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Types of Domestic Cats

Abyssinian ​cat​
Abyssinian ​cat​

The Abyssinian / æ b ɪ ˈ s ɪ n i ən / is a breed of domestic short-haired cat with a distinctive "ticked" tabby coat, in which individual hairs are banded with different colors. The breed is named for Abyssinia (now called Ethiopia), from which it supposedly originated.

American ​Bobtail​
American ​Bobtail​

The International Cat Association accepted the American Bobtail into its new breed category in 1989 and gave it full recognition in 2002. The American Bobtail is also recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.

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American Curl​
American Curl​

The American Curl is one of the youngest cat breeds. It was born of a natural genetic mutation that first appeared in Shulamith, a stray black kitten with long, silky hair and, strangely, ears that curled backward.

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American ​Shorthair​
American ​Shorthair​

Even if a domestic cat lives in America and has short hair, he may not be an American Shorthair or domestic shorthair. The terms are often used interchangeably, but one is a purebred and the other isn't.

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American ​Wirehair​
American ​Wirehair​

The American Wirehair achieved full recognition from the Cat Fanciers Association in 1978. In The International Cat Association, the breed is considered a type of American Shorthair. American Wirehairs are also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the Canadian Cat Association, and the World Cat Federation.

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Balinese cat​
Balinese cat​

The Balinese is a long-haired breed of domestic cat with Siamese-style point coloration and sapphire-blue eyes. The Balinese is also known as the purebred long-haired Siamese, since it originated as a natural mutation of that breed and hence is essentially the same cat with a medium-length silky coat and a distinctively plumed tail.

Bengal cat​
Bengal cat​

Bengal cats are so sought after, that a British woman paid over $50,000 for her bengal cat in 1990, dubbing them the "Rolls Royce" of feline companions. Size This is a large cat.

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Birman​
Birman​

The Birman is a true family cat. It is impossible not to fall in love with the Birman cat. The Legend of the Birman Cat – The Sacred Cat of Burma. Long ago before the time of Buddha there was a temple in Burma where one hundred pure white cats resided. These white cats all had yellow eyes. The temple was known as the sacred Khmer temple and was located on Mount Lunh in Burma.

Bombay cat​
Bombay cat​

Her goal was a sleek, shiny black cat with a muscular body and friendly temperament. British breeders achieved the same look and personality with crosses of Burmese and black domestic shorthairs. The Cat Fanciers Association gave the Bombay full recognition in 1978. Today the breed is recognized by all cat associations.

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British ​Longhair​
British ​Longhair​

The British Longhair is a longer-haired development from the longstanding British Shorthair breed. In the mid-20th century, British Shorthairs were interbred with imported long-haired varieties, like the Turkish Angora and what today is called the Traditional Persian, with an aim to producing more stout and round-faced stock, while retaining the short coat.

British ​Shorthair​
British ​Shorthair​

Not every blue cat is a British Shorthair. It is still considered one of the minority breeds in CFA. Probably the oldest English breed of cat, the British Shorthair can trace its ancestry back to the domestic cats of Rome.

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Burmese cat​
Burmese cat​

The Burmese (Thai: ทองแดง or ศุภลักษณ์, RTGS: Thongdaeng or Supphalak, meaning copper colour) is a breed of domestic cat, originating in Thailand, believed to have its roots near the present Thai-Burma border and developed in the United States and Britain.

Burmilla​
Burmilla​

The Burmilla sheds a lot and should be groomed at least once a week. Brush it thoroughly to remove dead hair and, if its ears are dirty, clean with a damp cloth. In addition, its teeth should be brushed once a week. Health. The Burmilla is a generally healthy cat that can live well into its teens.

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Chartreux​
Chartreux​

The Chartreux is a rare breed of domestic cat from France and is recognised by a number of registries around the world. The Chartreux is large and muscular (called cobby) with relatively short, fine-boned limbs, and very fast reflexes.

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Colorpoint ​Shorthair​
Colorpoint ​Shorthair​

The Colorpoint Shorthair is a Siamese of a different color—non-traditional colors, that is. The breed was developed using Siamese as the foundation and then crossing it with a red American Shorthair to bring in a new color. That was successful and attractive, and the cats became the basis for a new breed: the Colorpoint Shorthair.

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Cornish Rex​
Cornish Rex​

If your Cornish REx has an outdoor enclosure that allows for sunbathing, be sure to apply cat-safe sunscreen to his body to prevent sunburn. Coat Color And Grooming With his crushed velvet coat, racy, slender body, and curly whiskers, the Cornish Rex is a dandy of a cat.

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Cymric​
Cymric​

The Cymric (/ ˈ k ɪ m r ɪ k / KIM-rik, / ˈ k ʌ m-/ KUM-) is a breed of domestic cat. Some cat registries consider the Cymric simply a semi-long-haired variety of the Manx breed, rather than a separate breed.

Devon Rex​
Devon Rex​

The Devon Rex, the Pixie of the Cat Fancy, sports oversized ears on an elfin face with large impish eyes. This adorable combination only hints at the mad-cap personality within – a cross, some say, between a cat, a dog, a monkey, and Dennis the Menace.

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Egyptian Mau​
Egyptian Mau​

The Egyptian Mau is the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. As such, these cats are limited to the colors that occurred naturally – silver, bronze, smoke, and black – as well as the dilute versions of these colors – blue silver, blue spotted, blue smoke, and blue.

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Exotic ​Shorthair​
Exotic ​Shorthair​

Exotic Shorthair Cat Personality Some folks who don't appreciate that laid-back, mellow personality label Persians and their relatives 'furniture with fur', but in truth Exotics are playful and enjoy a good game of catching the catnip mouse between bouts of catching a few ZZZs.

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Havana ​Brown​
Havana ​Brown​

The Havana Brown is a rare breed, so much so that his genetic diversity is threatened. It has been propped up by an outcrossing program begun in 1998, which permits the cats to be bred to unregistered black or blue domestic shorthairs or certain colors of Oriental Shorthairs or chocolate-point or seal-point Siamese.

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Himalayan cat​
Himalayan cat​

There is, however, no osteological or other evidence for this and it is more likely that the long-haired domestic cats are the result of artificial selection for this characteristic by man. Tests are still being done to discover the descendants of cats such as Himalayans.

Japanese ​Bobtail​
Japanese ​Bobtail​

The Japanese Bobtail is a breed of domestic cat with an unusual "bobbed" tail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of other cats. The variety is native to Japan and Southeast Asia, though it is now found throughout the world.

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Javanese cat​
Javanese cat​

The Javanese is a breed of domestic cat recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association as a show cat. It is an oriental-type longhair. The breed was developed in North America and its name is derived from the tradition of naming oriental-type cats after south-east Asian places.

Korat​
Korat​

The Korat (Thai: โคราช, มาเลศ, สีสวาด, RTGS: Khorat, Malet, Si sawat) is a silver-tipped blue-grey, short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat.

LaPerm​
LaPerm​

About the LaPerm. The kitten that exhibited traits of the original mutation that has formed the basis for the LaPerm breed sprang from strong, healthy, domestic “barn cat” stock. In 1982, on an Oregon farm located near the ancient hunting and fishing grounds of the Wishram Indians, a litter of six kittens was born to a barn cat.

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Maine Coon​
Maine Coon​

As mentioned, the Maine Coon is thought to be the result of breeding between domestic shorthair cats and longhair cats that hitched a ride to America on European settlers’ ships. Only the strongest and fittest could survive the harsh New England winters, and to this day Maine Coons are known as hearty working cats with excellent hunting skills. 3.

Manx cat​
Manx cat​

The Manx cat (/ ˈ m æ ŋ k s /, in earlier times often spelled Manks), is a breed of domestic cat (Felis catus) originating on the Isle of Man, with a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail.

Munchkin cat​
Munchkin cat​

The Munchkin or ‘’’Sausage Cat’’’ is a relatively new breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation. Much controversy erupted over the breed when it was recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995 with critics voicing concern over potential health and mobility issues. The name "munchkin" derives from writer L. Frank Baum's diminutive inhabitants of Munchkin Country, originating in the 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Nebelung​
Nebelung​

TICA was the first association to recognize the Nebelung and provides the breed standard. The goal of the Nebelung breeding program is to produce a blue cat with the same type as those early Russian imports and to combine this type with a thick shimmering coat of medium length.

Norwegian ​Forest cat​
Norwegian ​Forest cat​

The Norwegian Forest cat (Norwegian: Norsk skogkatt or Norsk skaukatt) is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation.

Ocicat​
Ocicat​

The Ocicat originates from interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair and is the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate the cats of the wild. Available in 12 colors, the ideal Ocicat is a large, active animal with an athletic appearance.

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Oriental ​Shorthair​
Oriental ​Shorthair​

The Oriental Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the Himalayan. It maintains the modern Himalayan head and body type but appears in a wide range of coat colors and patterns. Like the Himalayan, Orientals have almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, and an elongated, slender, and muscular body.

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Persian cat​
Persian cat​

The Persian cat (Persian: گربه ایرانی Gorbe Irâni) is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the Persian Longhair in the English-speaking countries.

Peterbald​
Peterbald​

This cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a relatively rare pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed. The Peterbald comes in any color or pattern, and the hair-type dictates the level of care.

Pixie-bob​
Pixie-bob​

The Pixie-bob is a breed of domestic cat claimed to be the progeny of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids. However DNA testing has failed to detect bobcat marker genes and Pixie-bobs are considered wholly domestic for the purposes of ownership, cat fancy registration, import and export.

Ragamuffin ​cat​
Ragamuffin ​cat​

The Ragamuffin is a breed of domestic cat. It is a variant of the Ragdoll cat and was established as a separate breed in 1994. Ragamuffins are notable for their friendly personalities and thick, rabbitlike fur.

Ragdoll​
Ragdoll​

The Ragdoll cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. It is a relatively popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breed. These cats are probably the most laid-back breed available.

Russian Blue​
Russian Blue​

If paired with a confirmed Russian blue mate, your cat should (re)produce Russian blue offspring. A pairing between a domestic short-haired cat and a Russian blue cat creates mixed breeds -- essentially another domestic shorthair -- all of whom have a litany of possible coat colors.

Savannah cat​
Savannah cat​

Of the hybrid cats recognized by TICA, the Savannah cat is the newest and most rare breed. In part, this is due to the difficulties in breeding a domestic cat with an African Serval. There are only a few breeders that have successfully produced litters of the exotic domestic cat.

Scottish Fold​
Scottish Fold​

The Scottish Fold comes in a number of colors and patterns, including solid, tabby, tabby and white, bicolor and particolor. Eye color depends on coat color. For instance, white and bicolor cats can have blue eyes or odd eyes (each eye is a different color).

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Selkirk Rex​
Selkirk Rex​

The Selkirk originated in Montana, where the first known cat of this type was born in 1987, one of a litter of six kittens found in an animal shelter. The others had the typical straight coat of a domestic shorthaired cat, but the curly-coated female was so unusual that she was brought to the attention of a local Persian breeder, Jeri Newman, who adopted her.

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Siamese cat​
Siamese cat​

The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Derived from the Wichianmat landrace, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the Siamese became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

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Siberian cat​
Siberian cat​

A longer name of the formal breed is Siberian Forest Cat, but it is usually referred to as the Siberian or the Siberian cat. Another name for the formal breed is the Moscow Semi-Longhair. [clarification needed] The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats.

Singapura cat​
Singapura cat​

Singapura cat in Singapore The breed's coat pattern is that of a ticked tabby. That is, individual hair strands have alternating sections of dark and light color, typically two dark bands separated by two light bands, with a dark color at the tip.

Snowshoe cat​
Snowshoe cat​

Like his ancestor the Siamese, the Snowshoe is a pointed cat, meaning she has a light-colored body with dark areas in seal or blue: the tail, legs, and ears, plus a mask around the eyes, broken up by an inverted V-shaped marking in white between blue eyes and over the muzzle.

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Somali cat​
Somali cat​

Domestic cat (Felis catus) The Somali cat is often described as a long-haired Abyssinian; a product of a recessive gene in Abyssinian cats, though how the gene was introduced into the Abyssinian gene pool is unknown.

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Sphynx cat​
Sphynx cat​

Sphynx cats can also have more ear wax than most hairy domestic cats because they have little to no hair in their ears to catch and protect them from a build up of impurities in their ears, like dirt, skin oils (sebum), and ear wax which accumulates more frequently in the hairless sphynx breed.

Tonkinese cat​
Tonkinese cat​

So no matter what circumstances brought a kitten or cat to be homeless, Tonkinese cats and kittens for adoption are still loving and lovely pets, ...

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Turkish ​Angora​
Turkish ​Angora​

The Turkish Angora (Turkish: Ankara kedisi, 'Ankara cat') is a breed of domestic cat. Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, natural breeds of cat, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region.

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