Cat Breeds with Pictures – List of All Popular Cat Breeds

Cat breeds can be divided into three groups based on the length of the hair/fur, they are longhair, shorthair, semi-longhair.








Maine Coon

Norwegian Forest





Turkish Van

Turkish Angora


American Curl


American Shorthair

American Wirehair

Asian Group

British Shorthair





Cornish Rex

Devon Rex

Egyptian Mau

Exotic Shorthair

European Shorthair

Japanese Bobtail




Oriental Shorthair

Rusian Blue

Selkirk Rex


Scottish Fold







cat breeds

Cat breeds from genetic mutations:

  • American Bobtail
  • Devon Rex
  • American Wirehair
  • Cornish Rex
  • Cymric
  • American Curl
  • German Rex
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Kurilian Bobtail
  • LaPerm
  • Sphynx
  • Munchkin

Cat breeds which are crossed with wild cats:

  • Alpine Lynx
  • Bengal
  • Chausie
  • Desert Lynx
  • Highland Lynx
  • Jaguarundi Curl
  • Savannah
  • Serengeti
  • Toyger


Cats have pretty much handled their breeding themselves over the last thousands of years. In old times, they were used for the specific purpose such as killing and hunting rodents. As the times are progressed, people began to breed cats more to get their favorites. Nowadays, there are several different cat breeds which you can tell if you look closely.

When this article is written there are 70 distinct cat breeds. They are recognized by some cat registries. There are several registries that distance around 40 breeds or so, as they exclude the more domestic breeds such as tigers. And also many variations as well, including wild cats that have longer hair.

There are some cats breeds who have roots going back quite a bit in history. Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years in history. These cats were very common and well known throughout Medieval Japan. Now days though, they are all but a myth throughout Japan and the entire world.

North America Common Cats Breed

The more common cat breeds that are found in North America include the alley cat, long-haired cat, and Persian cat. Siamese cats are also common even though they are well known to have a foul temper and to be destructive. Persian cats are very popular and they are proved as loving companions. Persian cats can be very expensive, depending on where you get it and what type of Persian cat it is.

Alley cats are the most common in North America. There are actually several different breeds, although most of us just refer to them as alley cats. They make good pets, although there are literally thousands of them in existence. Cats continue to breed until they are stopped. Alley cats are among the most bred, as there are hundreds of thousands of cats that are homeless – and have nothing to do but breed.

The look of the cat is the easiest way to tell what breed he or she may be. Some people choose to go by color, although the color isn’t as easy to identify. Different breeds of cats have different looks, such as the Siamese and Persian cats. Siamese cats are almost always black, and easy to identify by their color and their eyes. Persian cats, on the other hand, are easily identified by their body type and their hair.

Over the years, there have been quite a few breeds come along. Cats were one of the first pets, and easily one of the most popular. Millions of people around the world own cats, with many people preferring a cat over any other pet – including dogs. No matter breed of cat you get – you’re sure to get a pet who makes a great companion for years and years to come.

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