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Abyssinian

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Abyssinian

Today's Abyssinian retains a resemblance to the noble cats depicted in ancient Egyptian statues. The Abyssinian sports a ticked, richly colored tabby coat without markings on legs, tail and neck, but with dramatic facial markings. The Abyssinian comes in four coat colors: ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Not a lap cat, the Abyssinian is nonetheless among the most loyal and highly intelligent of breeds.

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American Shorthair

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American Shorthair

Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry, with the breed standard calling for them to be slightly longer than tall. Females tend to be smaller than males. The face of an American Shorthair should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. The breed's coat comes in a variety of colors and designs, such as the black cat variety; however, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.

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Bengal

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Bengal

The International Cat Association defines the Bengal as at least a fourth-generation descendant of a crossing between the wild Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. The first three foundation crosses are identified as F1s, F2s and F3s. The ideal Bengal is domestic in personality, but displays the wild cat's pattern of rosetted spotting and the pelted look. The traditional Bengal color is brown tabby — black, brown or rust color in clear contrast to a tan or orange background. Bengals are curious, entertaining and have a special love of water.

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Bombay Cat

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Bombay

This American breed is called the Bombay because its intensely black coat is reminiscent of that of an Indian black leopard. It's also known as a black Burmese, because this black cat breed came about after crosses with a sable Burmese and a black American Shorthair. The Bombay sports large, golden eyes and wide-set ears on its rounded head. This black beauty speaks softly, loves to play and is highly confident yet gentle.

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British Shorthair

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British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is a stocky purebred that resembles a plush teddy bear. Although blue is the color most associated with the breed, British Shorthair cats are found in a number of colors and patterns. This sturdy and independent breed is best described as good-natured, calm, loyal, intelligent, reserved, loving, tranquil, dignified and affectionate.

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Burmese

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Burmese

The Burmese was created in the United States in the 1930s from the breeding of a male Siamese and a brown female cat found on the San Francisco waterfront, believed to have traveled there from Burma. The Burmese cat is even-tempered and displays a sleek and glossy coat of solid sable brown, blue, champagne or platinum. It loves warm laps and enjoys cuddling up in bed, either under the covers or on top of its favorite people.

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Chartreux

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Chartreux

The Chartreux dates back to 16th-century France. Its thick, velvety coat is any shade of blue-gray, from ash to slate, with the tips lightly brushed with silver. The Chartreux and its copper or gold eyes hint at its relation to the Russian Blue, whose eyes are a deep emerald green. The highly energetic Chartreux breed is always up for a game of fetch and is highly inventive in subtly training its owners.

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Chausie

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Chausie

The Chausie combines the genial nature of a domestic cat with the beauty and elegance of a jungle cat. This big, muscular breed has large, mobile, tufted ears, long legs and a naturally short tail reaching to the hock.

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Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

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Colorpoint Shorthair

The Colorpoint Shorthair is the result of breeding between Siamese and other shorthaired breeds, in particular the American Shorthair. These breedings were performed with the intent of enriching the color varieties and patterns in the Siamese.

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Cornish Rex

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Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is known for its soft, wavy curls--even the whiskers curl. This native of Cornwall, England, savors the warmth and comforts of home and is well-suited for apartment life.

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Exotic Shorthair

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Exotic

The Exotic is a man-made breed resulting from the cross of Persians with American Shorthairs and other shorthaired cats. The Exotic's body and head-style match that of the Persian, but the breed was separated into its own category in the 1960s.

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Havana Brown

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Havana Brown

The Havana Brown, a breed of medium size and structure, is noted for its dark, chocolate coat. The well-toned, muscular body conveys a sense of power. The first Havana was born in England some 50 years ago when a black "shorthaired" Persian had a brief fling with a Chocolate Point Siamese.

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Japanese Bobtail

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Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is an ancient breed indigenous to Japan. As its name indicates, the Bobtail is a partially tailed cat. Medium in size, with long, clean lines, the Japanese Bobtail comes in a variety of colors and patterns--solids, bicolors and tabbies. However, the preferred cats of today are the same as those seen in ancient Japanese art, the flashy spotted bicolors. With personality plus and a spirited flair, the Japanese Bobtail is among the liveliest cat breeds.

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Korat Cat

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Korat

The Korat is an ancient shorthaired breed named after a former province of Thailand. These felines are graced with a silver-blue coat, originally derived from black, following dilution. Korats live for tranquility and will not tolerate excessive activity, noise and the coming and going of new faces. Korats will trust you completely, knowing that you know what is best for them.

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Manx Cat

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Manx

From the earliest beginnings of the Manx breed, longhaired cats were born in litters; however, they were not always recognized as true Manx. For a time, some associations accepted them under the breed designation Cymric (kim-rik), as does The International Cat Association today. Others, including the Cat Fanciers' Association, recognize these cats simply as Longhaired Manx. The standard is identical to that of the Shorthaired Manx with the exception of the coat length. The coat is double on both shorthaired and longhaired cats, with a dense undercoat. The Longhair Manx's outer coat is semi-long with more fullness around the neck and on the stomach and breeches.

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Munchkin

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Munchkin

The Munchkin is distinguished by a spontaneous dominant mutation that shortens the cat's legs. Except for their disproportionately short legs, cats should be well-balanced. It is important that the legs be straight, never bowed or cow-hocked. The head shape is an equilateral triangle.

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Ocicats

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Ocicats

Ocicats look like small, wild, spotted cats, but are a domestic breed created by combining the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair. The typical Ocicat coat is actually a spotted tabby, in colors ranging among tawny, cinnamon and chocolate. Intelligent, devoted and very sociable, these housecats get along well with people, dogs and other cats. Ocicats are bright, easily trained and responsive to voice commands, and readily adapt to household rules.

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Oriental Shorthair

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Oriental

Similar to the Siamese in body type and personality, Orientals do not, however, share the characteristic Siamese coloring. They are slender yet hearty and are generally of a solid color or tabby-patterned in a variety of colors for both the shorthaired and longhaired varieties. The Oriental will remain loyal throughout its life and deserves no less from its human companion.

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Pixie-Bob Cat

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Pixiebob

The Pixiebob is a domestic cat visually resembling the North American Bobcat. Despite its fierce look, the Pixiebob is noted for its loving, trustworthy and tractable personality. Heavy brows with bushier hair above the eyes, lynx tipping on the ears and longer "mutton chops" on the cheeks complete the Pixiebob's wild look. The tail can measure from 1 to 6 inches in length. Pixiebob cats have brown tabby markings on a tan or reddish background and may be polydactyl (having extra toes).

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Russian Blue Cat

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Russian Blue

As its name indicates, this blue-coated cat seems to be of Russian origin; it is said to have arrived in England during the mid-19th century aboard a Russian merchant ship. The most distinctive feature of the Russian Blue is its fur, which seems to be frosted with powdered sugar. The mesmerizing, emerald green eyes are large and round and set wide apart. This sugarcoated cat is ideal for those who lead a quiet, subtle, calm lifestyle. The Russian Blue breed detests noise, confusion, change and surprises.

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Savannah Cat

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Savannah

The Savannah inherits its tall, lean, muscular build from the serval cat of the African plains. Its outstanding features are exceptionally long legs, ears and neck. Colors on a Savannah include solid black, black smoke and spotted tabby. The spotted tabby should have bold, black markings against a background of gold, orange or silver.

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Scottish Fold

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Scottish Fold

The most striking characteristic of the Scottish Fold is its small ears, folded forward and downward, set in a cap-like fashion. As its name indicates, the breed is a native of Scotland. Without the distraction of upright ears, the Scottish Fold's large, round eyes dominate the face, a feature also found in the straight-eared Folds. Longhaired and shorthaired varieties come in a number of colors and patterns. Scottish Folds are sweet-tempered, attentive and devoted, but not demanding.

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Siamese Cat

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Siamese

Named for Siam, this popular breed is intelligent and has a striking personality, suggestive of an inscrutable inner life. The breeding tradition began generations ago, but the Siamese of today still have the graceful elegance suggested in the earliest breed standards. The four accepted coat colors for Siamese cat breeds are seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point. The sensitive Siamese is in your lap, on your newspaper, in your bed and completely in your heart.

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Singapura Cat

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Singapura

The Singapura has many appealing features, including its pastel coloring and distinctive visage. The Singapura breed is characterized by its alert expression, its healthy, small- to medium-sized muscular body and noticeably large eyes and ears. Singapuras are highly intelligent, active and curious cats with the bonus of being just as affectionate as they are active. Whatever you are doing, they want to be there.

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Snowshoe Cat

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Snowshoe

As its name suggests, the outstanding feature of the Snowshoe breed is its four white feet. The distribution of the white and the pointed color is carefully outlined in the standard Snowshoe breed. Ideally the white pattern should be symmetrical. The cat itself is medium-sized, its body long but hefty. It should be powerful and agile. The Snowshoe is a talker with a soft, melodic voice. Very personable and intelligent, the Snowshoe breed is an ideal companion and adapts well to other cats.

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Sphynx Cat

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Sphynx

The Sphynx is known as the hairless cat; however, it does have an almost invisible fur. The coat of the Sphynx is sparse and does not have layers. The Sphynx's skin is clearly visible on the muzzle, ears, paws and tail. They are highly sensitive to cold and abrupt changes in temperature. The Sphynx's skin comes in every color that a cat can be. Their temperament remains as fun-loving as their kittenhood antics.

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Tonkinese Cat

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Tonkinese

The Tonkinese blends the best features of its ancestors into one beautiful, medium-sized cat that proudly wears one of three coat patterns, each of which comes in four colors. Tonkinese have a surprising sense of humor and a highly intelligent and gregarious personality. Their affectionate ways are impossible to ignore, as Tonkinese cats quickly take over your home and your life (in a good way), and they endear themselves to family and friends forever.

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