Cat Breeds

There are many beautiful breeds of cats and each brings something completely unique and exquisitely feline to the world. It’s easy to see why people the world over fall in love with cats of various breeds. Each cat breed is intriguing and beautiful in their own way. Here, we’ll take a closer look at a few cat breeds that have captured the hearts of many cat fanciers all over the world, though this is not an exhaustive list.

List of Cat Breeds


American Curl

American Shorthair



Birman Cat

Bombay Cat

British Shorthair

Burmese cat


Cornish Rex

Devon Rex

Exotic Shorthair

Egyptian Mau

HimalayanJapanese BobtailKorat
LaPermMaine coon



Norwegian Forest





Russian Blue


Scottish Fold

Selkirk Rex

Siamese Cat



Snowshoe cat

Sphynx Cat


Turkish Angora

Popular Cat Breeds

Savannah Catcat breeds - savannah cat

Savannah cats are considered a hybrid cat, as they are a mix of a serval and a domestic cat. Their large pointed ears are inherited from their serval parent, as is their spotted coat. These cats have a tall, sleek build which often makes them appear bigger than they actually are. Their spotted coat makes them stand out, as they take on the exotic characteristics of their serval parent. They are able to run and jump high distances. They can make a suitable pet, but they need a lot of daily stimulation if kept as pets. Other pets should be monitored with them, as this could sometimes lead to dangerous outcomes. Don’t plan on keeping pet birds or small rodents or rabbits when you have a Savannah cat in the home. Other cats should also be taken into consideration before pairing them in a home with a Savannah cat. These cats are also best for families with older children.

Savannah cats are very loyal to their owners. They are so loyal that they are quite often compared to dogs in how they follow their people around the house, preferring to be near them as much as possible. The environment and socialization that a Savannah cat experiences while they are growing up greatly affects what kind of behavior and personality they will develop. It’s important to socialize these cats while they are young in order for them to have nice, gentle personalities that allow them to be accepting of new people. An interesting fact about Savannah cats is that they don’t fear water whatsoever.They will even play in water and fully immerse themselves in water sometimes if the opportunity presents itself. continue reading →

Maine Coon
cat breeds - maine coon

The beautiful Maine Coon cat gets his name from the great state of Maine. It was once believed that a captain on a ship brought over some large, long-haired cats from Europe and when docking the ship in Maine, allowed these cats to get off the ship and mate with the local Maine cats; thus the introduction of the “Maine” Coon cat.

These beauties are much loved for their pleasant personalities. They have a large, robust build with thick fur. As far back as the 19th century, these cats were popular among farmers and anyone who simply owned a home where they wanted to keep mice at bay. The Maine Coon is friendly and will do his job keeping mice far from anywhere he is allowed to roam. Unlike some breeds of cats, the Maine Coon is considered a natural breed — meaning his presence came about naturally without any input from breeders or prompting two cats to breed. Maine cats are known for their thick fur accented by ear tufts that are often a very cute and unique feature.

Maine Coons are large and can weight anywhere from nine to eighteen pounds. Some even weigh twenty pounds and over and all Maine Coons are not considered to have reached their full weight until at least three to four years of age. The lovely personality of the Maine Coon includes his love and preference of being around people. He may even take up the habit of following his beloved people around, though he isn’t needy. He simply likes to be where his people are. Though not normally a lap kitty, he will prefer to sleep on the foot of the bed to be close to you or curl up on the sofa while you relax there. Whatever room you may be in, you will find him tagging along not far behind.

A Maine Coon will typically learn to play fetch and enjoy retrieving small toys. He is an intelligent cat and is capable of learning a few words and tricks. He retains a kittenish quality with an enjoyment of play throughout his lifetime. continue reading →

Bengal Cat
cat breeds - bengal cat

The athletic Bengal cat is often characterized by his distinctive coat of beautiful spots. Related to the wild Asian leopard cat, he isn’t a wild cat at all. He is a domesticated cat, but he still retains the wild cat athletic ability. The name “Bengal” cat is derived from the scientific name of the wild Asian leopard cat, which is Felis bengalensis. The Bengal cat came to be when the wild Asian leopard cat mated with a domestic shorthair cat. Bengals are on the larger size, weighing approximately eight to fifteen pounds. These highly active and extremely intelligent cats are very intriguing and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation so they don’t get up to trouble around the house.

Inexperienced cat owners will find a Bengal difficult to live with if they don’t understand the needs of a Bengal cat. This is not an average housecat. The Bengal cat needs a great deal of exercise and interesting play in order to keep them busy and entertained. Otherwise, this intelligent kitty may get up to breaking things around the house or finding itself in areas of the house it shouldn’t be. He may jump to the highest possible areas of the house and simply bounce off the walls with energy if not given the opportunity to exert its energy and need for activity. He may even learn how to flick light switches on and off and learn how to do other household tasks.

Bengal cats don’t shy away from water. He may happily play and swim in water if he sees that there is an opportunity to do so. The belief that cats hate water doesn’t hold true for all breeds of cats, as the Bengal cat may even insist on getting in the shower with you in order to immerse themselves in the stream of water that they often love so much.

Bengal cats are quite affectionate with their owners. He will happily curl up next to you and many times will even be pleased to sit on your lap. Nighttime means that he prefers to be curled up on the bed where you so he can be close to you at night. These affectionate cats can make great companions, but don’t dare to ignore their need for activity and mental and physical stimulation.

When it comes to their health, some Bengal cats may suffer from distal neuropathy, which is a nervous system disorder that can cause them to experience weakness. This can develop in Bengals as young as one year of age, but many will recover from it. Some may relapse. It’s always a good idea to make sure your Bengal gets an annual veterinary checkup and as kittens they should be screened to monitor any signs of this condition. continue reading →

Munchkin Cat
cat breeds - munchkin cat

Munchkin cats are fairly new in terms of breed longevity. They haven’t been around long. They are a result of a genetic mutation that causes short legs. There is some controversy surrounding cats that are considered Munchkin cats due to the fact that there are some health concerns that come along with this genetic mutation.

In 1991, the Munchkin cat was first introduced to the public. Due to the health concerns of this breed, Munchkin cats are not recognized by all cat associations. They are recognized, however, by the following: The United Feline Organization, The American Association of Cat Enthusiasts, the Southern Africa Cat Council, and the Waratah National Cat Alliance, which is located in Australia.

When it comes to their personality, a Munchkin cat is known for being affectionate, sweet, and happy to be around people. They also do well with being handled by people and are simply as sweet as can be. Male Munchkin cats generally weigh anywhere from six to nine pounds and are slightly larger than female Munchkin cats. Their back legs are sometimes slightly longer than their front legs, which will create a rise from shoulder to back. Sometimes their legs appear slightly bowed, but any excessive bowing should be monitored by a veterinarian, as this can be painful and cause health problems for them. continue reading →

Persian Cat
cat breeds - persian

Persian cats are renowned for their quiet, sweet personalities. Their beauty draws in cat fanciers and they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Persian cats have a longstanding history and have been around for hundreds of years. They originate from Mesopotamia, which at one time, was known as Persia. Today, it is known as modern-day Iran. A genetic mutation is responsible for the beautiful long hair of the Persian cat and their striking appearance has evolved over time, with various colors and patterns being introduced to the breed. When the breed first came about, they were known for their long, lustrous grey fur.

In the 19th century, breeding cats became popular among cat lovers. It was until this time that Persian cats were known simply as “Asiatic cats,” along with other exotic longhaired breeds from neighboring countries. Even Queen Victoria had a special fondness for this breed of cat, and her love of them encouraged many people within the general public to also share their lives with a beautiful cat such as a Persian. In this time frame, a celebrity’s proclaimed love of a certain breed nearly guaranteed that the animal would grow in its popularity; and indeed, it did.

Selective breeding over time by breeders has evolved the Persian cat into what she is today — the beautiful and beloved cat in a variety of beautiful colors that are each strikingly beautiful in their own right. A round head complemented by chubby cheeks and small, round ears are a few of the cute characteristics that make up the Persian breed. Big eyes and a sturdy body are also some common characteristics of the Persian cat. Persians are generally considered a medium sized cat breed and weigh between seven and twelve pounds.

A Persian cat will be a beautiful addition to any home, where she enjoys being petted and staying close to the side of her human family. Persian cats are known for being quite affectionate, but choosy about who they give their affections to. They prefer to reserve their attention for the few people who they know and trust. They are generally good with children who understand how to behave around an animal and will appreciate being gently petted. However, they don’t appreciate having their tails, ears, or fur tugged. They also don’t appreciate being held in a forceful manner. Gentle handling is key with the delicate Persian, and quite honestly, all feline cat breeds.

A loud environment will not help a Persian cat to feel happy or comfortable. He prefers quiet environment where he is away from any loud or aggressive sounds of the outside world or indoors. They also prefer their day to day routines to stay much the same. Persians are known for having a soft and melodic voice that many people who are lucky enough to share a home with them find very pleasing to the ears. With this soft voice, they will let their human family know what they need or if they’re desiring a little attention. Due to their serene personalities, Persians are not likely to be found climbing up curtains or jumping up on counter tops.

Persians are generally healthy cats, but like all breeds of cats, they may experience some health issues. Most of the health issues they are prone to have to do with their facial structure. Their flat noses produce a variety of breathing problems. They may also have a tendency to breathe noisily due to their restricted nostrils. In addition to this, they may also have dental malocclusion, meaning their teeth don’t fit together properly. Excessive tearing of their eyes, heat sensitivity, and seborrhea oleosa are also common. Seborrhea oleosa is a skin condition in which itchiness, redness, and hair loss are common. A predisposition to the fungal infection ringworm is also common. Polycystic kidney disease is also a disease that Persian cats can be prone to, but it isn’t a rule. continue reading →

Siamese Cat
cat breeds - siamese

The Siamese cat is known for his refined beauty with gorgeous blue eyes that stand out against their pale coloring with accents of darker fur. These cats have been popular in Thailand for hundreds of years. President Rutherford B Hayes was known to have had a Siamese cat who he loved very much. He and his wife, Lucy, received the cat when he was shipped to them from Thailand in 1878 by David B. Sickels, who was a US Diplomat working at the US consulate in Thailand.

The Siamese is yet another natural breed of cat, meaning that it came to be due to a genetic mutation that occurred naturally and resulted in the breed. The Siamese is actually responsible for the result of many other breeds of cats including the Balinese, Oriental, and Himalayan cat. The Siamese is actually recognized by all the cat associations worldwide. Siamese cats are very chatty cats in that they love to have their meows be heard. They are even known to carry on “conversations” with their human friends, while they respond to sentences and questions with gentle meows.

The Siamese in one breed of cat that loves to be near her human family. If you don’t want a talkative, chatty kitty, then the Siamese may not be for you. She will enjoy talking to you throughout the day and also following you around. If you’re curled up on the couch, you will also find your feline companion in the Siamese curled up right beside you and when it’s time for bed, you will also find your Siamese hitting the pillow right next to you. He is very athletic and also intelligent. Keeping this feline busy and entertained throughout the day is important.

Generally, the Siamese is a healthy cat, but like all breeds of cats, they may experience health problems. Asthma and bronchial diseases are common in some Siamese cats. Congenital heart defects are also seen sometimes in Siamese cats. The most common type of congenital heart disease is aortic stenosis. continue reading →

Ragdoll Cat
cat breeds - ragdoll

The beautiful and sweet Ragdoll cat is a favorite cat breed among cat lovers for a reason. Not only is the Ragdoll a strikingly beautiful feline, but his personality makes it impossible not to fall in love with him. Ragdolls generally feature cream and grey colored coats in a tuxedo pattern with white paws. They full tail plumes out into a beautiful fan-like accent. Set among their beautiful coats are their sparkling blue eyes that dazzle the hearts of all who lucky enough to see them. This large cat is a sight to see and their sweet disposition makes them that much more beautiful. Male Ragdolls generally weight between 15-20 pounds, while female will generally weight in between 10 and 15 pounds.

Ragdolls are very interested in humans unlike some of the other cat breeds. They greatly enjoy being near their human friends and want to see what everyone is up to. They are a cat that is slow to mature into adulthood. In fact, they may not even show their full coat colors until they reach around two years. They also won’t reach their full size until approximately four years of age. Ragdolls are quite intelligent and engaging. They are able to learn to come when called and even play fetch with small toys. continue reading →

Himalayan Cat
cat breeds - himalayan cat

The Himalayan cat is a combination of the beautiful Siamese and Persian cats. In 1957, the Cat Fanciers Association recognized the Himalayan cat as its own breed. This breed of cat is a result of breeders coming together to create the breed. They first did it to determine how colorpoint genes are passed on in cats. The result of these two breeds coming together results in a beautiful coat with sparkling blue eyes.

The Himalayan is a medium sized cat, ranging in weight from seven to twelve pounds. Similar to its Persian parent, the Himalayan is very sweet and gentle in personality. Their attention mainly goes to family members who they know and trust the most. They may be shy to warm up to strangers and may even run for cover under a bed when visitors are calling. Similar to their Persian parents, the Himalayan may also experience breathing problems. Dental malocclusions and tearing of their eyes are also common. It’s important to gently wipe their eyes with a damp cloth in order to keep the eyes from getting painful and crusted from the tearing.

Daily grooming is very important for a Himalayan cat. Gentle and thorough combing is of utmost importance on a daily basis to ensure that the Himalayan doesn’t become matted, which can be very painful. Mats can also contribute to poor circulation. Litter can easily become stuck in the paw pads or tail area of the Himalayn cat. It’s important to check these areas and clean them as needed. continue reading →

cat breeds - siberian catSiberian Cat

The glamorous feline beauty from Russian known as the Siberian cat is a sight to behold. Siberia is an area in Russian that boasts a thick forest with subarctic temperatures. This temperature made the Siberian cat evolve to boast its beautiful and thick coat of fur that helped it to be better equipped for its surroundings. These beautiful cats have been well known and loved in Russian for over 1,000 years, but they didn’t make their way to the USA until 1990. They were first recognized as a cat breed by the International Cat Association in 1996. The Cat Fanciers Association later followed in recognizing the breed in 1999.

They generally weight between 8 and 17 pounds. This sweet cat’s personality can be described as warm. He loves people and prefers to be around them because he has a lot of love to give. He anxiously awaits your arrival when you get home from work and will happily curl up next to you to watch your favorite television show. He is attentive and wants to shower you with attention while also getting some attention from you in return. He also likes to get the party started by bringing you a toy for you to throw while he fetches it.

This is another breed of cat that actually loves to play in water and have a good time splashing around with his paws. His very calm nature is one that many will find therapeutic. He even has a great temperament for actually becoming a therapy cat to help people in need. Siberians are usually very healthy, robust cats. They sometimes suffer from a heart condition known as Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the muscle of the heart to enlarge. continue reading →

Exotic Shorthaircat breeds - exotic shorthair

The exotic shorthair shares some similar features to a Persian cat, such as the facial features. However, he has a dense and short coat which makes him less high maintenance. They are also a bit more active and energetic than that of the mild-mannered Persian. The exotic shorthair is a cross between a Persian cat and an American shorthair cat. He has sometimes been called “the lazy man’s Persian” due to the fact that he has similarities to a Persian cat, but he doesn’t require as much care of his coat as a Persian cat.

He is a loving and affectionate kitty who loves to enjoy time in his favorite person’s lap. He is happy to sit with his beloved family members while he is gently petted or brushed. He loves to play and will entertain you for hours by playing with a cat fishing pole, batting around the toy that dangles from it, or chasing after a small toy and playing fetch. The exotic shorthair is also one very round kitty; he features a round head, large round eyes, and a round body. These features make him very cute indeed. He generally lives to be around 15 years of age, sometimes slightly longer.

The exotic shorthair was originally meant to be specifically a silver cat and was to be called a Sterling. However, today he is found in all the color varieties that Persian cats are found in. Although his shorter coat is much less high maintenance than a Persian cat’s coat, he still requires weekly brushing to keep his coat healthy. continue reading →

Scottish Fold
cat breeds - scottish fold

In 1961, a shepherd named William Ross asked the family if he was working for if he could have one of the new kittens that was born in their barn. The kitten was among the first Scottish Folds that were ever spotted. This happened in the Tayside Region of Dundee, Scotland, hence the name. The unique attribute of folded ears facing forwards made this kitten very unique and stand out among other cats. The unique look of this cat reminds many cat fanciers of an owl or a pixie.

Scottish Folds are in two varieties: folded ears and straight ears. The folded ear attribute is a result of a genetic mutation which is an incomplete dominant gene. In the past two decades, the Scottish Fold has grown in popularity and has taken on its own, distinct appearance that many have come to love. Scottish Fold kittens come into the world with straight ears that may not look like anything unique. But over the course of the next few weeks, their ears will begin to fold if they are of the folded Scottish fold variety.

The build of a Scottish fold is hardy and robust. They have a sweet expression on their face and a sweet vocal sound to match. They are known for being loving and affectionate as well as eager mousers, which goes all the way back to their days found being busy mousers in the barns of Scotland. continue reading →

cat breeds - Sphynx CatSphynx Cat

A Sphynx cat is one breed of cat sure to not go unnoticed. This sweet and lovable cat is not the average cat, as it is completely hairless. It actually entered its way into the world accidentally and was not the result of a breeder thinking up this breed. A genetic mutation was responsible for a black and white domestic cat named Elizabeth giving birth to a hairless kitten. The owner of Elizabeth came to realize how unique the little kitten was and decided to try and breed him. The hairless gene is a recessive one, so kittens were born every other generation that are hairless. Since Elizabeth was a Canadian kitty, the cat we now know today as the Sphynx cat was once known as a Canadian Hairless Cat.

Many cat associations recognize the Sphynx cat, including the Cat Fanciers Association. He typically weight six to twelve pounds and is considered a medium sized cat. The Sphynx cat greatly enjoys human attention and will ask for it from his human friends. Many veterinarians even find that the Sphynx is easy to be handled because he simply loves attention. Sphynx cats are very active and enjoy playing with toys and climbing up to high places. They should most definitely be kept as indoor cats due to their rare breed and the fact that some people may sadly try to steal a Sphynx cat. Because they have no fur, this also leaves them at risk of sunburn. It’s best to keep a Sphynx cat out of the sun at all times to avoid any sunburn, which will be painful for them as well as unhealthy.

Sphynx cats are also at risk for Urticaria pigmentosa, which is a skin disease that can cause sores that are crusty on their body. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that is sometimes seen in Sphynx cats. continue reading →

cat breeds - Norwegian Forest CatNorwegian Forest Cat

In Norway, the Skogcatt, as they are known in their native land, is a large and beautiful cat with a thick coat of fur that is simply glorious. To the rest of the world, these feline beauties are known Norwegian Forest cats. Some may describe him as having a rugged appearance. The Norwegian Forest cat is a cat that prefers to enjoy the comforts of home rather to be out roaming, despite their namesake. They love the companion of both their human and animal friends. However, this is one cat who enjoys spending time with you when he gets to decide he’s in the mood for it. In other word, this cat will be friendly and affectionate on his own terms. Due to their name, many breeders are often asked if the Norwegian Forest cat needs to be let outside. But unlike the name, they really don’t have to go outside. In fact, keeping them indoors will keep them safe from an array of harmful situations including acquiring diseases from other cats, the risk of attack by larger animals, and the risk of being stolen by people who envy the Norwegian Forest cat for their beauty and desirability.

Some may mistake the Norwegian Forest Cat for another long-haired and sturdy cat, such as a Maine Coon. But at a closer look, anyone will see that there are undeniable differences. The large and almond-shaped eyes of a Norwegian Forest cat are complemented by their equilateral triangular shaped head. The profile of the beautiful feline is straight from their brow bridge to tip of their nose.

One feature that makes them unique is their thick, double coat of fur that provides them with warmth and insulation from the cold and elements. Their coat is also waterproof, as the underlying layer does not get wet. Hailing from the Arctic region, the Norwegian Forest cat’s coat evolved to match his original surroundings. Tufts of fur around the ears and between the paw pads along with thick britches and a frontal ruff that is thick and full along with a thick bushy tail make up the thick coat appearance of this beautiful feline.

At one point, Norwegian Forest cats were nearly lost as a breed because they bred with the free-roaming strays in Norway. Many cat lovers came together to try and make sure the breed wasn’t lost. However, their goal to keep the Norwegian Forest cat in good standing had to come to a halt during World War II. Once the war came to an end, people who had an interest in the Norwegian Forest cat proved successful in making sure the breed wasn’t lost. In the 1970s, the first Norwegian Forest cats were exported to other countries and in 1979, they reached the United States. continue reading →

cat breeds - russian blue catRussian Blue

Both elegant and sleekly muscular in build, the Russian blue boasts a gorgeous coat of a grey leaning blue. This is where she gets her name and she is simply a picture of grey gorgeousness. The origins of the Russian Blue are somewhat of a mystery, as not a lot is known about how this breed originally came to be. He is believed to have come from Russia. The thick and plus coat of the Russian blue leads people to believe that he did indeed come from a colder climate.

In the late 19th century, the breed began to develop more progressively. This took place mainly in countries such as Britain and Scandinavia, which at the time, were very popular places for breeding and show cats. At this time, he was labeled an Archangel cat because people believed he was from the Russian area of Archangel.

When World War II happened, the breed of the Russian Blue cat almost met its demise. The days of deprivation of World War II made it hard to keep the breed thriving. It took cat breeders a very long time to eventually bring the breed back and make sure it was thriving once again. They did this by combining the British bloodlines of cats with silvery colored coats that were plush and thick along with Scandinavian breeds which were popular for their beautiful green eyes and their flat profiles. In 1900, the first Russian Blues came to the United States.

The personality of the Russian Blue matches their physical beauty. These sweet and affectionate felines are happy to engage with their beloved family members, spending quality time quietly sitting next to them or at their feet. He is generally quite shy and reserved, but he also loved to engage in a good round of playtime. He also likes climbing his way up to high places where he can look down upon his kingdom and monitor everything from way up high. Although guests to the home may not get to meet this sometimes shy kitty, he will generally always shower his human family members with his attention. Some guests may get the honor of meeting the beautiful resident Russian Blue, but only if he decides they are worthy.

The Russian Blue loves and adores his human’s company, but he really doesn’t require it during the day while his family is away at work or school. He can quietly keep himself entertained and unlike some intelligent breeds of cats, is unlikely to be destructive when left to his own devices. The Russian Blue is just as graceful as his elegant build. He moves along with a grace and poise, making him unlikely to knock things over as he moves throughout the home.

The Russian Blue appreciates a quiet home that is stable. He likes a routine schedule and is not fond of change in his schedule or living arrangements. He also appreciates daily meals that are served at the same time each day. The Russian Blue will also serve as your morning alarm clock, as he is eager for you to wake up and start the day, and of course, feed him.

Russian cats are generally a breed of cat that enjoys good health. However, they do have a healthy appetite and this sometimes needs to be watched. This healthy appetite can turn their sleek and elegant build into a pudgy one very quickly from eating a bit too much. Russian Blues are sometimes prone to kidney disease in their later years and do best on a diet that includes wet food in equal or greater portions than dry food. continue reading →

All cat breeds should be brushed according to the needs of their coat, but every cat breed must be brushed at least once a week. Annual veterinary exams are important at every age. Keeping your feline indoors protects her from a wide range of problems that exist outside. Weekly brushing to prevent periodontal disease is also a healthy habit to develop in their younger years.