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Domestic Cat Breeds

The Exotic Shorthair, a cross between the American Shorthair and the Persian is a breed of cat first created in the 1960s. The breed is often referred to as the "Lazy man's Persian" because it has the same body type and personality as a Persian but lac...

The European Shorthair originated in Sweden, and is one of the oldest and most common breeds of cat. However, surprisingly, the breed was not standardized until recently and is not often recognized. European Shorthairs are often referred to as a Bo...

The Egyptian Mau is the only naturally spotted breed of domesticated cat; its spots are not only on the coat, but on the skin of the cat as well. The Mau is similar to the Ocicat and the Bengal, but the Ocicat's spots were bred-in, and the Bengal is mu...

The Chartreux is a domestic breed of cat from France. Stories say that the breed's ancestors were mountain cats from what we now call Syria, brought to France by Crusaders in the 13th century who entered the Carthusian monastic order. European breeders...

The California Spangled Cat was a rare and expensive cat bred to resemble a spotted wildcat. The breed only lasted for about a decade becoming extinct in the 1990s. The popularity of two similar breeds, the Ocicat and the Bengal caused the demand for t...

The Australian Mist is a breed of cat developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian and domestic shorthair cats to create a shorthair with a spotted coat. Prior to 1998 the cat was called the Spotted Mist, but the name was changed to include cats with ...

The Burmese is a breed of domestic cat split into two subgroups: the British Burmese (traditional) and the American Burmese (contemporary). The ancestry of all Burmese cats can be traced back to Thailand. The breed was recognized in America in 1936 and...

The British Shorthair is known as the "teddy bear" of domestic cats because of its features. Having a round head with full, chubby cheeks and a round sturdy body contributes to its resemblance to the stuffed toy. It is a large, muscular breed with a br...

The Bombay is a Burmese type cat with a black coat, paw pads and nose, and green or copper eyes. The American Bombay was created by crossing an American Shorthair with a Burmese, while in the UK it was created by crossing Burmese with domestic black c...

The American Shorthair is a descendant of English cats which were brought on ships to North America by settlers to protect their cargo from rodents. Today the American Shorthair is the most popular breed of cat in the United States. American Shortha...

The Abyssinian is said to have originated from the breeding of an Egyptian kitten and an English tabby. The Egyptian kitten, Zula is believed to be the ancestor of all Abyssinians in Europe, the Americas and Australia; however it is likely that as many...

The Turkish Angora is an ancient, naturally occurring breed of cat which originated in the Ankara region of central Turkey. It was one of the cats inter-bred to improve the coat on the Persian. Its coat is silky and mostly white; it is a medium-long c...

The Turkish Van is a rare breed of cat from Turkey's Lake Van region. The coat on a Turkish Van is semi-longhaired, with only one hair type instead of the usual three. This makes their coat feel soft like cashmere or rabbit fur. The cats have a coat th...

The Siberian cat is very strong and powerful. Siberians have strong hindquarters which enable them to jump quite high. They weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, and even though they attain the same weight as breeds such as the Maine Coon and the Norwegian F...

The Ragamuffin is a medium-longhaired cat which is very similar to a Ragdoll. They are heavy, muscular cats that do not reach maturity until they are around 4 years old. When fully grown, the females of this breed weigh 10 to 15 pounds and the males 15...

The Ragdoll is a breed of semi-longhaired cat. They have short legs, a sturdy body weighing 10 to 20 pounds and a thick coat with Siamese style points. They were bred in the 1960s in California mainly for their looks and temperament. Ann Baker bred her...

The Persian cat is one of the oldest breeds of cat, and it is also one of the most common. Documentation of the breed dates back to the 1500s. Although many people can name very few if any cat breeds, most can name the Persian. Oftentimes in a show hal...

The Oriental Longhair is a cat of many names. It was originally the product of the mating of a Sorrel Abyssinian and a Siamese Seal Point. This mating was done in attempts to introduce a gene believed to produce white cats. The British Angora, as it on...

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of domestic cat native to Norway. The breed is very old, and occurred as a natural adaptation to the cold climate of the region. It is a sturdy cat with a heavy coat, equipped to survive harsh winters. The Norweg...

The Nebelung cat is a medium-haired cat breed, and resembles the Russian Blue but has a medium-long coat, and was produced for the first time in 1986. It is a separate breed from the Russian Blue although it is occasionally called the long-haired Russi...