The Ultimate Guide To Different Cat Breeds (100+ Feline Breeds)
Have you ever asked yourself exactly how many cat breeds are there?
The Fancier groups say there are only a few dozen, but with cross-breeding, new breeds coming up, and more, there are more than 100 types, which are all outlined below.
Here at Catological, we have composed the biggest list of cat breeds you’ll ever find – with pictures, names and additional information for each kitty. We’ve even included some extinct ones.
There’s like literally 10,000 words here. If you can’t find it here, let us know and we’ll add it!
These aren’t just your typical domestic indoor cats, either.
We have also included designer and exotic breeds, as well as many mixtures, some of which are yet to be officially recognized as distinguished feline breeds.
Below you’ll find the entire list of cat breeds.
But we’ve also put together a few color/marking specific pages and give a run down of some of the best breeds for certain situations.
To learn more about certain colorings and markings, check out these article:
- Facts About Tuxedo Cats
- Facts About Tortoiseshell Cats
- Facts About Calico Cats
- Facts About Tabby Cats
- Facts About Albino Cats
If you’re looking for a certain breed to meet your lifestyle, check these out:
- Best Cat Breeds For Apartment Living
- Best Cat Breeds For Lazy People
- Top Dog Breeds For Cats To Get Along With
- Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed (Much)
- Best Cat Breeds For People With Allergies
- Cat Breeds That Get Along Well With Kids
- Top Cat Breeds For Dogs To Get Along With
Now, without further ado, here’s our ultimate guide to cat breeds featuring more than 100 different feline furballs.
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The Abyssinian cats are noteworthy intelligent, susceptible to training and extremely active. They are excellent jumpers and make great pets for households with children. Abyssinian kitties have a long, slender and elegant body. Their almond-shaped eyes come in gold, copper, hazel and green color.
Affectionate, amicable and hyperactive, Abyssinians are rather shy when it comes to strangers. They don’t adapt easily to the unknown and can be quite reserved towards new house guests. Nevertheless, they become easily attached to their owners and love spending every ounce of their time with their pet parents.
The Aegean kitty is a breed of domestic cats native to Greece. It originates from the Aegean Sea’s Cycladic Islands. Nowadays Aegean cats can be found throughout Greece, both in feral and domestic versions.
Aegeans aren’t officially recognized as a separate breed by any major feline organization. Nevertheless, Aegeans are free of genetic diseases due to being developed through all-natural selection instead of selected interbreeding. As such, they are preferred by tons of cat owners residing in their native Greece. Moreover, the Aegean cat is notably social, easily adaptable and famous for being quite fond of water basins. This particular breed is the only recorded case of a native Greek feline up to present day.
American Bobtails originated in the United States somewhere during the 1960s. They are among the few feline breeds with natural bob tails. Unlike the Japanese Bobtail, these kitties have a more dominant tail, which can grow up to as one half of the length of a standard kitty’s tail.
The breed resembles Manx cats as it has a sturdy body with a long-haired coat, which is usually tabby colored. In terms of behavioral traits, American Bobtails are active, playful and quite sociable. They become easily attached to their families and aren’t afraid to become demanding when they want attention. Moreover, they are relatively susceptible to training.
American Curl cats are well-known for their unusually shaped ears. Unlike the Fold breeds, the ears of the American Curl cat are curled back from their faces and are facing towards the back center of their heads.
The breed’s origins were kick-started by a spontaneous mutation occurring in a stray feral kitty from Lakewood, California. Nowadays this medium-sized breed is registered as a separate feline breed with longhair and shorthair variations. A fun fact about these felines is that they’re born with normal ears. The newborn kittens’ ears start curling backwards during the first 48 hours of their birth.
The American Ringtail project started back in 1998 by a California-based breeder named Susan Manley. Susan wanted to reproduce the naturally occurring trait of her cat Solomon’s uniquely curled tail.
The genetic mutation, which resulted in the curled tail, was then transferred to kittens parented by Ragdolls and American Shorthair cats. Back in 2005, nearly a decade after the breeding process was launched, TICA decided to give the American Ringtail a “Registration Only” status.
The American Shorthair is among the top most popular feline breeds for pet owners all over the US. Nicknamed “working cats”, they were originally bred for the purpose of catching mice and other rodents.
Nowadays the American Shorthair is a well-known domestic breed with an enviable life expectancy of 18-20 years. Their coats have nearly 80 colorful variations and regardless of their fluffy fur coats, they don’t shed as much as other popular feline breeds do. What’s more, they are notoriously amicable, easy-going and tolerant to strangers and even to noisy, active kids.
Being among one of the rarest breeds, the American Wirehair is actually derived from a spontaneous mutation, which occurred in an American Shorthair cat. The springy, wirehaired coat is basically the only thing that differentiates the two breeds from one another.
American Wirehairs are just as laid-back and easy-going as their American Shorthair counterparts. They were officially recognized as a separate breed by the CFA in 1967 – only a year after the first litter of American Wirehairs was born. And as of 1978, American Wirehair cats are officially accepted as a breed suitable for championship competitions.
Not to be mistaken with the popular Egyptian Mau, the Arabian Mau is a formal breed of domestic kitties. Arabian Mau cats originated from desert cats, which were native to Saudi Arabia and the overall Arabian Peninsula.
These medium sized cats are muscular and females appear as rather slender and elegant compared to their larger male counterparts. Well-known for their loving and affectionate temperament, Arabian Maus are loyal, hyperactive and curious. Moreover, Arabian Maus are notably territorial and aren’t finicky eaters, unlike other feline breeds, which are picky with their food.
Asian – Malayan
The Asian cat is also known as Malayan and comes in both longhair and shorthair variations. The longhaired Asians are often dubbed Tiffany. Even though they are called Malayan and Asian, these kitties actually come from the UK.
Medium in size, with smooth glossy fur these felines are quite similar to the Burmese breed. With muscular bodies and slender legs Asians are desired domestic pets because they are affectionate and playful. With a never-ending curiosity, these furballs adore exploring everything at sight. They are quite demanding in terms of social interaction, but they are easy to groom.
Asian Longhair – Tiffany
This breed is a variation of the former one – the Asian Shorthair. Tiffanies are recognized by the UK’s Government Council of the Cat Fancy organization. However, they are currently not recognized as a separate breed by any US-based cat registries and organizations.
Asian Longhairs are more similar to Burmillas rather than Burmeses, and they were developed back in the 1980s. Cats from this breed are notoriously vocal and don’t do well with other pets. The tendency towards jealousy, vocalization and constant curiosity are the main behavioral traits of this breed. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, which also occur in their Asian Shorthair counterparts.
Formerly known as Spotted Mist, the Australian Mist is a medium sized kitty with short hair that lacks an undercoat. Up to present day, this is the only native Australian feline breed.
Australian Mists are minimal shedders and they have moderate to high life expectancy. They are susceptible to training, have mild temperament and love spending time with their owners. This is a newly accepted breed as TICA granted the Australian Mist a championship status only in 2014, even though the breed dates back to the 1970s. Over the course of the past decade Australian Mists have been introduced to the US and several other countries for breeding purposes, including the UK and Norway.
The Balinese is quite similar to the popular Siamese breed. In fact, the breed has been dubbed as the purebred longhaired version of the Siamese. Contrary to their name, Balinese cats aren’t native to Bali or other parts of Indonesia.
The breed originates from the US where some Siamese cats, who carried a recessive longhair gene, were bred in effort to produce a longhair version of the breed. Balinese kitties are great for people suffering from allergies as they produce less Fel-d1 allergens than other cats. What’s more, they are notably affectionate towards their owners and are famous for being extremely intelligent. Lastly, they are also prone to being quite vocal.
Bambinos are officially recognized by the TICA as an experimental feline breed. They are a cross between Munchkins and Sphynx kitties. The Bambino is a notably new cat. It dates back to 2005 and is among the few hairless domestic felines.
Cats from the Bambino breed look like Sphynxes in terms of skin color, ears and facial features. However, they have inherited the Munchkin’s short legs. They are amicable and love to snuggle. Due to their lack of fur, they get easily cold and are vulnerable to harsh weather conditions. This small breed requires frequent bathing and can suffer from various skin problems if its grooming is neglected.
The Bengal is probably the most famous among all designer and exotic cat breeds. It’s a large kitty, which is a mixture between domestic and wild cats. As such, it has a distinguishable wild cat appearance with its slender body, elegant structure and rosette fur patterns.
These furballs love climbing and jumping, they are notably active and playful. Bengals need social interaction with their pet parents on frequent occasions and are minimal shedders. They are desired among cat owners from all across the globe for their extraordinary appearances and they have even inspired a breeding program for a new cat breed, known as Cheetoh.
Birmans are native to France and are nicknamed The Sacred Cats of Burma. They were officially recognized for the very first time in 1925 by the Cat Club de France.
Nobody really knows how they originated and their true origins remain a mystery up to present day. Nowadays Birmans are well-known all across the globe for their enchanting blue eyes, extraordinary intelligence and adaptability towards big families with children. One of the most famous cats in the world is Choupette, Chanel CEO Karl Lagerfeld’s show-white pet Birman. Standard Birmans come in a variety of colors, including lilac, white, chocolate, blue, cream, red, tortie, and so forth.
Bombay felines have the elegant looks of black panthers, but they don’t have any wild DNA. These black shorthaired kitties are actually a product of the breeding between black American Shorthairs and black Burmeses.
A Kentucky-based owner started their line back in 1958, but the first successful litter was born in 1965. TICA recognized Bombays in 1979. These furballs have a long life expectancy of up to 20 years and they are notably social. Vocal, affectionate and requiring minimal grooming, Bombay cats don’t do well when being left home alone over long periods of time.
The Bramble is an extremely rare feline breed, which originates from the US. Even though Brambles aren’t common as domestic pets, they are officially recognized by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry as a separate breed.
Brambles are actually a mixture, which was produced from the breeding between a brush-coated Peterbald cat and a Bengal cat. The fixed physical appearance requirements for the Bramble feature large body structure with spotted coat pattern on its wire-haired fur coat. Brambles are playful, susceptible to training and while they are naturally friendly, they tend to pick out a favorite family member to whom they stay loyal.
Brazilian Shorthairs are medium-sized with agile, elegant and muscular bodies. Lacking an undercoat, their fur is very short and silky.
A fairly active kitty, the Brazilian Shorthair is fond of receiving attention and likes social interaction. Even though it originates from feral cats in Brazil, nowadays it’s kept both as an indoor and outdoor pet. Back in 1998 the World Cat Federation officially approved it as a pure breed cat. Nevertheless, up to present day there are only a few cat breeders based in Brazil, which focus on this particular breed.
As you can guess from its name, the British Shorthair is a UK-native medium sized furball with long hair. British Longhairs are more prone to obesity than other domestic felines. They get easily bored and if kept strictly indoors, they’ll constantly have to blow off excessive energy.
British Longhair furballs shed a lot and need to brushed on daily basis, otherwise hairballs will become part of their problematic maintenance. The longhaired gene isn’t a naturally occurring mutation as these kitties are actually the result of interbreeding between British Shorthair and other breeds like the Persian and the Turkish Angora.
The British Shorthair and especially the British Blue is among the most common domestic felines. With its signature chunky body, broad facial shape and dense fur coat, the British Shorthair is also the inspiration behind the famous Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.
British Shorthairs are notably easy-going in terms of behavior. The main disadvantages of this breed are the proneness to obesity and polycystic kidney disease, as well as the dislike towards being picked up. Nevertheless, they adapt well to apartment living and big families with children due to their laid-back temperament.
Burmese kitties are native to the Thai-Burma borderline area and date back to the 1930s. Felines of the Burmese breed come in two variations – British-Traditional (long, slender bodies and almond-shaped eyes) and American-Contemporary (stockier bodies, short muzzles and round eyes).
Felines of this breed adore being around humans. They don’t lose their playfulness from kittenhood as they grow up and they are dog-like loyal to their owners. Burmeses can’t be left home alone for too long as they don’t take well to loneliness. Moreover, they have a tendency to vocalize and become severely dependent and attached to their pet parents.
Burmillas are a relatively new breed, which originated in the UK in the early 1980s. They are the product of breeding between a Burmese cat and a Chinchilla Persian cat.
Various coat colors are possible for the Burmilla – black, red, cream, blue, chocolate, lilac and so forth. Due to their short-to-semi-long hair, they require frequent brushing. In terms of temperament, the Burmilla is famous for being quite independent and irreverent. It picks one favorite owner and remains loyal to him/ her. Nevertheless, the Burmilla kitty can get along with kids and other pet animals if introduced to them properly.
California Sprangled – EXTINCT
Often called Sprangle, the California Sprangled feline was an extremely rare breed. These cats were first introduced in the 1980s and only 58 of them were ever registered. What’s more, they were quite expensive, with prices starting from $800 and reaching up to $2,500 USD per kitten.
California Sprangled cats were a mixture between numerous other breeds, among which were American Shorthair, British Shorthair and Abyssinian. Even though they resembled a wild cat, they had no wild genes. It is believed that they were affectionate, sociable, athletic, curious, hyperactive and devoted to their pet parents.
Chantilly – Tiffany
Chantilly-Tiffany cats, which are also known as Foreign Longhairs, are native to North America. It was believed that the breed was completely extinct in the 1960s, but afterwards it resurfaced once again.
These cats have smooth, fluffy longhaired coats with no undercoat, signature plumed tails and yellow-gold eyes. Chantilly-Tiffany felines may lack an undercoat, but that doesn’t mean that their grooming is easy. Not only do they shed, but they actually tend to pull their hair. As such, patched coat and hairballs are serious risks in this breed. On top of that they mature much slower than other domestic breeds and their kitten-like behavior is still prevalent in their first 2 years.
Chartreux is a rare feline breed with French roots. They have large bodies with short limbs, yet they have enviably fast reflexes. What’s more, they are outstanding hunters and are extremely intelligent.
Felines of the Chartreux breed are notably quiet and mature slower than most domestic furballs. Being an overall healthy breed, the Chartreux is often depictured as being dog-like loyal to its favorite person and constantly following him/ her around. Even though they are a rare breed, these cats have had a championship status granted by the CFA since 1987.
Chausies are hybrids, a product of the breeding between wild jungle cats and some domestic breeds. Nowadays the Chausie is considered a rather medium-to-large cat and can weigh up to 15 pounds. Nevertheless, they are very athletic and have excellent running and jumping skills.
A generally friendly breed, Chausies don’t like being left home alone. They are hyperactive in their kittenhood and they never fully grow out of their playfulness. One of the main health risks in this breed is their proneness to extreme stomach sensitivity when it comes to processing vegetables, herbs and other plant-based foods.
The Cheetoh is a relatively new feline breed with a status of experimental breed granted by TICA back in 2009. They are still in development and aren’t considered eligible for any feline-based show competitions and championships.
Cheetoh kitties are a crossbreed between a Bengal and an Ocicat. They were created with the intensions of producing an entirely new breed by mixing the defined characteristics of their spotted fur coat of the above mentioned two domestic breeds. Cheetoh cats were first recognized in 2004 by the minor cat breed registry UFO – United Feline Organization.
The Cornish Rex originates from the UK and dates back to the 1950s. Its looks resemble the Devon Rex (an entirely separate breed), but its hairless mutation isn’t related to the Devon Rex.
An ideal Cornish Rex kitty has no hair apart for its down fur (a soft, short undercoat). Often considered as hypoallergenic, the Cornish Rex is a suitable pet for owners who are affected by the Fel-d1 allergen. Cornish Rex cats are best-suited for residing indoors. They are people-orientated, adventurous, intelligent and susceptible to training. What’s more, they reside well in the company of other pets.
According to some registries, the Cymric is a longhaired variation of the Manx breed. It originated in Canada and even nowadays the Australian Cat Federation is the only registry to recognize Cymrics as a separate feline breed.
In terms of physical appearances the Cymric has a sturdy body, large eyes, dense coat and weighs around 7-13 pounds. Susceptible to training, Cymric cats are intelligent, playful and friendly. They can reside within families with children and other pets, including dogs. What’s more, they aren’t repulsed by water, unlike many other domestic feline breeds.
The Desert Lynx is a rare domestic cat breed. It’s officially recognized as a separate breed by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry.
Desert Lynxes are an experimental breed. They are noteworthy for their bobtails and have spotted tabby patterns on their signature curled coat. The Desert Lynx cat has a medium-sized body and a rather unsymmetrical structure with notably longer hind legs. Always on alert, this breed is active and intelligent. According to the REFR, the Desert Lynx group actually features Desert Lynx, Highland Lynx, Mohave Bobs and Alpine Lynx cats.
Devon Rex cats are notable for being able to learn various difficult tricks. They originated in the UK and were firstly discovered in 1960. Their name is derived from the Devonshire region of Buckfastleigh.
With its signature curled fur coat the Devon Rex has a medium sized body with extremely large eyes and ears. Devon Rex felines are excellent jumpers, they are amicable and remain playful throughout their entire lives. Moreover, they tend to follow their pet parents all over the place and they constantly seek social interaction with their families.
Donskoys are among the most famous hairless feline breeds. They are native to Russia and their breeding kicked off back in the late 1980s.
TICA recognized the Donskoy in 2005, even though the breed has been registered with the World Cat Federation since 1997. Due to the possible genetic health risks of this breed, many registries refuse to acknowledge it. Donskoy cats are medium-sized, they have large ears and almond-shaped eyes. Other names for the Donskoy felines are Don Hairless and Don Sphynx, even though the Donskoy kitty isn’t related to the Sphynx cat.
The Dragon Li is known by many names, among which are Li Mao, Li Hua Mao and Chinese Li Hua. It’s based on a native feline landrace inhabiting China and it’s a completely natural breed, formally recognized by CFA.
Dragon Li cats have a signature golden brown tabby pattern, tipped ears and strong-built muscular bodies. While it’s popular in its native China, the Dragon Li kitty is extremely rare in the US. The breed is highly valued for its intelligence. It’s better known as Li Hua Mao in China and it’s often linked to various aspects of the Chinese folklore and dynastic culture.
The Egyptian Mau is a slender-built, elegant and shorthaired feline, which is believed to originate from Egypt. Recent studies, however, show that these felines have North American and European origins.
Among the numerous signature features of the Egyptian Mau is its dark stripe, which starts from the head and runs along its spine all the way to its tail. Egyptian Mau furballs have a friendly and loyal personality. They tend to get vocal with chirps, meows and other unusual sounds. These kitties are fond of high temperatures and are more temperature sensitive compared to most domestic feline breeds. Even though they have championship status since 1968, they are actually a rare breed.
Common European cats are often described as European Shorthair, Celtic Shorthair or simply European. These kitties are from a naturally occurring breed and they reportedly derive their origins from Finland or Sweden.
Most of these cats are playful and friendly. However, it’s basically impossible to summarize the temperament traits of the European Shorthair due to it carrying the genes of its numerous ordinary domestic ancestors. These cats are basically the European equivalent of the common British Shorthair and American Shorthair felines, even though they aren’t closely related and have different appearances and temperaments.
While its name might not give this away, the Exotic Shorthair was developed with the idea of creating a smaller, shorthaired version of the popular Persian cat.
It has dense, fluffy fur coat, broad and oval face, large round eyes, and weighs around 3.5-6 kilograms. Gentle and calm by nature, the Exotic Shorthair is also friendly and can reside well with other animals and children. It’s more energetic than its longhaired counterpart, the Persian, but it can still adapt well to apartment living. What’s more, this breed is so affectionate and easy-going that Exotic Shorthairs make the ideal lap cat.
The FoldEx cat, also known as Exotic Fold, is native to Quebec, Canada. The FoldEx is an experimental cat breed and it’s the offspring of interbred Scottish Fold and Exotic Shorthair felines.
Exotic Folds are medium sized cats with rounded faces and short legs. They have the signature tiny, folded ears of the Scottish Fold kitty. Felines of this breed are either long or shorthaired with dense, fluffy coats. The FoldEx breed has a charming personality and enjoys social interaction with humans 24/7. It’s active and its cheerful temperament makes it ideal for families with kids.
The very first German Rex kitties were born in 1957 with the breed’s distinctive curly coat. German Rex cats are slender-built and medium in size, with large heads, open ears, medium sized eyes and sometimes even a tendency towards curly whiskers.
Felines of this breed are well-known for easily adapting to new owners and bonding with them in no time. In terms of temperament the German Rex is quite similar to the Cornish Rex breed. These Rex-type kitties are playful, notably intelligent and remain quite active throughout their entire lives.
The Havana Brown, nicknamed HB, is the result of a breeding between black domestic cats and Siamese cats. It dates back to the 1950s and was initially introduced in the UK. Nowadays it’s bred mainly in the US and the UK.
Havana Brown cats are muscular shorthaired felines, which are moderately active. They adore social interaction with humans and their curiosity makes them rather friendly towards strangers. It’s common for the Havana Brown to befriend other animals. What’s more, these kitties are so interactive that they constantly want to be included in their owners’ everyday activities. They don’t do well when left alone or unattained for too long.
Highlanders are an experimental breed. They are a mixture of jungle cats and Desert Lynx felines. These furballs date back to the not-so-distant 1993 and gained championship status by TICA in 2008.
Some Highlanders are polydactyl (meaning they have extra toes on one or more of their paws). They are muscular and bobtailed with spotted or marbled fur coats. Highlander cats are an overall healthy breed. Regardless of their large and menacing appearances, they are friendly and enjoy spending time around people. While females may reach 10-14 pounds, male Highlanders can reach up to 20 pounds in weight.
The Himalayan, also known as Colorpoint Persian, Himalayan Persian and Siamese-Persian, is partially recognized as sub-breed of the Persian type. It’s the mixture of a Persian and Siamese cat with distinctive blue eyes.
Himalayans come in a variety of soft color points – blue, seal, lilac, cream, red or flame, black, white, and chocolate. They are notable for their longhaired coats, which require daily grooming. Himalayans are more active than their Persian counterparts due to their Siamese genes. They are playful, sweet-tempered and affectionate in terms of behavioral traits, and can become easily dependent on their pet parents.
Isle of Man
The Isle of Man breed isn’t recognized as a separate feline breed. It comes in shorthair and longhair variations, both of which are derived from either Cymric or Manx parents.
Isle of Man Longhair cats are sometimes referred to as fully tailed Manx cats because they don’t have the bobbed tails of their shorthair counterparts. The New Zealand Cat Fancy is the only organization to support the separate breed standard of the Isle of Man. Up to present day these feline furballs are only considered as being Manx breeding stock and as such, cannot attend any feline shows and competitions.
Nowadays Japanese Bobtails can be found all over the world, but they were once only spotted in Southeast Asia and Japan. They are an ancient feline breed, which has been around for centuries, and have made notable appearances in traditional folklore.
Japanese Bobtails have predominantly white colors with long, well-balanced torsos, medium length fur coats and large, upright ears. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their forelegs. The curved bobtail is their signature trait. Felines of this breed are minimal shedders. In terms of behavioral traits the Japanese Bobtail is a playful and mischievous cat, which likes human contact.
The Cat Fanciers Association classifies the Javanese as a feline breed of show-cat type. It’s a longhaired kitty of the Oriental-type family, but contrary to its name, it doesn’t come from Java. Javanese cats are actually native to North America.
When it comes to physical appearances, these show cats are colorpoint with silky fur coats. They have a strong tendency towards being vocal. Unfortunately, they are prone to a number of health risks, among which are deafness, joint problems and hip displacement. In terms of temperament, they are playful, extremely attached to their owners and can’t be left unattained for too long.
Jungle Curls are an experimental feline breed. These cats are actually hybrids and they shouldn’t be mistaken for the common jungle cats. Jungle Curls are native to the US and are the result of reproduction between several feline breeds, among which are the Egyptian Mau, Bengal and Serengeti.
The Khao Manee, also called Diamond Eye, is an extremely rare feline breed originating from Thailand. Khao Manee’s name literally translates to “white gem”.
Kitties of this breed are shorthaired cats with pure white fur coat. They can be blue-eyed, gold-eyed or even odd eyed. Athletic, active and sociable, these felines received championship recognition by TICA back in 2015. The very first pure Khao Manee kitty to be imported in the US was carried there in the not so distant 1999. Even though the breed has been known in Thailand for centuries, TICA promoted it to a preliminary new breed in 2009.
Korat, also known as Malet or Si Sawat, is a Thailand-based domestic cat. It’s a small-to-medium sized kitty with a heart-shaped head and signature green eyes.
Surprisingly enough, the Korat is one of the oldest recorded stable feline breeds and it’s also a natural breed. It’s called Si Sawat in Thailand, which translates to “the color of the Sawat seed (Grey Nicker)”. Korats are thought to bring good luck and were part of a common practice to be gifted instead of sold. In terms of behavior, the Korat furball is an active cat, which forms close and strong bonds with its pet parents.
Kurilian Bobtails are native to the Russian Kuril Islands and are sometimes referred to as Curilisk Bobtails. They come in both shorthaired and longhaired versions.
Uncommon outside of their native territory, Kurilians are a relatively new breed. The Kurilian Bobtail is among the few feline breeds that aren’t repulsed by water basins. It has a lifespan of approximately 14-20 years and litters usually consist of 2-3 kittens at maximum. Kurilian Bobtails are known to be excellent hunters and fishers. Regardless of their wild and scruffy looks, they are rather gentle and friendly.
The Kucing Malaysia is also known as Piawaian Kucing Malaysia. It’s the very first Malaysian cat breed and is recognized only by the Malaysian Cat Club. The Kucing Malaysia kitty is an experimental cat and it resembles the Tonkinese cats in terms of conformation.
Also known as Nanus Rex, the Lambkin is an experimental cat breed. It comes from the US and is famous for its dense and curled fur coat.
Only the Dwarf Cat Association recognizes the Lambkin/ Nanus Rex as an official feline breed. Lambkins were produced from the interbreeding between Selkirk Rex cats and Munchkin cats. No specific physical appearances have been set for this creature yet, but it should have a medium-sized body with curled coat, short legs and various coat colors. The personality of these cats is believed to be a mixture of playfulness, urges to hunt and tendencies towards being a lap cat.
LaPerms are a US-native breed from the Rex-type family with the signature curled fur coats. They are suitable for people suffering from cat allergies. The LaPerm breed is a product of spontaneous mutation in the early 1980s.
Nowadays these kitties have a championship status in numerous countries all over the world. These furballs come in a vast variety of coat colors and patterns. They have an overall affectionate personality. Lastly, they produce less dandruff and Fel-d1 allergens than other cats. Thus, these kitties are exceptionally popular among cat owners, who experience allergic reactions to other common domestic breeds.
If you haven’t heard about it before, meet the Werewolf cat, officially known as Lykoi. Native to the US, the Lykoi is the result of a natural hairless gene mutation.
Lykoi cats differ from the typical Sphynx in terms of physical appearances. Even though they have a dominant hairless gene, they still have some hair on their bodies. Lykois have signature werewolf expressions due to the patched fur on their heads. Regardless of their mischievous and rather menacing looks, these furballs are actually friendly and affectionate. They are classified as an advanced new breed by TICA and aren’t eligible for a championship status.
Behold the majestic Maine Coon. These gigantic furballs are native to the State of Maine and are one of the oldest natural breeds in North America.
Main Coons are quite sociable and amicable regardless of their looks. Thus, they’ve been dubbed as “gentle giants”. An adult male Maine Coon can weigh up to 8.2 kilograms, whereas females can reach up to 5.4 kilograms. Excellent hunters, susceptible to training and overall healthy, these creatures are valued among cat owners from all over the world. They are vocal, playful and famous for getting along with other house pets, including canines. Last, but not least, they mature slower than other breeds and may not reach their maximum size before the age of 3.
Mandalays are an experimental feline breed and they still haven’t been recognized by any major cat registries. Native to New Zealand, the Mandalay is actually recognized only by the New Zealand Cat Fancy organization.
In terms of physical appearances Mandalay kitties are shorthaired with elegant bodies. They resemble the Asian cat (also known as Malayan) in its shorthair variation. Mandalays are created through interbreeding between several different breeds, among which are the Burmese and the Abyssinian. As such, they possess a mixture of these breeds’ behavioral characteristics.
Manx cats are native to the Isle of Man and are well-known for their bobtailed gene. Some Manx kitties don’t have tails at all, whereas others can have half the length of a standard cat’s tail. Manx furballs have been recognized by numerous registries since the late 19th century.
This breed is sociable and gets attached to its owner, but when it comes to strangers, it’s rather shy. They used to be bred for hunting purposes as farm cats, but nowadays they have also adapted to apartment living. In present day the Isle of Man uses the Manx kitty as one of the island’s national symbols.
Mexican Hairless – Aztec – EXTINCT
The Mexican Hairless cat, also called Aztec, is an extinct feline breed. They were first recorded in 1902 and at some point during the 20th century they vanished. Aztecs carried the dominant hairless gene, even though reports show that few of them had some fur along their backs.
The Minskin shouldn’t be mistaken for the Munchkin, which is a different breed. You may be surprised, but the similarities between these two breeds don’t end up with their names.
The Minskin breed is actually derived from the breeding between a Munchkin and a Sphynx cat. Its developer, a Boston-based man named Paul McSorley, started the program in 1998 and by July 2000 the very first ideal Minskin was born. Unlike many other experimental breeds, this one is recognized by TICA as an actual feline breed. As of 2008 the Minskin is officially recognized as a Preliminary New Breed.
Minuet – Napoleon
Minuets are also known as Napoleons. This is a relatively new breed, which comes in longhair and shorthair variations. Persian and Munchkin were initially used to form the Minuet/ Napoleon breed.
In terms of physical appearances the Minuet/ Napoleon cat has the Munchkin’s short legs. Nevertheless, the short limbs don’t limit its jumping and running abilities. The Napoleon has inherited the Persian’s dense fur coat, round face and signature nuzzle. It’s a friendly and an overall healthy breed. Out of the major cat registries, TICA is the only one to officially recognize the Minuet/ Napoleon as a separate feline breed.
Mojave cats are considered a relatively new and experimental cat breed. According to the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry, they are a reputable breed. As you might guess from its name, the Mojave kitty is native to the Mojave Desert region.
This, however, doesn’t mean that they occurred naturally. In fact, Mojave cats were produced through the interbreeding process between Bengal cats and feral felines residing in the desert. A well-known fact is that these furballs are actually polydactyl as they carry the polydactyl genes of their desert-based ancestors. Moreover, they have spotted fur coats, which they inherited from their Bengal roots.
The famous Munchkin is actually a relatively new feline breed. It was officially recognized by TICA back in 1995.
Munchkins were firstly introduced in 1991. Controversy sparked immediately regarding the numerous health risks, which the new breed could have been prone to. Nowadays these furballs are quite popular due to their cute, tiny and compact looks. What’s more, they kicked off new breeding programs with experimental breeds like the Minskin and the Bambino, the Lambkin and so forth. Munchkin kitties are active and playful, sweet-tempered and people-orientated.
Go back to the Minuet breed for reference.
Nebelungs are named after the German word for “mist” due to their distinctive blue-grey fur coats. They are quite rare and are sometimes referred to as the Longhaired Russian Blue, even though TICA recognizes them as a unique breed.
The Nebelung has impressive length in terms of the proportions of its face, neck, body, tail and fur coat. It has green or yellowish-green eyes, extremely fluffy tail and a long life expectancy of 16+ years. Nebelungs are quite lively and they are among the most intelligent feline breeds out there. On top of that, they tend to speak their mind and get vocal, and they reside notably well with other pets. On the other hand, the Nebelung possesses noteworthy pickiness towards its litter box and food.
Norwegian Forest cats are similar to Nebelungs in terms of their fluffy, longhaired physical appearances. This is a natural breed with thick undercoat and long topcoat well-suited for cold weather conditions.
The Norwegian Forest breed has a large, sturdy body and an average lifespan of 14-16 years. It’s extremely popular in Norway, Sweden and France. These cats are prone to suffering from kidney and heart related diseases and they have some hip problems. They are generally friendly, energetic and can become quite demanding when they want attention. When residing in the outdoors, they are excellent hunters and climbers.
Being among one of the most popular designer and exotic feline breeds, the Ocicat resembles a wild cat, but it doesn’t have any wild DNA in its genes. It’s a mixture between Abyssinian, Siamese and Oriental Shorthair. Due to its rich heritage, it comes in a variety of colors.
Ocicats have wedge-shaped heads, large bodies and muscular legs. Silver Ocicats are the most sought-after variation of this breed. When it comes to their temperament, these furballs are rather friendly towards strangers. They can easily be trained to walk on a leash and to perform numerous tricks. Furthermore, they make suitable domestic pets for families with children.
Oregon Rex – EXTINCT
The Oregon Rex was one of the Rex-type family feline breeds, which resided in the US during the mid-20th century. It’s an extinct breed, which had tiny, but elegant structure, curled fur coat and a friendly, yet needy temperament.
Oriental Longhairs, formerly known as British Angoras, are closely related to the popular Oriental Shorthair breed. They are also called Mandarin and Foreign Longhair and they come in a vast variety of coat colors.
This domestic breed is extremely active, regardless of its tubular and rather large body. Orientals are actually quite agile and despite their appearances, they are playful and elegant when jumping or climbing. Moreover, they are known to become so loyal to their pet parents that they will often follow them around from one room to another without any particular reason.
The Oriental Shorthair is a common domestic breed. It’s closely related to the Siamese cats and resembles their elegance and slender, muscular body structures. A fun fact about these furballs is that they come in over 300 different coat patterns and colors!
Oriental Shorthairs love being the center of attention and they’re constantly craving social interaction. They are extremely active, tend to vocalize a lot, and they remain playful throughout their entire lives. Ever since 1977 the Oriental Shorthair has had a championship status granted by the CFA. Orientals are best suited for big families with active children, but they don’t do well with other pets as they don’t like sharing attention.
The Owyhee Bob, also known simply as Owyhee, is an experimental feline breed. It’s native to the US and it’s registered with the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry.
Owyhee cats are polydactyl as they carry the genes of the Manx (the other breed used to create them is the Siamese). They are medium-to-large in size with longhaired fur coats and bobbed tails, which can be in different sizes. Often described as having dog-like temperament and intelligence, the Owyhee Bobs are quite vocal. They tend to get attached to their owners and don’t do well with solitude when left home alone.
The Pantherette is an experimental hybrid breed, which was created to resemble a black panther, hence its name. It’s believed that it’s derived from roots traced back to black Bengals, Maine Coons, Pixie Bobs, and wild Amurs. The breed is currently in development and is thought to have large, muscular body with short fur coat.
Persians are among the most common household felines in numerous countries all over the world. Their origins lie in Persia (nowadays Iran) with the first recorded case of the existence of Persians dating back to the distant 17th century.
Back in 2015 Persians were the second most popular choice for domestic cats in the US. They are flat-faced with doll-like facial features, tiny ears and thick, fluffy fur coats. Persian kitties require special grooming. De-shedding, combing and tear duct wiping are necessity on daily basis. This breed is notoriously lazy, shy towards strangers, but calm and affectionate towards the owner.
Peterbalds are among the most famous hairless feline breeds. They were created through experimental breeding in 1994 and they resemble a hairless Oriental Shorthair in terms of physical appearances.
The Peterbald is native to Russia and was granted a championship status in 2009. When it comes to their behavioral traits, these felines are rather curious, playful, energetic and quite affectionate with people. They can reside well with kids and other pets as they are tolerant and sweet-tempered by default. Just like other hairless breeds, they constantly seek warm spots and love snuggling with their owners.
Pittsburgh Refrigerator – EXTINCT
Another extinct feline breed is the Pittsburgh Refrigerator cat, which has also been dubbed Cold Storage Cat and Eskimo Cat. These feline furballs were never really recognized my major registries before they became extinct, but they were native to Pittsburg, US, and were often described as a longhaired breed.
Pixie Bobs originated in the US and regardless of their name, they don’t have any wild bobcat DNA heritage. They weigh an average of 5 kilograms and they typically mature during the first 4 years of their life, instead of during the first year like most domestic cats.
These furballs are born with blue eyes, which later change to green or gold. Social, active, playful, curious and rather bold, they aren’t shy when meeting new people or animals. The bobbed tail and the notable intelligence are two of their signature traits. Unfortunately, Pixie Bobs are prone to suffering from several genetic diseases, including hypetrophic cardiomyopathy and dystocia.
These kitties are actually called Pudelkatze (meaning poodle-cat) in their native Germany. If you haven’t heard about the Poodlecat before, there’s a good reason for it. Apart from not being recognized by any major feline registry, they aren’t even officiated in their native country!
The Poodlecat kitty is still an experimental breed in development. It’s believed that it carries DNA heritage from Devon Rex cats, Scottish Folds and European Longhair cats. This breed is rather large with a chunky body, dense fur coat and ears, which tend to fold inwards. Due to the ban on folded ears, Germany can’t recognize this breed.
Raas – Busok – Madura
The Raas cat is also known as Buso/ Busok and Madura. It originates from the Raas Island in Indonesia.
Raas cats are considered a domestic feline breed even though these furballs actually resemble wild bobcats and leopards in terms of their physical appearances. When it comes to the Raas’ size, it’s larger than the average domestic cat. It has oval-shaped green eyes, triangular-shaped ears and a rather square-ish face. They are regional cats and can’t be found outside Indonesia. This breed is considered difficult to train as it has a rather moody temperament compared to other, more common felines.
The Ragdoll is probably the most huggable cat in the entire world. Not only are these felines super fluffy and cute, but they actually like being picked up, snuggled and carried out.
Ragdolls get their name from the fact that their hind legs go limp whenever they’re picked up. Developed in the 1960s, these kitties have large bodies, colorpoint coats and silky fur. The piercing blue eyes are one of their signature features. Furthermore, they are notable lap cats and adore all type of social interaction. Ragdolls are gentle and mild-tempered, dog-like loyal to their owners, and don’t mind sharing their pet parents’ attention with other animals.
If you haven’t heard of the Raggamuffin before, it’s from the same family as the Ragdoll. Raggamuffins are closely related to the Ragdolls, and have been recognized as a separate breed since 1994.
Raggamuffins have large, muscular bodies with thick fur coats. Their fur is longer around the neck, thus giving off the impression that the cats have ruffs. Raggamuffins received championship status from the CFA back in 2011. They are an overall friendly breed and some of them have heterochromia (they are odd-eyed, meaning they have two different colored eyes). Unlike the Ragdolls, they mature much slower and the process might take them between 3-5 years.
Russian Blues are common domestic cats, which are prized for their elegant looks, loyalty and overall friendliness. Another name for the Russian Blue cat is Archangel Cat or Archangel Blue.
Having been bred for centuries, the Russian Blues are a fully developed feline breed recognized by all major cat registries. They have green eyes and distinguishable fur coats, which vary in color from dark slate grey to shimmering silver. Russian Blue kitties have dense undercoats and top coats, which are thick and plush to the touch. In terms of behavioral characteristics the Russian Blue is a rather tranquil furball, which can be sometimes reserved towards strangers. Nevertheless, they are excellent hunters and are susceptible to training.
The Russian White is a variation of the Russian Blue, which was created back in 1971. Nowadays it’s recognized as a separate breed by several feline registries in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, with the American CFA granting it championship status in 2010.
Some other variations exist, including the Russian Black, Russian Peach, Russian Colorpoint and the Russian Tabby (all of which are simply known as Russian Shorthairs), even though the Russian White receives larger recognition by feline organizations. Due to its Russian Blue origins, the Russian White shares similar physical and behavioral characteristics with the average Russian Blue cats.
The Safari is a felid hybrid, an experimental mixed breed. Safari cats were created with the very same idea as the Bengal was, even though the Bengal’s success managed to outshine them.
Initially, Safaris were supposed to become domestic cats that not only resembled wild ones, but also inherited their traits. As such, they were created using wild Geoffroy cats, which are native to South America and close to the size of the average domestic cat. Safaris are bigger than most domestic felines. They are usually spotted or have rosette patterns. The combinations of colors are numerous, and they are a combination of the heritage of the domestic cat and the wild genes of the Geoffroy cat.
Sam Sawet is a Thailand-based natural breed, which still hasn’t been acknowledged by cat registries across the globe. It’s known to be a medium-sized furball, but its breed standards in terms of physical and behavioral characteristics haven’t been determined yet.
Savannahs are popular kitties of the designer and exotic family. The Savannah is a hybrid cat derived from the breeding between wild African serval cats and domestic ones.
It firstly became popular during the 1990s and received a championship status by TICA in 2012. Savannahs can reach up to 20lbs in weight and are often referred to as the largest domestic cat. With its slender frame, exotic patterns and dog-like loyalty, it’s no wonder that the Savannah is so popular. And unlike most felines, they actually don’t mind taking a bath. Unfortunately, they are considered illegal in Australia and some states in the US due to their wildcat genes.
If you haven’t heard about Scottish Folds, Taylor Swift actually has two of them. They have distinctive owl-like facial features, wide eyes and folded ears. Scottish Folds may look like a designer breed, but their mutation is all-natural.
These feline furballs are highly sought-after due to their cute looks and their soft tempers. Not only are they extremely loyal, but they are also quite gentle and affectionate. Scottish Folds also have funny sleeping positions as they love sleeping on their backs and sitting on their bums with their hind legs stretched out on daily basis.
It might be called Selkirk Rex, but this cat is actually distinct from other felines of the Rex-type family. Selkirk Rex cats have mid-sized fur length, which is full, thick and not patchy unlike the fur of other Rex cats. Numerous longhaired and shorthaired breeds have been used to develop the Selkirk Rex (Persians, American Shorthairs, Exotics, British Shorthairs and Himalayans).
These kitties come in variety of colors. They are an overall healthy breed, which is one of the reasons they are sought-after by cat owners. Unlike other Rex-type cats, however, these furballs aren’t well-suited for people who are allergic to the Fel-d1 allergen agent.
Serengeti cats are the mixed product of interbreeding between Bengals and Oriental Shorthairs. They are recognized as a separate breed by TICA and are considered as fully domestic cats, regardless of the partial wild DNA they inherited from Bengals.
Adult Serengeti cats weigh around 10-15lbs. Serengeti furballs are elegantly built with long bodies, tails and ears with the latter being slightly tipped. According to TICA, currently only 4 color variations are permitted for this breed – ebony smoke, solid black, tabby and ebony silver. Some breeders in the UK are currently trying to influence TICA to also accept the snow spotted version of the Serengeti.
As you might have already guessed from its name, the Serrade Petit cat a member of a feline breed, which originates from France. And as you might have also guessed, these kitties are quite petite compared to most domestic cat breeds out there.
The Serrade Petit is a relatively new breed and currently no major feline organizations have recognized it. The Serrade Petit kitty is known to weigh around 6-9 pounds, but no official standards for this breed have been determined for it just yet.
If you aren’t a fan of the popular Siamese cat, then you don’t know what you’re missing out. These creatures are extremely tolerant, calm and amiable. They adore their owners to the point of becoming needy. Unsurprisingly enough, their signature looks have inspired the creation of several new breeds, one of which is the Ocicat.
Siamese cats are notably intelligent and can even be trained to play fetch. The baby kittens are actually born pure white and they start developing their signature markings later in life. Another fun fact about the Siamese is that they’re excellent jumpers. Lastly, they are known to be unbelievably finicky when it comes to their food.
The Siberian Forest cat is known by several names – Neva Masquerade, Moscow Semi-Longhair or simply Siberian. It’s a natural feline breed, which has inhabited its native Russia for centuries. It became popular among breeders in the 1980s.
Siberian cats are medium-large in size and resemble the Norwegian Forest a lot in terms of their physical appearances. Adapted to cold temperatures, these big and fluffy furballs have a thick three-layered coat. Despite this their glossy and textured fur is less prone to matting than it looks. On top of that, the looks of the Siberians might trick you, but these cats are actually quite active and are agile jumpers.
The Singapura cat is one of the tiniest domestic feline breeds out there. It’s well-known for its large ears, blunt tail, ticked coat and the muscular body structure. Singapura cats are also called Kucinta and Drain Cats.
Originating from Singapore, they are considered a natural breed. Some Singapuras are rather stockier than muscular and they come in ticked tabby patterns. Among the signature traits of this breed are its light and dark bands formed around its legs. Feline registries recognize only one color for these creatures – the sepia agouti. Singapuras are active, curious to the point of being fearless, and very people-orientated.
The Skokuum cat resembles domestic felines of the Rex-type family and for good reasons. It’s actually related to the LaPerm and the Munchkin breeds and it carries their gene heritage.
It has expressive, almond-shaped eyes, short legs and curled fur coat. Skokuums have airy and soft fur, which is a result of the LaPerm genes. This breed is particularly playful and kitten-ish, remaining like this throughout its entire lifetime. Regardless of its short legs and overall body proportions, the Skokuum is an avid jumper and loves climbing on basically anything that seems appealing enough to spark its interest.
As you might have guessed from its name, the Snowshoe has easily distinctive white markings on its paws, which resemble shoes or mittens. The Snowshoe’s breeding program started in Philadelphia from Siamese kittens with white feet, and was initially dubbed the “Silver Laces” program.
Nowadays they are recognized by major cat registries and even though they’ve been around for half a century, they’re actually a pretty rare breed. Snowshoe cats are known to be vocal, affectionate and susceptible to training. Moreover, it’s believed that unlike most cat breeds, they don’t shy away from water. Lastly, they actively seek human interaction and can’t adapt well to solitude.
This breed is known by three names – the Sokoke Forest Cat, the African Shorthair, or simply the Sokoke. It was developed during the 1970s and derived from feral Khadzonzo cats, which are native to the Kenyan wilderness.
Nowadays the Sokoke is considered a natural breed as it was derived without artificial interbreeding from a natural landrace. It’s recognized as being among the designer and exotic domestic cats by major feline registries. Extremely active and affectionate, this breed actually resides well with other pets. As such, it doesn’t adapt well when faced with new owners and new homes.
Somali cats are often referred to as Fox cats or Longhaired Abyssinians. They are actually the product of a longhair recessive gene in Abyssinian cats and are considered a separate breed with a championship status granted by the CFA in 1979.
Nowadays Somali cats are well-known for their big, bushy tails. Due to their long fur, large pointed ears and expressive eyes, they have been dubbed as Fox cats. A Somali cat can actually have between 4 and 20 different colors on a single hair. Another interesting fact is that this breed can come in a variety of 28 colors in total!
The Sphynx is the most famous of all hairless feline breeds. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not exactly Egyptian because the breed originates from Canada. And contrary to what most people think, these kitties aren’t bald. They don’t have fur, only fluffy moss, and their colors come from the skin underneath the thin layer of moss.
Sphynx cats constantly seek warmth and as such, they love snuggling with their owners. Nevertheless, they have a higher body temperature in comparison to other domestic felines. In terms of temperament, Sphynxes are quite social and they easily get lonely when they aren’t in the presence of their pet parents.
The so-called Stone Cougar is a new and experimental breed, which has received an official recognition by the Rare & Exotic Feline Registry. Stone Cougars are hybrid cats, a mixture between American jungle cats and other breeds. They were developed with the idea of resembling cougars.
Suphalak cats, also known as Thong Daeng, are native to Thailand. They are a natural cat breed and have been known in Thai manuscripts for centuries. In their native land they’re called “red gold” due to their distinctive fur coat color.
These kitties can be found only in their native land and they’re actually considered to be part of the national heritage. In terms of sociability the Suphalak is a genuinely people-orientated feline. Suphalak cats are often described as having dog-like temperament. What’s more, they don’t do well with solitude when they’re ignored or left unattained for too long.
Another Thailand-native cat breed is the Thai cat (Wichien Matt). Its name translates to “moon diamond” and it actually resembles the popular Siamese, because it’s related to it. Some people call these felines old-style or traditional Siamese cats, but the Thai is a separate breed. TICA recognized it in 2007.
Siamese and Thai cats share the same coloration genes in terms of physical appearances. However, the Thai’s head is more apple-shaped, it has rounder face and body, and rounder eyes (compared to the Siamese’s elegant features). A fun fact is that even though Wichien Maat cats originate from Thailand, the breed was actually re-developed in North America and Europe.
Tonkinese cats also come from Thailand, but they’re a mixture between the Burmese and the Siamese. A medium-haired variation of this shorthaired breed exists and it’s often called Tibetan in some European countries.
In terms of temperament and behavior, the Tonkinese has inherited both of its parents’ genes. This breed is highly intelligent, active and quite vocal. It’s extremely curious and loves exploring its surroundings. When it comes to sociability, the Tonkinese is a notably people-orientated kitty. And when left to its own devices, the Tonkinese will easily find something to occupy its attention and free time.
Toybobs were firstly documented in Russia and sometimes they’re referred to as Scyth or Skif-Thai-Don. Compared to other domestic breeds, the Toybob is quite tiny, hence its name. Nevertheless, its compact body is notably strong and muscular.
As you might have guessed from its name, the Toybob has a bobbed tail, which consists of several kinked vertebrae. It also has large, expressive eyes and soft fur coat. Regardless of these kitties’ tiny size, they’re quite active and adore goofing around by performing agile jumps. They are sweet-tempered and affectionate and they remain notably loyal to their pet parents.
Not to be mistaken with tigers, Toygers are an actual feline breed of the designer and exotic type. Their name is derived from the fact that the Toyger’s signature fur stripes match the ones of real wild tigers.
Rare and eye-catching, these felines not only cost a fortune, but they are also quite rare. In fact, there are only around 30 breeders of Toygers spread around the world. Toygers were developed during the 1980s with the intention of bringing people’s attention to the care and conservation of the wild tigers. Back in 2007 TICA officially granted the Toyger breed a championship status.
One of the few ancient natural feline breeds of our world is the Turkish Angora, which is referred to as Angora or Ankara cat. As you can guess from its name, it was developed in the Turkish Ankara region and the earliest records of this breed date back to the 17th century.
Angora cats are known for their longhaired fur, sinuous bodies and often heterochromatic eyes. Even though the white Turkish Angora is the most sought-after type, these furballs actually come in a variety of colors. Regardless of its overall appearance, the Turkish Angora cat is quite agile, athletic and active. One fun fact about the breed is that while it’s friendly, it tends to pick one favorite owner and remain loyal to him/ her. The Turkish Angora is one of the most susceptible to training cats out there.
Another breed native to Turkey is the Turkish Van cat, which was actually developed in the UK using breeding stock imported from Turkey. This semi-longhair furball is actually quite rare and it also displays one particularly rare feline trait – it likes water and is a pretty good swimmer.
The ideal Turkish Van cat should be white and must not feature more than 20% other colors. In terms of behavior this breed is quite fond of hunting. Its ancestors used to be reserved and rather aggressive, but the modern-day Turkish Van is amicable and playful. Due to its fascination with water, it has been dubbed as “the swimming cat” on numerous occasions.
Among the many hairless breeds out there is the Ukrainian Levkoy cat, which has little-to-no fur. Unlike other hairless kitties, these ones have quite distinctive features. Their angular facial shape, folded ears and almond-shaped eyes give off the impression that they have dog-like appearances.
Ukrainian Levkoys actually aren’t recognized by any major cat registries, only by the cat clubs based in Russia and Ukraine. They are a new breed, dating back to the early 2000s and are considered as an experimental breed. In terms of behavior, the Ukrainian Levskoy is thought to be active, friendly and sociable in the presence of humans and other domestic animals. Like other hairless breeds, Levskoys have strict grooming requirements, even though they don’t shed and don’t need brushing.
Last, but not least, is the York Chocolate breed. Sometimes simply called York, this cat is a new breed of show cats developed in the 1980s. It’s named after the State of New York and has mixed ancestry.
The York Chocolate kitty is mostly or entirely colored in chocolate-brown hues, hence its name. In terms of temperament the York Chocolate furball is thought to be among the ideal breeds for lap cats as it’s quite sweet-tempered, tolerant and affectionate. As it is with many other feline breeds, despite their amicable nature, these kitties reportedly have excellent hunting skills.
The York Chocolate breed concludes our ultimate guide to cat breeds. If you love feline furballs and managed to stay with us from the very beginning to the sole end of this list of 100+ cat breeds, then you know more about the breeds than any of your friends! If you have a favorite feline, feel free to share it in the comments down below.