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Ultimate List of All Cat Breeds

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If you’re looking for possible purebred cats that you can raise at home, there is a wide selection available for you. Just make sure that before you purchase one based on our information below, you have the correct and necessary tools, such as: cat enclosures, scratching posts, litter trays, toys and food.


1-Cat-AbyssinianCommon Breed Names: Abyssinian
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Abyssinians are believed to have originated in the Indian Ocean coast of Egypt. They are characterised by their ticked coat. They have large pointed ears, a wedge-shaped head, and almond-shaped eyes that are coloured green, gold, copper or hazel. These cats have a fine bone structure with slender legs. They have a long tail. They are affectionate, loyal, interactive, and intelligent. Their curiosity makes them good companions.

American Bobtail

Cat BreedsCommon Breed Names: American Bobtail
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
American Bobtails are originated in the USA. They are noted for their thick bobbed tail that is half or one-third of a regular cat’s tail. They can be divided into two varieties based on hair length – medium-long and short. These cats are well-muscled, graceful with a rolling gait. American Bobtails are great family pets and get along with children and other pets. They are subtle, affectionate, and not demanding.

American Curl

3-Cat-American-CurlCommon Breed Names: American Curl
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
American Curls were developed in the US. They are most notable for their unusual ears, which are curled off their face to the centre of their head. They only mature fully at around two to three years. These cats also have a soft, silky coat that is low maintenance. American Curls are affectionate without being too demanding. They love to nuzzle their owners’ faces. They also like fetching games and love to play with children.

American Shorthair

AP-S34EFACommon Breed Names: American Shorthair
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
American Shorthairs were formally bred in North America, although they were acknowledged as an original landrace stock in Europe. They have muscular bodies with well-developed chests, shoulders, and hindquarters. They are found in more than 80 colours and patterns. American Shorthairs are affectionate, easy-going, and social even with strangers. They are perfect for people who want cats sitting on their lap but are not as demanding as other cats. They are adaptable, sociable, and trainable.

American Wirehair

5-Cat-American-WirehairCommon Breed Names: American Wirehair
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
American Wirehairs originated in upstate New York in the US. They look the same as American Shorthairs, but with a wiry, springy coat, whiskers, and ear fur. They have a moderate build, round heads, a pronounced muzzle, and high cheekbones. American Wirehairs demand for affection and attention. They are affectionate, active, and keen on what’s happening in their surroundings. They are also said to be sensitive about their owner’s feelings.


6-Cat-BalineseCommon Breed Names: Balinese
Alternative Breed Names: Long-haired Siamese
The Balinese is of American origin. They have the same point colouration as Siamese cats but with long hair. They are more petite than the Siamese with oversized ears, wedge-shaped head, and large, blue eyes. Males weigh around 7-8 pounds, while females weigh around 5-6 pounds. They love people, like to follow their owners around, and opinionated. The Balinese is also athletic, agile, playful, and intelligent. However, these cats have to be kept occupied to avoid trouble at home.


7-Cat-BirmanCommon Breed Names: Birman
Alternative Breed Names: Sacred Cat of Burma, Sacred Birman
Birmans originated in France. They have medium-long hair, deep blue eyes, and a pale body with darker points. They also have small ears, a semi-cobbly body, and a Roman nose. Each of their paws has white gloves, which is rare among cat breeds. Birmans are gentle, affectionate, and loyal companions. Being temple cats, they are used to being adored. They are social and generally curious of visitors.


Blue Burmese male cat MontyCommon Breed Names: Burmese
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
The Burmese is of Thai origin. They are domesticated cats that can be divided into two varieties – the American and British breeds. The American breed is sturdier, while the British is moderately-shaped. Burmese are slim and athletic with coat colours including blue, brown, lilac, red, cream, chocolate, lilac-cream, chocolate torti, blue torti, and brown torti. They are affectionate, intelligent, vocal, playful, and active. They are inquisitive and mostly outdoing.


9-Cat-BombayCommon Breed Names: Bombay
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Bombays are domestic shorthaired cats that were developed in the US. They are found in two varieties – American Bombay and British Bombay. The American Bombay cats have golden or copper eyes and a jet black coat. They are called the “parlour panther.” The British Bombay cats have black toes, coat, and nose with deep rich copper to gold eyes. Bombay cats are sociable, dependent, demanding of attention, and pay attention to a particular person. They love snuggling and can be distinguished by their purr.


10-Cat-ChartreuxCommon Breed Names: Chartreux
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
The Chartreux was developed in France. These domestic cats have slender legs with a stocky body, earning them the nickname ‘potato on toothpicks.’ They have a blue-toned fur with a thick undercoat. Their fur is furry and of medium length. They have a round head with soulful eyes and a mysterious Ala-Mona Lisa smile. Chartreux cats make wonderful companions. They are loyal, quiet, friendly, and love to sit on the owner’s lap.

Cornish Rex

11-Cat-Cornish-RexCommon Breed Names: Cornish Rex
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Cornish Rexes are domestic cats that originated in the UK. They don’t have guard hairs so they have very short coats with distinctive large ears on an egg-shaped head. They have hallowed cheekbones, a strong chin, and a high bridged Roman nose. Their body is long, muscular and slender. The Rexes’ legs are long and thin. They are active, inquisitive, and love to joke. They treat everything as a game. They are also affectionate and devoted to the extent that they will sit with you at the dinner table.

Devon Rex

Chocolate tortoiseshell tabby point Devon Si-Rex female cat, TizzyCommon Breed Names: Devon Rex
Alternative Breed Names: Pixie Cat, Poodle Cat, Alien Cat
Devon Rex cats were developed in England. They are most notable for their wavy coat, slender bodies, and large ears. They are intelligent cats who know how to recognise not only their names but their owner’s as well. They are of medium size with slightly upturned noses, very short whiskers, unusually large toes, and sturdy legs. Devon Rex cats are active, alert, and curious about their surroundings. They are playful and love fetching games. They also love following their pet owners around and love to sit on people’s lap, shoulder, or anywhere else that puts them close to their owner.

Egyptian Mau

13-Cat-Egyptian-MauCommon Breed Names: Egyptian Mau
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Egyptian Maus were developed in Egypt. They are of small to medium size with a naturally spotted coat. They are a shorthaired breed with a twitching tail, gooseberry-green eyes, and coats that are coloured bronze, silver, or smoke under their spots. They are often confused with the Ocicat, although the Maus have a wedge-shaped head and a muscular body. Egyptian Maus can make a variety of sounds, are agile, intelligent, inquisitive, and low maintenance.

Exotic Shorthair

14-Cat-Exotic-ShorthairCommon Breed Names: Exotic Shorthair
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Exotic Shorthairs originated in Persia. They are similar to Persian cats from their appearance to their temperament, except for their short dense coat. They have a massive round head with a rounded forehead, full cheeks, short and round muzzle, and powerful jaws. They have widely spaced ears with a rounded tip. Their coat is of the same colours as a Persian cat’s. They are playful and can easily catch a mouse. They are also sweet, loyal, and quiet.

Havana Brown

15-Cat-Havana-BrownCommon Breed Names: Havana Brown
Alternative Breed Names: Swiss Mountain Cat
Havana Browns are of Thai origin. They are also called as non-blue eyes Siamese. They also have a lithe and muscular body covered with a glossy coat that can be a rich mahogany red-brown and lilac or pinkish grey. These cats have erect ears, a corn cob muzzle, and a square chin. Havana Browns are playful, curious, and affectionate. They love being with people and will extend their paw to get your attention.

Japanese Bobtail

16-Cat-Japanese-BobtailCommon Breed Names: Japanese Bobtail
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Japanese Bobtails are domestic cats believed to have originated in Japan and Southeast Asia. They are known for their bobbed tail that looks more like a rabbit’s tail than a cat’s. They should have an equilateral triangle for their head, large upright ears, medium sized body, and large oval eyes. They have five toes in front and four behind. Their hind legs are longer than their forelegs. Japanese Bobtails are intelligent, active, alert, bold, and adaptable. They may even be annoyingly active with chirping voices that may seem like they are singing.


17-Cat-KoratCommon Breed Names: Korat
Alternative Breed Names: Si-Sawat
Korats originated in Thailand. They are domestic shorthaired cats with low body fat percentage. They have a semi-cobby and muscular body with a solid-coloured coat, meaning it does not have any shading or tabby markings at all. However, their hair shafts tend to lighten at the roots. Their coat has that halo effect as their tips are coloured silver. Korats start out ugly until they bloom at the age of two to four years. They are not vocal but they sure show what they want through action, such as nipping your shin if you don’t feed them fast enough. They are also playful, social, and hyper.


18-Cat-LaPermCommon Breed Names: LaPerm
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
LaPerm cats are of American origin. They are called as such because of their curly fur, with the smallest curls on their belly, base of the ears, and throat. They have a medium to long body with long legs, wedge-shaped head, and stand out ears and eyes. They have low shedding so they are low maintenance. LaPerms are inquisitive, mischievous, outgoing, active, and affectionate.

Maine Coon

19-Cat-Maine-CoonCommon Breed Names: Maine Coon
Alternative Breed Names: Coon Cat, Maine Cat, Snowshoe Cat, Maine Shag, American Longhair, The Gentle Giants
Maine Coons are believed to be of American origin. They are among the oldest natural breeds from North America. They are the official state cat of Maine. These cats may be medium-haired or longhaired with a soft and silky coat. This coat is shorter on the shoulders but longer on the britches and stomach, making the cat look bigger than they really are. Maine Coons are affectionate, loving, and intelligent. They are popular for their large size, hardy disposition, luxuriant coat, and devotion.


20-Cat-ManxCommon Breed Names: Manx
Alternative Breed Names: Manks
Manx cats are domestic cats that originated in the Isle of Man. They have naturally short tails, though many are even tailless. Manx’s tails can be classified as rumpy (completely tailless); riser (with a bump); stumpy (with an inch-long vertebrae); stubby (with a tail half a normal cat’s tail); and longy (with a tail that is half or the same size as a regular cat’s tail). They are of small to medium size, lean and muscular with longer hind legs than the fore legs. Their coat can be long or short, although all of them have a dense, double coat. Manx are widely considered as social, attached, playful, intelligent, but stranger shy cats.

Norwegian Forest Cat

21-Cat-Norwegian-Forest-CatCommon Breed Names: Norwegian Forest Cat
Alternative Breed Names: Skaukatt/Skogkatt, Norsk/Norsk Skogkatt, Skaukatt, Weegie
Norwegian Forest Cats originated in Norway. They are domestic cats were built to weather cold places with their glossy and water-shedding top coat and a woolly undercoat. They are strongly built, large cats with a bushy tail, a triangle-shaped head, and ears that extended the triangular head. These cats are intelligent, friendly, energetic, and demanding, but they also use a quiet voice. They are good hunters, but can be trained as indoor pets too.


22-Cat-OcicatCommon Breed Names: Ocicat
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Ocicats are domestic cats that originated in the US. They have spots like wild animals do, but are completely of the same temperament as domestic animals. Their most notable feature would be the thumbprint-sized spots covering their entire body. Ocicats are nosy, interactive, and talkative. However, they can be demanding, which is why they need basic obedience training. They can also recognize their names, but prefer to stick to one person instead of the entire family.


23-Cat-OrientalCommon Breed Names: Oriental
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Orientals are of American origin. They are a part of the Siamese family. They have a sleek and sturdy appearance, large ears, a lanky body, and a wedge-shaped head. They are also found in over 300 colours and patterns. Orientals can be shorthaired or longhaired, although shorthairs are more common. They want attention and would meow loudly to get it. They also need human interaction and should be raised with other Orientals or any other active breeds.


24-Cat-PersianCommon Breed Names: Persian
Alternative Breed Names: Persian Longhair, Longhair
Persian cats originated in Iran, formerly called Persia. They are known for their shortened muzzle and round face as well as their long, luxurious fur. They also wear sweet expressions on their flat face and using their round eyes. They have round-tipped, small ears on a large, round head. Persians are stocky and thick and come in colours including golden, silver, solid, smoke, shaded, tabby, bicolour, parti-colour, and Himalayan. They are not demanding, choosy in terms of their owners, and love to stay up in the lap. Their long fur also requires regular grooming to prevent matting and hairballs.


25-Cat-RagamuffinCommon Breed Names: Ragamuffin
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Ragamuffins originated in the US. They have a thick fur comparable to that of a rabbit. They are heavily boned and mature only at 4 years old. They have a round head, broad shoulders, broad chest, and a fatty pad on the abdomen. The Ragamuffins have longer fur on the outer edges of their face and their neck. They are docile, attention seekers, and function well with other pets. However, they don’t want to be left alone for hours and love being with kids.


26-Cat-RagdollCommon Breed Names: Ragdoll
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Ragdolls were developed in the US. They have a unique colourpoint coat and blue eyes. They also have a long, silky coat covering a large, sturdy body and proportionate legs. Their coat colours include red, flame, chocolate, lilac, cream, and blue. Ragdolls are floppy, docile, intelligent, gentle, and easy to handle. However, they seem to be weak in sensing danger. They are also prone to having urinary problems.

Russian Blue

G-4-228 Felis silvestris - Russian BlueCommon Breed Names: Russian Blue
Alternative Breed Names: Archangel Cat, Archangel Blue
The Russian Blue is of Russian origin. They are known for their silver-blue coat. They have double layers of short thick fur and bright green eyes. The silver tips on their coat make them look like they are shimmering. Russian Blue cats are gentle but reserved with strangers. They only show playfulness and affection with humans they are familiar with. They can entertain themselves, although they prefer playing with humans.

Scottish Fold

28-Cat-Scottish-FoldCommon Breed Names: Scottish Fold
Alternative Breed Names: Scott Fold
Scottish Fold originated in Scottland most noted for their straight, unfolded ears. This feature usually shows at 21 days old. However, there are kittens that keep their ears straight, hence they are called Straights. They are a medium-sized cat with a rounded body and large, round eyes. Scottish Folds may be short-haired or long-haired. They are calm, adaptable, easily attached to their owners, and affectionate. They are good groomers and good companions to children.

Selkirk Rex

29-Cat-Selkirk-RexCommon Breed Names: Selkirk Rex
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Selkirk Rexes are different from the other Rex breeds. They have normal-length hair that is thicker and plusher than that of a LaPerm cat. Their coat is soft and curly. They are found in longhaired and shorthaired varieties. Selkirk Rexes have a semi-cobbly and muscular body with a round head. These cats are social, loving, and affectionate. They like spending time with people and behave like kittens even during their adulthood.


30-Cat-SiameseCommon Breed Names: Siamese
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Siamese cats are of Thai origin. They are also called as Wichian Mat and are now popular in North America and Europe. They have an elongated, medium boned body with rounded cheeks, modified wedge head, and medium-sized and higher sized ears. Siamese cats are intelligent, affectionate, great extroverts, highly vocal, and demanding. Since they don’t have tapetum lucidum, they have poor night sight, causing them to behave better at night.


31-Cat-SiberianCommon Breed Names: Siberian
Alternative Breed Names: Siberian Forest Cat, Moscow Semi-longhair, Neva Masquerade
Siberians were developed in Russia. They have three layers of fur – guard hair, awn hair, and down. Their coat is coloured tabby, tortoiseshell, solid, and colourpoint. These cats are of medium to large size, around 8-17 pounds. They have medium-sized ears with a lot of fur, nearly round eyes, and a rounded head. Siberians are playful and love to play with water. They can be handled and are still agile despite their size.


32-Cat-SingapuraCommon Breed Names: Singapura
Alternative Breed Names: Kucinta, Drain Cat
Singapura cats are believed to have originated in Singapore. They are among the smallest breeds of cats known for their large ears and eyes, blunt tail, and brown ticked coat. They only come in one colour – rich warm sable brown with an ivory background and yellow tones. Singapura are extroverts, curious, interactive, intelligent, and affectionate.


33-Cat-SphynxCommon Breed Names: Sphynx
Alternative Breed Names: N/A
Sphynx are domestic cats of Canadian origin. They don’t have a coat although they still need regular baths to get rid of accumulated body oils. They have visible wrinkles and feel like suede to the touch. Despite being hairless, they are not hypoallergenic because allergies are triggered not by the hair but by a protein called Fel d1 found in the sebaceous glands and cat saliva. Sphynx are active, playful, and extremely lively. They love following people around and purr for affection.


34-Cat-TonkineseCommon Breed Names: Tonkinese
Alternative Breed Names: Tonk
Tonkinese are of Canadian origin. They are muscular and trim cats with a wedge-shaped head, oval paw, and large ears. Their coat colour is found in three patterns – solid, pointed, and mink. They are demanding and less high strung than the Siamese. Tonks like conversations and have a less piercing voice. They are loyal and loving. They love to play with interactive toys, such as the owner’s finger or the tail of other cats.

Turkish Angora

35-Cat-Turkish-AngoraCommon Breed Names: Turkish Angora
Alternative Breed Names: Ankara, Angora
Turkish Angoras originated in Turkey. They are among the ancient breeds from central Turkey. These cats have a medium-length coat, a silky tail, but no undercoat. They are found in more than 20 colours. Their eyes are coloured green, blue, yellow, amber, or odd-eyed (different colour for each eye). Angoras are attached to their cats as well as to their human families. They need to play and get into action. They also pounce on anything that catches their attention, from their owner’s feet to scraps of paper.

Jordan Walker

Loves his chocolate Labrador like no ones business. Jordan also loves cruising around the Maribyrnong river with Gixxa and his partner. He could talk your ear off when it comes to business, pets and motorcycles.

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    Super! Article is nicely done with awesome list of cat breeds. Cat lovers must keep in mind before going to have a new cat breed in their home. I must say thank you for this beautiful blog post.

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