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.

cat breeds

Abyssinian Cat

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

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

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
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

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

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


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

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
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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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



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


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

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

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

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


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

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
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: 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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  7. My mom was recently giving a kitten from a neighbor. Her original cat had kittens and I just want to find out the breed of Samantha. My mom also doesn’t know the age of her, but a friend told me she was about 4 or 5 months. Would a picture help?

  8. I had found a kitten and I don’t know what type it is. One side has spots and the other stripes. Its a brown grayish color. Can you help me find out what breed of is?

    thanks,
    suzanna

  9. Can you comment on the possible breed of the in the attached picture? Are these body markings what are called “blotched” or “bulls-eye”? Is it just a mixed DSH tabby? Thanks for any info. (BTW it’s a bit underweight in this photo.)

    • Hi Doug, your cat has a beautiful wild appearance. I love that. And he has unusual tabby markings. He is a brown blotched (classic) tabby domestic shorthair (random bred or better described as ‘freeborn’).

      Don’t forget that there is a big mashup of cat breed genes and a lot of hybrid cats out there so this boy could have some Bengal cat in him or Savannah cat (both pedigree purebred cats). It is not impossible.

      I just think he is a super looking cat and in many ways it does not make any difference if he is a pedigree cat. Pedigree cats are a human invention. Nature made freeborn cats.

      I can see why you are asking whether he is part of a cat breed because his appearance is outstanding.

  10. Thanks very much. You said what I expected — I also do not care if it’s purebred, but I thought it worth checking about possible bred connections. He is beautiful. I can also comment that he has a very loud, ferocious, roar. Unfortunately, he had just been picked up at a shelter I help at. He is nuetered and declawed so he must have been someone’s pet, but he is now greatly underweight so he must have been out for some time. The shelter should be able to help him gain some weight and then get a new home.

    • Shame to hear the background. I hate declawing. Entirely unnecessary as far as I am concerned. Pleased he has a roar as it adds to the wild appearance. I wish him the very best of luck.

    • Hi Helen, you live with super looking tabby cats. The sister on the left is a mackerel tabby and the sister on the right is a classic or blotched tabby. They are first rate looking shorthaired cats. Absolutely classic and beautiful but they are not pedigree cats.

      In the West (Europe and USA) a cat has to have a pedigree (family history recorded by a cat association) before he/she is considered a purebred cat of a certain breed.

      It is just one of those things. The cat fancy would call your cats “household pets”. They are domestic SHs. They are just a good as any purebred pedigree cat and sometimes better.

      Thanks for visiting and have a Happy Christmas.

  11. I have a stray cat hanging around that I feed also. S he has the most unusual markings Orange with deeper orange swirls and lighter accents swirls…Very friendly and really pretty…Does any one know the breed

    • Hi Judy, if you can upload a photo it would be great. The “default position” with cats is that they are not purebred/pedigree and therefore not a member of a cat breed especially if a cat is a stray. That said sometimes strays and abandoned cats can be pedigree cats. To be part of a cat breed in the USA a cat has to be registered with a cat association and have a pedigree. The cat you describe sounds like an orange (red) classic (blotched) tabby cat. These are really good cats and most often males.

      Thanks for visiting and asking and have a nice Christmas.

    • Hi Judy, he is not a pedigree cat. He is a brown tabby and white random bred cat with slight Van pattern on his head and his fur is medium long. There may be a bit of Turkish Van in him from the Near East and Mediterranean region. He looks very handsome. Happy New Year.

    • Hi Imogen. Well, they have random bred cats in China of course. They do have some purebred cats. The purebred cat or cat breed from China that most accurately fits your cat is the Chinese Harlequin. This cat has white and some color blobs I believe. I don’t believe there are any pictures. Your cat looks all white to me.

      Other than the Chinese Harlequin, your beautiful cat is a superb random-bred white short haired cat with a dense coat. He or she actually looks like a British Shorthair funnily enough.

  12. Was wondering what breed my cat is ? She’s a lovely girl that i took in from a rescue centre’ she had a crappy start to life and was ill treated,
    But now she has found her forever home…..
    Anybody that can help….Thankyou in advance…

  13. can you please tell me about this cat, she is very clever,good and she doesnt meow alot only when needed wich is wierd..
    Thank you

    Lynx pointed Siamese

    • Hi Mishoo, she is a Lynx-pointed Siamese cat in appearance. She may not be purebred or a pedigree cat (a cat with a registered family tree of mother and father etc. going up the tree) but she is pointed cat and the pointing is tabby. Domestic cats that have tabby pointing are Siamese cats, although this sort of pointing is less common than the standard seal pointing.

      Siamese cats are known for their vocalization. There are talkative and are loyal and they like people etc.. On the basis that your beautiful cat is quiet, it may indicate that she is not a pedigree cat but who cares? She is beautiful. She is loyalty and you love her. That is all that matters. Thank you for showing me your cat and thank you for visiting and asking.

      • Thank you very much sir, I didnt expected that I thought she is some birman mix-up,it’s quite a story how I found her, one late night I was going home after visiting a friend,and she just popped up on the sidewalk, I said shhhhhsss but she didnt went far away, after like 200-300 hundred meters I noticed she is following me, and then after a while she was in front of me again so I called her pss pss :P and she quickly let me pet her and pick her up and took her home she was purring all the way… When I am at the PC she often comes and begs sometimes or jumps directly to sit in my lap if nothing more exciting goes on around the house… I dont know she is very intelligent she does ask to let her out when nature calls, I assume it belonged to someone and she follows me in some sort of way just like a dog would wich is wierd, when I found her she was pretty skinny she put on some weight now after 10 days she looks better

  14. Hello Michael,
    Here’s a photo of a cat which looks identical to my cat who’s now deceased. I miss her dearly but have always wondered what type she was. She was incredibly smart and sociable. She followed us around the house and lay on our backs while we lay on the floor to watched t.v. She was also able to jump up and open a locked screen door from the outside to come in! She was also very talkative. Quite a fun “dog” as I put it. My friends adored her and wanted to have a turn for her to lay on their back. She sould open the cabinet door and sit in the linen closet for a cozy spot to sit too. If I’d cry, she’d sit on the back of the couch and chew my hair and purr to cheer me up. She certainly was special. She looks just like the Manx on your site, but the tail wasn’t shortened. I’m guessing some sort of tabby?

    • Hi Cecilla, I don’t know if I have responded. The cat in the photo is a tabby and white random bred cat. Very beautiful. Some cats are smarter than others. She is smart. She has a “knowing” look on her face.

  15. Hello!!
    I am looking for any info on possible breeds for this beautiful stray we found on a job site. He is very friendly, longer legs in the back, very smooth coat, and a chatter box!! Site personnel say he is about a year old. I am trying to place him in a rescue or fur-ever home, and possible breeds may help with that process. Thank You!!

    • Hi Misty. Your beautiful stray cat is a random bred, classic, bulls-eye, tabby cat with ticked fur. In other words a tabby cat but a tabby cat with a very strong and distinctive tabby coat. You do see then sometimes. There may be some Bengal cat in him but that is not necessary for a cat to have this sort of appearance. Some random bred cats (cats that have not been selectively bred as part of a cat breed) are very beautiful just like some people are. Thanks for sharing.

      Click here too see two beautiful tabbies in Portugal for example.

    • Ho Lori. This little and very cute rescue kitten is a tabby cat. She looks female and is random breed meaning not a member of a cat breed. She is probably a mackerel tabby (stripes). Sorry she is not a cat breed but she is beautiful

  16. I have a very dark grey and white cat. I’ve seen many photos of the same type but could never find a name of breed for it. It may not have one. I’d call it a DJ cat as it has the look of a dinner jacket. It has a white breast and stomach and all 4 paws are white, especially back paws which are half white. Do you have any idea of this breed, please? It is not especially friendly, but does have its moments of affection. Very free-spirited, likes to be out on his own. Gets on very well with other cats in the neighbourhood.

  17. Please help and tell me what type of cat I have……He is long haired,huge,just turned a year old and steadly growing..very vocal, he is silver and some white patches, he prefers me and my son over a lot of people touching him and he is very loyal to us ,he even tries to give us
    Bathes and protect us..he has a very laid back personality..ty marty

    • Hi Marty. You say he is silver and white. He looks a like black and white random bred cat (solid and white) although the photo is dark. The silver color you refer to could be diluted black or blue (grey). That would make him a solid-and-white cat based on the appearance of the coat.

      The white feet and patches are caused by the presence of the white spotting gene. He sounds like a great cat and you love each other – great. He is not a member of a cat breed, however.

      Thanks for visiting and asking.

  18. Hello!
    I’d like to know what type of cat this is if possible (cream-colored ears, tail and under eyes), thanks!

    • Hi Aangie. She has the appearance of a traditional Persian kitten. She may be a Persian but in America you’ll need papers to certify pedigree. In some countries such as India you don’t need papers. It seems her tears are not draining away or what is wrong with her eyes? Do you know? Thanks for asking.

      If she is not a Persian she could be a Traditional Persian mix (half Persian) or a random bred cat that looks like a Traditional Persian.

    • Hi Ruby, you have a beautiful black random bred cat. Very cute. There is a little fleck of lighter fur on his/her chest. (S)he is not a purebred cat in my opinion and therefore not a breed of cat but…..don’t let that stop you loving him. He is as good as the next cat.

      Thanks for visiting and asking.

  19. hello, I wonder if you might be able to provide information on any possible breed. This is Luna, we adopted her from an animal charity one year ago. she has the friendliest personality of any of my previous companions, talks incessantly, eats huge amounts, very active, very fast, fastidiously clean. long legged with a long, almost rectangular body. all four paw pads are black. with beautiful long claws. thank you so much.

    • She has a wild look and her coat is spotted tabby. She has the coat of a wild cat but she is almost certainly random bred spotted tabby cat. Although judging by her appearance and your description she may have some wild blood in her. It is hard to tell. This sort of clear spotted tabby cat is quite unusual in my experience. And she has a brown nose. When I see that I see wild cat. Anyway the safe answer is: random bred (not purebred pedigree) brown spotted tabby cat and beautiful as well.

      Thanks for visiting and asking.

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  21. I rescued this kitten on 8-20-14, was part of a litter abandoned in a box near my home. Based on its size and that it couldn’t drink or eat by its self, I’m guessing it was around 4 weeks. Its a very quiet cat and comes every time you call it. We have named him Winston. We thought he might be part Manx but his behavior is very different from our pet Manx. He is very wild, leaps and jumps much higher and farther than any kitten I have had. We are having trouble discouraging biting and wonder if it has something to do with his breed. He is very bold and unafraid no matter where or who he’s with. Photo 10-16-14

  22. Dear Michael,
    I rescued this kitten on 8-20-14, was part of a litter abandoned in a box near my home. Based on its size and that it couldn’t drink or eat by its self, I’m guessing it was around 4 weeks. Its a very quiet cat and comes every time you call it. We have named him Winston. We thought he might be part Manx but his behavior is very different from our pet Manx. He is very wild, leaps and jumps much higher and farther than any kitten I have had. We are having trouble discouraging biting and wonder if it has something to do with his breed. He is very bold and unafraid. 1st Photo 10-16-14

    • Hi Patricia, thanks for uploading the photos. The color balance is a bit odd because in one of the photos the coat is brown and in the other the coat is grey. That must be lighting problems.

      The one unusual element of cat anatomy about Winston is his coat pattern around his head and particularly over his forehead and the crown of his head. The marking are similar to the markings of a small wild cat species such as the Asian leopard cat. A number of small wild cat species have these bold head markings especially over the crown of the head.

      Winston has a striped tabby coat. I think he could be a wild cat hybrid. He could even be a first generation Bengal cat (F1) but not to type meaning he does not fit the appearance of a typical Bengal cat. Also of course he has a shortened tail but that is not uncommon.

      I am being very bold here and could well be incorrect. If I am he is a wild looking, confident, striped (mackerel) tabby cat. But his appearance is very wild and the head markings as mentioned are far more extreme that a typical tabby cat.

      I’d say a wild cat hybrid but you say he was dumped outside your home. What happened? Could you tell me a bit more?

      Winston is a very interesting cat.

      • Hi Michael, Thank you for that information. Don’t know if you noticed from the photo’s, his feet are polydactyl. Someone dumped a box of kittens on my neighbors property, she went door to door asking if any one could help out and adopt one, and we did. Poor little kitten missed his mother something terrible, still needs to be held a lot. I have 2 male adult cats, one of which is mentoring Winston setting boundaries when playing and sharing his bed with him. Winston’s behavior is quite different from any cat I’ve owned. He has more energy than I have ever seen in a kitten, Play’s non stop for hours – lots of leaping and jumping – he has never cried. He will with out any warning just start biting. Example’ if he saw you blinking from across a room he might attack, you never know when. The markings on his back look like a tabby.

        • I have never seen this type of head pattern/markings on a domestic tabby cat before. They are very reminiscent of a small wild cat species. That may just mean that he is a unique sort of tabby cat with exceptional markings or he may be a “botched” wild cat hybrid. I don’t know but your description of his behaviour also supports wild cat blood. Yes, he is polydactyl (might mean there is some Maine Coon in him as they have a tendency towards polydactylism). There are quite a lot of people who like to informally breed cats experimentally in the USA. This may be an example.

          We could just say he is a mackerel tabby cat. End of story. That is for sure but there seems to be something else going on.

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