Cat Breeds

Abyssinian

Personality: People-oriented, loyal, and intelligent. Affectionate and very active. Retains the feral look of felis lybica, ancestor of all domestic cats. Many can be trained to walk on leashes and to retrieve. Stands well off the ground, giving the impression of being on tip toe. History: Cats exhibited at a show in England in the […]

American Curl Longhair

Personality: Quiet, intelligent, and eager to please. Playful into adulthood. History: Occurred as a spontaneous mutation in Southern California in 1981 when an adopted stray named Shulamith gave birth to a litter of kittens in which two of the four had ears that curled away from their faces.  Selective breeding and showing began in 1983 […]

American Curl Shorthair

Personality: Intelligent, people-oriented, and eager to please. Playful into adulthood. History: Occurred as a spontaneous mutation in Southern California in 1981 when an adopted stray cat named Shulamith gave birth to a litter of kittens in which two of the four had ears that curled away from their faces.  Shulamith produced the first shorthaired kittens […]

American Curl Wirehair

Personality: Fearless, trusting nature. Sweet, loving, easygoing, and people-oriented. Uniquely American, this particular mutation has not been reported in any other country. Not all kittens born to wirehaired parents will have a wiry coat. The degree of coat coarseness depends on the coat texture of the sire and dam. History: Began as a spontaneous mutation […]

American Shorthair

Personality: Intelligent and grounded. Easygoing, sweet, and loving. Considered to be a true breed of working cat. Healthy and hardy. History: Descendants of the Colonial farm cat who were prized for their ability to control rodent populations.  Selective breeding began in the early 1900’s when foreign breeds threatened to alter their natural barn cat beauty, […]

Balinese

Personality: Gregarious, people-loving cats. Demonstrative and affectionate. Loves to be on shoulders and laps. Easily trained to walk on a leash and to fetch. Softer voice than their Siamese counterparts. History: Originated as a spontaneous genetic mutation in litters of Siamese cats that resulted in some kittens being born with long hair.  Although longhaired Siamese […]

Bengal

Personality: Intelligent, loving, very active, and curious. Bengals less than four generations from a cross with the Asian Leopard cat may lack a domestic nature (varies with each individual cat). Many Bengals love to play in water. Only Bengals with a four generation pedigree of Bengal to Bengal breeding are eligible to compete for championship […]

Birman

Personality: Gentle, quiet, and unobtrusive. Affectionate and people-oriented. Considered a cat of mystery and legend. History: Believed to have originated in Burma, where the Birman was considered the sacred cat of the Kittah priests.  A legend states that the Birman’s blue eyes come from a temple goddess and that its white feet (referred to as […]

Bombay

Personality: Intelligent and easily trained. Loyal and devoted to their humans. Only cat that is judged 55% on color and coat. This combination of Burmese and American Shorthair has resulted in a cat that is hardier and less vocal than the Burmese. History: Created by a breeder in Kentucky who crossed a copper-eyed, black American […]

British Shorthair

Personality: Reserved, but become devoted pets after overcoming initial shyness. Placid, no-nonsense nature. Very hardy, healthy breed. History: Breed was originally introduced to England by the Romans.  When Rome fell and trade with Britain ceased, cats on the British Isles bred within a limited gene pool, resulting in cats with unique characteristics.  The breed almost […]