Cat Breed Classification
Some of the cat breeds around
today come from very old natural selection; and some are specific to a
region, for example the tail-less Manx cat. The pedigree cat breeds however
have been genetically engineered by cat breeders. Cat breeders have made it
possible to find a huge range of colours by adding new coat colours, patters
and different lengths of fur.
Some cat breeds are only
available in a few countries, while others are available worldwide.
Longhair, Persian Cats
All these cats have the same
sort of shape, size and length of fur. They have short noses, small ears and
lots of fur. They are generally quiet and do not demand attention. They do
however need some extra help with grooming every day. If you don't have the
time to spare, then don't get a Persian Cat.
Longhair, Non-Persian Cats
The only thing these cats have
in common is the length of fur. In this group are Birmans, Turkish, Main
Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats to name a few. There is no general similar
characteristics as they are all different.
British and American
Like Persian cats these all look
the same, although there are some differences between British and American
cat breeds. These are quieter than other shorthair cat breeds, but will need
extra grooming due to their short, thick coats. They can grow to be large
and heavy, so if you want a small cat, it is best to choose another type.
Other Shorthair Cats
These are grouped together for
convenience, but some like the Exotic Shorthair cat are judged in the
Longhair section. This group includes all shorthaired cats that do not ft
into other groups. Included in this group are Abyssians, Cornish and Devon
Rex, American Wirehair and Curl and the newer types such as the Asian cats,
including Burmillas and the spotted Bengals and Ocicats.
Oriental Shorthair Cats
These cats look like Siamese
cats. All the cats in this category will meet the Siamese standard of
points. They don't show a restricted coat pattern, genetically called the
Himalayan factor. They come in many colours and patterns, but generally have
the Siamese cat temperament.
Burmese cats are very
distinctive and are all of the same type and character, only the colours
vary. These cats are very active and need a lot of attention and do not like
being left alone. These cats are generally not as noisy as Siamese. They are
one of the most popular breeds due to their loving dispositions and good
Siamese cats are very popular.
They are very elegant and sleek and have very distinctive coat patterns.
Siamese cats demand attention.
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