Our A to Z listing of cat breeds
continued. Find the cat breed that best suits your lifestyle.
LaPerm's shed less than many breeds but do produce dander and so are not automatically the breed of choice for those with cat allergies that wish to own a cat. The LaPerm's is a naturally occurring mutation producing both long and shorthaired cats.
Maine Coon cats may show a predilection for sleeping in odd nooks and crannies, which is perhaps a holdover from their life on board ship. Originally a working cat, the Maine Coon is solid, rugged, and can endure a harsh climate.
The Manx is a powerfully built cat whose most noticeable feature is presence of a very shortened tail or absence of a tail altogether.
The Munchkin is a short-legged cat. The body is stocky, and the head round and of the appearance of an American Shorthair. Shorthaired and longhaired varieties, and many colours and coat patterns are accepted.
Nebelung's have a large, muscular body, long legs and a long, plumed tail. The flowing coat is blue tipped with silver, and the eyes are emerald green. This breed resembles a longhaired Russian Blue.
The Norwegian Forest is a muscular cat has a long, flowing coat made up of dense, water repellent undercoat and long outer coat that may be shed in summer. The eyes are large and open, and coloured a brilliant emerald green.
Ocicat's are large cats with dramatic spotted coats. Ocicat's are extroverted and intelligent. They are easily trained and are very people-oriented.
The ideal Persian should present an impression of a heavily boned, well-balanced cat with a sweet expression and soft, round lines. The large round eyes set wide apart in a large round head contribute to the overall look and expression.
All Ragdolls have blue eyes. Ragdolls may not reach full maturity until between three and four years of age. Although the Ragdoll is a longhair cat it is relatively low maintenance.
The Russian Blue is a graceful cat with a slender, graceful body, almond-shaped emerald eyes, wide-set ears, and a long, tapering tail. The coat is short and sleek. It is a solid blue-grey colour with a silvery sheen
The Savannah Cat is a new breed, developed from the wild African Serval, a spotted, shorthaired cat that resembles the Cheetah. The Serval has a wedge shaped head and very large, forward facing ears.
The Scottish Fold is named for its uniquely forward folded ear tips. The tips of the medium sized ears should point toward the nose in this breed, lying like a cap on each side of the head.
The Selkirk Rex is the result of a dominant, spontaneous mutation that causes each hair to have a gentle wave or curl giving the coat a soft feel. This is a medium to large cat with heavy boning that gives the cat surprising weight and an impression of power.
Siamese cats are originally from Thailand, as the name implies, and are believed to have been present in that country as early as the 1300's. Legend states that these originally were temple cats and that a distant ancestor was an albino cat belonging to the King of Siam.
The Siberian is a large, well muscled cat with a rounded head and tufted, upright ears with complete furnishings. The coat is of medium length and thick, with a dense undercoat.
The Singapura breed originated in Singapore, and its ancestors still live as feral cats in SE Asia. The breed was developed in the United States in the 1970's and 1980's from six animals brought here from Singapore, including one cat rescued from the Singapore SPCA.
The Sokoke is a long-legged breed with a cheetah-like gait. The coat is short and silky with no undercoat. The pattern should resemble that of an ocelot, with bars on the face and forelimbs, rings on the tail, and a blotched tabby pattern on the sides.
The Somali looks like a longhaired variety of the Abyssinian, and is a striking cat, resembling a little fox. Somalis have a slender, muscular body, a wedge-shaped head, and large green or copper, almond-shaped eyes.
The Sphynx is the only recognized hairless breed of cat. The breed does have a very short, almost suede-like, downy coat. The coat on the face has been described as "looking like velvet and feeling like moss".
Tonkinese are an intelligent, active cat that can be described as the "dogs of the cat world". They can be walked on leashes, have been known to retrieve and wait for your arrival home at the front door. Tonkinese are very active, inquisitive cats.
The Turkish Angora's long coat does not mat badly, due to the lack of undercoat. Daily brushing is recommended. The ideal Turkish Angora is a balanced, graceful cat with a fine, silky coat that shimmers with every movement, in contrast to the firm, long muscular body beneath it.
The Turkish Van is a medium sized cat with a medium length soft silky coat with no undercoat. The coat may be noticeably shorter in the summer.