How many cat breeds are there? 104, at least, is the answer and you can see them in this is very functional but, I hope useful, video. There is no sound and the pictures arrive and move on quickly but you can pause the video. The video has to move fast because of the large number of cat breed pictures featured. Videos need to be fairly short to keep the file size of the video manageable, a technical problem.
A lot of people don’t realize there are 104 cat breeds. Actually there are probably more. There lies a difficulty. How do you decide what a cat breed is?
You could say – and I have included one or two under this criteria in the video – that feral or stray cats living exclusively within a confined area which are allowed to breed are as purebred as any registered purebred cat. They will probably be purer, in fact.
There are in the order of about 50-70 mainstream cat breeds so the other half in this video are quite rare. Even some of the mainstream ones are fairly rare.
A classic case concerning the difficulty in discussing the cat breeds is the Turkish Angora. This is a well known and popular cat breed. In the USA and Europe it is a purebred cat with a pedigree. It is therefore registered with a cat association.
In Turkey, the place where the Turkish Angora comes from, it is not a registered cat breed. It is a moggie. And it looks very different. In looks more like a real Turkish Angora.
You would have to classify the Turkish Angora in Turkey as a cat breed despite looking different and having no recorded pedigree with a cat association. This gives us the clue as to the tricky nature of showing off cat breed pictures in a video.
As it happens I made an earlier video of 77 cat breeds, the mainstream ones but, ironically, forgot to add one of my favorites, the Savannah cat.
The video below is much better known but probably less good:
There you have it. Now I will make a video about the 36 wild cat species. Are there 36 wild cat species? That is another tricky question. And finally, visitors should know that all the cat breeds and all the moggies and feral cats are one cat species: Felis silvestris catus.