Different Cat Breeds




(Above: Example of American Shorthair Cat from www.americanshorthair.net - Russeller's Cattery)

The American Shorthair is unique in the different cat breeds because it is North America's own breed, whose ancestors were cats that came here with the early European explorers. Records show that several cats arrived on the Mayflower. These working cats flourished alongside their pioneer owners and eventually established themselves as the native North American shorthair cat...more on American Shorthair



(Above:The Birman)

Of the cat breeds with the most magical fables regarding its origin, the Birman is the winner. It has been called "The Sacred Cat of Burma" who inhabited a Buddhist monastery in Burma where there was an elite colony of pure white cats with amber eyes whose job it was to protect important documents from rats. The most favored cat was Sin...more on Birman Cat


The Ocicat

The Ocicat originated from the hybridization of the Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair, all different cat breeds. It is the only spotted domesticated cat bred especially to emulate the cats of the wild. The ideal Ocicat is large, active and athletic in appearance. Solid and well-muscled, the Oci has a short, tight coat with a satin sheen that shows off both the animal's muscles and spots...more on Ocicat


The Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the breeds of domestic cats native to Northern Europe. It is adapted to a very cold climate. It has a top coat of long, water-shedding hairs and a wool-like undercoat for insulation...more on Norwegian Forest Cat


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Types of Cats

Cat Breeds

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