Cat Breed List A-Z

This is a straight cat breed list A-Z. If you want to read about them please search this site using the excellent Google custom search facility:

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You’ll be able to find information about nearly all of them. I have put the date and place of origin next to the breed name as well. When you search the internet for a list of cat breeds Google often finds sites that show about 40 or perhaps a bit more. There are about 70 mainstream cat breeds. However, there are, in fact, a lot more but the remainder are very much on the fringes. These are often unrecognized and experimental breeds. But they do or did exist. For that reason they are in this list of cat breeds.

Cat Breed List A-Z

Cat Breed List A-Z. Cat Drawing by Colleen Olson. Yorky from Wikiemedia Commons.

If a breed is not yet accepted by a cat association, it does not mean that it is a failure. The acceptance process is slow and getting to championship status is a long journey. The CFA accepts fewer breeds than TICA. TICA is more adventurous than the CFA. For example, they recently granted championship status to the well known and respected Savannah cat.

The breeds are listed in alphabetical order.

  1. Abyssinian – Ethiopia – 1860s
  2. Alaskan Snow Cat (Snow Cat) – USA – 1990s
  3. American Bobtail – USA – 1960s
  4. American Curl – USA – 1981
  5. American Lynx – USA – 1980s
  6. American Shorthair – USA – 1900 as “Domestic Shorthair” and then 1966
  7. American Wirehair – USA – 1966
  8. Australian – Australia – 1946
  9. Australian Curl – Australia – 1996
  10. Balinese – USA – 1940s
  11. Bengal – USA – 1963
  12. Birman – Burma – uncertain
  13. Bohemian Rex – Czech Republic – 1994
  14. Bombay – USA – 1958
  15. British Angora – UK – 1960s
  16. British Shorthair – UK – 1870s
  17. Bristol – 1970s
  18. Burmese – Thailand – 1350-1767
  19. Burmilla – UK – 1981
  20. California Rex – USA – 1959
  21. California Spangled – USA – 1971
  22. Celonese – Sri Lanka – 1984
  23. Chartreux – France – 14th century
  24. Chantilly – USA – 1967
  25. Chausie – USA – 1995 (I say 1960s)
  26. Chinese Lop – China – 1796
  27. Colourpoint British Shorthair – UK – 1980s
  28. Colourpoint European Shorthair – Italy – 1982
  29. Colourpoint Shorthair – UK – 1947
  30. Cornish Rex – UK – 1950
  31. Cymric – Canada – 1960s
  32. Devon Rex – UK – 1960s
  33. Don Sphynx – Russia – 1987
  34. Dutch Rex – Netherlands – 1969
  35. Egyptian Mau – Egypt – ancient and 1953 in Europe
  36. European Shorthair – Italy – 1982
  37. Exotic Shorthair – USA – 1966
  38. French Sphynx – France – 1960s
  39. German Rex – Germany – 1946
  40. Havana Brown – UK – 1951
  41. Himalayan – USA/UK – 1950s/1920s
  42. Italian Rex – Italy – 1950
  43. Japanese Bobtail – Japan – 5th – 10th century
  44. Javanese – USA/UK – 1960s
  45. Karakul – USA – 1930s
  46. Karelian Bobtail – Russia – 1990s (uncertain)
  47. Kashmir – UK – 1950s
  48. Korat – Thailand – 1350-1767
  49. Kurilian Bobtail – Russia – 1990s (uncertain)
  50. LaPerm – USA – 1986
  51. Longhair Exotic – USA – 1990s
  52. Longhair Fold – UK – 1980s
  53. Longhair Japanese Bobtail – Japan – 1954
  54. Maine Coon – USA – 1860s
  55. Manx – UK – before 1700s
  56. Marbled Mist – Australia – 1997
  57. Malay Cat – Malaya Peninsula – 1881
  58. Malayan – USA – 1980
  59. Mei Toi – USA – 1994
  60. Mexican Hairless – USA – 1902
  61. Missouri Rex – USA – 1990s
  62. Munchkin – USA – 1983
  63. Nebelung – USA – 1990s
  64. Norwegian Forest Cat – Norway – 1930s
  65. Ocicat – USA – 1964
  66. Ohio Rex – USA – 1959
  67. Oriental Shorthair – UK – 1950s
  68. Persian (modern) – USA – 1950s
  69. Persian (original) – UK – 1800s
  70. Peterbald – Russia – 1994
  71. Pixie-bob – USA – 1980s
  72. Poodle Cat – Germany – 1994
  73. Prussian Rex – East Prussia – 1930s
  74. RagaMuffin – USA – 1994
  75. Ragdoll – USA – 1960s
  76. Renegade – USA – 1997
  77. Rexed Maine Coon – UK – 1988
  78. Russian Blue – Russia – pre-1800s
  79. Russian Hairless – Russia – 1987
  80. Safari  Cat – USA – 1970s
  81. Savannah – USA – 1986
  82. Scottish Fold – UK – 1961
  83. Selkirk Rex – USA – 1987
  84. Serengeti – USA – 1994
  85. Seychellois – UK – 1984
  86. Siamese – Thailand – ancient – shown late 1800s in England
  87. Siberian – Russia – 1980s
  88. Si-Rex – USA – 1986
  89. Singapura – uncertain (Singapore/USA) – 1971
  90. Snowshoe – USA – 1960s
  91. Sokoke – Kenya – 1977
  92. Somali – USA/Canada – 1967
  93. Sphynx – Canada – 1966
  94. Spotted Mist – Australia – 1976
  95. Suqutranese – UK – 1990
  96. Thai-Bobtail – Russia – 1990s?
  97. Tiffanie – UK – 1980s
  98. Tiffany – USA – 1967
  99. Tonkinese – USA – 1950s
  100. Toy-Bobtail – Russia – 1986
  101. Turkish Angora – Turkey – 1400s
  102. Turkish Van – Turkey – pre-1800s
  103. Ural Rex – Russia – 1991
  104. Ussuri – Russia – 1990s
  105. Victoria Rex – UK – 1972
  106. Wild Abyssinian – Singapore – 1980s
  107. York Chocolate – USA – 1983

 

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Cat Breed List A-Z — 4 Comments

  1. Great, thx for this straight forward and useful list. It’s interesting to see the years in there too. It’s amazing how many of them are very recent. By that I mean 30 or 40 years old and not 100 years old – given the age of the cat fancy. It’s hard to really know what to think without knowing more about the origins of each breed. Of course some are unhealthy for example. Perhaps there should be more variations and less extremity rather than the opposite. It seems there are many variations of the domestic cat based on this list though.

    • The peak era for cat breed creation was probably the mid 1950s. There is no room left now for new breeds. They have more or less all been created. No doubt some one will come up with something.

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