A complete guide to cat breeds
Cats are fabulous pets which suit most households. However, it is important to consider the personalities and needs of the different breeds before choosing a cat as these can vary dramatically. A cat of any breed could turn out to be intelligent, loving, independent or highly vocal. But certain personality traits are more likely to exhibited by certain breeds and some breeds will demand more of your time because of their physical characteristics.
Norwegian Forest Cat
How to Choose the Right Breed of Cat?
Moggies are cats of mixed breed and so their character traits can vary dramatically. It can help if you know a cat’s family history as this could provide clues to how a moggie may behave. But the ancestry of most moggies will be a mystery so they can possess a wide range of personalities and physical characteristics. Moggies tend to suffer less health issues than pure breed cats which is a definite plus point.
Every cat is an individual but a cat’s breed can provide some insight into their personality. Some breeds are generally more affectionate than others whilst certain breeds are known for being highly vocal or intelligent. Pure breed cats are likely to be more prone to illness and physical deformity. You must be prepared to cope with these issues if you are planning on investing in a pedigree pet.
Longhair Cat Breeds
Longhair cats look adorable but are harder to care for. Persians, Maine Coons, Himalayans and Siberians all require regular grooming which they may never learn to enjoy! They will make demands on your time and deposit a copious amount of fur on your furnishings. However, Persians and Maine Coons tend to be loving and loyal pets. Persians are a good choice if your cat is to be an indoor pet. Himalayans can be incredibly characterful and intelligent whilst Siberians are very gregarious making them excellent choices for families.
Semi-Longhair Cat Breeds
Semi-longhair cats have beautiful coats, but just like long-haired cats, they'll need an owner who has the time to groom them. Birmans and Ragdolls are extremely cute and generally like to receive a lot of attention from their owners. They need mental and physical stimulation and are both playful and intelligent. These breeds are not a great choice if you spend a lot of time away from the home.
Oriental Cat Breeds
Siamese, Burmese and Tonkinese cats are certainly beautiful and will usually relish human company. They tend to be very loving, intelligent and inquisitive. But their need for attention and tendency to be vocal makes them more demanding pets than a typical moggie. Oriental cats are a poor choice if you enjoy peace and quiet as they love the sound of their own voices! Orientals such as Sphynx cats and Abyssinians often do not socialise well with other pets or small children and so fare best when they are a single pet with an adult owner.
British Shorthair Cats
These breeds are popular choices with cat lovers. They have a variety of coat colours and patterns and tend to be relaxed in nature. They are good pets for households with children and enjoy attention from people but are not generally the sort of cat who will never leave your side. They may well have an independent streak and so can be an excellent choice if you are not at home all day.
The UK’s Most Popular Cat Breed
With so many breeds to choose from it can be hard to know what cat to get. As well as the purebred cats it’s also worth considering a crossbreed, these are known as ‘moggy’s’.
Wondering what the most popular cat in the UK is? There are many worthy contenders but once cat has remained the favourite for decades. The UK’s favourite breed of cat is….the Persian. The notorious Persian has been the world’s most popular breed of cat since 1871. So why are Persian’s so popular? One of the first things to note about a Persian is they have a lovely nature. They are gentle cats that are pretty easygoing. They are great with kids and people, although they don’t always enjoy being handled too much and must be handled gently.
Persians are quiet cats, they don’t make much noise and are happy to laze around during the day. They are loyal and affectionate cats that make wonderful pets. One of the reasons why owners love them so much is because they are so loving. They have a distinctive squashed face and a very short muzzle. However, the Persian is probably best known for its lovely, long, soft fur. As they have such gorgeous fur, Persians do require a fair amount of grooming to keep their coat in top condition. Don’t get a Persian if you don’t have the time to groom them on a daily basis.
Many people are happy to take on this responsibility because they love the nature of Persian cats so much. Plus they look stunning after they have been properly groomed.
Cat Breeds That Are Becoming Popular
From tabby cats to felines of a more peaches n cream flavour, there are some moggies that will always be household favourites. But there are certain breeds that are taking over in the popularity stakes. Whether this is due to particular personality traits or even specific social media brand ambassadors, generic puss in boots need to step aside, as there’s a new kitty gang in town.
First up, it’s the most beautiful hybrid of felines; the Bengal. A domestic cat trying on big cat clothes, this stunning breed is a cross between the domestic cat and the Asian Leopard cat.
Bengals have two fur patterns; the spotted pattern and the swirled marble. With a silky and distinctive coat commonly made up of leopard like ‘rosettes, it’s easy to see why this particular breed is causing quite a stir in the cat owner world. To witness this beauty in the fur.
With bundles of personality, they’re sure to keep their owners on their toes. But when their wild side is all tuckered out, they slip into softie mode and are known to nuzzle to excess. Whichever trait they’re expressing, this is one breed that is certain not to go out of style.
Quiet and reserved by nature, this breed epitomises the very essence of Britishness. They were the first cats to be defined as pedigree standard in the Victorian Era and are rising in popularity in today’s modern world.
They may not be your typical lap cat, but they are an undemanding breed and an affectionate companion. An attractive pull of the British Shorthair is the fact that owners of this breed can be sure to keep a clean and destructive-free house. They even welcome humans of the outside world! Finally - you can get dinner-parties back on the social agenda.
Not often referred to as the pretty one, Spyhnx cats get a rough deal in the looks department. They are quite unique in their appeal but it’s this uniqueness that has made them pretty darn popular.
It’s easy to see why your first thought might be to flinch when presented with such an unusual looking feline, but actually, these seemingly fur-less creatures top the friendly list with their loving, affectionate and inquisitive nature. It’s also interesting to note that whilst they may look hair free, they are actually covered in a downy fuzz. No wonder they’re so peachy keen!
Not only do these felines offer up a friendly paw, but they rack up extra bonus points for providing a moult free abode. And who needs fluff anyway, when they’ve got their owners to keep them warm.
The beauty of the kitty world, the Ragdoll, has grown wildly in popularity in recent times. This can be largely attributed to their wonderfully intriguing personalities, which is exactly what they were initially bred for.
The two breeds that make up this beautiful breed were so gentle in their existence, they would go limp when handled. Ragdoll by name, ragdoll by nature. One of the most cumbersome cat types, they are also one of the most tame felines, making them very desirable to potential owners.
Big in size - even bigger in personality. Maine Coons are wildly popular these days and really, when presented with the facts, it’s very easy to see why.
They hail from Maine - hence the name - and love nothing more than to bundle around in their owner's presence. Canine-like in their personality, they even like being taken out on a lead and enjoy nothing more than a good old game of fetch.
Most Expensive Cat Breeds
Wondering what the most expensive breeds of cat are? There are many different breeds of cat each with their own redeeming characteristics, but some are so sought after they come with a very big price tag. People will pay a lot of money to find the or get their hands on a rare breed. Before deciding on a breed for your family make sure you research the breed characteristics so that you can select the most suitable cat for your family. Here are some of the most expensive cats.
The Bengal Cat has a very striking appearance, they have stunning markings and are very similar to their ancestor the Asian Leopard Cat. They can cost up to about £10,000 making them one of the most expensive cats in the world. Their Leopard print coats can be marbled or spotted and their coat is very soft. They generally have a gentle temperament and are very active cats able to jump great heights.
Savannah cats have a jaw dropping price tag, they can sometimes be sold for a whopping £25,000. You can get one for a lot less than this by having a cat that is further removed from their wild side. Savannah cats are actually a cross between a an African wild cat called the Serval and a domestic cat. They are the biggest breed of domesticated cats. They have such a high price tag because they are so rare and difficult to breed.
The British Shorthair is a cat that comes from the UK. These cats are actually one of the most popular breeds of cat in the UK and they regularly make appearances in cat shows. They have a very amiable character and are well adapted to living in different situations. They are very loyal cats and are generally good with other pets and children. Although they come in a wide range of colours the most recognisable colour is blue. Although they are not as expensive as the other cats mentioned on this list they can still cost up to about £600.
These are so expensive because they are so unusual and very rare. If you want one of these cats you will have to fork out at least £12000 and that’s at the lower end of the scale. These cats were supposedly proven to be Savannah cats through DNA testing and were created for the super rich looking for an exclusive pet. It is claimed that they are the most expensive cat breed in the world.
The Three Biggest Domestic Cat Breeds
If you’ve ever fancied owning a tiger, but your contents insurance just won’t cover the damages, look no further than the larger than life characters of the domestic feline world!
Alongside the humble moggy and various other species of more modest sized domestic kitty’s, there are certain types of more cat breed who can get close to making your dreams of sharing the sofa with a king-sized cat, come true!
As a Russian born cat of pretty giant proportions, this cumbersome ball of fluff makes the ideal domestic companion. The Siberian cat is an ancient breed, with written records dating back to the 13th century. But even though this large species of cat has been around the block for a while, it has only become a pedigree breed in recent times.
These glamorous cats originate from the ‘taiga of Siberia’, a forested area with a subarctic climate, which could be attributed to the long, thick coat indicative of the iberian cat. Initially dominating the forests and street markets of Siberia, before becoming domesticated after the fall of communism in Russia. Word spread around the majestic species stature and so began their circuit of shows.
Siberians were bought across to the US in 1990 and initiated into The International Cat Association in 1996.
Siberian’s tip the scales at around 8 to 17 pounds but they can weigh more. In addition, the Siberian cat can take up to five years to reach it’s fully fleshed out size. With a lusciously long mane, huge paws and a thick tail, they are a true gentle giant.
Maine Coon’s are becoming more and more popular with domestic cat owners. As a native New England breed and as the name would suggest, these large cats were born and bred in Maine. Dating back as far as the early 19th century, these felines were known for being farm cats and ship cats.
Even though there are various rumours, the Maine Coon is not the result of a mating between a cat and a raccoon, due to biological impossibility! The first published reference to a Maine Coon was in 1861, about a black and white cat named Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines. In 1895, a female Maine Coon was named Best Cat in show at Madison Square Garden.
Maine Coons are tall, muscular and extremely big-boned. The males are the larger of the species, reaching around 13 to 18 pounds, whilst the females come in at around 9 to 12 pounds. When you factor in their snug winter coats, it presents one particularly large feline.
Many Maine Coon owners find they have to keep their majestic companions indoors, due to instances of theft.
As beautifully big creatures, the Savannah Cat is a spotted domestic breed with long legs and a long body. They come complete with lean muscles, which are indicative of natural swimmers and are similar in stature to the Egyptian Mau breed. Designed to look like a smaller sized cheetah, Savannah Cats started out in the 1980’s, as a result of a domestic feline mating with an African Serval.
Since 2006, these striking cats with enigmatic eyes and vivid coats, have held the Guinness Book World Record for the world's tallest domestic cat, and they are one of the most famous and prized animals in the world.
From shoulder to paw, the male F1 Savannah Cat stands tall at around 15 to 19 inches, weighing in at roughly 17 – 25 pounds. From nose to tail, F1 Savannah cats can measure around 20-25 inches.
Due to some poorly developed bloodlines, these colossal creatures can often be mistaken for Bengal Cats, even though they have completely different ancestors!