The Savannah cat is an unusual, yet beautifully elegant cross between the African serval cat and the domestic cat. This captivating hybrid inherited the delightfully good looks of its wild relative, while remaining the utmost loving furriend of a hooman. Thanks to their enchanting beauty and affectionate personality, Savannah cats truly have the entire world at their paws.
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For centuries, the Siberian Forest cat was just another landrace variety of a domestic cat in Russia. Ever since the 1980s, however, these mystical cats have developed into a formal breed with the declared standards. The Siberian Forest is considered an ancient cat, believed to be one of the possible ancestors of all modern long-haired cats. This is the story of the luxurious Russian national animal!
A close relative of the royal Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair maintains the same modern body type of its parent breed, but sports various coat colors and patterns. With their large ears, athletic bodies and strikingly beautiful eyes, the Oriental Shorthair truly captivates with their appearance. Thought of as one of the smartest cats out there, this chatty cat is a born entertainer and an outstanding life companion. These handsome little companions are often affectionately referred to as the Ornaments.
The posh and plush Turkish Angora is an ancient, natural breed from Turkey. Turkish Angora is a graceful and elegant kitty, famous for its luxurious, silky fur and friendly personality. Interestingly, it is believed that the white coat and long fur in domestic cats may have originated from this ancient breed. How marvelous! Here is the fascinating story of Turkish Angora, the national treasure of its native country.
Oh, those baby blues! The sapphirine eyes of a Ragdoll are truly meowgical and spell-binding. This incredibly plush kitty is known for its gentle and affectionate personality and the reputation of being the ultimate 'lap' cat. Their patient and playful spirit resulted in their nickname of being the "puppy cats".
Loyal, playful and exceptionally athletic, the Egyptian Mau is one of the few naturally spotted domestic cat breeds out there. "The Cornell Book of Cats" describes this gorgeous cat as "a balance between the compactness of a Burmese and the slim elegance of a Siamese. This breed is extremely rare and it is estimated that there might be as little as 3 000 Maus worldwide today. And did you know the Egyptian Mau is the fastest of all domestic cats? Oh yass! But this is not where the excellence of the breed stops. Read on to learn more mind-blowing facts about the speedy Maus.
As of 2016, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 58 distinct cat breeds, all charmingly different and purrfect in their own rightful way. Even though cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for their unique appearances, some cat breeds seem to be distinctly friendlier and more affectionate than others. Are you dreaming of a companion who will gladly leap into your arms and purr the hours away in your lap? If so, here are the top 10 cuddliest and most affectionate cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
The Burmese is a curious kitty of a compact, muscular body and glossy, silky coat. In a testament to its appearance, it is sometimes described as a "brick wrapped in silk". The Burmese loves to observe its hoomans and other animals, which explains its devotion to the important task of supervising the street through the window. The breed originally originated in Thailand but was developed in the United States and Britain.
Please note: the Burmese cat is not to be confused with the Birman cat or "sacred cat of Burma".
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens.
While the Persian and the Siamese may be the dolls and divas of the Cat World, the world’s most favorite cat has always been the purrfectly wonderful and diverse domestic cat. The domestic cat is not a recognized breed with gilded papers, but is rather a cat of mixed ancestries. Here at Basepaws, we affectionately call these diverse and captivating companions Polycats - because why do purebreds get to have all the cool names?
The most popular pedigreed breed in its native country, the British Shorthair is widely recognized for its well-behaved nature and sweet personality. The handsome looks and calm temperament of this kitty make them frequent media stars. The most notable appearance of the breed was in Alice in Wonderland, as the Cheshire Cat. The Cat Fanciers' Association profile for the breed reads: "When gracelessness is observed, the British Shorthair is duly embarrassed, quickly recovering with a 'Cheshire cat smile'". Ladies and gents, please meet the British shorthair cat!
If you're looking for a cuddly cat that will purr and snuggle its days away in your lap – then don't get a Bengal! These Miniature Leopards, although very friendly, are exceptionally energetic and curious, agile, intelligent and constantly on the move. Bengal is a joyful kitty that will fill your home with laughter, lots of playing and some mischief.
The Birman, or famously known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma", is a strikingly gorgeous cat of a lovely legend behind its beauty. These kitties are distinguished by a soft, silky coat, piercing blue eyes, and the elegant, white "gloves" on their paws. Do you feel prepared for the enchanting story of this mysterious feline breed? Buckle up and keep reading as the secrets are about to unravel.
Please note: The Birman cat is not to be confused with the Burmese cat, a completely different cat breed of a similar name.
Sturdy, powerful and friendly, the American Shorthair is a laid-back, loving cat that originated in the United States of America likely during the 1900s. They are exceptional hunters who steal human hearts with their captivating gaze and utmost loving personalities. Ladies and gents, please meet the pawsome American Shorthair (ASH) cat.
The Abyssinian cat is a peculiar breed that, thanks to its unique, ticked coat, is often said to resemble the wild cats found all over North America. These gorgeous, energetic cats are impressive athletes of sharp minds and charming personalities. The confident Aby is always on the go, on yet another mischievous mission. For this and many more reasons, today we are excited to introduce to you the Miniature Cougar of the cat world – the Abyssinian!
Tipping scales at almost 20 lbs., the Maine Coon is said to be one of the heaviest cat breeds out there. This strong, athletic cat of valuable hunting skills is gentle-mannered, friendly and highly intelligent. Such a unique combination of features led to their affectionate nickname "the gentle giant". Because their paws are often white in color, they are also called "the snowshoe cats". Ladies and gents, please meet one of the world's oldest natural cat breeds – the Maine Coon cats
The Norwegian Forest cat is a mystical breed, originally thought of as fairy cat. This is the feline of the Vikings, so popular and beloved in Northern Europe that it is a frequent muse in numerous Norwegian urban stories and myths. Although believed to be between 1000 to 2000 years old, their mythology continues to live on to this very day.
Hairless but fearless, Sphynx cats turn heads everywhere they go! This is the cat who demands its well-deserved attention, loves entertaining its family and treasures meeting new humans. The Sphynx have the undeniable power to enchant anyone with their humor, loving nature and exotic appearance. To no surprise, they were rated as the top 8 most popular breed of 2017 in the US. Not under the Sphynx’ spell yet? Wait until you read the rest!
The elegant Russian Blue, also known as the Archangel Cat or the Archangel Blue, is winning hearts over left and right with its vividly green eyes and shimmery fur. The superior combination of remarkable strength and agility, exceptional beauty and sweet-nature earned them the well-suited title of "Doberman Pinschers of cats". To top things off, did you know that Tom Cat from Tom & Jerry was in fact a Russian Blue too? You read that right! And today we are bringing Tom out into the spotlight! Ladies and gent, please, meet the Russian Blue!
Meet the only cat who has ever been described to resemble an owl. Yep! The enchanting Scottish Fold is a carrier of a distinctive feature of forward-folded ears and a reputation of remarkably loving companions. Scot folds come in all coat colors, patterns and lengths. Interestingly, they are notorious for sleeping on their backs with all fours up in the air! Read on for a small dose of these mesmerizing bundles of love.
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While Persian and Siamese cats represent dolls and divas of the cat world, the world’s most favorite cat is the humble and diverse "house cat", or officially the "Domestic Shorthair" (DSH). This is not a pure and recognized feline breed, but rather a cat of mixed ancestry. Thanks to the natural breeding, meaning a larger genetic pool, Domestic Shorthair cats actually account for the healthiest and smartest cats of all.
Ever wonder who the royal feline of the cat world may be? The Siamese, of course! The Siamese cat has enjoyed this luxurious and royal status for centuries. In fact, in the early beginnings this breed was referred to as "Royal Cat of Siam", and it was believed this cat was kept only by Siamese royalty. The outgoing, chatty kitten is famous for its remarkable baby blue eyes, strikingly large ears and sleek, muscular body. These cats require a lot of love and care, but in return – they make for the most ideal companion.
As Basepaws gears up for the release of our first breed-related results (Yay!), let’s take some time to talk about cat breeds and feline ancestry. It is estimated there are somewhere between 60 to over 200 different types of felines out there, and each possesses something special - each fabulous feline has a unique set of features, traits and markings that sets them apart. Ladies and gents, please meet the glamor puss of the cat world – the Persian cat!
You may not have heard about this adorable breed of cat - they keep a low profile. But Munchkin cats are a new "short" breed of cat, quickly gaining fame and love worldwide. They come in all shapes and sizes, but have one thing in common: Unbelievably short, stumpy legs. If you're thinking about getting a Munchkin (or just want to see photos of adorable short kitties), this article's for you.