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Information about CATBREEDS

Published on January 13, 2008

Author: Tirone


CATS:  CATS Breed Identification Slide2:  List of Cats for Identification *Scottish Fold *Persian *Cornish Rex *Korat *Somali *Sphynx *Siamese *Bengal *Abyssinian *Munchkin *Manx *Egyptian Mau *Chartreux *Ragdoll *Tonkinese *Balinese *American Shorthair *Japanese Bobtail *American Curl *Russian Blue *Havana Brown 1.:  1. 2.:  2. 3.:  3. 4.:  4. 5.:  5. 6.:  6. 7.:  7. 8.:  8. 9.:  9. 10.:  10. 11.:  11. 12.:  12. 13.:  13. 14.:  14. 15.:  15. 16.:  16. 17.:  17. 18.:  18. 19.:  19. 20.:  20. 21.:  21. 22.:  22. THE ANSWERS:  THE ANSWERS Breed Identification Colors – Solid, Parti, Tabby Coat – Ticking to Shading Comparison of Blues Ear Comparison Tail Comparison “ese” Comparison/Point Colors Spot Comparison Coat Comparisons Other Shorthairs Other Longhairs The Official “M” COLORS - Solids:  COLORS - Solids White Black Blue Red Cream Chocolate COLORS - Parti:  COLORS - Parti Parti – Two Color in Blue or Red Tortoiseshell Calico Colors – Van and Harlequin:  Colors – Van and Harlequin VAN: White with color on the tail and between the ears HARLEQUIN: Any color and small patches (as few as possible) of the same color on the body and legs TABBY:  TABBY MACKEREL CLASSIC TABBY :  TABBY BRACELETS AND NECKLACES MASCARA LINES MARBLING 1. Japanese Bobtail:  1. Japanese Bobtail *1,000 Year Old Breed *Singing Voice *Carry things in their mouths *Tail no longer than 3” *All colors except Siamese or Abbysinian 2. Persian:  2. Persian *Originated in Persia *#1 Popular Purebred Breed *Some tearing normal because of large eyes *7 Accepted Colors: Solid, Silver/Golden, Smoke/Shaded, Tabby, Parti-Color, Calico, Himalayan EXOTIC SHORTHAIR:  EXOTIC SHORTHAIR Shorthair Version of a Persian Thick, Dense, Plush Fur Levels of Shading :  Levels of Shading TIPPED SHADED Levels of Shading:  Levels of Shading SMOKE TICKED 3. Russian Blue:  3. Russian Blue *Originated in Archangel Isles, Russia *Descendants of the Royal Cats of Russian Czars *Emerald eyes – large and rounded; described as “cobra like” *Formerly trapped for thick coat that is similar to beaver and seal 4. Abbyssinian:  4. Abbyssinian *Ruddy ticked coat - distinctly ticked, with three or four bands of color, ending in the ticking color *Very people oriented *Extremely loyal personality Scottish Fold:  Scottish Fold *Originated in 1961 from a white barn cat in Scotland *Ear fold caused from incomplete dominant gene mutation *Ears come in folded and normal *Born with straight ears that start to fold at 3-4 weeks of age *Tiny voices, not very vocal Chartreaux:  Chartreaux *Originally bred by Carthusian Monks, France *Named for 18th Century Spanish wool because of dense wooly undercoat like sheep *Do not brush because of undercoat, finger combing is more appropriate *Make chirping noises *Have dog-like behaviors *Takes a full 3 years to mature *Nicknamed “Potato on Toothpicks” 7. Sphynx:  7. Sphynx *Originated in 1966 in Toronto, Canada from an natural mutation *Fine down hair like warm peach/suede *Require bathing because of oils on surface – leave grease rings on furniture *Still can cause allergies – oil spots, saliva and dander on top of skin with no heavy top coat to mute allergens 8. Egyptian Mau:  8. Egyptian Mau *Mau is the Egyptian word for cat *Domesticated from African Wildcat *Imported into North America by exiled Russian Princess *Only naturally spotted breed of domestics *Soft, melodious voice *Gooseberry green eyes *Colors: Silver, Bronze, Smoke, Black, Blue 9. Siamese:  9. Siamese *Originated in Thailand, formerly known as Siam *Deep slanted almond shaped eyes of blue *Voice is legendary *Colors: Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac SIAMESE :  SIAMESE Traditional Applehead *Triangular Face *Applehead Face *Oriental Frame *Tonkinese Frame *Current Standard *Standard 20 Years Ago 10. Korat:  10. Korat *Originated in Thailand *Known as “good luck” cats. A pair are given to bride/groom on their wedding day for good fortune *Eyes mature as they grown into adulthood – start with blue, change to amber/green, end in luminous green as adults *Hair does NOT float; good for people with allergies The BLUES:  The BLUES Chartreaux Double coat like sheep wool Makes chirping noises Korat Hair doesn’t float Eyes change from blue to green on maturity RUSSIAN BLUE Thick coat that is similar to beaver and seal Large, rounded, emerald eyes American Curl:  American Curl *Originated in 1981 in Lakewood, California *Accepted in long and short hair with minimal undercoat *Born with straight ears; 3-5 days after birth curl will begin to show and continue until 16 weeks of age *Degree of ear curl varies from 90 to 180 degrees EARS TO YOU:  EARS TO YOU AMERICAN CURL SCOTTISH FOLD *Curled ear *Folded Ear *American Breed *Scottish Breed 12. Balinese:  12. Balinese *Double Coat *Longhaired Siamese mutation *Colors: Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac 13. Somali:  13. Somali *Long-haired Abyssinian *Soft voices, quiet, trill *Run sideways like a monkey *Love water *Smart – open drawers, cupboards *Bushy Tail; nicknamed “Fox Cat” *Colors: Ruddy, Red, Blue, Fawn 14. Manx:  14. Manx *Originated in Ilse of Man off coast of England *Dog like characters of retrieving and burying toys *Long hair formerly known as “Cymric” *Full Tail, Short Tail, Rise (“Rumpy Riser”), and No Tail (“Rumpie”) A Tail of Two Kitties:  A Tail of Two Kitties American Bobtail Japanese Bobtail Manx *Tail Average 1-4” *Tail No Longer than 3” *Tail Varies *Good Therapy Cats *Singing Voice *Dog Like *Like shiny objects *Carry things in mouth *Bury/Hide Toys 15. Havana Brown:  15. Havana Brown *Royal Cats of Siam *Strain of Brown Siamese *More dog than cat *Loud purr, almost vibrates *Named after Havana cigars because of color *Green Eyes *Brown Whiskers that turn white with old age 16. Bengal:  16. Bengal *Domestic cat bred with small Asian leopard – 4-5 Generations of Breeding for Domestics *Not allowed in CFA because of issues in wildness of breed; recognized by TICA *Known for spots, swirls, facial mascaras, necklaces, bracelets, marbling, and gold shimmer *Voice like no other, even more notable than a Siamese 17. Munchkin:  17. Munchkin *Domestic Shorthair *All colors and patterns accepted *Bred for natural mutation of shorter legs *Controversy over breeding for mutation – cats have hard time walking ,running, climbing stairs because of short stature 18. Ragdoll:  18. Ragdoll *Developed in 1960s in California *Altered males can reach 20+ pounds *Blue Eyes *2 Years for coat development; 4 years for overall size *Patterns: Two with white (mitted and bicolor) and one with no white (colorpoint). Fluffy Doll Breeds:  Fluffy Doll Breeds Birman Sacred in Burma Not as thick coat as Persian Ragamuffin Go Limp in Arms Slight dome in head; nose shorter than Ragdoll Heavier boned than Ragdoll Coat shorter and thicker than Ragdoll Cross between Birman and Household Pet Ragdoll Large – 20+ Lbs. Coat mature at two years Cross between Birman and Household Pet More fine boned than Ragamuffin 19. American Shorthair:  19. American Shorthair *Brought to USA on Mayflower – used to keep rat population down on ships *1966 Movement to preserve original breed instead of melding into general domestic shorthair class *Weight from 11-15 pounds *80 Different colors and patterns Across the Sea – British Shorthair:  Across the Sea – British Shorthair *Originated in Rome *Plus Coat, Luxurious Feel 20. Tonkinese:  20. Tonkinese *Originated in1930 - California *Formerly known as “Burmese” *Cross between the Siamese and Burmese *Remind many people of the old apple-headed Siamese of twenty years ago *Medium-sized cat that is remarkably dense and muscular What the “ese” is it?:  What the “ese” is it? Balinese Longhair Siamese Mutation Seal, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac Burmese Now more known as Tonkinese “Bricks wrapped in Silk” Colorpoint Shorthair 16 Different point colors beyond normal 4 Siamese point colors Slide61:  Oriental Shorthair 300 colors and patterns Long hair and Short hair Foundation from Siamese breed Siamese Traditional and Applehead Deep Almond Slanted Blue Eyes Seal, chocolate, blue, lilac Tonkinese Formerly known as Burmese COLOR - Points:  COLOR - Points Seal Lilac Blue Red 21. Ocicat:  21. Ocicat *Only spotted domestic bred to emulate wild cats *Breed originated in 1964 *Named Ocicat because it looks like an ocelot *Generations of interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair Spots, Spots, Spots:  Spots, Spots, Spots Bengal Domestic cat bred with small Asian leopard Known for spots, swirls, facial mascaras, necklaces, bracelets, marbling, gold shimmer Egyptian Mau Domesticated from African Wildcat Only naturally spotted breed of domestics Gooseberry green eyes Colors: Silver, Bronze, Smoke, Black, Blue Ocicat Only spotted domestic bred to emulate wild cats Interbreeding of domestic cats/no wild inbreeding Named Ocicat because it looks like an ocelot 22. Cornish Rex:  22. Cornish Rex *Originated in Cornwall, England in 1950 *Minimal Shedding *Coat falls in washboard waves; very short, lies close to the body and is incredibly soft to the touch, prompting comparisons to cut velvet, karakul lamb, rabbit fur or silk. It feels like a Cornish Rex coat and nothing else is the same. *Kitten like antics – continued kitten behavior into adulthood Curly and Wiry:  Curly and Wiry Cornish Rex Originated in Cornwall,England Minimal Shedding Coat falls in washboard waves Devon Rex Originated in Devonshire, England from a Stray Head larger than Cornish Curly coat where Cornish is wavy Different ancestors than Cornish Selkirk Rex Originated in Montana, USA Born curly – short and long hair versions Whiskers are brittle All layers of fur; where Cornish lacks guardhairs Decided stop of nose; while Cornish has Roman nose Curly or Wiry:  Curly or Wiry LaPerm Originated 1982 – Oregon, USA Born Bald All Color/Coat Patterns Looks like Persian with a Perm Long or Shorthair American Wirehair Originated in 1966 – New York, USA One-half kittens in litter will be wiry hair Whiskers are also wiry OTHER SHORTHAIRS:  OTHER SHORTHAIRS Bombay Originated in Kentucky, 1953 Designed to be a “parlor panther” Similar to Burmese Gold to Copper Eyes Singapura Smaller than average domestic shorthair Combination of both the ticked coat pattern and the dark brown color Noticeably larger eyes/ears than other domestic shorthairs Long Hair Majestics:  Long Hair Majestics Maine Coon Native American Longhair Wide variety of colors/patterns: solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, bi-color, parti-colors Norweigan Forest Explored the world with the Vikings Bright green eyes with bands of gold Inner ear hair deflects wind and snow Requires very little, if any, combing Siberian National cat of Russia Non-Allergic Fur Built for cold weather: *Heavy water resistant coat *Long ruff, stomach, and britches *Long, bushy tail which the cat wraps around himself when he curls up *Ears more heavily furred (inside and tips) *Big, round, tufted feet serve as 'snow shoes‘ *Relatively long, square muzzle facilitates grasping prey and lapping water from streams and puddles Slide70:  Turkish Angora Originated in Turkey Long, fine boned body Pointed faces Soft, silky coat rarely mats and requires only minimal grooming While whites are still very popular today, breeders have focused increasingly on colored cats Turkish Van Named from Lake Van, Turkey Lack an undercoat Unique cashmere like coat texture that is water resistant Love to swim Van pattered with head, tail coloring over white coat Slide71:  The Official “M” The legend is that Muhammad put his hand on the cat’s forehead and that is why every cat has four dark lines on their forehead. -tradition of the Prophet quoted by Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 1273) Slide72:  The greatness of nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way Its animals are treated. -Mohandas K. Mahatma Gandhi

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