36 Popular Cat Breeds - Part 1
AbyssinianAbyssinian cats were originally bred in the United States in 1935. The Aby is one of the most popular cat breeds and is in the top five by the Cat Fanciers.
AegeanThis type of kitty is considered to by the only native Greek variety of cat! It originated from the Cycladic Islands of Greece.
American CurlOne of the youngest cat breeds, it was born of natural genetic mutation that first appeared when a stray black kitten with long, silky hair and ears that curled backward was found in California. When this cat had kittens, two had the same curled ears, and it became a new breed when Cat fanciers began selectively breeding these cats.
American ShorthairThese cats became a recognized breed in 1906 and are known as the pedigreed felines in 1966 when they received their name.
BengalThese cats have a distinctive spotted coat and they are quite large in size. They look a bit wild and were created through crosses between an Asian leopard cat and domestic shorthairs.
BirmanThe Birman cat is a beautiful breed of feline, and it is also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma. Rumor has it that they were temple cats and that they got their looks from being rewarded by a goddess for their love and devotion to his priest.
BombayBombay is the name that was given to black cats of the Asian variety. They are similar to the Burmese type with black coats, toes, nose, and copper or green eyes. It’s a shorthair, domestic cat, and very friendly.
British ShorthairThis cat breed is medium to large sized and very powerful! They are heavily muscled with large bones. The breed was originally intended to keep rodents out of the bar and the house.
BurmillaThe Burmilla is another example of an accidental cat breed. With was the unplanned breeding of a Burmese and Chinchilla Persian in England in 1981. These kitties are adventurous but can be a bit of a klutz.
ChartreuxThis is a French breed and is said to date back to the 18th century or maybe even earlier. They are known for their sleek, wooly blue-gray double coats and Cheshire cat-like smile.
Cornish RexThese kitties have short, fine textured coats. Some assume that because of their short hair they are hypoallergenic – but they do still shed. Though the shedding is minimal, they still do.
Devon RexThese kitties are smart with a moderate activity level. The love to sleep under covers, and tend to me a bit mischievous and agile.
Egyptian MauThe Egyptian Mau is a small to medium sizes cat with short hair, and are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cats. They love to spend time with their family and are considered the fastest domestic housecat.
Havana BrownThe Havana brown is distinguished by his uncommon head shape and is considered a rare breed. The rich tobacco-colored cat is outgoing and friendly and will probably follow you around the house as you go throughout your day.
Japanese BobtailThe most tell-tale sign of this kitty is that it has a short “bunny” tail. The are affectionate and friendly, perfect for the family, and both great with kids and other pets.
KoratThe Korat is most known for its silver-blue coloring and emerald green eyes. They are considered to date back to the 14th century based on their description in ancient literature.
Li Hua/Dragon LiThese kitties are smart, loyal, and quite lively! They are gentle with people, but most known for their reputation to hunt rats and other vermin.
Maine CoonThe Maine Coon is native to New England, coming from … you guessed it, Maine! He is popular for mousing and is a great farm cat or ship cat. Their history even dates back to the 19th century.
ManxThis is another tailless cat, and it results from a genetic mutation that was then intensified by the cat’s remote location on the Isle of Man.
Norwegian ForestThe Norwegian Forest cat is gently and friendly. They are also known as “Wegie” for short and they are fond of family members yet do not demand constant attention.
OrientalThese kitties are highly intelligent, agile, and athletic. They LOVE to play, and you need to keep his brain busy with puzzle toys, and his body active with teaser toys for him to chase.