Cat Breeds – Taking a Closer Look at Them


The subject surrounding cat breeds is highly popular among cat lovers and animal historians. Cats really do have a fascinating history!


Let's dive right in.


Cat Breeds and Their Evolution


Over the last thousands of years, cats have pretty much handled their breeding themselves. In the beginning, they were used for one purpose - hunting and killing rodents.


As the years progressed, we began to breed cats more to our liking. Nowadays, there are several different breeds of cats - which you can tell if you look closely.


These days there are over 70 distinct cat breeds, which are recognized through cat registries.


Registries for Cat Breeds


There are several registries that will recognize around 40 breeds or so, as they exclude the more domestic breeds such as tigers. There are also many variations as well, including wild cats that have longer hair.


Some cat breeds 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. Nowadays though, they are all but a myth throughout Japan and the entire world.


North American Cat Breeds


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, although they are well known to be destructive and to have a foul temper.


Persian cats are very popular, proving to be loving companions. Persian cats can be very expensive, depending on where you get them and what type of Persian cat it is.


Most Common


Alley cats are the most common of the cat breeds 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 are known to breed more than any other pet, and they will 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


The look of the cat is the easiest way to tell what cat breed he or she may be. Some people choose to go by color, although 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 has been quite a few cat breeds to come along. Cats were one of the first pets, and easily one of the most popular.


Great Companions


Millions of people around the world own cats, with many people preferring a cat over any other pet - including dogs. No matter which of the cat breeds you get - you’re sure to get a pet who will make a great companion for years and years to come.


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