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Tonkinese
2007-12-13 18:54:15

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 appearance of the Siamese. Tonkinese cats are generally muscular and trim, but heavier than they appear to be. They have a modified wedge-shaped...

Snowshoe
2007-12-13 15:41:08

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 triangular. The head typically has black markings. The eyes of a Snowshoe are always blue. The Snowshoe coat is short-haired and is white and gray; it can...

Siamese
2007-12-13 15:25:46

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. Despite their territory of origin, most of the development of the breed occurred after the breed was imported to Britain in the late 1800s....

Burmese
2007-12-13 13:41:36

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 in the UK in 1952 by the respective cat Fancier's Associations. The first Burmese cats were seen only as Chocolate Siamese, because of...

Abyssinian
2007-12-13 13:23:12

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 as three other Abyssinians have been mixed into the gene pool in America. It is one of the most popular shorthair cats in the United States, and...

Oriental Longhair
2007-12-13 11:35:47

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 once was called, was renamed the Oriental Longhair in 2002 to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora. Some other cat fanciers refer to this breed...

Javanese
2007-10-29 10:53:52

The Javanese is a highly intelligent breed of cat which strongly resembles the Balinese with its long silky coat. The points of the Javanese differ from the Balinese "“ they often have Lynx, Flame or Tortie points. It is a highly intelligent, social cat which will become depressed if left alone often enough. Javanese are playful pets that have sleek powerful legs that make them remarkable...

Himalayan
2007-10-29 10:43:59

The Himalayan is a breed of cat with blue eyes and extremely long, fluffy fur. They are also called Colorpoint Longhair or Colorpoint Persians, as they were bread from Siamese (for their markings or points) and Persians (for their coat length, stocky body type, and temperament). Their bodies are so similar to Persians that they are now considered the same breed as the modern Persian show cat...

Balinese
2007-10-26 13:42:58

The Balinese breed is known for its long hair and Siamese style markings. Their medium-length silky coat and plumed tail do not require significant amounts of grooming. They are not nearly as "talkative" as Siamese cats, but are still extremely intelligent. Originally the Balinese cat was registered in the 1920s as a "longhaired Siamese". The cats were first bred by Marion Dorsey of...

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