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Cat Breeds, Types of Cats

Here you will find the most popular cat breeds and different types of cats with detailed cat breed information to help you make an informed decision on which type of cat is right for you and your living situation.

The type of cat you choose makes a world of difference. By finding the right type of cat and cat breed based on their traits, personality and characteristics, you can enjoy a wonderful life with one of these felines.

Cat Breed Pictures - Quick and easy reference to pictures of all cat breeds.

Abyssinian Cat Breed Information
The Abyssinian cat resembles noble cats depicted in ancient Egyptian statues. The Abyssinian has a spotted, richly colored tabby coat without markings on legs, tail and neck along with dramatic facial markings. The Abyssinian has four coat colors including ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Not your typical lap cat, the Abyssinian is among the most loyal and intelligent of all cat breeds. Learn more about Abyssinian Cats

American Shorthair Cat Breed Information
American Shorthairs exude symmetry with the breed being slightly longer than tall, while females are typically smaller than males. The face of an American Shorthair should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and typically round with an almond-shaped curve at the top. The breed's coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns, such as the black cat variety, although the silver tabby is perhaps the best known. Learn more about American Shorthair Cats

Bengal Cat Breed Information
The Cat Association defines the Bengal as a fourth-generation descendant of a cross between the wild Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. Ideal Bengals are domestic in personality, but display wild cat patterns of rosetted spotting and a pelted look. The traditional Bengal color is brown tabby, black, brown or rust in clear contrast to a tan or orange background. Bengals are entertaining, curious and have a love of water.

Bombay Cat Breed Information
This American breed is called Bombay because its dark black coat resembles that of an Indian black leopard. It's also known as a black Burmese because this black cat breed came about after crossing a sable Burmese and a black American Short hair. The Bombay has big, golden eyes with wide ears on its rounded head. This black kitty speaks softly, loves to play, is highly confident and gentle.

Exotic Cat Breed Information
The Exotic cat is a breed resulting from the cross of Persians with American and other short-haired cats. The Exotic cat's body and head are similar to Persians. The desired coat is dense, plush and stands away from the body due to a thick undercoat. Because out-crosses are commonly done to Persians, many long-haired kittens occur in Exotic litters. A bit livelier and more inquisitive than the Persian, Exotics share many of the Persian's personality traits.

Sphynx Cat Breed Information
The Sphynx is well-known as the hairless cat, however, it has an almost invisible fur. The coat of the Sphynx is sparse and does not have layers. The cat's skin is clearly visible on the nose, mouth, ears, paws and tail. These areas are extremely sensitive to cold and sudden changes in temperature. The Sphynx's skin comes in almost any color possible. Their temperament is as fun-loving as their kitten-hood amusing behavior.

Himalayan Cat Breed Information
The Himalayan cat was originally created by crossing Siamese with Persian Cats. The Himalayan has the build and coat of the Persian. A wide range of point colors including seal, chocolate, blue, lilac, red, cream and the combinations of partial color points and lynx (tabby) points. Himalayan's have the Persian's gentle and easy going personality with an extra spark.

Maine Coon Cat Breed Information
The Maine Coon is one of the most popular breeds at cat show tables. This kitty shares affection with the whole family, but selects one person as its beloved owner. The Maine Coon features four color classes including solid, tabby, tabby with white and patches of one or more other colors. Patterns include the classic tabby, mackerel tabby and patched tabby. The Maine Coon is the second most popular breed in America and has earned the nickname, "The Gentle Giant".

Munchkin Cat Breed Information
The Munchkin is distinguished by a spontaneous dominant mutation that shortens the cat's legs. Except for their disproportionately short legs, cats should be well-balanced. It is important that the legs be straight. The head shape is an equilateral triangle. All colors and patterns, as well as both long-haired and short-haired Munchkins, are accepted for competition. The long-haired Munchkin's coat is silky, semi-long and ends in a fully plumed tail. Munchkins are kittenish, outgoing and respond well to handling.

Pixiebob Cat Breed Information
The Pixiebob is a domestic cat which resembles the North American Bobcat. Despite its intense or ferocious look, the Pixiebob is noted for its loving, trustworthy and easy to control personality. Features include heavy brows, bushier hair above the eyes, lynx tipping on the ears and long "mutton chops" on the cheeks. The tail can measure from one to six inches long. Pixiebob cats have brown tabby marks on a tan or reddish background.

Oriental Cat Breed Information
Similar to the Siamese in body type and personality, however Orientals do not share the characteristic color of Siamese cats. They are slender although hearty, and are generally of a solid color or tabby-patterned in a variety of colors in both short-hair and longhair varieties. The Oriental cat remains loyal throughout its life and deserves no less from its human counterpart. Learn more about Oriental Shorthair Cats

Siamese Cat Breed Information
Siamese Cats are intelligent and have a striking personality, suggestive of a mysterious inner being. Today's Siamese still have the graceful elegance noted in early breed standards. The four coat colors for Siamese cat breeds are seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac. The sensitive Siamese is on your newspaper, in your bed, in your lap and completely in your heart.

Ragdoll Cat Breed Information
The Ragdoll's name is from its habit of relaxing to the point of limpness in your arms. The Ragdoll light-colored body has darker Siamese-type points on the face, legs, tail and ears. The Ragdoll is strictly an indoor cat. Due to its extremely docile nature, it often times lacks the ability to defend itself.

Russian Blue Cat Breed Information
This blue-coated cat is of Russian origin. The most distinctive feature of the Russian Blue is its fur, which has the appearance of being frosted with powdered sugar. Their mesmerizing, emerald green eyes are large, round and set wide apart. This cat is ideal for those who lead a quiet, subtle and calm lifestyle. The Russian Blue breed cat dislikes noise, confusion, change and surprises.

Persian Cat Breed Information
The Persian is a massively built cat with a long, flowing coat. Short, heavy boned legs support the Persian's boxy frame. The cat's head is round with large, round eyes and a short, snub nose. Its expression promises the easy going personality for which the Persian is known for. Such a wide variety of colors and types are seen in the Persian breed including solids, silver/golden, smoke/shaded, tabby, spotted, bi-color and Himalayan. It's important to remember that this cat breed requires constant grooming.

Birman Cat Breed Information
Birman's are color-point cats, meaning they have a darker color on their tail, legs, ears and face, similar to the Siamese or Himalayan segment of the Persian Cat. White front paws are referred to as gloves and the back paws as socks on this cat breed. Birman cats are known as gentle, polite, affectionate and outgoing.