Siamese, a popular Thai cat breed since the 19th century, influenced Oriental shorthair, sphynx, and Himalayan. Known for distinct points, intelligence, and vocal skills.
Persians: "smushed-face" cats from Iran with long fur coats. Come in various colors, popular in movies and art. Need regular grooming, prone to health issues like renal and cardiac problems.
Maine coon: large, fluffy cat from Maine. Popular as hunters, recognized as purebred in the late 1970s. Often have extra toes for snowy conditions. Comes in various colors, including classic brown tabby.
Ragdolls: named for their docile nature, go limp when picked up. Resemble long-haired Siamese with pointed color patterns, blue eyes. Friendly and loyal, shadow owners like dogs.
Bengals: domesticated cats with wild jungle-like appearance. Talkative and active, come in various colors with spots and rosettes. Derived from breeding domestic cats and wildcats
Abyssinian cats: from Ethiopia, known for ruddy agouti coat and unique banded look. Pointy ears, wedge-shaped head, and slim body. Active, curious, and dog-like in personality.
Birmans: color-pointed cats like Siamese, ragdolls. Blue eyes, medium-long coat. Not like Persians/Himalayans. Original ragdoll stock, similar but different markings/personalities.
Oriental shorthair: slender, Siamese-like, separate breed. Green eyes, varied color patterns. Can have long hair. Prone to skin cancer, cold. Often wear sweaters.
Sphynx: Furless, non-shedding. Unique, social, active. Dog-like, playful, goofy. Regal appearance, but act like court jesters. Ideal for those seeking a low-shedding companion.
Devon Rex: Wavy, soft short hair, slender with big ears. Playful, active, "monkey in a catsuit." Lively, sweet disposition. Trainable, learns tricks. Heart-stealer.