Cat Breeds

Over the past 140 years, a great many of pedigreed cat varieties have developed due to artificial selection on the process of cat domestication. Since the first cat show in London in 1871, which showcased only five breeds, the development of pedigreed cats has increased in popularity. In the USA, the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) currently recognizes 41 breeds for competition, and The International Cat Association (TICA) accepts 57 breeds. A majority of the breeds acknowledged by these two large registries are also typical breeds around the world; however, each breed registry has specific nuances for breed standards and breeding practices.

Longhaired Scottish fold straight variety kitten

Several cat breeds were formed by crossing with different species of cats. The Bengal breed is acknowledged worldwide and has become a highly popular breed. To create Bengals, Asian leopard cats (Felis bengalensis) were and are bred with domestic cat breds like Egyptian Mau, Abyssinian and other cats to form a very unique breed in both color and temperament [54]. The breed termed Chaussie is developing from crosses of domestic cats with Jungle cats (Felis chaus) and the breed termed Savannahs are from crosses with domestic cats and Servals (Felis serval).

Our cat breed information pages have lots of valuable information to help you find the right cat for your budget and lifestyle.  All of our profile pages have at least one picture so you can better familiarize yourself with the cat breed that interests you.  You'll learn whether a cat is good with children, a heavy or light shedding cat and their exercise needs. And, finally, on our profile pages, you will find links to classified ads from cat breeders with cats and kittens for sale.