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A Look At Cat Breeds

Written By: Teri Champigny - Apr• 28•11


A Look At Cat Breeds

This is a look at cat breeds. 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. Now days, 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. 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.

There are some cat 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.

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 expense, 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 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 tend to breed unchecked.

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 color isn't as easy to identify. Different breeds of cats have different looks, such as the Siamese and Persian cats.

Siamese cats are always in one color pattern called the Seal Point which is cream colored with a dusting of brown throughout and dark brown/black for it's ears, kinked tail, lower face and feet (which are like dark brown/black socks), and easy to identify by their blue inward-squinting eyes.

Persian cats, considered one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats, have very long hair and come in a variant of colors. They have a uniguely rounded shape and that long hair is thick and wooly but soft to the touch. The Persian has a short neck and body, stocky legs, bushy tail, and a large broad flat muzzled face with small tufted ears. The most common that tends to be seen is the all white Persian. Their eye color can vary from light green, amber, light blue and blue. They are thought to be the most placid of the domestic breeds of todays cat.

Over the years, there has 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 what breed of cat you get – you're sure to get a pet who make for a great companion for years and years to come.

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