Cat Breeds

A list of cat breeds from (Ragdoll to York Chocolate) are on this page. Please scroll down. Photo Credits. See places of origin of cat breeds. On the issue of health, the modern Siamese comes out the worse with 25 potential inherited genetic diseases. Adopters should bear this in mind. The Scottish Fold, too, is inherently ‘defective’ in that the condition which produces the folded ears has a detrimental effect on health. Read about these when clicking on the ‘lots more’ button.

Each breed is summarised and there is button link which goes to much more. For the other cat breeds please click on the relevant link below.

ABYSSINIAN TO HIMALAYANJAPANESE BOBTAIL TO PIXIE-BOB

Ragdoll Cat - pictures of cats

 

Ragdoll
Place of OriginUSA
Date of Origin:1960s
Ancestry: Moggies
Weight10-20lbs
Temperament: Placid
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: Pointed inc. bicolor pointing.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyLow
TalkerAverage
Ranked 5th in pop. poll
Please respect the photographer’s copyright.
Ragamuffin Cat - pictures of cats

 

RagaMuffin
Place of OriginUSA
Date of Origin:Late 1980s
Ancestry: Ragdoll cat
Weight10-20lbs
Temperament: Laid-back
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: Wide range.
GroomingAverage
LapcatYes
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
Russian Blue Cat - pictures of cats

 

Russian Blue
Place of OriginRussia
Date of Origin:Pre-1800s
Ancestry: Domestic cats
Weight7-12lbs
Temperament: Shy
Body type: Foreign
Colors – types: Blue
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerNo
Ranked 9th most popular
Safari Cat - pictures of cats

 

Safarai Cat
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:Early 1970s
Ancestry: Wildcat hybrid: Geoffroy’s cat x domestic
WeightUp to 25lbs
Temperament: Calm alpha
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: Spotted tabby
GroomingEasy
LapcatNo
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Savannah Cat - pictures of cats

 

Savannah Cat
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1986
Ancestry: Wildcat hybrid – serval x domestic cat
WeightUp to 30lbs
Temperament: Calm alpha
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: Spotted tabby
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow
Scottish Fold - pictures of cats

 

Scottish Fold
Place OriginScotland
Date Origin:1961
Ancestry: Farm cat, Brit, USA shorthair cats
Weight6-13lbs
Temperament: Easy nature, sweet.
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: All
GroomingAverage
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerQuiet
Selkirk Rex - pictures of cats

 

Selkirk Rex
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1987
Ancestry: Rescue cat, Persian, Exotic SH, Brit+US Shorthairs.
Weight7-11lbs
Temperament: Sweet and loyal. Gentle.
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: All
GroomingAverage
LapcatYes
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
Serengeti cat - pictures of cats

 

Serengeti Cat
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1994
Ancestry: Hybrid: Bengal and Oriental Shorthair
WeightAverage+
Temperament: Alert, Affectionate and playful.
Body type:Semi-foreign. Tall and elegant.
Colors – types: Spotted tabby
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerYes
Seychellois cat - pictures of cats

 

Seychellois
Place OriginUK
Date Origin:1980
Ancestry: Hybrid Modern Siamese – Oriental SH.
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: Enterprising and vocal.
Body type: Oriental
Colors – types: Variable particolor pointing on face. Long and short hair.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyGood
TalkerYes
Skookum Cat - pictures of cats

 

Skookum (dwarf)
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1990s
Ancestry: Hybrid cat –  Munchkin cross with LaPerm.
Weight5-9lbs
Temperament: Inquisitive and outgoing.
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: All colors. Rexed fur.
GroomingAverage
LapcatYes
EnergyGood
TalkerAverage
Sokoke Cat - pictures of cats

 

Sokoke
Place OriginKenya
Date Origin:1980s
Ancestry: Stray, household cats.
Weight7-12lbs
Temperament: Unknown
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Classic, blotched tabby.
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyAve-high
TalkerUnknown
Modern Siamese Cat - pictures of cats

 

Siamese (modern)
Place OriginThailand
Date Origin:Pre-1700s
Ancestry: Household and temple cats.
Weight6-12bs
Temperament: Quite active and vocal.
Body type:Oriental
Colors – types: Pointed, all colors (TICA), blue eyes.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerYes
V.Popular – 3rd place.
Traditional Siamese Cat - pictures of cats

 

Siamese (trad)
Place OriginThailand
Date Origin:Pre-1700s
Ancestry: Household and temple cats.
Weight6-12bs
Temperament: Quite active and vocal.
Body type:Semi-cobby
Colors – types: Pointed, lilac, seal, chocolate, blue, lynx.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerYes
V.Popular – 3rd place.
Siberian Cat - pictures of cats

 

Siberian
Place OriginE. Russia
Date Origin:1980s
Ancestry: House and
farm cats.
Weight10-20lbs
Temperament: Sensible, resourceful.
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: All colors, patterns.
GroomingAverage
LapcatAverage
EnergyAve-high
TalkerNo
Singapura Cat - pictures of cats

 

Singapura
Place OriginSingapore, USA
Date Origin:1975
Ancestry: Street, drain cats? Disputed. Hybrid?
Weight4-9lbs
Temperament: Soft voice gentleness. Affectionate.
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: Tabby (ticked), sepia agouti.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Snowshoe Cat - pictures of cats

 

Snowshoe
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1960
Ancestry: Hybrid: Siamese, American SH.
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: Friendly and active.
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Mitted and bicolor
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyAve-high
TalkerYes
Somali Cat - pictures of cats

 

Somali
Place OriginUSA and Canada
Date Origin:1963
Ancestry: Longhaired Abyssinian
Weight8-12lbs
Temperament: Extrovert, active.
Body type: Foreign
Colors – types: Special tabby cat
GroomingEasy-Ave
LapcatYes
EnergyYes
TalkerYes
Sphynx cat - pictures of cats

 

Sphynx
Place OriginUSA, Canada, Europe
Date Origin:1966
Ancestry: Non-pedigree longhair.
Weight8-15lbs
Temperament:Mischievous, smart. Monkey-like.
Body type: Semi-foreign, muscular.
Colors – types: All colors and patterns
GroomingAverage
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerYes
Thai cat pictures of cats

 

Thai (old style Siamese)
Place OriginThailand, USA
Date Origin:1950s
Ancestry: Siamese cats
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: People loving and intelligent.
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Pointed in solid, tabby, tortie, all colors
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerYes
Tiffany cat - pictures of cats

 

Tiffany (AKA Chantilly)
Place OriginUSA, Canada
Date Origin:1967
Ancestry: Household cats or a created hybrid. Disputed.
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: Gentle voice, soft character.
Body type: Moderate
Colors – types: Semi-longhair, chocolate, black, cinnamon, blue, lilac, fawn.
GroomingAverage+
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerNo, soft voice
Tonkinese Cat - pictures of cats

 

Tonkinese
Place OriginUSA, Canada
Date Origin:1960s
Ancestry: Hybrid: Burmese, Siamese
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: Sociable, smart.
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Mink, sepia & pointed solid colors.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyYes
TalkerYes
Toyger Cat - pictures of cats

 

Toyger
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1980
Ancestry: Hybrid: tabby cats, Bengal, Indian street cat.
Weight7-15lbs
Temperament: Interactive, friendly, intelligent.
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: Tiger stripes, rich tiger colors.
GroomingAverage
LapcatYes
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
Turkish Angora Cat - pictures of cats

 

Turkish Angora
Place OriginTurkey
Date Origin:1400s
Ancestry: Household cats
Weight6-11lbs
Temperament: Smart, quick mover and show off.
Body type: Foreign
Colors – types: Wide range.
GroomingAve-Easy
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerAve+ talker
Turkish Van Cat - pictures of cats

 

Turkish Van
Place OriginTurkey
Date Origin:Pre-1800s, imported 1955.
Ancestry: Household cats
Weight7-19lbs
Temperament: Independent, assertive.
Body type: Substantial
Colors – types: Van pattern, bicolor – particolor.
GroomingAverage
LapcatYes
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
York Chocolat cat

 

York Chocolate
Place OriginUSA
Date Origin:1983
Ancestry: Household cats
Weight6-12lbs
Temperament: Sweet, loving.
Body type: Moderate/large
Colors – types: Med-long.  Solid: chocolate, lavender. Bicolor: chocolate, lavender.
GroomingHigh
LapcatAve-yes
EnergyAverage
TalkerQuiet

 

Cat Breeds — Note on the Siamese ranking. Visitors to this site conclusively prefer the Traditional Siamese but the poll does not distinguish between modern and traditional hence equal 2nd. These are considered to be different cat breeds by some.

Cat Breeds — Photo credits:
All the photographs are copyright Helmi Flick except as indicated.

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Comments

Cat Breeds — 12 Comments

  1. Hi Michael. Strictly speaking the place of origin for the Turkish Angora should be stated as USA. Almost nothing remains of the original DNA in Turkish Angora pedigree cats. If the diagram is uploaded successfully you can see they are very closely related the western random-bred cats (moggies). The diagram is from UC Davis, USA.




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  2. Everything you need to know about the Angora cats:

    The Turkish Angora: Place Origin: USA 🙂

    The (real) Angora cat: random bred cats from Turkey and Eastern Mediterranean.
    Date Origin: Unknown, the earliest historic reference: 1400s.
    Body type: Substantial
    Colors – types: Wide range. Silver color is uncommon. No pointed, chocolate or fawn.
    Turkish Van from Turkey is a color variation of the Angora cats 🙂
    Temperament:: variable; usually sociable, affectionate and intelligent
    Grooming: Very easy
    Lapcat/Energy/Talker: depends on cat’s personality.




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  3. Hello! So glad I found your site.
    O.K. this is perplexing. I used to have a cat named Wickett. Named cause when he was a kitten he was all ears n tail and looked like an Ewok. He grew into his ears and paws and was finally about 20 to 25 lbs. I took him to the vet after weighing him to see if Wickett needed a diet. Vet said no he is just huge! The vet looked Wickett up in a book and said he was part Tinker. Do you have more info on this breed as I would love to own another
    Two facts: Wickett would stand up and have 2 to 3 inches of reaching room on a normal counter. 2 He barked. He said woof and arf. Freaked out dogs. His most favorite companion was a weenie dog for a while. They were down on vacation.




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    • Hi, thanks for asking. The word “Tinker” has no meaning in respect of cat breeds. What you have is a rare individual random bred cat – a moggie – who was born to be very large indeed. Just like people, there are a wide range of domestic cat sizes and like humans, rarely, an individual cat can be very large. Your cat is at the very top end of domestic cat size. Ginger (red) tabbies are great cats too. I don’t believe there is any science on this but red tabby cats are probably the best characters in the domestic cat world. They are alpha types and laid back. Confident etc.

      So, in conclusion Wickett is a rare, very large domestic, random bred cat with a fine character. The super size makes him a rare cat.




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    • The tough point to make is that if your cat was part of a cat breed you would know about it, so it is likely that your cat is a random-bred cat. Thanks for visiting.




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  4. I LOVE cat’s and this website was very helpful to me and i just enjoyed the photos so much , my favorite one was the Ragdoll , i have always been fond of that breed and this website had some great info on that breed which was very helpful to me!!Thanks so much!!
    Montana Blue , Falls City , Nebraska. , U.S.A.




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