Most cats in shelters today seem to be garden variety, common domestic shorthair cats. Increasingly, however, purebred cats are also sometimes ending up in shelters. Currently, there are about twenty breeders specializing in the Toyger breed in the United States and about fifteen other breeders worldwide.
He is a breed known as a Maine coon cat, owned by Stephy Hirst, of Melbourne, Australia. He may be the world’s longest cat. Hirst told the BBC that Omar measures 3 feet 11 inches (120 centimeters) in length, which would make him the longest cat in the world.
In addition to the modern Siamese breed category, The International Cat Association (TICA) and the World Cat Federation (WCF) now accept Siamese cats of the less extreme type, and any wichianmat cat imported directly from Thailand, under the new breed name Thai Other, mostly unofficial, names for the traditional variety are "Old-style Siamese", "Classic Siamese", and "Applehead" (originally a derogatory nickname coined by breeders of modern-type Siamese).
The long haired and elegant Persian cats are one of the oldest and most popular cat breeds in the world. It is said to be this attractive cat breed originated in Persia (former name of Iran). The remarkable coat of Persian cat has more than 80 color variations including white, black, blue, chocolate, red, cream, silver and lilac.
The Exotic Shorthair is a relative newcomer to the cat fancy originating in the United States in the 1960’s. The breed is the result of crossing American Shorthairs with Persian cats. Later other breeds were used as outcrosses including Burmese and Abyssinians.
British Shorthairs may have started out as street cats in the United Kingdom, but with plenty of hard work from breeders all over the world, the British Shorthair has become a force to be reckoned with on the CFA show bench, having been recognized as a breed in May 1980.