Pictures of Cat Breeds

Pictures of cat breeds from (Abyssinian to Himalayan A-H) are on this page. Please scroll down. Click for illustrated checklist on buying a kitten. For all the many dwarf cat breeds please scroll down to select ‘Dwarf Cats’.

cat breeds

Abyssinian Cat

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

Abyssinian
Place of OriginEthiopia from India
Date of origin1860s
Ancestry: Indian cats?
Weight9-16 lbs
TemperamentActive
Body typeForeign
Colors: Ruddy, red, blue, fawn (CFA)
GroomingEasy
LapcatLow
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow
Note: 4th most popular

Ashera cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

Ashera – not a breed!
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1986
Ancestry: Savannah cat
Weight: 20-27 lbs (male)
TemperamentActive
Body typeForeign
RegistrationN/A
Colors, typesSavannah cat
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow

American Bobtail cat

Health: possible skeletal defects.

American Bobtail
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1960
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight7-11 lbs
TemperamentAffable
Body typePowerful build
Colors, typesAll types
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage

American Curl cat

American Curl health: susceptible to ear problems

American Curl
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1981
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight3-5 kg (7-11 lbs)
TemperamentBalanced
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors, typesAll types.
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyAverage
TalkerAve – low
American Ringtail cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

American Ringtail
Place of OriginUSA
Date of Origin1998
Ancestry: Random bred cat
Weight6-12lbs
TemperamentFriendly
Body typeModerate
Colors and typesAll types
GroomingEasy
LapcatYes
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
American Shorthair cat

Health: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (heart disease).

American Shorthair
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1904
Ancestry: Household cat
WeightAverage
TemperamentEasy going
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and typesWide range
GroomingAverage
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow
Note: 7th most popular
American Wirehair cat


Health: same as American SH.

American Wirehair
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1966
Ancestry: Household cat
Weight 8-15 lbs
TemperamentBusy
Body typeAverage
Colors and typesWide range
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerHigh
Australian Mist cat

Health: no known genetic health issues.

Australian Mist
Place of OriginAustralia
Date of origin1977
AncestryHybrid
Weight6-12lbs
TemperamentPleasant
Body typeModerate
Colors and typesWide range
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerHigh

Balinese cat



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

Balinese
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1920s
AncestrySiamese
Weight6-11 lbs
TemperamentVocal
Body typeSlender
Colors – typesPointed
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerHigh
Bengal cat

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

Bengal
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1963
Ancestry: Leopard cat, random bred cat, Indian street cat, Egyptian Mau.
Weight12-22lbs
TemperamentActive
Body typeSubstantial
Colors – typesTabbies
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
V. Popular. Ranked 2nd.
Birman cat


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

Birman
Place of OriginMyanmar
Date of origin1919
Ancestry: Temple cats?
Weight10-18 lbs
TemperamentReserved
Body typeCobby
Colors – types Pointed + white paws. Long hair.
GroomingAverage+
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow
Bombay cat

Health: skull defects associated with American Burmese.

Bombay
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1953
AncestryHybrid
Weight6-11 lbs
TemperamentFriendly
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and typesBlack
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
British Shorthair cat

Health: reported blood disorder and heart disease (HCM).

British Shorthair more
See British Longhair
Place of OriginEngland
Date of origin1880s
AncestryMoggies
Weight9-18 lbs
TemperamentGenial
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – typesWide range
GroomingEasy
LapcatLow
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow
8th most popular breed
Burmese cat

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

Burmese (American)
Place of OriginMyanmar
Date of origin1930s
Ancestry: temple cats+Siamese hybrid
Weight8-14 lbs
TemperamentRelaxed
Body typeCobby
Coat: Pointed, sable, champagne, blue, platinum.
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyHigh
TalkerHigh
Burmilla Cat

Health: kidney disorders associated with Persian breeding.

Burmilla
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1981
AncestryHybrid
Weight9-15lbs
TemperamentEngaging
Body typeForeign
Colors – typesShaded & tipped
GroomingAverage
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow
Part of the Asian Group
California Spangled Cat

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

California Spangled
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1971
Ancestry: Domestic cat hybrid, several breeds
Weight9-18 lbs
TemperamentActive
Body typeSubstantial
Colors – types: Spotted tabby, snow leopard.
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Chartreux cat

Health: reported knee disorders.

Chartreux
Place of OriginFrance
Date of originPre-18th century
AncestryMoggies
Weight7-17 lbs
TemperamentCalm
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and typesBlue
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow
Chausie cat


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

Chausie
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1960s
Ancestry: Jungle cat (m) x domestic cat (f)
Weight12-18 lbs
TemperamentAlpha
Body type: Sem-cobby
Colors – types: Ticked tabby shorthair.
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Cornish Rex cat

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

Cornish Rex
Place of OriginCornwall,  England
Date of origin1950
AncestryFarm cat
Weight6-10lbs
TemperamentAcrobatic
Body typeOriental
Colors – types: Wide range and wavy fur.
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerLow
Cymric cat

Health: No reported health problems.

Cymric
Place of OriginN.America
Date of origin1960s
AncestryManx
Weight8-12lbs
TemperamentBalanced
Body typeCobby
Colors – type: Wide range, long haired.
GroomingAverage
LapcatAverage
EnergyAverage
TalkerAverage
Devon Rex cat

Health: A number of diseases inc. joint, blood, skin and muscular disorders and heart disease (HCM).

Devon Rex
Place of OriginDevon,
England
Date of origin1960
AncestryMoggie
Weight6-9lbs
TemperamentClown
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – typesAll, wavy
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow
Don Sphynx cat

Health: unknown.

Don Sphynx
Place of OriginRussia
Date of origin1987
Ancestry:  Moggie genetic mutation
Weight7-11 lbs
TemperamentAthletic
Body type: semi-foreign
Colors – typesN/A
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Munchkin dwarf cat

Health: Lordosis, Pectus Exacvatum and flat chest kitten.

Dwarf Cats
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1983
Ancestry: Moggie genetic mutation
Weight5-9lbs
TemperamentSweet
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors and typesAll
GroomingEasy
Lapcatlow
Energyhigh
Talkerlow
Egyptian Mau cat

Health: reported heart and respiratory disorders

Egyptian Mau
Place of Origin Egypt, Italy
Date of origin1950s
Ancestry: Egyptian ferals
Weight5-11lbs
TemperamentIntelligent
Body type: Semi-foreign
Colors – types: Spotted, silvers, smoke, solid clrs.
GroomingEasy
LapcatAverage
EnergyHigh
TalkerAverage
Popular cat (10th place)
Exotic Shorthair cat

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

Exotic Shorthair
Place of OriginUSA
Date of origin1960s
Ancestry: Persian,Brit SH, American SH, Burmese, Russian Blue.
Weight7-14lbs
TemperamentDocile
Body typeCobby
Colors – typesAll
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyLow
TalkerAverage
Havana Brown cat


Health: rare breed, nothing reported.

Havana Brown
Place of OriginUSA, UK
Date of origin1950s
Ancestry: Siamese, black moggie, Russian Blue
Weight6-10lbs
TemperamentSociable
Body type: Semi-cobby
Colors – types: Chocolate, lilac.
GroomingEasy
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow
Himalayan cat

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

Himalayan base
Place of OriginUK, USA
Date of origin1950s
Ancestry: Persian, Siamese
Weight8-15lbs
TemperamentDocile
Body typeCobby
Colors – typesPointed
GroomingDifficult
LapcatHigh
EnergyAverage
TalkerLow

 
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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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