Everyone loves cats. And if you are thinking about a pet, cats are a perfect companion. They are cute, independent and beautiful. They can be sweet and loving, it only depends on how you raise them.
10. American Shorthair
The American Shorthair (ASH) is a breed of domestic cat believed to be descended from European cats brought to North America by early settlers to protect valuable cargo from mice and rats, not a great variety of mixed breeds with short hair. According to the Cat Fancier’s Association, in 2012, it was the 7th most popular breed of cat in the United States.
9. Siamese Cat
The Siamese is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. The breed originated in Thailand (formerly known asSiam), where they are one of several native breeds and are called Wichian Mat (a name meaning “moon diamond”). In the 20th century the Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America.
8. Bengal Cat
The Bengal is a hybrid breed of domestic cat. Bengals result from crossing a domestic feline with an Asian leopard cat (ALC), Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis.
The Bengal cat has a desirable “wild” appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the ALC.The Bengal possesses a gentle domestic cat temperament, if separated by at least four generations from the original crossing between a domestic feline and an ALC.
7. Pixie bob
The Pixie-bob is a breed of domestic cat claimed by breed founder Carol Ann Brewer ofWashington state to be the progeny of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids. DNA testing have failed to detect bobcat marker genes and Pixie-bobs are considered wholly domestic for the purposes of ownership, cat fancy registration, import and export.
The Chartreux is a rare breed of domestic cat from France and is recognised by a number of registries around the world. It is not recognised by the GCCF in the UK, ostensibly for being too similar to the British Shorthair, one of whose colours is a similar blue-grey. The Chartreux is large and muscular, with relatively short, fine-boned limbs, and very fast reflexes. They are known for their blue (grey) water-resistant short hair double coats which are often slightly nappy in texture (often showing “breaks” like a sheepskin) and orange- or copper-colored eyes.
Bombay are a breed of domestic shorthaired cats developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, tight black coat.
4. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat with a natural dominant-gene mutation that makes its ear cartilage contain a fold, causing the ears to bend forward and down towards the front of their head, which gives the cat what is often described as an “owl-like” appearance.
Originally called lop-eared or just lops after the lop-eared rabbit, Scottish Fold became the breed’s name in 1966.
The Ocicat is an all-domestic breed of cat which resembles a wild cat but has no wildDNA in its gene pool. The breed is unusual in that it is spotted like a wild cat but has the temperament of a domestic animal. It is named for its resemblance to the ocelot. The breed was established from Siamese and Abyssinian stock; later, American Shorthairs(silver tabbies) were added to the mix and gave the breed their silver color, bone structure and distinct markings.
The Munchkin is a relatively new breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which is caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation. Named after the short-statured characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the breed was developed in the 1980s in theUnited States. Much controversy erupted over the breed when it was recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995 with critics voicing concern over potential health and mobility issues.
The Birman, also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, is a domestic cat breed. It should not be confused with the Burmese, which is a dissimilar breed. The Birman has medium-long hair, a pale colored body with darker points and deep blue eyes. Even though the cat is pointed, the paws have white gloves.