Learn About All These Different Cat Breeds

Search the Cat Breeds Encyclopedia to discover facts, photos and information about all the different kinds of cats and all the cat varieties in the world today. See all the unusual breeds of feline available including hairless breeds, and rare, wild, and exotic cats. Get up-close and purrsonal with individuals from each breed and explore their different personalities. The world of domestic cats is full of variety, beauty, and fun. Celebrate one of human-kinds closest companions and oldest friends - the Cat! Enjoy the journey and always remember.......Cats Rule!King Cat

Abyssinian catAmerican Bobtail CatAmerican Curl CatAmerican Shorthair Cat

Bengal catBirman CatBombay Catbritish shorthair

Burmese catCalico CatChartreux CatCornish Rex CatDevon Rex CatDomestic shorthair CatExotic Shorthair catHavana Brown cat

Himalayan CatjapanesebobtailLa Perm CatMaine Coon Cat

Manx Catmunchkin catNorwegian Forest CatOriental Shorthair Cat

Persian CatPeterbald CatRagdoll CatRussian Blue Cat

Savannah CatScottish Fold CatSelkirk Rex CatSiamese cat

Siamese Modern CatSiberian CatSingapura CatSnowshoe Cat

Somali CatDon SphinxSphinx CatTabby Cat

Tonkinese CatTuxedo Cat Turkish Angora CatTurkish Van Cat

Domestic Cats

Felis silvestris catus, the humble domestic cat, is descended from the same small carnivorous creatures as the mighty African lion and the exquisite Bengal tiger. Clever, capable and a little manipulative, domestic cats have wound their way into the mainstream of human civilization, invaded our homes, usurped our favorite couches and chairs. We can't imagine life without them. We open our hearts to them, for, after all, cats rule. But unlike the domestic dog, which is largely different both physically and psychologically from its closest wild relatives, the domestic cat has changed very little through its partnership with people. House cats are barely discernible from the African wildcats and Arabian sand cats that are their closest wild relatives. Most retain capable hunting skills and are largely nocturnal. Those that have access to the outdoors display similar territorial and social activity as wild cat species, and disappear into that secret world after they leave our doorstep. Yes, they return in a few hours purring for dinner and a warm lap, but for the most part, the domestic cat is just a tiny, well mannered panther.

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Purebred Cats

Cats have been selectively bred for appearance and temperament for thousands of years no doubt starting with the first good mousers who made themselves useful in the first farmhouses. Recently all sorts of exciting varieties have been developed including several hairless breeds and some fabulous felines like the Singapura which is one of the smallest. Along with different domestic cats there are an assortment of wild cat/domestic cat crosses that add lots of spice to the mix. Exotic cats are in vogue too. Many of the varieties of cats listed here are pedigreed and recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association(CFA), the world's largest cat organization. Check them all out in our exclusive -CatStats- fact files.                                 Return to Top

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