Several types of cats consistently rank among the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s list of top breeds. These cat breeds tend to be quite friendly, affectionate, and playful. And many can adapt to a variety of household situations, including living with children and other pets. Some of these breeds are more active than others. And some need more social time than others. So you’re sure to find one that suits your individual lifestyle.
Be prepared to provide plenty of interactive play for an Aby, and you will be rewarded with a lifetime of loyalty. Physical Characteristics: Tall, pointy ears; wedge-shaped head; slender and muscular body
And if they receive proper socialization from a young age, many American shorthairs can get along well with children, strangers, and other pets. The British shorthair is considered to be the oldest natural cat breed from England. While moderately active, British shorthairs are ideal household cats and can be comfortable with children and other pets.
Theyre generally not lap cats, but most are quite affectionate and prefer to be near their favorite humans. Brushing or combing once a week is typically all it takes to keep the coat free of tangles. Exotics tend to be laid-back, loving lap cats, but they have a playful side, too.
Contrary to folklore, the Maine coon isn’t the result of a cat breeding with a raccoon. Maine coons have a gentle giant reputation and are generally comfortable around children and other pets. They are highly affectionate and engaged with their favorite humans, but they typically don’t demand attention.
With their flowing coat, sweet face, and affectionate disposition, its no wonder Persians are one of the most popular cat breeds. Their coats must be combed daily to prevent tangles as well as bathed weekly to keep them shiny and clean. Physical Characteristics: Long coat; short, stocky legs; large, round eyes
In fact, all Scottish fold kittens are born with straight ears, which begin to bend forward after a few months. These cats are generally affectionate and easygoing, and they can adapt well to various living situations. They will talk to their humans day and night to express their opinions and demand attention.
They also need lots of entertainment from interactive toys or even on-leash walks, or they might seek out their own games, such as turning on faucets. The Sphynx is another highly recognizable and popular cat breed, thanks to its hairless body and prominent features. But they do need to be kept warm due to their lack of coat, and their skin needs regular bathing to remove excess oil.
What is the most common breed of cat?
Ragdoll. With its long silky coat and bright blue eyes, it’s no wonder the ragdoll tops the list as the most popular cat breed for the third year in a row. ….Maine Coon Cat. ….British Shorthair. ….Devon Rex. ….Abyssinian. ….American Shorthair.
What is the nicest type of cat?
Maine Coon. Recognizable by their large size and tufted paws and ears, Maine Coons are known as the gentle giants of the cat fancy, according to the CFA. ….Siamese. ….Abyssinian. ….Ragdoll. ….Sphynx. ….Persian. ….Burmese. ….Birman.
What is the rarest cat type?
American Wirehairs were first accepted for registration with the CFA in 1967 and every year since then, the breed has appeared in the bottom of the CFA’s registration list. The consistently low numbers of American Wirehairs registered makes it the rarest cat breed in the world.
What is the cutest cat breed?
Bengal. ….Munchkin. ….Siamese. ….Persian. ….Ragdoll. ….Scottish Fold. ….Birman. Striking blue eyes, silky coat and a serene demeanor set the Birman apart. ….Russian Blue. The Russian Blue has a stunning silver coat and a winning personality.
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The appealing chunkiness of its face and body and its plush, thick fur match its sturdy temperament. The large, muscular, affectionate, and calm Norwegian has a dense and water-resistant double coat and tufted toes and ears, making it the perfect companion for snowshoeing, raiding neighboring countries, and standing atop the dragon head on the prow of a Viking ship.
All that fur needs a lot of daily grooming, however, and Persians are prone to kidney disease, so they need frequent ultrasounds. Classic tabbies can, of course, be bred, but part of the fun of cats is in the genetic rock-tumbler that produces random combinations of coloration and patterns.
The following list of cat breeds includes only domestic cat breeds and domestic wild hybrids. The list includes established breeds recognized by various cat registries, new and experimental breeds, landraces being established as standardized breeds, distinct domestic populations not being actively developed and lapsed (extinct) breeds.
The list includes established breeds recognized by various cat registries , new and experimental breeds, landraces being established as standardized breeds, distinct domestic populations not being actively developed and lapsed (extinct) breeds. Inconsistency in breed classification and naming among registries means that an individual animal may be considered different breeds by different registries (though not necessarily eligible for registry in them all, depending on its exact ancestry).
For example, TICA’s Himalayan is considered a colorpoint variety of the Persian by the CFA, while the Javanese (or Colorpoint Longhair) is a color variation of the Balinese in both the TICA and the CFA; both breeds are merged (along with the Colorpoint Shorthair) into a single “mega-breed”, the Colourpoint, by the World Cat Federation (WCF), who have repurposed the name “Javanese” for the Oriental Longhair . Also, “Colo[u]rpoint Longhair” refers to different breeds in other registries. There are many examples of nomenclatural overlap and differences of this sort.
Furthermore, many geographical and cultural names for cat breeds are fanciful selections made by Western breeders to be exotic sounding and bear no relationship to the actual origin of the breeds;  the Balinese, Javanese, and Himalayan are all examples of this trend. Breed
Location of origin
Body type Coat type and length Coat pattern
Image Abyssinian  Unspecified, but somewhere in Afro-Asia likely Ethiopia NaturalSemi-foreign
ShortAgouti Aegean GreeceNaturalModerate
Semi-longMulti-color American Bobtail  United States  MutationCobby
Semi-longAll American Curl  United States  MutationSemi-foreign
Semi-longAll American Ringtail United States  MutationForeign
Semi-longAll American Shorthair United States  NaturalCobby
ShortAll American Wirehair United States  MutationNormal
RexAll Aphrodite Giant CyprusNaturalLean and muscularAllAll Arabian Mau the Arabian PeninsulaNaturalModerate and muscular
ShortAll Asian Developed in United Kingdom;foundation stock from AsiaNatural
ShortEvenly solid Asian Semi-longhair United KingdomCrossbreed between the Burmese and long-haired cats Cobby
Semi-longEvenly solid Australian Mist AustraliaCrossbreed between the Abyssinian and Burmese ModerateShortSpotted or marbled Balinese Developed in United States;  foundation stock from ThailandMutation of the Siamese Semi-foreignLongColorpoint Bambino United StatesCrossbreed between the Munchkin and SphynxDwarf Rex Bengal Developed in United States,but created in AsiaHybrid of the Abyssinian and Egyptian Mau leopard cat ( Prionailurus bengalensis )Large
ShortSpotted, marbled, or rosetted Birman Developed in France;foundation stock from Burma (Myanmar)  The original Birman was crossed with the Siamese and the Persian to create the Birman of today.Cobby
Semi-longMitted colorpoint Bombay United States and Burma (Myanmar)Crossbreed between the Black American Shorthair and Sable Burmese CobbyShortSolid black Brazilian Shorthair BrazilNaturalNormal
ShortAll British Longhair United Kingdom (England)  Natural
CobbySemi-longAll British Shorthair United Kingdom (England)  NaturalCobbyShortAll Burmese Burma (Myanmar)  NaturalSemi-foreign or semi-cobby
ShortSolid or Tortoiseshell Burmilla United Kingdom (England)  Crossbreed between the Brown Tortie Burmese and the Chinchilla Persian Semi-cobby
ShortSolid with Shaded Silver and Silver Tipped patterns California Spangled United States  Crossbreed between the Abyssinian , American Shorthair and British Shorthair ModerateShortSpotted tabby Chantilly-Tiffany United StatesNaturalCobbyLongSolid, classic tabby , spotted tabby and ticked tabby Chartreux France  NaturalMuscular CobbyShortComes in varying shades of blue Chausie United StatesHybrid of the Abyssinian jungle cat ( Felis chaus )NormalShortSolid black, black grizzled tabby and black ticked tabby Colorpoint Shorthair England, United KingdomCrossbreed between the Abyssinian , Siamese and short-haired cats Foreign
ShortColorpoint Cornish Rex Cornwall, England,
RexAll Cymric , Manx Longhair or Long-haired Manx [a] the Isle of Man, United States, and Canada [b] Mutation of the ManxSemi-cobby
LongAll Cyprus CyprusNaturalLean and muscularAllAll Devon Rex Buckfastleigh, Devon, England, United KingdomMutationSemi-foreignRexAll Donskoy orDon Sphynx
HairlessSolid Dragon Li orChinese Li Hua
ShortTicked tabby Dwelf United StatesCrossbreed between the American Curl , Munchkin and SphinxDwarf HairlessAll Egyptian Mau Egypt  NaturalModerate and muscularShortSpotted tabby European Shorthair Continental Europe  NaturalModerateShortAll Exotic Shorthair United StatesCrossbreed between the American Shorthair and Persian CobbyShortAll Foldex  CanadaCrossbreed between the Exotic Shorthair and Scottish Fold CobbyShortAll German Rex Germany  MutationSemi-foreign
RexAll Havana Brown United Kingdom (England);foundation stock from ThailandCrossbreed between the Siamese and black short-haired cats Semi-foreign
ShortSolid brown Highlander United StatesCrossbreed between the Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl ModerateShort/longAll Himalayan orColorpoint Persian [c] United States and United Kingdom  Crossbreed between the Persian and Siamese CobbyLongColorpoint Japanese Bobtail Japan [d] MutationModerateShort/longAll Javanese orColorpoint Longhair [e] Developed in United States  and Canada;foundation stock from Southeast AsiaCrossbreed between the Balinese with some Colorpoint Shorthair , Oriental Longhair and Siamese OrientalLongColorpoint Kanaani GermanyHybrid of short-haired cats the African wildcat ( Felis lybica )Semi-foreign
ShortSolid black, chocolate spotted tabby or cinnamon spotted tabby Khao Manee ThailandNaturalModerate
ShortSolid white Kinkalow United StatesCrossbreed between the Munchkin and American Curl Dwarf ShortAll Korat Thailand  NaturalMuscular, Semi-foreign
Semi-CobbySolid blue Korean Bobtail KoreaNatural, mutationModerate
ShortSolid black Kurilian Bobtail orKuril Islands Bobtail
eastern Russia and JapanNatural, mutationSemi-cobbyShort/longAll Lambkin United States  Crossbreed between the Munchkin and Selkirk Rex Dwarf RexAll LaPerm United States  MutationModerateRexAll Lykoi United StatesMutationModerate
HairlessSolid black roan Maine Coon United States  Natural, CrossbreedLargeSemi-long to longAll Manx the Isle of Man  MutationModerateShort/longAll Mekong Bobtail RussiaMutationModerate
ShortColorpoint Minskin United StatesCrossbreed between the Munchkin and SphynxDwarf HairlessAll Napoleon United StatesCrossbreed between the Persian and MunchkinDwarf Short/longAll Munchkin United States  Mutation Dwarf Short/longAll Nebelung United StatesNatural, MutationForeign
Semi-longSolid blue Norwegian Forest Cat Norway  NaturalCobby
LongAll but colorpoint Ocicat United States  Crossbreed between the Abyssinian , American Shorthair and Siamese Large
ShortSpotted tabby Ojos Azules United States  Crossbreed
All Oregon Rex (extinct)
United StatesMutationRex Oriental Bicolor Developed in United States and United Kingdom, later in Continental Europe;foundation stock ultimately from ThailandColor variety of the Oriental Shorthair
Bicolor Oriental Longhair [f] Developed in United States and United Kingdom;foundation stock ultimately from Thailand  Crossbreed between the Oriental Shorthair and Domestic Longhair OrientalSemi-longAll; if colorpoint is considered to be a separate breed, it is called the JavaneseOriental Shorthair [f] Developed in United States and United Kingdom;foundation stock ultimately from Thailand  Crossbreed between the European Shorthair and Siamese OrientalShortAll Persian (modern) Developed in United States and Europe;foundation stock from Greater Iran  Mutation of the traditional PersianCobbyLongAll but colorpoint Persian (traditional)Greater Iran  Natural, but some crossbreeding with the Turkish Angora CobbyLongAll but colorpoint Peterbald RussiaCrossbreed between the Donskoy , Oriental Shorthair and Siamese ;before this, it was between the Balinese and Javanese OrientalHairless, velour, brush, or straight coatAll Pixie-bob United States  Mutation (falsely claimed to be a bobcat hybrid early on)Medium
ShortSpotted tabby Ragamuffin orLiebling (obsolete)
United StatesCrossbreed between the Ragdoll with limited out-crossing to the Himalayan , the Persian , and other long-haired cats CobbyLongAll Ragdoll United States  Behavioral mutation in a crossbreed, presumed to be between the Persian or Turkish Angora and the Birman or Burmese CobbyLongColorpoint, mitted, or bicolor RaasRaas Island , Indonesia NaturalModerateShortSolid blue, solid cinnamon, or cinnamon colorpoint Russian Blue Russia  NaturalModerate, Oriental
ShortSolid blue Russian White, Russian Black and Russian Tabby Developed in Australia;foundation stock from RussiaCrossbreeds between the Russian Blue and short-haired cats from Siberia, RussiaModerate
ShortSolid white, solid black and tabby Sam Sawet ThailandColor variety of the Thai ModerateShortSolid Savannah United StatesHybrid of the domestic cat serval ( Leptailurus serval )  LargeShortSpotted Scottish Fold United Kingdom (Scotland)  Mutation of the bones and cartilage of the earsCobbyShort/longAll Selkirk Rex United States in 1988  Mutation/crossbreed between the American Shorthair , Persian , Himalayan , Exotic Shorthair and British Shorthair Large and cobbyShort/long (longhair can sometimen in early generations appear to be semi-long)All Serengeti United StatesCrossbreed/hybrid between the Bengal and Oriental Shorthair OrientalShortSpotted Serrade Petit FranceNaturalSemi-cobbyShortSolid tan, solid orange and solid white Siamese (modern)(for traditional, see Thai below)Developed in United States and Europe;foundation stock from Thailand  Mutation of the Thai OrientalShortColorpoint Siberian orSiberian Forest Cat;Neva Masquerade (colorpoint variety)
Russia, Ukraine  NaturalSemi-cobbySemi-longAll Singapura Developed in United States;foundation stock from Singapore  Possibly a mutation of a crossbreed (excluding the munchkin cat), solving why theyre so smallSmallShortTicked tabby Snowshoe United States  Crossbreed between the American Shorthair and Siamese ModerateShortMitted colorpoint Sokoke KenyaNaturalModerateShortTicked tabby Somali United States, CanadaMutationCobbyLongTicked tabby Sphynx Canada, Europe  MutationOrientalHairlessAll Suphalak ThailandNaturalModerate
ShortSolid reddish-brown Thai orTraditional, Classic, or Old-style Siamese;Wichien Maat [g] Thailand  NaturalModerateShortColorpointThailandColor varieties of the Korat ModerateShortSolid lilac and colorpoint (blue point and lilac point only) Tonkinese Canada, United States  Crossbreed between the Burmese and Siamese Oriental
ShortColorpoint, mink, or solid Toyger United StatesCrossbreed/hybrid between the Bengal and short-haired cats ModerateShortMackerel tabby Turkish Angora Turkey  NaturalSemi-cobby
Semi-longAll Turkish Van Developed in United Kingdom (England);foundation stock from TurkeyNaturalSemi-cobby
Semi-longVan pattern Turkish Vankedisi TurkeyNaturalSvelte
LongSolid white Ukrainian Levkoy UkraineCrossbreed between the Donskoy and Scottish Fold Moderate
HairlessSolid gray York ChocolateNew York , United StatesNaturalModerate
LongSolid chocolate, solid lilac and solid taupe or any of these colors with white ^ The Cymric is often classed as a long-haired variety of the Manx rather than a separate breed, e.g. as the “Semi-longhair Manx Variant” in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). ^ There may be some dispute to the exact origins of the Cymric.
The specific dominant autosomal gene (M) that causes the short tail of the Cymric was found in the cats living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea; however, the breed itself was developed by a Canadian breeder named Blair Wright and an American breeder named Leslie Falteisek in the 1960s from the Isle of Man population. ^ Some registries, such as the CFA and the TICA, classify the Himalayan as a colorpoint variety of the Persian. Others classify it as a long-haired sub-breed of the Siamese.
The WCF has combined the Himalayan, the Colorpoint Shorthair and the Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair into a single breed, the Colourpoint. ^ Due to artifacts and prints dating from as early as the 11th century found in many Eastern countries, there is some likelihood these cats may have originated in China, then were brought to Japan. However, the first known importation of Japanese Bobtails was from Japan in the 1960s.
^ “Colorpoint Longhair” has multiple meanings and “Javanese” has been used for at least one other breed; the WCF uses the “Javanese” name for the Oriental Longhair (not colorpointed). The WCF has also merged the colorpointed Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair, the Himalayan and the Colorpoint Shorthair of other registries into a single breed, the Colourpoint. In the CFA, the TICA and some other registries, the Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair has been merged back into the Balinese as a breed division.
^ a b In some registries, including the CFA, the Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair are a single breed, the Oriental, with two divisions (shorthair and longhair). ^ Thai is a recently established new name for the original, rounder-faced, thicker-bodied Siamese. ^ “The International Cat Association – TICA Breed Standards” .
Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2010-04-27 . ^ Cat Fanciers’ Association – CFA Breed Standards ^ Fdration InternationFline – FIFe Breed Standards ^ Somerville, Louisa (2007).
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ISBN 9780785822646 . There is a lot of confusion surrounding the use of this name in the cat world, although it is always used to describe cats of distinctly Oriental type. It has been adopted simply because of the tradition which has grown up for using the names of countries and islands from south-eastern Asia for other Oriental breeds, such as the Siamese and Balinese.
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