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The Different Popular Cat Breeds And How To Identify Them

What Breed Is My Cat?
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When it comes to dog breeds, most of us can name so many, such as Golden Retrievers, Poodles, German Shepherds, and so on. However, what about cat breeds?

Generally, not a lot of people, even cat owners, are familiar with cat breeds. Sometimes when asked about cat breeds, we might just say “orange”, “tabby”, or even “cow” which are all actually just variants of one breed.

Today, let’s learn about some of the most popular cat breeds and what are some of the key characteristics that make them different from other breeds.

1. Domestic Non-Pedigreed

Source: File:Cat August 2010-4.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

While not exactly a breed, these cats, are the most common anywhere in the world, especially when it comes to stray and rescue cats. 

Since they were originally mixed breeds from different pure breeds, every trait of them, either physical or behavioural, varies from one cat to another.

However, one thing most of these cats have in common is the “tabby” coat pattern where most of them usually have a pattern resembling an “M” on their forehead.

Not all of them have the usual tabby coat pattern though, as some of them have other patterns such as having a full white or black fur coat, or a mix of both. 

Some of these cats even have a mix of both tabby and white, the calico and tortoiseshell pattern, and so on.

Source: File: Orange Tabby Cat.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

In popular culture, orange tabby cats are often perceived to be hyper-energetic and dumb although there is no scientific evidence for that while the mackerel tabby cat is known as the “Standard-Issue Cat” with how common they are. 🐱

2. Ragdoll

Source: A breed of cat with a distinct colorpoint coat and blue eyes. – Ragdoll – Wikipedia

Ragdolls are perhaps some of the most gentle cats known for their affectionate nature and their signature “ragdoll” trait.

What makes this breed of cats unique is the fact that most of them, when picked up and held, would limp like a ragdoll, hence the name. 🧸

Although not very active, they adore human affection and they may like to follow their owners around and demand cuddles.

Given their long fur, owners may need to groom and brush them more often to prevent all the fur from tangling up.

3. British Shorthair

Source: File :Quadruple Grand Champion Feliland George the Great.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

Generally, British Shorthairs are laid-back companion who enjoys your company without demanding constant attention.

These cats are known for their clean habits and gentle nature. They are affectionate yet independent, making them perfect for accompanying you as you watch a movie or take a nap.

British Shorthairs are great with kids and other pets, blending seamlessly into family life.

With their dense fur and round faces, they resemble adorable teddy bears who usually like to “loaf” 🍞 near you when you’re on the sofa.

Fun fact: Despite their name, these cats trace their roots back to Ancient Rome, not Britain.

4. Siamese

Source: Kot Tajski – Siamese cat – Wikipedia

Widely known to be highly intelligent and vocal, Siamese cats have a rich history and a strong desire for affection.

Appearance-wise, they are known for their striking blue eyes and unique fur coat pattern and colour.

Siamese cats thrive on companionship and may become lonely if left alone for long periods. This makes them perfect house cats for families, especially those with children as they tend to enjoy a lot of human interaction. 💑

Since these cats have relatively lighter coats, it will be good if owners can avoid keeping them in environments that are too hot.

5. Maine Coon

Source: Фото кунов – Maine Coon – Wikipedia

While they are known for being friendly, the Maine Coon holds the title of the largest domestic cat breed, where some may even grow to be even bigger than human toddlers.

For cat lovers who also love dogs, a Maine Coon might be just the perfect companion. Unlike many cats who hate walks, Maine Coons usually love them.

Their friendly and active nature also makes them more dog-like, where they get along well with kids and can even play dog games like fetch. ⚾

Another fun fact about Maine Coons is that they are probably the breed of cats that are more likely to enjoy being in the water and swimming.

6. Russian Blue

Source: Cat Janna – File: Cat Janna.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

Believed to have originated from Russia, Russian Blue cats are elegant and reserved, but they can be quite playful once they warm up to you.

Although like many cats, they may be shy to strangers, Russian Blues will grow to become loyal companions who will show a lot of affection to their owners and demand the same from them.

Not only do you need to give them your attention though as their hygiene may also require more attention from you. To these cats, a dirty litter box may be unacceptable and regular grooming is essential to keep their silky coats in top condition. 🌟

7. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold – File:Scottish Fold.jpg – Wikipedia

Originating from Scotland, Scottish Fold cats are known for their unique folded ears and sweet temperament.

Their distinctive folded ears are caused by a genetic mutation, giving them an adorable and endearing appearance.

These cats come in various colours, similar to domestic non-pedigreed cats and can be either short-haired or long-haired.

Scottish Folds often have large, round eyes that add to their charming expression.

Despite their calm nature, Scottish Folds are playful and enjoy interactive toys and activities, making them perfect for people who like to spend some time playing with their cats. 🧶

8. Munchkin

Source: Munchkin cat 2 (cropped) – Munchkin cat – Wikidata

Easily recognisable by their short legs, similar to Corgi dogs, Munchkins are outgoing and playful companions.

Although they may be small in size, Munchkins are energetic and people-oriented, even tending to climb and run around despite their short legs. 🏃

Playtime is essential for these cats, making them ideal for families with active lifestyles.

Owners of Munchkins should be wary though, as the effects of obesity may be more concerning for Munchkins given their build, so a balanced diet and encouraging regular exercise are crucial.

9. Bengal

Source: File:Bengal cat1.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

Like a small Bengal Tiger, Bengal cats give out a wild charm with their exotic appearance and energetic personality.

They are believed to be descendants of wildcat hybrids and were originally considered too wild to participate in many cat shows.

Given their wild nature, Bengal cats are agile climbers who love exploring high spaces so be sure to catproof all the tall places in your house to avoid them from kicking down everything. 😼

As with most exotic pets, these cats will cost you a fortune however and with their behaviour, be sure to have enough capacity to care for them!

10. Persian

Source: Persian cat – Wikipedia

With their luxurious coats and calm demeanour, Persians can be perfect lap cats for those seeking a calm and quiet companion.

These cats have many different variants, where some are snub-nosed and some are not but generally, they have long hair, meaning regular grooming will be essential.

These cats generally are shy around strangers and it may take some time for them to trust someone. Their preference for quiet environments would also mean that having them in a house with children may not be the best option for them. 🔇

Unlike Munchkins who love climbing despite their short legs, Persians tend to avoid climbing unless they really need to.

All in all, while each cat breed offers unique characteristics and traits, not all cats stay true to their breeds’ characteristics. 

If you’re looking to adopt or buy a cat, it’s good to always take your time in getting to know them and their likes & dislikes so that they’ll be more likely to warm up to you and form stronger bonds with you.

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