With the exception of a few true cat fanciers, Americans have traditionally been less particular concerning the bloodlines of the cats than of the dogs. Cats were most commonly seen on farms and they worked to keep down the vermin population. As cats have be much more of a friend when compared to a farm-hand there is a steadily increasing curiosity about cat breeds, their purity, and pedigree.The Cat Fanciers’Association is dedicated to the preservation of the purebred and recognizes 39 pedigreed cat breeds. Listed guidelines 15 of the breeds along with some details about the breed’s characteristics and history.
1. Russian Blue – The Russian Blue is a mild, friendly cat with a definite appearance. These cats have dense, thick, short coats that come in a single color: blue. In contract to the blue fur the cats have bright green eyes and are known equally because of their beautiful appearance as they are because of their unassuming dispositions.
2. Ragdoll – The Ragdoll is just a large cat that’s been bred to be affectionate and people oriented. They love to play and some have been taught to come when called. The Ragdoll has a medium length coat that lacks an under coat which makes maintenance of the cat easier than a great many other long-hairs. Ragdolls are easy to reside with and fit well into the lives most families.
3. Cornish Rex – Although the Cornish Rex looks similar to images of ancient Egyptian cats it originated in Cornwall, England in 1950 where it had been discovered in a littler of barn cats. These cats are distinct in features by having an egg shaped and sized head, huge, erect ears, and enormous green-yellow eyes. This cat has an extremely unusual coat that’s soft, fine, very short, and grows in waves. The Cornish Rex is affectionate, playful, and retains its kitten like antics throughout its lifetime.
4. Siamese -The Siamese cat, originally from Thailand, can be an acutely intelligent and inquisitive animal. It’s considered to be the oldest of most domestic. The Siamese is just a people lover. He’ll regularly tell his family how much he cares for them along with his loud meows.
5. Main Coon – The Main Coon Cat is just a large, native-American long-haired cat. It’s revered in Main because of its mousing talents. The Main Coon is a cultural animal that is particularly good for families with children or dogs.
6. Abyssinian -Although the name suggests that this cat is from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia), they’re actually from India. The name “Abyssinian” came into being when the cat was basically delivered to England by means of Abyssinia. Abys are one of the very most intelligent cats and although they’re not “cuddly” they love their people, are inquisitive, and want to assist you with whatever you’re working on.
7. American Bobtail – The American Bobtail looks startlingly similar to a wild Bobcat. It has a dense coat, a stocky build, and a naturally occurring bobbed tail. American Bobtails are noted because of their “dog-like” personalities and their devotion with their families. American Bobtails have been used as therapy cats in treatment programs because they have been found to be very well-behaved and sensitive to people in distress.
8. Ocicat – Originating in Michigan in 1964 the Ocicat is a mixture of Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair. It’s the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate the cats of the wild. Although the Ocicat has an exotic and wild appearance its personality is very domestic and well suited for life with a family.
9. American Wirehair – The American Wirehair was first seen in upstate New York in 1966. The lone cat was a spontaneous mutation in a litter of barn cats. Healthy, genetic mutation is just a relatively common occurrence nevertheless the difference with the American Wirehair is that because his characteristics were so unique an organized effort was created to retain his bloodline and genetic pattern. Interestingly, this genetic mutations hasn’t appeared anywhere on earth other compared to the United States. The American Wirehair’s temperament is docile and calm and a good pet for a so-called “couch-potato “.
10. Persian – Persians are documented in hieroglyphic paintings dating back to 1684 B.C. They are typically the most popular of the pure bred cats and can be found in many colors which are divided into seven color divisions. One of many seven color divisions is referred to as Himalayan. Himalayans are the most common of the Persians and are often inaccurately considered to be (by those not in the true cat-fanciers group) an original breed. Persians are sweet and require a well balanced living environment with consistent routines. The Persian coat requires significant maintenance including daily brushing and frequent baths. To avoid unpleasant outcomes, this routine must certanly be established when the cat is very young.
11. Bombay – In 1953 Nikki Horner, from Louisville, Kentucky set-out to produce a brand new breed of cats whose appearance was like the black panther of India. She bred a sable Burmese with a black-coated, copper-eyed American Shorthair. As time passes she consistently bred a great colored black cat unique from other cat breeds. The Bombay, named in tribute to the Indian black -panther, was introduced to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1976. The Bombay can be an athletic, outgoing, and affectionate cat that’s been considered to be leash trained. They make terrific family pets.
12. American Shorthair – The American Shorthair originated from cats which were brought over on the Mayflower to rid the ship of mice. These cats were likely British Shorthairs and although they can be similar in features to the mixed-breed domestic cat, American Shorthairs really are a unique genetic breed. According the Cat Fanciers Association, the difference between a domestic cross bred cat and an American Shorthair is that, “a pedigreed cat can consistently produce kittens of exactly the same physical conformation, coat quality, and temperament, while a random-bred cat cannot. Years of selective breeding and the careful recording of many generations of cats guarantee that every litter of kittens will have specific qualities. American Shorthairs are playful companions for the whole family.
13. Somali – At first glance the Somali cat appears like a feral or wild cat. It resembles a fox in its color and movement. Its looks are deceiving since the Somali is just a sweet, quiet natured cat by having an intelligent and social disposition. Because it’s slightly larger than a great many other purebreds, the Somali is perfect for families with small children.
14. Exotic – Exotics are now and again affectionately referred to as the lazy man’s Persian. They are bred to match every standard of the Persian except one: coat length. Exotics have short, thick hair that will not mat or tangle. They are wonderful pets for people that love the Persian breed but don’t have the full time or discipline required to steadfastly keep up a Persian’s coat.
15. Siberian – There’s little known concerning the Siberian besides that the initial documentation of the cat dates back 1000 years. Since there is so little documentation about Siberians it’s difficult to know the real standards of the breed. The first Siberian was delivered to the United States in 1990 and inspite of the cats instant popularity they’re still extremely rare in the U.S. Siberians can be found in a wide selection of colors and have a moderate length, dense coat. Siberians are extremely friendly and behave similarly in temperament to many of the terrier dog breeds. Additionally, there is evidence that Siberians cause fewer reactions in many cat allergy sufferers. Siberians were acquiesced by the CFA in 2000.