Cat Breeds

Find everything you want to know about cat breeds.

Learn more about your favorite cat breeds by checking out our list of cat breed profiles. Here you can find cat breed basics – everything from the history of your cat breed of choice to common health concerns and other information. Browse our directory of the most popular cat breeds.

  • Abyssinian Cat

    The Abyssinian is a very active, playful, and inquisitive breed. This slender, short-haired breed is distinguished by its coat pattern, which is ticked in the manner associated with wild cats.

  • American Bobtail Cat

    The American Bobtail is a medium to large cat, some of them being very large boned, and heavily muscled. They come in every color of the cat rainbow.

  • American Curl Cat

    The American Curl is most commonly recognized by its unusual ears, which curl backward. This is the result of a natural mutation.

  • American Shorthair Cat

    The breed was originally called the "Shorthair", then "Domestic Shorthair", and later, in 1965, the "American Shorthair".

  • Balinese Cat

    The Balinese is a semi-longhaired variant of the Siamese breed. Its coat is of medium length, and very silky and fine.

  • Bengal Cat

    Well-bred Bengals are active, intelligent companions. Most pet Bengals are wild only in looks, not in personality.

  • Birman Cat

    Also known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma", the Birman Cat has a number of fanciful legends associated with its origin.

  • Bombay Cat

    In the United States, the Bombay Cat was created by crossing Burmese with black American Shorthairs in the 1950s.

  • British Shorthair Cat

    The British Shorthair, Great Britain's working cat, is a very sturdy, muscular cat with a short, plush coat.

  • Burmese Cat

    The Burmese Cat originated from Thailand, and all Burmese can trace their ancestry to a cat named Wong Mau, who arrived in the United States in the 1920s.

  • Chartreux Cat

    The Chartreux Cat is an old natural breed which originated in France, said to have been raised as a companion by the Carthusian monks.

  • Cornish Rex Cat

    Cornish Rex Cats are known for its soft, wavy, curly hair; even the whiskers curl. Its coat feels like crushed velvet to the touch.

  • Devon Rex Cat

    The Devon Rex Cat is noted for its soft, short, naturally curly coat. Its large eyes and ears give it a pixie-ish appearance.

  • Egyptian Mau Cat

    These active, athletic cats have the randomly-spotted tabby pattern resembling wild cats, but are fully domesticated.

  • Exotic Cat

    The Exotic Cat has the body and head type of the Persian, but has a short, plush coat. Exotics are available in the same rainbow of colors and patterns as the Persian breed.

  • Himalayan Cat

    The Himalayan has the stocky body type, long hair, and placid temperament of the Persian, but has the pointed pattern of the Siamese.

  • LaPerm Cat

    LaPerm Cat is a curly-coated breed unrelated to the Rex breeds. They are gentle, patient, and affectionate, but also moderately active.

  • Maine Coon Cat

    The Maine Coon Cat is known for its large size, easygoing temperament, and rugged appearance. The Maine Coon breed has a heavy, shaggy coat, bushy tail, and tufted ears and toes.

  • Munchkin Cat

    The Munchkin is short- legged breed, the result of a natural mutation. Modern Munchkins can trace their ancestry to a black short-legged cat named Blackberry.

  • Norwegian Forest Cat

    Norwegian Forest Cat truly did originate in Norway. It is a hardy, sturdy cat with a thick, heavy coat, well-equipped to survive in the harsh Scandanavian winters.

  • Oriental Shorthair Cat

    Oriental Shorthairs are like the Siamese in body type and personality. They share the long, fine-boned legs and tail, tubular body, wedge-shaped head and large ears.

  • Persian Cat

    The Persian, probably the most well-known and easily recognized cat breed, is available in a wide range of colors and patterns.

  • Peterbald Cat

    The Peterbald is the newest hairless breed. They are descended from the Russian Don Hairless breed with outcrosses to Oriental and Siamese cats.

  • Ragdoll Cat

    The Ragdoll is best known for its docile and placid temperament. The name "Ragdoll" derived from the fact that many of these cats go completely limp when picked up.

  • Russian Blue Cat

    The Russian Blue Cat is a natural breed thought to have originated in northern Russia. The first Russian Blues were imported to England in 1890.

  • Savannah Cat

    The Savannah is a hybrid breed derived from breeding together domestic cats and African Serval cats. Since this breeding is difficult to achieve, Savannahs remain a very rare breed.

  • Scottish Fold Cat

    The Scottish Fold Cat is best known for its distinctive ears, which are folded forward and down, and by its large rounded eyes, which give it a sweet, wide-eyed expression.

  • Siamese Cat

    The Siamese is distinguished by its brilliant blue eyes and its colored "points" (ears, face, tail and feet) which provide a striking contrast to its light-colored body.

  • Siberian Cat

    Siberian Cat is the name given to Russia's native semi-longhair. This large, powerful cat is still quite rare in the U.S., though it is more common on the Asian continent and in Europe.

  • Singapura Cat

    The Singapura Cat is a shorthaired cat distinguished by its large eyes and its warm beige, brown-ticked coat. The origins of the Singapura breed are somewhat controversial, but the breed's charm and later acceptance is not.

  • Somali Cat

    The Somali Cats perhaps most easily described as a longhaired Abyssinian, although over time, the types have diverged some and these breeds no longer look like exact counterparts.

  • Sphynx Cat

    The Sphynx Cat is distinguished by its relative hairlessness, though actually it is covered by a soft down. True show Sphynx Cat have very little hair.

  • Tonkinese Cat

    The Tonkinese Cat was originally produced by crossing the Burmese and Siamese breeds. The first Burmese-Siamese crosses leading to the modern Tonkinese breed were bred in Canada in the mid-1960s.

  • Traditional Siamese Cat

    The Traditional Siamese Cat, also called the Applehead or Classic Siamese, has a rounder, more moderate body and head type than today's competitive show style Siamese.

  • Turkish Angora Cat

    The Turkish Angora Cat is a semi-longhaired cat that originated in Turkey. Turkish Angora Cats are long-bodied and graceful with a fine, silky coat.