Category: Cats

List Of 50+ Of The Most Popular Cat Breeds – With Pictures

50+ Of The Most Popular Cat Breeds - With Pictures

On this page is our collection of 50+ of the most popular, best loved and most interesting cat breeds. Click the “cat breeds 101” images (or the cat name links directly below them) to learn more about each breed and see full size pics! Also, please pin your favorites to pinterest and let’s see which cat has the most fans! 🙂

Cat Breeds 101 - Toyger Toyger

Cat Breeds 101 - Somali Somali

Cat Breeds 101 - Himalayan Himalayan

Cat Breeds 101 - Khao Manee Khao Manee

Cat Breeds 101 - Sokoke Sokoke

Cat Breeds 101 - LaPerm LaPerm

Cat Breeds 101 - Nebelung Nebelung

Cat Breeds 101 - Turkish Van Turkish Van

Cat Breeds 101 - Snowshoe Snowshoe

Cat Breeds 101 - Havana Brown Havana Brown

Cat Breeds 101 - European Shorthair European Shorthair

Cat Breeds 101 - Donskoy Donskoy

Cat Breeds 101 - California Spangled California Spangled

Cat Breeds 101 - Balinese Balinese

Cat Breeds 101 - Abyssinian Abyssinian

Cat Breeds 101 - Tonkinese Tonkinese

Cat Breeds 101 - Singapura Singapura

Cat Breeds 101 - Selkirk Rex Selkirk Rex

Cat Breeds 101 - Ragamuffin Ragamuffin

Cats Breeds 101 - Persian Persian

Cat Breeds 101 - Ocicat Ocicat

Cat Breeds 101 - Munchkin Munchkin

Cat Breeds 101 - Manx Manx

Cat Breeds 101 - Highlander Highlander

Cat Breeds 101 - Exotic Shorthair Exotic Shorthair

Cat Breeds 101 - Egyptian Mau Egyptian Mau

Cat Breeds 101 - Cornish Rex Cornish rex

Cat Breeds 101 - Bombay Bombay

Cat Breeds 101 - American Curl American Curl

Cat Breeds 101 - Maine Coon Maine Coon

Cat Breeds 101 - Chantilly Chantilly

Cat Breeds 101 - Sphynx Sphynx

Cat Breeds 101: Siamese Siamese

Cat Breeds 101 - American Shorthair American Shorthair

Cat Breeds 101 - British Shorthair British Shorthair

Cat Breeds 101 - Japanese Bobtail Japanese Bobtail

Cat Breeds 101 - Russian Blue Russian Blue

Cat Breeds 101 - Burmilla Burmilla

Cat Breeds 101 - Turkish Angora Turkish Angora

Cat Breeds 101 - Birman Birman

Cat Breeds 101 - Ragdoll Ragdoll

Cat Breeds 101 - American Bobtail American Bobtail

Cat Breeds 101 - Devon Rex Devon Rex

Cat Breeds 101 - Burmese Burmese

Cat Breeds 101 - Norwegian Forest Cat Norwegian Forest Cat

Cat Breeds 101 - Savannah Savannah

Cats Breeds 101- Serengeti Serengeti

Cat Breeds 101 - The Scottish Fold Scottish Fold

Cat Breeds 101 - Bengal Bengal

Cat Breeds 101 - Siberian Siberian

Cat Breeds 101- Pixie Bob Pixie Bob

Cat Breeds 101- Cheetoh Cheetoh

Cat Breeds 101: Toyger

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Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 3.0

As its name strongly suggests, the Toyger is a tigerlike cat – a “toy tiger”, you might say. This cat is a designer breed; its breeders’ objective was to give it as many features of the tiger as possible. In addition to its bold tiger stripes on a vivid orange background, it also has relatively short legs, a low-slung and densely muscular body, and a rolling gait that makes it look like a skulking wild cat, albeit in miniature. [1]

The Toyger breeding program began with Judy Sugden, who started the breed’s development with her own domestic shorthair and one Bengal cat. She did not work alone for long, however. Soon, two breeders, Alice McKee and Anthony Hutcherson, joined Sugden’s quest for the miniature domestic tiger. With these three’s combined contributions, the large-bodied, tabby-patterned Toyger was born. In 1993, the breed was given recognition by The International Cat Association (TICA), which is still the only cat association that recognizes the Toyger to date. [2]

Under TICA standards, the Toyger must have an oval head; small, round ears; circular eyes; a robust torso; large-boned legs; short, darkly marked fur; mascara markings around the eyes; and facial markings that align around the face, not moving away from it. [3]

Although the Toyger is a shorthaired cat, it’s not totally low maintenance. The coat can be somewhat challenging to brush because it is very dense. Nonetheless, this is a task you need to do only once a week.

As tough as this cat may look, it’s really quite a kitten inside. Toygers are easygoing and playful, and they fit in quite well in a family with small kids. Watch out for genetic health problems, though. The Toyger can be prone to heart problems and cataracts. Your local vet can advise you on how to best manage these risks.

One of the biggest considerations that the prospective Toyger owner needs to make is how much they are willing to spend to acquire this minaturely majestic-looking breed. A Toyger can set one back by as much as $5,000. Often, a portion of the sales revenue is donated to tiger conservation programs. [4]

References:
[1] Toyger. The International Cat Association. http://www.tica.org/cat-breeds/item/301
[2] The History of Toygers. Vetstreet. http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/toyger#history
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyger
[4] Toyger. Animal Planet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGfftjzoveo

Cat Breeds 101: Somali

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Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 3.0

To one who has never seen a Somali, this cat breed can best be described as a foxlike cat because, with its richly hued, longhaired coat with a ticking pattern on every hair shaft, that’s pretty much what the Somali looks like: a small fox.

This foxiness even extends to the Somali’s personality. Incredibly clever and full of tricks, this cat always has its paws in something it probably shouldn’t be touching in the first place. [1] The Somali’s human companion had better be a work-from-home professional because, first, this cat hates being left alone, and second, because you don’t really want to leave this cat unsupervised.

Now although this cat sounds like a handful – and it is – it actually fits in very well in a family with little children. After all, with kids in the house, you’ll have to clean up anyway whether you have a Somali or not. By their distracting presence, your kids may actually help keep your Somali out of trouble, and vice versa.

Another descriptive name for the Somali is “longhaired Abyssinian”; and indeed, that’s basically what this cat is. The first recorded Somali was in fact born a long-haired Abyssinian kitten.

In 1963, cat breeder Mary Mailing entered one of her long-haired Abyssinian mutants in a pet show, and judge Ken McGill got interested in breeding it. McGill then worked with breeder Evelyn Mague to develop the breed, [2] which was later dubbed the Somali because it was so closely linked genetically to the Abyssinian, as Somalia is so closely linked geographically and politically to the erstwhile Abyssinia, which we now call Ethiopia. [3]

Like the Abyssinian, the Somali also features a wedge-shaped head; a ridged brow; large, forward-arching ears; and big almond eyes that may be colored green, amber, or gold. [3] The Somali’s medium-length coat requires thrice-a-week brushing to keep it clean, minimize shedding, and prevent mats. With all the places this cat squeezes itself into, it can get grimy real fast despite its own instinctive efforts to keep itself clean. [4]

There are also a couple of health issues that this breed is susceptible to. Like the Abyssinian, the Somali can be genetically predisposed to pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency, which is a form of anemia; myasthenia gravis, a disorder that causes muscular weakness; and retinal atrophy, which can eventually lead to complete loss of vision. [1][5] Before purchasing a Somali kitten, it is advisable that you ask to see written proof from the breeder that the parents were tested for these genetic problems, and make sure too that the breeder gives you a written health guarantee for the cat that you are bringing home.

References:
[1] Somali. Vetstreet. http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/somali
[2] Somali cat. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_cat
[3] Somali. The International Cat Association. http://www.tica.org/cat-breeds/item/279
[4] Somali. Animal Planet. http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/cats-101/videos/somali.htm
[5] Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/