List of cat breeds

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The following list of cats breeds includes only domestic cat breeds and domestic × wild hybrids. The list includes established breeds recognized by various cat registries, new and experimental breeds, landraces being established as standardized breeds, distinct domestic populations not being actively developed and lapsed (extinct) breeds.

As of 2019, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 71 standardized breeds,[1] the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognizes 44,[2] and Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) recognizes 43.[3]

Inconsistency in breed classification and naming among registries means that an individual animal may be considered different breeds by different registries (though not necessarily eligible for registry in them all, depending on its exact ancestry). For example, TICA's Himalayan is considered a colorpoint variety of the Persian by CFA, while the Javanese (or Colorpoint Longhair) is a color variation of the Balinese in TICA and CFA; both breeds are merged (along with the Colorpoint Shorthair) into a single "mega-breed", the Colourpoint, by the World Cat Federation (WCF), who have repurposed the name "Javanese" for the Oriental Longhair. Also, "Colo[u]rpoint Longhair" refers to different breeds in other registries. There are many examples of nomenclatural overlap and differences of this sort. Furthermore, many geographical and cultural names for cat breeds are fanciful selections made by Western breeders to be exotic sounding and bear no relationship to the actual origin of the breeds;[4] the Balinese, Javanese, and Himalayan are all examples of this trend.

The domestic short-haired and domestic long-haired cat types are not breeds, but terms used (with various spellings) in the cat fancy to describe mongrel cats of a general type, by coat length, that do not belong to a particular breed. Some registries permit them to be pedigreed and they have been used as foundation stock in the establishment of some breeds. They should not be confused with standardized breeds with similar names, such as British Shorthair and Oriental Longhair.


Breed Country Origin Body Type Coat Length Pattern Images
Abyssinian Ethiopia Natural Oriental Short Ticked
Aegean Greece Natural Moderate Semi-long Bicolored or tricolored
American Curl United States Mutation Moderate Short/long All
American Curl
American Bobtail United States Mutation Moderate Short/long All
American Bobtail
American Shorthair United States Natural Moderate Short All but colorpoint
American Shorthair
American Wirehair United States Mutation Moderate Rex All but colorpoint
American Wirehair
Aphrodite Giant Cyprus Natural Lean and muscular All All but cinammon and chocolate
Aphrodite Giant
Arabian Mau Arabian Peninsula Natural Moderate and Muscular Short Orange
Arabian Mau
Australian Mist Australia Crossbreed: Abyssinian and Burmese Moderate Short Spotted or tabby
Australian Mist
Asian Developed in the United Kingdom (foundation stock from Asia) Natural Long Short Evenly solid
Asian Semi-longhair United Kingdom Crossbreed: Burmese and the domestic longhair Cobby Semi-long Evenly solid
Asian Semi-longhair
Balinese Developed in the United States (foundation stock from Thailand) Variety of the Siamese cat Oriental Long Colorpoint
Bambino United States Crossbreed: Munchkin and Sphynx Dwarf Hairless or downy
Bengal Developed in the United States (foundation stock from Asia) Hybrid: Abyssinian and Egyptian Mau × leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) Large Short Spotted, marbled, or rosetted
Birman Developed in France (foundation stock from Burma, etc.) Crossbreed: original Birman (near extinction) with Persian and Siamese Cobby Semi-long Colorpoint with white feet
Bombay Developed in the United States (some foundation stock from Burma and Thailand) Crossbreed: American Shorthair and Burmese Moderate Short Solid black
Brazilian Shorthair Brazil Natural Semi Cobby Short All
Brazilian Shorthair
British longhair United Kingdom Natural Cobby Medium All
British Semi-longhair
British Shorthair United Kingdom Natural Cobby Short All
British Shorthair
British Longhair United Kingdom Cobby Long All
British Longhair
Burmese Burma Natural Moderate Short Solid
Burmilla United Kingdom Crossbreed: Burmese and Chinchilla Persian Semi-Cobby Short/long Solid, in Shaded Silver and Silver Tipped patterns
California Spangled United States Crossbreed: Abyssinian, American Shorthair and British Shorthair Short Spotted
California Spangled
Chantilly-Tiffany United States Solid, ticked, spotted and blotched tabby
Chartreux France Natural Cobby Short Solid blue
Chausie France Hybrid: Abyssinian× jungle cat (Felis chaus) Short Ticked
Colorpoint Shorthair
(for Colorpoint Longhair, see Javanese below)
Variety of the Oriental Shorthair Oriental Short Colorpoint
Colorpoint Shorthair
Cornish Rex United Kingdom (England) Mutation Moderate Rex All
Cornish Rex
Cymric or
Manx Longhair;
Longhaired Manx[a]
United Kingdom (Isle of Man), and Canada Mutation of the original Manx Semi-Cobby Long All but colorpoint
Cyprus Cyprus Natural Lean and muscular All All but colorpoint and mink
Devon Rex United Kingdom (England) Mutation Oriental Rex All
Devon Rex
Donskoy or
Don Sphynx
Russia Mutation Oriental Hairless
Donskoy or Don Sphynx
Dragon Li or
Chinese Li Hua
China Natural Moderate Short Striped tabby
Dragon Li or Chinese Li Hua
Dwelf Crossbreed: American Curl, Munchkin and Sphinx Dwarf Hairless
Domestic Shorthair Mixed Moderate Short All
White Domestic Shorthair Cat.jpg
Domestic Longhair Hybrid: Domestic shorthair and Pallas cat Semi-Cobby Long All
Longhair Tabby JaJa.jpg
Egyptian Mau Egypt Natural Short Spotted
Egyptian Mau
European Shorthair Finland and Sweden Natural Short All but chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, amber, ticked, or colorpoint
European Shorthair
Exotic Shorthair United States Crossbreed: American Shorthair and Persian Cobby Short All
Exotic Shorthair
Foldex[5] Canada Crossbreed: Exotic Shorthair and Scottish Fold Cobby Short All
German Rex East Germany Mutation Moderate Rex All
German Rex
Havana Brown United Kingdom Crossbreed: Siamese and black short-haired cats, both chocolate color Moderate, Oriental Short Solid brown
Havana Brown
Highlander United States Crossbreed/hybrid: Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl Moderate Short/long All
Himalayan or
Colorpoint Persian[b]
United States and United Kingdom Crossbreed: Persian and Siamese Cobby Long Colorpoint
Himalayan or Colorpoint Persian
Japanese Bobtail Japan Natural, mutation Moderate Short/long All but colorpoint and ticked
Japanese Bobtail
Javanese or
Colorpoint Longhair[c]
Developed in the United States and Canada (foundation stock from Southeast Asia) Crossbreed: Balinese, with some Colorpoint Shorthair, Oriental Longhair and Siamese Oriental Long Colorpoint
Javanese or Colorpoint Longhair
Karelian Bobtail Western Russia Natural, mutation
Khao Manee Thailand Natural Moderate Short Solid white
Khao Manee
Korat Thailand Natural Muscular, Moderate Short Solid blue
Korean Bobtail Korea Natural, mutation Moderate Short/long Colorprint
Japanese Bobtail walking.JPG
Korn Ja Thailand Natural Moderate Short/hairless Solid
Kurilian Bobtail or
Kuril Islands Bobtail
Eastern Russia and Japan Natural, mutation Semi-cobby Short/long All but colorpoint
Kurilian Bobtail or Kuril Islands Bobtail
LaPerm United States Mutation Moderate Rex All
Lykoi United States Mutation Oriental Partly hairless Ticked
Maine Coon United States Natural Large Long All but colorpoint and ticked
Maine Coon
Manx United Kingdom (Isle of Man) Natural, mutation Short/long All but colorpoint
Mekong Bobtail Russia Mutation Moderate Short Colorpoint
Mekong Bobtail
Minskin United States Crossbreed: Munchkin and Sphynx Dwarf; semi-cobby Short/hairless All
Munchkin United States Mutation Dwarf Short/long All
Nebelung United States Cobby Semi-long Solid blue
Napoleon Crossbreed: Persian and Munchkin Dwarf Short/long Varied
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Norwegian Forest Cat Norway Natural Cobby Long Traditional, sepia, or mink
Norwegian Forest Cat
Ocicat United States Crossbreed: Abyssinian, American Shorthair and Siamese Large Short Spotted
Ojos Azules United States Crossbreed Moderate Short All
Oregon Rex United States Mutation Rex
Oriental Bicolor Developed in the United States and United Kingdom, later in Continental Europe; foundation stock ultimately from Thailand Variety of the Oriental Shorthair Oriental Short Bicolor
Oriental Bicolor
Oriental Shorthair[d] Developed in the United States and later the United Kingdom; foundation stock ultimately from Thailand Crossbreed: European Shorthair and Siamese Oriental Short All but colorpoint
Oriental Shorthair
Oriental Longhair[d] or
Foreign Longhair;
British Angora (obsolete)
Developed in the United Kingdom and United States; foundation stock ultimately from Thailand Variety of the Oriental Shorthair Oriental Semi-long All but colorpoint
Persian (modern) Developed in the United States and Europe (foundation stock from Greater Iran) Mutation, from the traditional Persian Cobby Long All
Persian, modern
Persian (traditional) Greater Iran Natural, but some crossing with Turkish Angora Cobby Long All
Traditional Persian
Peterbald Russia Crossbreed: Donskoy, Oriental Shorthair and Siamese. Before, it was between the Balinese and Javanese Oriental Hairless/flocked, velour, brush, or straight coat All
Pixie-bob United States Mutation (falsely claimed to be a bobcat hybrid early on) Medium Short Spotted
Raas Indonesia Natural Short
Ragamuffin, or
Liebling (obsolete)
United States Crossbreed: Ragdoll with limited out-crossing to Himalayan, Persian, other long-haired cats Cobby Long All
Ragdoll United States Behavioural Mutation in a crossbreed, presumed Persian or Turkish Angora and Birman or Burmese Cobby Long Colorpoint, mitted, or bicolor
Russian Blue Russia Natural Moderate, Oriental Short Solid blue
Russian Blue
Russian White, Black, and Tabby Developed in Australia (foundation stock from Russia) Crossbreeds: Russian Blue and short-haired cats, from Siberia, Russia Moderate Short Solid white, solid black and tabby
Sam Sawet Thailand Natural Short Solid
Savannah United States Hybrid: Domestic cat × serval (Leptailurus serval)[6] Large Short Spotted
Scottish Fold United Kingdom (Scotland) Mutation of the bones and cartilage Cobby Short/long All
Lilac-coated Scottish Fold
Selkirk Rex United States Mutation, crossbreed: American Shorthair, Persian, Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair and British Shorthair Rex (Short/long) All
Selkirk Rex
Serengeti United States Short Spotted
Serrade Petit France Natural Short
Serrade petit
Siamese (modern)
(for traditional, see Thai below)
Developed in the United States and Europe (foundation stock from Thailand) Mutation of the Thai cat Oriental Short Colorpoint
Siberian or
Siberian Forest Cat;
Neva Masquerade (colorpoint variety)
Russia Natural Semi-cobby Semi-long All
Singapura United States Crossbreed: Burmese and Abyssinian, and a variety of the Australian Mist Short Ticked
Snowshoe United States Crossbreed: American Shorthair and Siamese Short Colorpoint with white feet
Sokoke Kenya Natural Short Ticked tabby
Somali Somalia Mutation Long Ticked
Sphynx Canada Mutation Oriental Hairless All
Suphalak Thailand Natural Normal Short Solid
Thai or
Traditional, Classic, or Old-style Siamese;
Wichien Maat[e]
Thailand Natural Moderate Short Colorpoint
Thai Lilac Thailand Natural Short Solid lilac
Thai Lilac
Tonkinese Canada Crossbreed: Burmese and Siamese Oriental, Moderate Short Colorpoint, mink, or solid
Toyger United States Crossbreed/hybrid: Bengal and the Domestic Shorthair Moderate Short Striped
Turkish Angora Turkey Natural Semi-Cobby Semi-long All but colorpoint
Turkish Angora
Turkish Van Developed in the United Kingdom (foundation stock from Turkey) Natural Semi-Cobby Semi-long Van pattern
Turkish Van
Ukrainian Levkoy Ukraine Crossbred: Donskoy and Scottish Fold Oriental Hairless Grey
Ukrainian Levkoy
Wila Krungthep Thailand Natural Short Solid
York Chocolate United States (New York) Natural Semi-Cobby Long Solid brown
York Chocolate

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Cymric is often classed as a long-haired variety of the Manx rather than a separate breed, e.g., as the "Semi-longhair Manx Variant" in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF)
  2. ^ Some registries, such as the CFA and the TICA, may classify the Himalayan as a colorpoint variety of the Persian. Others may make it a long-haired subbreed of the Siamese. The WCF has combined the Himalayan, the Colourpoint Shorthair and the Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair into a single breed, the Colorpoint
  3. ^ "Colorpoint Longhair" has multiple meanings and "Javanese" has been used for at least one other breed; the WCF uses the "Javanese" name for the Oriental Longhair (not colorpointed). The WCF has also merged the colorpointed Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair, the Himalayan and the Colourpoint Shorthair of other registries into a single breed, the Colourpoint. In the CFA, the TICA and some other registries, the Javanese/Colorpoint Longhair has merged back into the Balinese as a division
  4. ^ a b In some registries, including the CFA, the Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair are a single breed, the Oriental, with two divisions
  5. ^ Thai is a recently established new name for the original, rounder-faced, thicker-bodied Siamese
  1. ^ The International Cat Association - TICA Breed Standards
  2. ^ Cat Fanciers' Association - CFA Breed Standards
  3. ^ Fédération InternationFéline - FIFe Breed Standards
  4. ^ Somerville, Louisa (2007). The Ultimate Guide to Cat Breeds. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books. p. 44. ISBN 9780785822646. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the use of this name in the cat world, although it is always used to describe cats of distinctly Oriental type. It has been adopted simply because of the tradition which has grown up for using the names of countries and islands from south-eastern Asian for other Oriental breeds, such as the Siamese and Balinese.
  5. ^ "The Foldex". Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  6. ^

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