinguished by points like the Siamese and Himalayans. Some claim that this breed's appearance is similar to the original appe...

The Somali is a long-haired version of the Abyssinian cat. In the 1950s the breed spontaneously appeared when a number of Abyssinians were born with bushy tails and long coats. The Somali and the Abyssinian share many of the same traits; they are curio...

The Sokoke is a breed of cat originally called the Khadzonzos. These cats were discovered on the Kenyan coast and taken to Denmark to breed in the late 1970s. The name of the breed changed to reflect the name of the forest in which the breed was discov...

The Snowshoe is a cross between a Siamese and a bi-colored American Shorthair. The first Snowshoes appeared in the 1960s. The breed is sturdy and pointed with white markings on the face, chest and feet. The ears and head of a snowshoe are triangula...

The Singapura is a small, foreign-type cat which originated in Singapore. The breed combines genes indigenous to Southeast Asia, the browns of Siamese and Burmese cats and the ticked or agouti pattern. The body of the Singapura is moderately stocky...

One of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat is the Siamese. It is believed to be from Siam (present day Thailand), where it is referred to as the "Moon Diamond". It is one of the most popular breeds of cat in North America and Europe....

The Russian Blue is a medium sized cat with a short, plush, bluish-grey coat. The color is a dilute expression of the black gene. The coat is a double coat unique to the breed with tipped guard hairs that give the coat a shimmering appearance. The Russ...

The Oriental Shorthair is a self-colored (solid, non-pointed) cat that combines the Siamese body with a varied range of colors and patterns. The Oriental Shorthair can be found in solid colors (white, red, cream, ebony, blue, chestnut, lavender, cinnam...

The Ocicat is a fairly new and rare breed of cat which resembles an ocelot while having the temperament of a domestic animal. Despite the appearance of the cat there is no wildcat DNA in the breed's gene pool. The breed is a mix of Siamese, Abyssin...

The Korat, known as the "Good Luck Cat" is one of the oldest stable breeds. The Korat has a heart shaped face, green eyes and a silvery blue coat and is one of only a few breeds that have only one color. The first mention of the Korat was in a boo...

The Havana Brown, also called the Swiss Mountain Cat is a cross between a black shorthair and a chocolate point Siamese. The breed was supposedly named such because of its similar color to Havana cigars. It is a muscular short haired cat of moderate...