Many cat breeds have been developed over the years, as people try to shape the personality, looks, and physical resilience of the amazing creature known as the cat.
Each of the domestic breeds has its own appeal. Some will defend with all of their strength the reasons why a Siamese is "better" than a Ragdoll, or an active Cornish Rex is better than a laid back Persian.
The feline form takes many shapes, sizes, and color variations, even within the same species.
No type of cat has more variation, however, than that of the domestic cat, or house cat.
Why? Because people had a hand in it, of course!
For about 2,000 years, people have been "creating" different breeds. As time has gone on, existing breeds have been refined to bring out certainly qualities considered desirable.
The development of modern style cat shows and the Cat Fancy in the late 1800s accelerated this process, as competition will do.
Even today, new breeds are being developed. Some are relatively rare breeds. Old breeds are being further refined, and in some cases, mixed with wild cats to form yet another breed (commonly known as hybrids).
In addition, people have transported cats to places far from their original homelands. In some cases, these cats adapted over time to hot sun, or harsh winters that they weren't used to in their native lands. This has brought further changes to the physical nature and appearance of certain breeds.
Below you will find a growing list of links to articles on choosing different breeds: from Abyssinian and Burmese, to Siamese to Turkish Van and more.
Pay close attention to personality traits of each breed and how your future cat might fit into your lifestyle and your household.
Every cat is an individual, that's for sure, but you may be able to get a general idea of what the breed is like.
If you are looking for just the right feline companion for you, you may find it in the description on one of these pages.
Discuss any and all breeds of cat here.
Would you like to share a picture of a cat of a particular breed with us? You can. It's easy. First, enter a description and a story about the picture. Enter some basic information, such as the name of the cat in the photo, and anything else you'd like us to know.
Important! Make sure you tell us what breed the cat is, and include the coat color and pattern. You can also tell us when the pic was taken and where, how old the cat is, or something interesting about the cat as well. People love to read cat stories! Then, upload the picture below.
Click the links below to see the current photo contributions so far or add your own here...
Napoleon cats are created from a cross between a Munchkin and a Persian or Exotic. Napoleons have a round head, face and eyes, whereas the Munchkin has …
Mylo, the Himalayan Persian
My name is Mylo. I'm 3, and I'm an orange and white Persian and Himalayan who loves posing for pictures! I enjoy playing and running and I'm very talkative. …
My Maine Coon was my main cat
My Maine Coon was the leader of the house-even with us humans. She had the other two cats trained and us also. Her name was originally Liddle Kiddle …
Amelia our Turkish Van
Amelia is a 7 year old Turkish Van who makes Mississauga, Ontario her home. She has two human servants who ensure that all her needs are met. In return, …
Where can I find a cat with bunny ears?
Well, the fact is I would like to know where I can find a baby like this! If somebody knows, please tell me! (email address removed). Editor's note: …
Fluffy the Siberian Kitten
Fluffy is a 10 month old Siberian kitten . She is a very dog like cat, she is playing fetch. Her nails are very sharp, as you can see on the picture. …
Below are the cat breed information pages. As I've said, every cat is an individual, but the cat breed info below is a great starting point when determining what type of cat to adopt.
Cats are designated and differentiated in various ways, including breed, color, and coat pattern. Sometimes the only true distinguishing factor between two cats of different breeds is the length, color, or pattern of coat.
Below we'll look at cats of various coat and color patterns, regardless of breed.
While not a breed, black cats are certainly treated differently. But are they bad luck, or good?
Black and white cats
Black and white cats are in demand.
The calico is not a breed, but a coat color pattern!
Tabby cats are very common (actually, all domestic cats are tabbies, but some don't show it). Here's more about this very common coat pattern.
A tuxedo cat is a specific bicolor black and white coat pattern.