Pictures of Cat Breeds

Pictures of cat breeds from (Abyssinian to Himalayan A-H) are on this page. Please scroll down. There is concise information and links to more for each breed. Click for illustrated checklist on buying a kitten. I am adding health issues per breed. They are pointers for visitors to check out.

cat breeds

Abyssinian Cat

“Photo+” = a short page plus a nice picture. “More” = a full page and many pictures.

Aby health: reports of gum, teeth, kidney and eye disorders. Also: psychogenic alopecia, patellar luxation, lysosomal storage disease.

Abyssinian
Place of Origin India
Date of origin 1860s
Ancestry: Indian cats?
Weight 9-16 lbs
Temperament Active
Body type Foreign
Colors: Ruddy, red, blue, fawn (CFA)
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Low
Energy High
Talker Low
Note: 4th most popular

Ashera cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

Ashera – not a breed!
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1986
Ancestry: Savannah cat
Weight: 20-27 lbs (male)
Temperament Active
Body type Foreign
Registration N/A
Colors, types Savannah cat
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Low

American Bobtail cat

Health: possible skeletal defects.

American Bobtail
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1960
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight 7-11 lbs
Temperament Affable
Body type Powerful build
Colors, types All types
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy Average
Talker Average

American Curl cat

American Curl health: susceptible to ear problems

American Curl
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1981
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight 3-5 kg (7-11 lbs)
Temperament Balanced
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors, types All types.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Yes
Energy Average
Talker Ave – low
American Ringtail cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

American Ringtail
Place of Origin USA
Date of Origin 1998
Ancestry: Random bred cat
Weight 6-12lbs
Temperament Friendly
Body type Moderate
Colors and types All types
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Yes
Energy Average
Talker Average
American Shorthair cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

American Shorthair
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1904
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight Average
Temperament Easy going
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and types Wide range
Grooming Average
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker Low
Note: 7th most popular
American Wirehair cat


Health: same as American SH. No known genetic health issues.

American Wirehair
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1966
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight  8-15 lbs
Temperament Busy
Body type Average
Colors and types Wide range
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker High
Australian Mist cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

Australian Mist
Place of Origin Australia
Date of origin 1977
Ancestry Hybrid
Weight 6-12lbs
Temperament Pleasant
Body type Moderate
Colors and types Wide range
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker High

Balinese cat



Balinese Health: as part of the Siamese family there are some inherited health issues [link – new window]

Balinese
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1920s
Ancestry Siamese
Weight 6-11 lbs
Temperament Vocal
Body type Slender
Colors – types Pointed
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker High
Bengal cat

Health: HCM (heart problems) and Bengal Nose (crusty nose)

Bengal
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1963
Ancestry: Leopard cat, random bred cat, Indian street cat, Egyptian Mau.
Weight 12-22lbs
Temperament Active
Body type Substantial
Colors – types Tabbies
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Average
V. Popular. Ranked 2nd.
Birman cat


Health: reported, blood, nervous system and kidney disorders but check. Hip dysplasia also.

Birman
Place of Origin Myanmar
Date of origin 1919
Ancestry: Temple cats?
Weight 10-18 lbs
Temperament Reserved
Body type Cobby
Colors – types Pointed + white paws. Long hair.
Grooming Average+
Lapcat Average
Energy Average
Talker Low
Bombay cat

Health: skull defects associated with American Burmese.

Bombay
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1953
Ancestry Hybrid
Weight 6-11 lbs
Temperament Friendly
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and types Black
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker Average
British Shorthair cat

Health: reported blood disorder.

British Shorthair - more
See British Longhair
Place of Origin England
Date of origin 1880s
Ancestry Moggies
Weight 9-18 lbs
Temperament Genial
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types Wide range
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Low
Energy Average
Talker Low
8th most popular breed
Burmese cat

Health: American Burmese: Skull defects. Heart, eye and respiratory disorders. Diabetes.

Burmese (American)
Place of Origin Myanmar
Date of origin 1930s
Ancestry: temple cats+Siamese hybrid
Weight 8-14 lbs
Temperament Relaxed
Body type Cobby
Coat: Pointed, sable, champagne, blue, platinum.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy High
Talker High
Burmilla Cat

Health: kidney disorders associated with Persian breeding.

Burmilla
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1981
Ancestry Hybrid
Weight 9-15lbs
Temperament Engaging
Body type Foreign
Colors – types Shaded & tipped
Grooming Average
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Low
Part of the Asian Group
California Spangled Cat

Health: unknown re: genetic disorders. This cat breed is extinct.

California Spangled
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1971
Ancestry: Domestic cat hybrid, several breeds
Weight 9-18 lbs
Temperament Active
Body type Substantial
Colors – types: Spotted tabby, snow leopard.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Average
Chartreux cat

Health: reported knee disorders.

Chartreux
Place of Origin France
Date of origin Pre-18th century
Ancestry Moggies
Weight 7-17 lbs
Temperament Calm
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and types Blue
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Low
Chausie cat


Health: unknown re: genetic disorders. Probably all clear.

Chausie
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1960s
Ancestry: Jungle cat (m) x domestic cat (f)
Weight 12-18 lbs
Temperament Alpha
Body type: Sem-cobby
Colors – types: Ticked tabby shorthair.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Average
Cornish Rex cat

Health: not much to report. Possible hypothyroidism & hypotrichosis.

Cornish Rex
Place of Origin Cornwall,  England
Date of origin 1950
Ancestry Farm cat
Weight 6-10lbs
Temperament Acrobatic
Body type Oriental
Colors – types: Wide range and wavy fur.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Low
Cymric cat

Health: No reported health problems.

Cymric
Place of Origin N.America
Date of origin 1960s
Ancestry Manx
Weight 8-12lbs
Temperament Balanced
Body type Cobby
Colors – type: Wide range, long haired.
Grooming Average
Lapcat Average
Energy Average
Talker Average
Devon Rex cat

Health: A number of diseases inc. joint, blood, skin and muscular disorders.

Devon Rex
Place of Origin Devon,
England
Date of origin 1960
Ancestry Moggie
Weight 6-9lbs
Temperament Clown
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types All, wavy
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker Low
Don Sphynx cat

Health: unknown.

Don Sphynx
Place of Origin Russia
Date of origin 1987
Ancestry:  Moggie genetic mutation
Weight 7-11 lbs
Temperament Athletic
Body type: semi-foreign
Colors – types N/A
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Average
Munchkin dwarf cat

Health: Lordosis, Pectus Exacvatum and flat chest kitten.

Dwarf Cats
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1983
Ancestry: Moggie genetic mutation
Weight 5-9lbs
Temperament Sweet
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and types All
Grooming Easy
Lapcat low
Energy high
Talker low
Egyptian Mau cat

Health: reported heart and respiratory disorders

Egyptian Mau
Place of Origin  Egypt, Italy
Date of origin 1950s
Ancestry: Egyptian ferals
Weight 5-11lbs
Temperament Intelligent
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Spotted, silvers, smoke, solid clrs.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat Average
Energy High
Talker Average
Popular cat (10th place)
Exotic Shorthair cat

Health: respiratory, jaw (misalignment) and eye problems.

Exotic Shorthair
Place of Origin USA
Date of origin 1960s
Ancestry: Persian,Brit SH, American SH, Burmese, Russian Blue.
Weight 7-14lbs
Temperament Docile
Body type Cobby
Colors – types All
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy Low
Talker Average
Havana Brown cat


Health: rare breed, nothing reported.

Havana Brown
Place of Origin USA, UK
Date of origin 1950s
Ancestry: Siamese, black moggie, Russian Blue
Weight 6-10lbs
Temperament Sociable
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: Chocolate, lilac.
Grooming Easy
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker Low
Himalayan cat

Health: PKD (kidney disease), jaw, eye and breathing problems. Gum disease.

Himalayan base
Place of Origin UK, USA
Date of origin 1950s
Ancestry: Persian, Siamese
Weight 8-15lbs
Temperament Docile
Body type Cobby
Colors – types Pointed
Grooming Difficult
Lapcat High
Energy Average
Talker Low

 
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Photo credits for pictures of cat breeds: Except as set out below, all pictures are copyright Helmi Flick, a renown professional photographer who makes her living from cat photography. Please don’t violate her copyright. Thank you.

  • Ashera GD: Photo copyright Life Style Pets Inc. The Ashera and Ashera GD is an F1 Savannah cat. The information relates to Savannah cats.
  • American Ringtail: Photo copyright Joseph Halbleib.
  • Australian Mist: Photo copyright Animal Eyes Photography.
  • Burmilla: Photo copyright skoop (Flickr).
  • California Spangled: Photo copyright Flamingice007sg
  • Don Sphynx: Photo copyright Gunnel Hedberg
  • Dwarf cats: Munchkin – Munchkinlane Milton P. Hershey – Photo is protected by copyright.
  • These are the best pictures of cat breeds on the internet. You will not see better pictures of cat breeds because nearly all these pictures of cat breeds are by the celebrated professional photographer Helmi Flick. I wish to thank Helmi for her contribution.

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