Did you know that there are almost 80 different cat breeds that are catalogued and registered today? Of course, we all know the most well-known breeds like the Persian or the Siamese, but there are many others, which are not so well known. Some organizations count only 40 – 50 different cat breeds as they exclude some of the most domestic ones such as tigers and certain wild cats.
Serious cat breeding started only a few hundred tears ago, but there are also exceptions. Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail can be tracked back more than 1200 years. These have been very common throughout medieval Japan.
Among most common and popular cat breeds in US nowadays are the Alley cat, the Persian breed, the Siamese and the long haired cat. Certain cat breeds have a temper or behavior that’s much different from all others. For instance, Siamese cat is known to have a foul and very high temper, but Persian cats are known to be so loving and cuddly. Unfortunately, Persian cats are also one of the most expensive ones.
Alley cats are surely one of most widespread cat breeds in USA and some other parts of Europe , and they are sure among the most bred. Amongst the Alleycat breed, there are also several sub-types.
It is not always easy to distinguish the different breeds. However, some of them are very easy to recognize. Let’s have a quick look at the most popular cat breeds:
1. Persian: The Persian cat breed is a heavily boned,having a sweet expression and also soft, round lines. It has around and massive head. The ears are small and round tipped. It has a long and thick tail with a fine texture that’s standing off from the body. The nose is short, depressed and indented between the eyes and the muzzle is wrinkled. The following colors are typical for Persian cats: silver and golden, shaded and smoke, tabby, bicolor.
2. Siamese: The ideal Siamese cat is a medium-sized, refined cat with long tapering. It has a graceful, long and svelte body, a distinctive combination of fine bones and firm muscles. The ears are strikingly large. The eyes are vivid blue, almond-shaped; medium size and slanted towards the nose. The tail is long and thin.
3. American Bobtail: The ideal Bobtail is a naturally occurring short-tailed cat. The body is moderately long and stocky. Their ears are usually wide at the base with a slightly rounded tip. The tail can be straight, slightly curved or have bumps. Bobtails may have a shorthair coat or a longhair coat.