- Maine Coon

Maine Coon Maine Coon cat trekking through snow Alternative names Coon Cat Maine Cat Maine Shag Origin United States Breed standard FIFe standard CFA standard TICA standard GCCF standard AACE standard ACFA standard ACF standard Cat (Felis catus) The Maine Coon is a breed of domestic cat with a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official State Cat. Although the Maine Coon's exact origins and date of introduction to the United States are unknown, many theories have been proposed. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. The Maine Coon is noted for its large bone structure, [read more...]

- Domestic longhaired cat

A domestic longhaired cat is a cat fancy term used to describe a cat with medium or long fur that is not a pedigreed member of a recognized breed. Domestic longhairs come in all the standard cat colours including tabby, tortie, bi-colored, smoke etc. A non-pedigree shorthair is termed a domestic shorthaired cat. Some longhaired cats are not able to maintain their own coat - they must be groomed for at least half an hour per day, and preferably bathed every week or two. The cat may not enjoy the bathing process, but if it is bathed and groomed regularly from kittenhood it will accept it as a standard part of its routine. Very long-haired cats do not make good outside animals, as their coats are extremely prone to matting. In extreme cases, the mats come to resemble wings, leading to stories of winged cats. The matted fur will usually accumulate in the under arm areas and upper leg region of a long haired cat. In extreme circumstances, the matted fur can inhibit the cat's movements [read more...]

- Kurilian Bobtail

Kurilian Bobtail Origin Russia Breed standard FIFe standard TICA standard Others FiFE (longhair) Cat (Felis catus) The Kurilian Bobtail is a cat breed originating from the Kuril Islands of Russia. It has a semi-cobby body type and a distinct short, fluffy tail. The backs are slightly arched with hind legs longer than the front, similar to that of the Manx. The Kurilian Bobtail is recognized by the World Cat Federation, The International Cat Association and the Fédération Internationale Féline but not the Cat Fanciers Association. [read more...]

- Kashmir (cat)

The Kashmir is not recognized as its own breed, more of a label or a colour. The Kashmir is a name given by the Canadian Cat Association and one U.S.A. organization (Cat Fanciers' Association). These organizations specify the colour possibilities for Kashmirs: lilac and chocolate. Kashmirs are classified as color-point longhairs in Britain and mostly Himalayans in America. These solid-colored Himalayans are the subject of much disagreement. They were born in litters of Himalayans and have been bred to each other to create pure coats with rich colors of chocolate or lialc (which is rally a pale version of chocolate). The British consider the Himalayan a form of the Persian, so Kashmirs are also considered Persians in Great Britain. Some organizations in America consider them to be solid-color Himalayans, while other feel that all Himalayans must have colorpoints. Hut whatever the classification, Kashmirs are beautiful, Persian cats. [read more...]

- Peterbald

Peterbald Origin Russia Breed standard TICA standard ACFA standard Cat (Felis catus) The Peterbald is a cat breed of Russian origin. Description Appearance Peterbalds have an elegantly slim graceful and muscular build. They have a narrow and long head with a straight profile, almond-shaped eyes, wedge-shaped muzzle, and big set-apart ears. They have a long whippy tail, webbed feet and oval paws that allow them to grasp objects and open levered doorknobs. They are somewhat similar in appearance to Oriental Shorthair cats. They have a hair-losing gene and can be born bald, flocked, velour, brush, or with a straight-coat. Those born with hair, except the straight-coats, can lose their hair over time. The Peterbald comes in all colors and markings. . Temperament Peterbalds are sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, curious, smart and energetic. They are medium vocal and tend to follow their owners and always be with them. Peterbalds typically live in harmony with [read more...]

- Domestic shorthaired cat

Domestic Shorthair Tabby Coloured Shorthair Origin USA Cat (Felis catus) A domestic shorthaired cat (DSH) is a cat fancy term used to describe a shorthaired cat that does not have a pedigree or belong to a recognized cat breed. The domestic shorthair should not be confused with the American Shorthair or British Shorthair, which are Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognized breeds. Domestic shorthaired cats are characterised by a wide range of colouring and typically 'revert to type' after a few generations, which means they express their coats as a tabby cat. This can be any colour or combination of colours. They also exhibit a wide range of physical characteristics and, as a result, domestic shorthaired cats in different countries tend to look different in body shape and size, as they are working from differing gene pools. DSH cats in Asia tend to have a build similar to a purebred Siamese cat or Tonkinese cat, while European and American varieties have a thicker, [read more...]

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