Everything You Want To Know About Cat Breeds
Cat breeds really came about when people wanted breeds for their own liking and taste. You can see these now in the sheer variety of cat breeds with different colors, shape, coat pattern, hair length, head, leg proportions, folded ears, and some cats with no tail like the Munchkin cat. But before this, around a few thousand years ago, cats pretty much took care of their breeding themselves and people kept them only for one thing, hunting and killing rodents.
Recently, there are about 70 distinct cat breeds that are recognized by cat registries. Some, which only recognize about 40 breeds because they don’t include hybrids of domestic and wild cats, such as the Bengal Cat and Tigers. And others are just a variation of a certain breed, like the Balinese cat is just a longer haired version of the Siamese cat.
In history, some breeds of cats have roots going way back. We see this in the Japanese Bobtail, which can be traced back to more than a 1,000 years. The Egyptian Mau cat that still retains the physical appearance of ancient Egyptian cats found in Ancient paintings.
Some of the more common breeds you see today are found all over the world. These include the Persian cat and Siamese cats. Others are the new breeds that reflect are likings, such as the Ocicats and Savannah cats, it’s a hybrid of a wild cat and domestic cats. There is also the Cornish Rex, the hairless Sphynx cat and the newest breed, the Allergy free cat, called Allerca.
Very often, a cat you see around is just an ordinary cat. This breed is just called domestic, house cat or Alley cat, since it of an unknown heritage. This breed is just categories into groups as domestic short hair (DSH), domestic long hair (DLH), and domestic medium length hair (DMH) these are not true breeds.
It’s easy to tell what kind of breed a cat is by looking at hair length and texture but the color of the cat isn’t reliable. Cats that are black with white chest, belly and paw are often called, Tuxedo cats, but this isn’t a breed but a description or type, just like a tabby cat, calico or tortoiseshell.
Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world and many people own one or a few cats. It doesn’t matter what kind of cat you get, you will sure get a pet that will be a great friend and companion for years to come.
Here is the list of all the cat breeds in alphabetical order if you want to know more about them.
American Shorthair Cat
Ragdoll Cat Breed
Russian Blue Cat
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