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The Ragamuffin is a domestic longhaired cat breed related to the Ragdoll.
The breed's history began with the Ragdoll–a longhaired cat breed that originated in California in the 1960s when a woman named Ann Baker gained ownership of a white...
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The Singapura is known as the smallest domestic cat in the world!
The history of the Singapura cat is a controversial subject. It was believed for years that couple Tommy and...
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The Korat looks very similar to the Russian blue, although they’re not related!
The Korat is among the oldest cat breeds in the world, originating in Thailand nearly 700 years ago!
The first documentation of the Korat dates back to the mid-1300s...
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The Manx is a domestic bobtailed cat hailing from the Isle of Man.
No one knows the true origin of the Manx cat, although some believe that they’re descendants of the Japanese bobtail that was brought to the Isle of Man by Vikings several centuries...
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The Balinese is the long-haired version of the Siamese, although they are considered their own breed.
Despite the breed’s name Balinese, they didn’t originate from Bali but got their name because of their lean body, grace, and elegance that resembled...
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Not to be confused with the Turkish Van, although the two breeds are related.
Turkish Angoras are a natural breed that originates from Turkey.
Documentation–paintings and writings–of the breed date back to the 15th century.
In 1520, a beautiful...
The cat breed I picked for the month of June is the Burmese!
The Burmese is considered hypoallergenic, although they aren't completely hypoallergenic, meaning they produce fewer allergens than the average cat.
The breed lives for about 16-18 years of age. One Burmese cat lived to be 35...
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The Burmilla is a rare crossbreed that originated from the United Kingdom.
The Burmilla is the result of the accidental breeding in the early 1980s between a Burmese and a chinchilla Persian.
Both parents belonged to a baroness, named Miranda Von...
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The Selkirk Rex is one of the few cat breeds with curly hair!
A natural genetic mutation causes their curly hair.
The Selkirk Rex hails from Montana, US.
In the late 80s, a Persian breeder named Jeri Newman came across a stray kitten with...
The Egyptian Mau is believed to be the oldest cat breed in the world! The first recordings of the breed were ancient Egyptian drawings of spotted cats that date back as early as 1550 BC.
No one knows the breed's origins, except that they most likely originated in Egypt.
Prior to WWII...
The Peterbald is one of the newest cat breeds in the world!
The Peterbald is a crossbreed between the Oriental shorthair and the Donskey.
In 1994, a cat breeder named Ogla Mironova crossed the two breeds: producing the Peterbald.
The first litter of Peterbalds were born in St...
Ragdolls are one of the most popular cat breeds in the US. Many people all across America share their homes with a Ragdoll cat.
The Ragdoll breed hails from Riverside, California.
In the early 1960s, a woman named Ann Baker took in a stray cat that roamed the neighborhood. She...
The Chartreux (pronounced shär-TRUE) is a rare natural breed hailing from France.
The breed's history is unknown, but there are theories concerning its origins. One is that the Chartreux’s ancestors, the native cats of Syria (which was called Assyria at the time) were brought...
The Himalayan is a type of Persian but is considered a breed of its own.
The Himalayan was originally created by breeding a Persian with a Siamese. Now, the Siamese has been bred out of the breed, leaving only the color-point gene.
For years, cat fanciers desired a cat with...
The American shorthair is one of the most popular cat breeds in the US, being found in hundreds of households across the country.
They originate from the European cats that earned their way as mousers onto settlers’ ships as they traveled to North America.
They then interbred with the...
The Savannah cat is known to be the largest domestic cat breed, although they are hybrids. They are a cross between an African serval and a domestic cat.
In Pennsylvania, a Bengal breeder named Judee Frank gained possession of a male African serval that weighed 30-35 pounds. The serval...
The British shorthair is one, if not the most common cat breed in the UK. They’re also quite common in the US.
It is believed that Roman soldiers brought cats to England to protect their food from rodents during their invasion in 43 AD.
In the late 1800s, a man named Harrison Wier...
The Munchkin, also less commonly known as the Sausage cat is affected by a natural genetic mutation that causes them to have short legs.
The gene responsible for this genetic phenomenon is recessive, meaning a kitten with average length legs can be born in a litter of Munchkins.
The Scottish fold is affected by a dominant gene mutation that causes the cat's ears to fold forward.
It is illegal to breed a Scottish fold with another Scottish fold because it can result in genetic cartilage disorders.
In 1961, a white barn cat with folded ears, named...
The Norwegian Forest cat is most common in Norway, Denmark, France, Iceland, and Sweden. The breed is rare in America.
The Norwegian Forest cat hails from Norway, where they were given their name "skogcatt", which is the Norwegian word for "forest cat".
It is believed that the...